As I’m sure everybody is aware, Halloween is around the corner, I searched for the most haunted places in the UK. Whether you’ve been busily shopping for scary dracula costumes, heading to a “mean girls-esque” party or buying buckets full of chocolate for the fear that children might actually throw eggs at your house, everybody is getting ready.
To celebrate this occasion, I thought I would let you know where I would recommend heading for a brilliant spooky experience this Halloween (or the places you should avoid if all things paranormal scare you).
The most Haunted Places in the UK and Their Stories
10) Most Haunted Places in the UK: Chillingham Castle, Northumberland
Chillingham Castle is a really famous location, partly because of the ghostly tales it has to go with it. It has a really interesting history because it hasn’t been altered since its ancient battling days. It has hosted no less than eight famous executions, with the details of the executions being pretty brutal and graphic. This was definitely a castle that was not afraid to send a message, if you catch my drift.
The White Pantry Ghost is just one of the famous characters who makes a regular appearance. Everybody who bumps into this ghost is asked the same question; “can I have some water”. The theory is that this person was poisoned and trying to drink water to rid themselves of whatever it is that they had consumed.
9) Most Haunted Places in the UK: Salmesbury Hall, Lancashire
Salmesbury Hall is just one of the places on our list that has also been under the investigation of television shows like Most Haunted and Ghost Hunters International. One of the most common appearances tends to be from the White Lady. She is said to have fallen in love with a member of the family who previously owned the residence, but wasn’t able to marry them because of religious differences between the families. The lady’s brother unfortunately found out about her plan to elope with this man, and killed the young man with whom she was in love. She, tragically, witnessed the entire scene unfold and is now seen roaming the halls of the residence in an inconsolable state of devastation.
8) Most Haunted Places in the UK: Tower of London, London
The Tower of Londonis a very well known building and its reputation for being one of the most haunted buildings in the UK is definitely well known. There are countless famous characters who are said to still haunt this tower today, ranging from Thomas A. Beckett to Arbella Stuart to Queen Anne Boleyn. It is definitely worth noting that these are all people who had something against the crown at their given point in time, which could explain why they’re still there.
The Bloody Tower is possibly the best-known part of the building and is learned about in primary school. The story of the two young princes who were declared to be illegitimate by the Parliament at the time and then murdered brutally in the tower. It is unsurprising to most people that these two boys are still around today seeking vengeance.
The guards of this tower have reported various different pieces of activity, ranging from a simple strange feeling when walking inside to being attacked by an unseen enemy.
7) Most Haunted Places in the UK: Grosvenor Arms, Dorset
The Grosvenor Arms is actually considered to be the 5th most haunted hotel in the UK. It has a lot of paranormal activity that takes place on a fairly regular basis, so if you wanted to experience some of it this would probably be the place for you to stay.
The cellar is said to be haunted by the ghost of a hooded monk, who has a habit of appearing in your peripheral vision but then disappearing as soon as you turn your head.
The other is Lady Grey. She appears more often and upstairs. She walks around in the dead of night, so if you want to see her that would be the best time for you to walk around and have a look.
There is said to be another ghost in this hotel (that of a young girl) who pulls guests bedsheets whilst they’re sleeping.
If you wanted to stay here, I have found a deal on trivago.co.uk for only £94 per night including breakfast – that’s £47 per person per night. It’s the perfect place to experience paranormal activity.
6) Most Haunted Places in the UK: Pendle Hill, Lancashire
Pendle Hill is apparently haunted by the ghosts of Witches. The story of the Witches of Pendle Hill is well documented, and the story itself has a lot of validity today. Halloween is a really popular event here, with large numbers of people climbing up the hill in the hope that they experience the supernatural.
There are various tours around this area today, with locals actually being too afraid to talk about what happened back in the time of the witch trial; it might be better to avoid this one.
The area has been featured on the show “Most Haunted” various times, as well as several other paranormal shows. Some of the crew members have reported being hurt or strangled by unseen hands. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
5) Most Haunted Places in the UK: Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire
This mansion is so haunted that it has been featured on Most Haunted Life twice! Apparently the Woodchester Mansion is the epicentre of all of the haunting happenings that occur in this area. With various different ghosts making regular appearances, it’s no wonder that a lot of people are too scared to even enter the mansion.
According to reports, various guests have collapsed and been attacked by the ghosts of this mansion. This is one of those places that leaves chills running through your body. If you want to go somewhere where the ghosts are in no hurry to leave and have an absolute hatred of anybody who steps through the door.. then you can go on ghost hunts here. You’d be a braver person than I am.
4) Most Haunted Places in the UK: Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Edinburgh
This castle dates way back to the 13th century, so it is no surprise that this is considered one of the most haunted buildings in the UK by a lot of people. Ghost activity is such a common occurrence here that there are now regular ghost tours, meaning that people have a high chance of actually seeing some of these ghosts for themselves.
This castle is supposedly haunted by two people. The first is Sir Alexander Ramsay who was starved to death in 1342 by William Douglas. It is said that he is seeking revenge on him. Another of the more common appearances is “Lady Grey” who tends to hang around in the turrets and dungeon of this castle.
This castle is now the Dalhousie Castle hoteland you can stay there if you want to risk it. I’ve found a deal on trivago.co.uk that would only cost you around £148 per night – that’s £74 per person per night.
3) Most Haunted Places in the UK: Village of Pluckley, Kent
Pluckley has actually been named the most haunted village in England by the Guinness World Records. Apparently there are around 16 ghosts in this village. One of the ghosts who appears most frequently is that of a screaming man who apparently fell to his death. Others range from a highwayman who was pinned to a tree in “Fright Corner” and an elderly woman who accidentally set herself on fire.
If you wanted to experience staying in this haunted village then you could stay in Elvey Farm, Pluckley for only about £68 per night – that’s just £34 per person per night. You can find this deal on trivago.co.uk and some more details about it here on my blog.
2) Most Haunted Places in the UK: Borley Rectory, Essex
Borley Rectory dates back to 1863, when it was built on the site of an old monastery. It burnt to the ground (due to an oil lamp) in 1939. It was not after the house burnt down that the ghostly reports began, it was actually almost a century prior to this. One of the earliest sightings was of a nun; a strange figure to be hanging around the site of an old monastery- apparently there’s a slightly romantic reasoning behind this.
Reports continued, with the reports being of more aggressive happenings; smashed glasses and broken windows being a few examples.
The reports haven’t, however, stopped since the burning down of the house, they have continued- apparently most of the sightings now happen in the Parish Church (that’s where you should go to see them/not go if you want to avoid anything supernatural).
1) Most Haunted Places in the UK: Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire
I have chosen this one as the most haunted place in the UK. The Ancient Ram Inn has had Daily Mirror Reports, it’s had countless ghost sightings that seem to have more validity than most and it also just looks like the kind of place that would be haunted.
The Daily Mirror report on the Ancient Ram Inn states that guests have been so scared that they have actually jumped out of the window to try and escape whatever was inside.
There is a popular legend surrounding this Inn; that it is the place that is haunted by a witch who was burned at the stake in the 1500s (back when being a non-Christian was seen as punishable by death). According to the legend one of the rooms was where the woman took refuge before finally being captured, which is why she still stays there. The room is now called “The Witch’s Room”. She is only one of the reported ghosts, however.
There are various other theories about what could have caused all of these sightings, ranging from it being a child sacrificing ground to devil worship.
Other people who have been reported are the previous owners of the inn, a monk haunting “The Bishop’s Room” (people having reportedly fled the room in the middle of the night) and also a centurion on horseback.
So there you have it, my top ten “spookiest” places in the UK. What do you think? Do Ghosts really exist or is there a logical explanation? Have you had any experiences with ghosts? Are you brave enough to go and try it out for yourself? Stay in a few of the hotels I have suggested, or maybe just visit some of them to see whether or not you can be convinced. Either way, if you do visit one of them, you’re bound to have a Halloween you will never forget.
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