10 Haunted Places To Visit In The UK
by Lara McComish | Updated 23 October 2019 | Posted in Family Holidays, General
Get into the spooky spirit this Halloween by visiting any of these haunted places in the UK.
1. Blickling Hall
Rumour has it that this stately home in Norfolk is the haunt of Anne Boleyn. Poor Anne was executed by her husband King Henry VIII for failing to bear him his long-desired son. Although Anne Boleyn was beheaded at the Tower of London, her phantom haunts Blickling Hall which is believed to stand on her original birthplace. They say that her ghost rides up to the grand house with her own head in her lap, in a coach pulled by a headless horseman. Pretty spooky, eh? Blink and you'll miss it though, as the coach disappears when it reaches the front of the house.
2. Skirrid Inn Pub
Set in the beautiful Breacon Beacons, Skirrid Mountain Inn or 'the Skirrid' is thought to be one of the oldest pubs in Wales. Call in for a pint and see how far this quaint drinking house has come from its spookier beginnings. Formerly a courthouse, approximately 180 criminals were found guilty and hanged here. If you don't believe us, just look up from your Sunday lunch and you'll see a noose positioned above the bar...
3. The Ten Bells Pub
The Ten Bells pub sits in a great location next to Liverpool Street station in the East End of London. Known as 'The Jack the Ripper' until 1988, no prizes for guessing why this pub is haunted. Jack the Ripper brought terror to Whitechapel for years, but murdered his final victim, Mary Kelly, as she left the pub on a winters' night in 1888. Long after the last murder, pub staff claimed they'd seen a ghost dressed in Victorian clothes, so keep your eyes peeled when you visit this popular Shoreditch boozer.
4. Crumblin Road Jail
Visit Crumblin Road Jail to spend some time behind bars, a little different to the ones you'll find in the centre of Belfast, mind you. As the longest standing Victorian Era prison in Northern Ireland, Crumblin Road offers a fascinating look at the lives and routines of the prison officers and over 25,000 inmates. It closed its doors to convicts in 1996, but the daily guided tours take visitors around Crumblin Road's notorious 150-year history, which included spells of imprisoning children and many gory executions.
On the surface, Pluckley in Kent looks like a picturesque, rural village. However, looks can hide a multitude of sins... This pretty little Pluckley is in fact Britain's most haunted village, according to the ghost hunter community and verified by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989. Locals have reported 16 different ghosts in the village including a mysterious highwayman figure and a schoolmaster, believed to have been hanged by his former students.
6. Belvoir Castle
Belvoir Castle is a magnificent Leceistershire haunt, overlooking the unspoilt countryside that makes up the Vale of Belvoir. It is a privately-owned stately home, with an illustrious past steeped in staff scandals. Its most reputed tale dates back to the early 17th century, where three castle servants were accused of murdering the 6th Earl's two sons by witchcraft. Two of the staff members were hanged and the other died in prison, but all three live on through spooking the grounds.
7. Borley Rectory
Borley Rectory was a Victorian mansion located in Borley, Essex which was burned down in 1939. Paranormal investigator Harry Price took interest in the house after owners reported otherworldly activity long before the fire, including strange footsteps and sightings of ghostly nuns. Price researched by living in the property for a year, before selling his story to the Daily Mirror in 1928. This is how the haunted home first caught the imaginations of the British public, but its ruins were completely demolished in 1944.
8. Edinburgh Castle
Overlooking the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle still remains one of the most haunted places in Scotland. This iconic castle has been part of Edinburgh's skyline for generations, so it's fair to say that it has seen some haunted happenings in its time. Ghostly past prisoners have been seen on many occasions, but the most disturbing sighting of all has to be the headless drummer. He was first seen just before Oliver Cromwell invaded in 1650, but visitors in more recent times have claimed to hear his drums from the castle's battlements.
9. Salmesbury Hall
Salmesbury Hall has stood proudly in black and white between Blackburn and Preston in Lancashire, since 1325. The medieval hall is said to be haunted by the legendary White Lady, Dorothy Southworth who died of a broken heart and has been seen moping around the grounds ever since. A haunted hotspot for paranormal goings-on in the North West, the hall hosts regular ghost-hunts where amateur paranormal investigators can take part in interactive inquiries.
10. Alnwick Castle
Northumberland has more historic castles than any other county in England. If your family only has time to visit one, bump Alnwick Castle to the top of the list. It has centuries of history, having served as a military outpost, a refuge for evacuees and most famously, as the on-screen setting of Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potters. The Outer Bailey is the most recognisable, as it's where Harry and his classmates had their first broomstick lesson and where your little ones can do the same. We hope you'll indulge us as Alnwick is certainly more magical than it is haunted, but The Wizarding World can be pretty scary...
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