The 10 Most Haunted Places In The UK You Should Visit This Halloween
If you’re bored of dressing up as a cat for Halloween, why not visit one of these places instead?
1. Arundel Castle, West Sussex
Founded in 1067, the castle is rumoured to have at least four apparitions, including that of the first Earl of Arundel, a boy scrubbing pots in the kitchen, and a woman dressed in white who supposedly threw herself from the tower. However, what really sets the castle apart is the presence of a mysterious white owl. It is considered to be a harbinger of death, with inhabitants of the building, or those closely tied to the castle, dying once the owl has made an appearance.
2. 50 Berkeley Square, London
The house was rented in the nineteenth century by a Mr Myers who became a recluse after his lover died. He would lock himself up in one of the top rooms and wander about at night by candlelight, which first attracted the attention of the media at the time and earned it the title of ‘the most haunted house in London’. After he died, a maid who stayed in the room died suddenly, seemingly from fright. A sceptic then asked to stay in the room, telling his companions that he would pull once on the bell-pull if he became a little timid, but that they should ignore it. Two pulls however, meant they should come immediately. That night, one pull was heard, quickly to be followed by many frantic pulls of the bell rope. They rushed upstairs to find him rigid with fright and he died before he could explain what he saw. Those who managed to explain told of a ‘shapeless, slithering, horrible mass’ that actually scared them to death. It has been suggested that the house was built on the edge of a plague pit from the 1660s and perhaps the ‘mass’ was an apparition of a deformed plague victim.
3. Hampton Court, Richmond-Upon-Thames
Famous for its royal apparitions, there are reports of many different ghosts at Hampton Court, the most notable being Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, who was accused of adultery and beheaded. At Hampton Court she was kept under house arrest while awaiting her fate, but at one point managed to escape attempting to plead to the king for her life. She was captured and dragged back through the gallery screaming. Her ghost is now known as the screaming lady, and her screams have been heard echoing in the gallery. A second famed apparition is that of the nicknamed ‘skeletor’. The apparition took the world by storm when it was captured on CCTV flinging open the fire-escape doors of the palace. Even before it was captured on tape both security staff and visitors had reported sightings of the creature.
4. Pluckley, Kent
Supposedly, Pluckley is the most haunted village in the UK, with reports of disembodied screaming, flickering lights in the Church of St Nicholas, and dozens of sightings of apparitions. Perhaps the most eerie story is that of a phantom tree which appears with a highwayman pinned to it by several swords. A gypsy woman has also been seen who supposedly set herself on fire with her pipe while sleeping.
5. Renishaw Hall, Sheffield
The hall was built in 1625, and while work was being done to it in the 1800s, a coffin was discovered under the floorboards of one of the bedrooms. It had no lid, and had been fastened in place with iron clamps. There was no body inside, but there were the remnants of a body including scraps of clothes and hair. To this day, no one knows what happened to the body, but in the bedroom where it was found, people have reported being awakened by a cold kiss in the middle of the night, as well as hearing the sound of someone crying.
6. Tower of London
The Tower is considered to be the most haunted place in Britain. The phantoms of Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Henry VI have been seen here, but one of the most gruesome spectacles is that of Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury. Her son had seriously questioned Henry VIII’s claim as head of the Church of England, and as revenge, the king sent Margaret to the block. However, she refused to kneel, and so the executioner chased her about the scaffold until she was hacked to death. The ghosts of both Margaret and the executioner have since been re-enacting her death scene at the Tower.
7. Pendle Hill, Lancashire
This area in Lancashire is famous for its witch trials, carried out in the 1600s. Several witches were accused in the area after many of the villagers died from mysterious illnesses and their cattle began to die. Supposedly, the witches were in league with the devil and most of them were executed, sparking what became known as the Lancashire witch trials. It actually featured on the TV show, Most Haunted, where most of the crew became sick and had to leave the premises. Whether the show is fake or not, it’s worth a watch for Derek Acorah’s excellent (or not) acting skills.
8. The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire
The building is thought to be from around 1145 and is one of the most paranormally active places in the world. Human bones been found by the owner buried beneath the inn and there have been sightings of phantom monks, a shepherd and his dog, and the sound of a baby crying as just some of the paranormal occurrences. Reportedly, a medium was lifted off the ground and thrown across a corridor when trying to enter the Bishop’s Room – the most haunted of the inn. An innkeeper’s daughter is also said to have been murdered in the attic and people sleeping below have heard the sound of something heavy being dragged across the floor above them.
9. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
Beneath the castle lies ancient vaults, cells and dungeons, where prisoners and plague victims were locked up to die. An experiment took place here, with volunteers performing a ghost-hunt in the castle without any prior knowledge of the sightings or history of the castle. They reported seeing a spectre clad in a leather apron, and a girl who was locked in one of the vaults alone with a camera was reduced to tears when she heard heavy breathing coming from the corner of the cell.
10. Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire
The castle is thought to be from as long ago as 1066. One of the ladies to own the house, Lady Meldrum, died sometime in the 13th Century and her body was sealed up in a secret room as she had requested. The story goes that she imposed a curse upon whoever should enter the room, and when the castle was being renovated in the 1920s, workmen discovered her remains. Since then people have heard and seen strange things happening at the castle, including the return of Lady Meldrum who is known as the Grey Lady. A second phantom is that of the wife of Sir Alexander Seton (another previous owner of the castle) who starved her to death so he could marry her cousin. She is known as the Green Lady and supposedly carved her name into the windowsill of the bedroom used by the newly-weds, leaving the scent of roses wherever she goes.
Now you know where to go for Halloween.