Do you dare for a scare this Halloween? Here are some of the UK's most haunted places. From classic graveyards to spooky churches, these are the best places to visit (or avoid) on October 31st.
Looking for the fright of your life? These are some of the spookiest places to visit in the UK. From unsolved mysteries to unexplained noises and sites, check out these destinations for a spooktacular adventure this Hallows Eve.
1) Glamis Castle, Strathmore, Scotland
Approx. 26min drive from Dundee / 38min from Perth / 1hr32 from Edinburgh / 1hr45 from Glasgow
Glamis is famous for a few reasons. It is home to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth and also the childhood home of the Queen Mother.
Though it doesn’t exactly sound like one of the most haunted castles in Britain, Glamis has more ghost stories than any other castle in the British Isles. Legend has it that more than 20 ghoulish characters have been seen at the property over the last century.
Some believe there’s a secret room within the castle walls which has yet to be discovered. It is said that if you hang towels outside of every window inside the house and go outside to count them, one window won’t have a towel hanging out of it.
Paranormal activity includes sightings of ghostly figures floating across the lawns, banging noises in the night, sheets being ripped off beds in the middle of the night and doors that open even though they are locked and bolted.
Read more about the hauntings at the castle [here].
2) The Village of Pluckley, Kent, southeast England
Approx. 31min drive from Canterbury / 33min from Maidstone / 1hr45 from Glasgow
According to a Guinness Book of World Records entry in 1989, the Village of Pluckley which is located just outside of Ashford is ‘the most haunted village in Britain’.
Pluckley Village has the most reported ghost sightings in Britain, including a flickering light that can be seen in St Nicholas’ Church and a white lady seen within the church. Dering Woods, just outside the village is also said to be haunted and is nicknamed the Screaming Woods. The name is believed to be a reference to the men and women who came to their end after getting lost in the woods.
Read more about the paranormal activity in Pluckley. [here]
3) Cannock Chase District, Cannock, West England
Approx. 32min drive from Wolverhampton / 38min from Stoke-On-Trent / 39min from Birmingham
The dense woodland of Cannock Chase has often been said to be one of Britain’s most active paranormal hotspots – most famously for its werewolf sightings. The Werewolf of Cannock Chase apparently appears on the outskirts of Stafford near the German War Cemetery with reports from people spotting a wolf-type creature walking on its hind legs. In recent years there have been a high number of pet disappearances around the cemetery and many animal mutilations have taken place over the past decade (mainly deer).
There have also been reports of UFO and ghost sightings from residents in the area.
Read more about the Cannock Chase mysteries and other haunted locations in Staffordshire [here].
4) Borley Rectory, Essex, East England
Approx. 28min drive from Bury St Edmunds / 36min from Braintree / 35min from Colchester
Borley Rectory, located near Sudbury in Essex was a Victorian house built by the Reverend Henry D. E. Bull in 1863 on the site of an old monastery. It has been called the most haunted house in England by Harry Price with reports of strange occurrences dating back to the mid to late 1800’s.
According to folklore, a nun from a nearby nunnery fell in love with a monk from the monastery. The pair were caught when trying to elope together and were sentenced to death. The monk was reported to have been sent to the gallows of the monastery whilst the nun was sealed into the walls of the nunnery alive. The Rectory was destroyed by a fire in mysterious circumstances in 1939, the ruins remained until 1944 before the rectory was demolished.
Read more about the history of Borley Rectory [here].
5) Muncaster Castle, Cumbria, northwest England
Approx. 29min drive from Whitehaven / 58min from Barrow-in-Furness / 1hr08 from Kendal
Muncaster Castle has been home to the Pennington family since 1208. Known as one of Britain’s most haunted buildings, it is thought to have been built on the site where a large Roman fort once stood.
Paranormal activity includes footsteps down the corridors at night, babies crying and things that go thud in the night. The Tapestry Room is the most haunted room in the castle with visitors often reporting feeling an unwelcoming presence in the room. Many who have stayed in the room report children singing softly and black figures appearing in the night. If you’re still sceptical you can actually stay in the Tapestry Room if you dare…
Find out more about Muncaster Castle.
Whatever you decide to do this Halloween, we hope you have a ghoulish night.