Our Spooky Survey showed this month that 85% of viewers would be happy to share their living space with a ghostly housemate, as long as they did their share of the washing up…. Which is just as well, because the UK is supposedly full ghosts and ghoulies!
With Halloween on the horizon, we’ve compiled a list of the top spooky locations around the UK, perfect for ghost hunting on Saturday night!
Borley Rectory, Essex
Believed to be one of the most haunted houses in the country, Borley Rectory was built in 1863. Legend has it that a Borley monk fell in love with a nun from a local convent, and they made plans to elope. When elders discovered their plans, he was hanged and she was buried in the vaults below the building – their ghosts have haunted the site ever since.
With at least a dozen ghosts, Pluckley is believed to be the most haunted village in Britain, and has even made it into the Guinness Book for Records! If you’re planning a visit, make sure you head for ‘Fright Corner’, where you might come across the ghostly highwayman, or maybe you’ll meet the Red Lady, the Screaming Man or the Schoolmaster.
The Red Lion, Avebury, Wiltshire
The Red Lion, situated within Avebury’s mysterious stone circle, is proof that even in the afterlife the great British past time is still enjoying relaxing in the pub with your friends! The spooky regulars that frequent the Red Lion are all very good-natured, especially a lady called Florrie, who has a particular fondness for bearded men!
Much of the London Underground is home to spooky going on, but certain stations are the focus for more paranormal activity that others. London Underground staff have reporting sightings of ‘the Black Nun’ at Bank station, whilst Liverpool Street is believed to be home to the ghost of Rebecca Griffiths, a former resident of the Star of Bethlehem asylum, which used to be built on the site of the station.
The Ancient Ram Inn, Wotten-under-Edge, Glouchestershire
The Ancient Ram Inn is named by Ghost-hunters as one of the most haunted properties in the country, and has a significant role-call of ghoulish guests in residence. As well as a horse-mounted Centurion who apparently appears through the walls of the courtyard, and a pesky poltergeist who thinks nothing of throwing books and upturning boxes, the inn is also home to a ghostly cat, who vanishes at will
Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totnes, Devon
With a Blue Lady, and a White Lady, there is no shortage of colourful ghosts to see at Berry Pomeroy Castle. The Blue Lady is often seen dancing among the ruins of the castle, signalling to visitors to come and dance with her – guides suggest that this is not advisable.
SS Great Britain, Bristol
Built as a passenger steam ship and launched in 1843, the SS Great Britain was the first iron steamer to successfully cross the Atlantic in 1845. However, despite its illustrious past, the ship is now a museum ship, and is home to a great many ghosts, including the famous Captain Grey, who’s hobnail boots can often be heard walking around on the ship’s decks.
One of Scotland’s most haunted sites, Edinburgh Castle is said to be home to a phantom piper, a headless drummer and a spooky dog. In 2001, the castle vaults and chambers were subjected to a scientific survey of nearly 250 volunteers, round-the-clock thermal imaging and night vision recording, to prove whether Edinburgh’s ghosts really were real. Nearly 50% of the volunteers reported ghost sightings and spooky phenomena, including sudden drops in temperature and the feeling that someone was pulling at their clothes.
The Black Swan Hotel, Devizes
Filled with antiques and a friendly charm, the Black Swan is not the sort of place that you would expect a pair of detached ghostly legs to walk through the bar, however, according to locals one of the hotel’s many resident spirits is in fact lacking a body!
So, there you have it, the spookiest places in the UK! Perfect locations for a visit on Saturday night, if you’re feeling brave enough!
Can you recommend any more spooky locations to add to our list?