Top Ten Most Haunted Places in the UK

Its Halloween tomorrow and whilst children ‘trick-or-treat’ and party goers get dressed up across the UK there are a few places in particular where the ghostly apparitions may be more than they seem. These 10 spooky locations are among the most haunted places in the UK.

The Tower of London   More Details

Tower Of London

The famous and ominous Ravens add to the spooky atmosphere at the infamous Tower of London. Photo © Robert Aehnelt (CC-BY-NC 2.0)

The most famous ‘haunted’ castle in the UK the Tower of London has a very bloody history. Imprisonment, torture, execution and death checker the 900 year history of the Tower and many of its victims are said to remain within the walls in some form or other. ‘The White Lady’ and the spirits of Thomas Beckett and Anne Boleyn are said to roam the halls. The Ravens which characterise the grounds are sinister enough to keep you on edge when visiting.

Sir George Mackenzie’s Tomb, Edinburgh 

Greyfriars

Greyfriars Churchyard plays host to the tormented spirit of George ‘Bloody’ Mackenzie. Photo © Evil Cheese Scientist (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Known as the ‘Black Mausoleum’ Sir George Mackenzie’s tomb in Edinburgh has been the site of a growing number of poltergeist attacks. As advocate to King Charles II in the 1600s, Mackenzie was responsible for some 18,000 Covenanter deaths, earning the name ‘Bloody Mackenzie.’ The story goes than when a local homeless man broke into the Mausoleum he awoke the spirit of Mackenzie who has stalked the cemetery ever since.

The Village of Pluckley, Kent

Pluckley in Kent is officially the most haunted town in the UK boasting between 12 and 16 ghosts. It even has Guinness Book of World records accreditation as the most haunted place. Among the inhabitants of this small town are ‘The Screaming Man of the Brickworks’ ‘The Highwayman’ and ‘The Lady of Rose Court’ not to mention the ‘Screaming Woods.’ A spooky place indeed.

Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Pendle Hill

The mists of Pendle hill shroud some very strange goings on, venture to the top after dark at your peril! Photo © Wiggles (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

In the 1600s it is said that a group of peasants lived upon Pendle Hill and spent their nights indulging in Witchcraft and devil worship, striking fear into locals and affording the hill its spooky reputation. Those locals arrested the group for fear of their own safety and they were hung as witches in nearby Lancaster. The ghosts of the family still roam the hills to this day and many locals do not venture there anymore.

Highgate Cemetery, London    More Details

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery is surely one of the most atmospheric places in the UK. Photo © Sarah A (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Highgate Cemetery is best known as the final resting place of Karl Marx and other notable individuals, but it also has a reputation for weird goings on. During the 1960s there were many reports of cultish activity within the cemetery. Strange rituals carried out by sinister groups of hooded individuals. Witnesses claim to have seen many an apparition but even if you are a doubter you cannot help but be a bit taken in by the atmosphere of this place.

Ben Macdhui Mountain, Scotland

The UKs very own Yeti is said to reside upon Ben Macdhui, Scotland’s second tallest mountain. The ‘Big Grey Man’ is reportedly three times the height of an average man and can be found stalking the upper reaches of the mountain.

Hampton Court Palace    More Details

Henry VII & Wives

Henry with two of his six wives, Kathryn Howard to the left and Jane Seymore on the right. They both stalk the halls of the palace.

Once the home of England most famous King and at least a few of his six wives, Hampton Court Palace in now well known for its Royal ghosts. The spirits of Kathryn Howard and Jane Seymour are said to walk the halls. Jane Seymour died at the palace after giving birth and Kathryn Howard was executed at the Tower of London. Henry VIII had a penchant for offing wives and a few of them are apparently still none too happy about it.

The Jamaica Inn, Cornwall    More Details

Jamaica inn

Pirates, Smugglers, Crooks and Bucaneers once frequented the Jamaica Inn. some apparently decided to stay! Photo © Antenne Springborn (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The Jamaica Inn in Cornwall is one of the most famous staging posts for 18th century smuggles and pirates. Immortalised in Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, The Jamaica Inn is the home to a number of ghosts. Ghost pirates are a familiar theme of a particular blockbuster film franchise but for the real thing look no further than The Jamaica Inn.

Borley Rectory, Essex

Borley Priory

Borley is the scene of the tragic tale of a Monk and his illicit lover. Photo © Diamon Geezer (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Legend claims that a young monk from Borley fell in love with a nun from a nearby convent and had planned to elope with her. Unfortunately for the couple their plans were uncovered by rectory elders and the plan was foiled. The young monk was hung in the grounds of the rectory while the nun was buried alive beneath the rectory. The thwarted lovers have haunted the site ever since.

Culloden Moor, Scotland

Nowhere on our list can claim more death in its history that Culloden, the site of the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The Jacobite rebellion was put to rest here along with Bonnie Prince Charlie. Ghostly soldiers are supposed to appear on the anniversary of the battle each year and battle cries and the clash of steel can be heard. It is also said that birds do not sing in the area, hushed by the ominous atmosphere.