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Haunted UK - England
How Haunted is the UK?
If you're interested in ghost, ghouls and all things paranormal, then the UK has much to offer. Many buildings in Britain date back hundreds of years, with a great collection of castles, inns, taverns and manor houses. The oldest town in the UK is said to be Thatcham in Berkshire, which has strong evidence showing that people settled there as early as 10,000BC - 4,000BC, in the Mesolithic Age. So, as you can imagine, if there are such things as ghosts and spirits, which I believe there are, then you're most probably going to come up against a few inhabiting the ancient towns of Great Britain.
I've done some research to find out the most reported haunted places in the UK, ranging from Castles to Hotels, most places you can visit or stay at, or even go on tours. I'm starting with the most haunted places in England, and will follow on with the most haunted places in Wales, Ireland and Scotland at a later date. So if you want to find out more about the paranormal, and you're feeling brave, you may want to visit some of these places:
Most Haunted Places
Most Haunted Places in England
- Reading Moat House Hotel (Best Western)
Mill Lane, Sindlesham, Reading, Berkshire, England, RG41 5DF.
This hotel and restaurant was once a 19th century mill house, which sits near the river Loddon. It is also reported to have once been an old workhouse, and also a church. Dick Turpin, who was a famous poacher, burglar and murderer in the 18th Century, was also believed to have once drank in the Poacher's Pub here.
Investigators have been to this site many times, and there have been lots of reports of different paranormal activity. Orbs and light anomalies have been seen, and the sound of children laughing and unexplained voices have been heard and captured on recording equipment. It has also been reported by staff that you can sometimes hear the sound of a horse and carriage outside when nothing has been there.
- Ostrich Inn
42 High Street, Colnbrook, Slough, Berkshire, England, SL3 0JZ.
The Ostrich Inn in Colnbrook near Heathrow, is reported to be one of the oldest pubs in Britain, dating back to the 15th Century. It replaced another older Inn where King John is believed to have drank ale on his way to sign the Magna Carta in 1215. This old pub has a sinister past, and there is a story told of one of the previous landlords by the name of Jarman, and his wife, who murdered at least 60 wealthy people who were staying there alone. The murders took place in the hotels most luxurious suite called the Blue Room. It is believed that a tilting bed in that suite could be activated by a lever, hurtling the sleeping guests through a trap door and straight into a couldron full of boiling water, which would scald and then drown them. The landlord and his wife would dispose of the bodies and move their horses, hoping to trick other guests into thinking they had left during the night. One day thought, the horse of a traveller named Thomas Cole was found wandering around the village, and the body of Thomas Cole was found in the nearby stream, and the Jarmans were arrested. Before they were hanged they admitted to killing at least 60 people. The local stream, Coln Brook, is said to have got it's name from "Cole in the brook".
Much poltergeist activity has been reported here, such as strange unexplained noises, and wooded shutters moving on their own. People have seen a black figure, as well as a woman dressed in full Victorian wear standing in the women's bathroom.
- The Hobgoblin Public House
34 Hight Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1QE.
This pub is said to be haunted by a poltergeist nicknamed Bob. Staff and customers have reported hearing bottles and glasses clinking together when they are alone in the bar, things going missing only to show up the following day in strange places, lights going on and off, and phantom footsteps.
- Hughenden Manor
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LA.
This is the former home of Benjamin Disraeli who was a Victorian Prime Minister. The Georgian Mansion dates back to 1088, and it was once held by the son of Oger the Bishop of Bayeux named William, as part of the land owned by Queen Edith. The property was bought by Disraeli in 1848, and it was remodeled in 1862, aided by Edward Buckton Lamb, the architect who designed the gothic motifs which can still be seen to this day. The West Wing was built after Disraeli's death, when owned by his nephew, Coningsby. The total land consists of nearly 1500 acres, and it was Lady Beaconsfield who designed the formal gardens. She died in 1872 and is buried in a vault underneath the nearby church, along with Disraeli himself. The house was used as a secret intelligence base during the Second World War, and it's code-name was "Hillside". The National Trust finally took over the Manor in 1949, and with donations from the Disraelian Society, was adapted for public access. There you can see Disraeli's family portraits, furnishings, and the library that held all of the novels he inherited from his Father' including one signed by Queen Victoria.
Hughenden Manor is haunted by Disraeli, and he has been seen by many visitors roaming the upper floors, and also stood at the bottom of the cellar stairs.
- Ye Olde Swan Tavern
Newport Road, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes, MK6 3BS.
This tavern dates back to the Tudors and is over 400 years old. Dick Turpin is believed to have stayed here often, escaping from the crimes that he'd committed. There is a stone outside the tavern which is thought to have been that of Dick Turpin's, and he used he to mount his horse quickly. There is a secret passageway that can be found in the cellar, which leads to the Church oer the road, and it is believed to have been used by the monks who were escaping from the reformation while under Henry VIII's reign.
Lots of paranormal activity has been reported by previous landlords of the tavern. One landlord, Geoff Bevan, said he came downstairs one morning to find all the chairs on the floor, when they'd been stacked on the tables the previous night and no one had been around but him and his wife upstairs. He also has an experience late one night when the tavern was closed, he heard what seemed to be like a party going on, lots of laughing and singing. When he went downstairs to investigate the noise just faded away. His wife had told him of the time she had seen a lady looking at the lunch menu, and she told her that food wouldn't be ready for another hour or so, but the woman just walked away and disappeared into the wall. Many customers have reported of being pushed at the bar, and the bread in the kitchen often flies off the shelves. One scary experience was when a large heavy jug, that was hanging up behind the bar, just suddenly flew off the wall and landed the correct way up, in front of customers during a Friday lunchtime. The landlords daughter has once seen a man walking through the walls upstairs, and the landlord has seen a man in a cloak in the bar downstairs. There is also a story of a curse that was put on Dick Turpin's stone that sits outside the tavern, that if it was ever moved something bad would happen to them. When one customer decided to test the theory he was involved in a serious car crash the following week.
- The George and Dragon Hotel
West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
This hotel is haunted by a White Lady, who is believed to be a servant girl who was murdered by spurned lovers at the West Wycombe Caves which are nearby, and have been linked with the Hell Fire Club. The Hellfire Club was the name for several elite clubs who's members consisted of high ranking people that wanted to partake in immoral acts, and were founded in Ireland and Britain in the 18th Century. People have also reported hearing phantom footsteps at the George and Dragon Hotel.
Kimbolton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0EA.
Kimbolton Castle was owned by Earls and Dukes of Manchester for nearly 350 years, but Catherine of Aragon also once lived here. The castle dates back to the 13th Century, but it was rebuilt in the 1520's. During World War I, Kimbolton Castle was used by the Royal Army Medical Corps. The building was last sold in 1950 to be used as a school, which is what it still is today. Pellegrini murals and a great collection of portraits can still be found in the school, and even a museum that takes group tours.
The ghost that haunts Kimbolton Castle is said to be that of Catherine of aragon, who was Henry VIII's wife. Catherine of Aragon died at this castle in 1536 after being kept a prisoner here for the last part of her life. She is still seen today walking around the castle.
- Old Ferry Boat Inn
Holywell, St. Ives, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE27 4TG
This inn can be found on the banks of the Great Ouze, and records reveal that alcohol was served at this pub from 560AD, which was the times of the Anglo-Saxons.
The Old Ferry Boat Inn is believed to be haunted by a young 17 year old girl named Juliet Tewsley, who loved a man named Thomas Roul. One day, Juliet plucked up the courage to give Thomas some flowers, but he rejected and laughed at her. Juliet was heart broken and hung herself at dawn. She was convicted of self murder and was not allowed a burial in consecrated ground, so she was buried inside the Old Ferry Boat Inn. Her gravestone is still there and can still be seen today.
- Rowton Moor
A bloody battle between King Charles' Royalist Army, and Oliver Cromwells Parliamentarians, took place on Rowton Moors on September 24th, 1645. The Royalists were led by Lord Bernard Stewart and Marmaduke Langdale, and the Parliamentarians were led by Colonel Michael Jones. The Royalist Army suffered a bloody defeat, with over 600 Royalists being killled, along with the leader, Lord Bernard Stewart.
Lord Bernard Stewarts ghost has been seen riding Rowton Moors, especially on 24th September. A court musician of King Charles named William Lawes was also killed, and he has also been seen riding on the moors with Lord Bernard Stewart, as well as music that can sometimes be heard.
- Lyme Hall
Near Disley, Cheshire
This hall was given to Sir Piers Legh in 1346 for his bravery during the Hundred Years War, and it remained in the Legh family until 1946, when it was taken over by the National Trust.
The surrounding park is said to be haunted by the ghost of Sir Piers Legh's mistress, who walks along the river towards the hall. She is said to also walk where his funeral cortege went, as being the mistress, she hadn't been allowed to attend his funeral.
- The Old Hall Hotel
This beautifully timbered hotel is a great example of preserved authentic Elizabethan architecture, with much of the original décor still intact, such as the Jacobean fireplaces in the lounge, and the disguised door which was once a priest hole. The Old Hall Hotel was built in 1656, over another building which was built sometime in the 15th Century.
Most of the paranormal activity at this hotel is said to occur in rooms 2 and 11. Room 2 is haunted by a man named Mathew, who hung himself in there after apparently being told he was sexually inadequate. Room 11 is haunted by an old lady who suffered a heart attack in that room and died. Reports from guests have included being awoken in the middle of the night with the feeling that the bed was on fire. The building that the Old Hall Hotel was built over was tragically burnt down, so this is thought to be the connection. There was even one terrifying report from a woman staying at the hotel who stated that something or someone tried to drown her when she was taking a bath!
- Muncaster Castle
Muncaster, Ravenglass, CA18 1RQ
Muncaster Castle has been inhabited by the Pennington family since 1208. Shakespear is linked to this Castle, but it is most famous for its stories of jester who worked at the castle in the 1500's, named Tom Skelton. Muncaster Castle is now used for private weddings and functions, as well as being a hotel open to the public.
It is the ghost of Tom Skelton that is believed to play pranks on guests, although he is heard more than he is seen. Guests have reported most disturbed nights while staying in The Tapestry Room, often hearing footsteps outside the door, seeing the door handle turning, but when the door opens no one is there. Temperature drops have also been reported in this room, as well as hearing a child crying by the window, and hearing a woman singing in a soothing way.
The gardens and roads surrounding Muncaster are haunted by the Muncaster Boggle, or the White lady, who is believed to be the ghost of a girl named Mary Bragg, who was murdered by the main gates in the early 19th Century.
Muncaster Castle offers overnite ghost sits, and you can get the details from their website by following a link at the end of the hub.
- Brougham Hall
Brougham Hall is over 500 years old, and due to it's links to royalty, the Victorians nicknamed it the "Windsor of the North". King George V and King Edward VII were regular guests at the Hall.
Brougham Hall was investigated by TV's Most Haunted, who had some supernatural experiences while staying there. The manager, Neil Harrison, has seen glasses smashing, taps turning on by themselves and ghostly figures.
- Dalston Hall
This old hall dates back more than 500 years, the oldest part of the existing building is believed to be Baronial Hall which was built around 1500. Robert De Vallibus was the first of the Dalton family, changing his name to Dalton around 1300. The Dalton family consisted of small landowners who increased their wealth enabling them to extend the Hall. Dalston Hall has been recently used as a private house, a farmhouse and a youth training centre, and was eventually converted into a hotel in 1971.
Most of the supernatural activity is said to occur in the oldest part of the building, the Baronial Hall. Many figures have been seen by guests in and around the old hall, and also in the Minstrel Gallery. Candles have also been known to light up by themselves, and the sounds of music and laughter can often be heard, as well as the sounds of dogs running across the floors.
The haunted rooms are 4, 5, 6, 7 and 13, with Room 4 seemingly having the most reported activity. Apparitions have been seen, things often move by themselves, cigar smoke can often be smelt when no one is smoking, and many orbs have been seen and reported. Light bulbs have also been known to shatter.
- Chambercombe Manor Trust
Chambercombe Lane, Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9RJ
This Manour House has an entry in the Doomsday Book, and dates back to the 11th Century. The earliest recordings show the owner of the Manor to be Sir Henry Champernon in 1162. It remained in the Champernon family right up until the 15th Century, when it was passed onto the Polglass, Herles and Bonville families. It eventually became a farmhouse.
A tenant of the house was making some repairs to the roof back in 1865, and he came across the outline of a window. On further investigation he found a hidden chamber between a room that was used by Lady Jane Grey and another room. In the chamber he found the remains of a grand bed, and on it a skeleton of a woman. The woman is believed to have been a visitor of the area who was shipwrecked in a storm, and was found and bought back to the Manor, where she unfortunately died. The room was then sealed off, and even today there is no entrance to the chamber, just a small opening where you can see inside.
People have reported a feeling of being touched in the childrens bedroom, and orbs have been caught on camera. It is believed to be haunted by a little girl, and there is a happy atmosphere about the place. People have heard whispering and experienced extreme temperature changes in the kitchen area, and strange noises have been heard in the master bedroom, as well as people reporting feeling sick in this room. The Manor often hold guided tours and paranormal evening and night events. Follow the link below for more information.
- Former home of vaccine inventor Dr Edward Jenner
Dr Edward Jenner was born in 1749, and is famous for inventing vaccination, and it was in this house he invented the life-changing vaccination against small-pox. He lived in this Grade II listed building from 1785, right up until his death in 1823. Graffiti covers his former home, which comes from the soldiers who were billeted in the attic rooms in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
This building is famous for a strange photograph taken by a BBC reporter, which shows a man sitting on a chair between two beds in the attic. The attic was previously closed to the public, but has since been re-opened.
- National Maritime Museum
Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
This building dates back to 1807, but the museum was opened in 1937, as an extension to the Naval Asylum School. Today, the museum holds a huge collection of artifacts and exhibitions linked to mans association with the sea.
Possibly one of the most famous supernatural photographs was taken at this museum, by the Rev. and Mrs Hardy from Canada, in 1966, of a mysterious figure ascending the Tulip Staircase. A ghost of a woman dressed in white also haunts the museum, and the sound of metal pans banging together have been heard in the Tea Rooms
The London Dungeon is one of London's most popular tourist attractions, and it is constructed underneath some of the original arches of the London and Greenwich Railway line. Twisting corridors and curved stone walls give the place a spooky atmosphere. The London and Greenwich Railway line ran from London Bridge to Greenwich and was first opened in 1836, as Londons first passenger railway line. London Bridge was constructed in 43AD by the Romans, but the building of the first modern bridge began in 1176. The Hospital of St. Thomas the Martyr stood on the site of the dungeon from 1212, and was a shelter for the poor, sick and homeless, run by both nuns and monks. In the 1600's, Tooley Street, and other areas around London Bridge, became popular spots for bear, dog, and cock-fighting. This part of London was heavily bombed during World War II, and the railway arches were even used as air raid shelters until they were also bombed in February 1941. It is believed that many people died on this site, maybe even up to 300, and that some bodies were never recovered.
Many sightings of ghosts, apparitions, and figures have been reported here, by visitors and members of staff. A male figure, dressed all in black, with a very negative presence, is regularly seen, and it is believed to be the spirit of jack the Ripper. A man and two children are often seen in the 'Pre-Plague' area, but disappear if you try to approach them. Children playing and the top half of a man have also been seen. In the 'Mortuary' there is a scene of two wax work men looking down and operating on a body that is on the operating table, but a third figure is regularly seen.
Doors have been seen opening and closing on their own, waxworks have changed position when the dungeon has been closed, unexplainable lights have been seen, and equipment often stops and starts on its own. The sounds of whistling and crying is often heard, and members of staff have even been touched on the back of their necks.
- Tudor House Museum
Bugle Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2AD
This site began with 3 buildings dating back to 1150, but the timbered building that stands today was built in 1492 by John Dawtrey. This building has been home to Sir Richard Lyster, the Chief Justice of England and George Rogers who was a successful artist. The building has been funded over the years for restorations.
Lots of unexplained activity has been seen, heard and felt at the old Tudor House, by visitors and members of staff. Dogs refuse to enter the Green Room, and apparitions have been seen here. Orbs have been captured on camera in the Georgian Room, and strong EMF recordings have been reported. People have also heard unexplained footsteps and loud banging noises.
Although difficult to record the exact date, it is believed that these hand-dug chalk caes date back to 1250. The Chislehurst Caves consist of 20 miles of caverns and passageways, which were dug out in the search of flint and chalk. The caves were last used for mining in the 1830's, and during the First World War they were used as ammunitions depot as part of the Wollwich Arsenal. During the Second World War they were used as an air raid shelter. Today the caves have become a popular tourist attraction, and has also been used for film work.
The Chislehurst Caves are well known for poltergeist activity, such as locks being thrown around, cables being torn down, and chalk being thrown at visitors. An exorcist has been called in to try to solve the problem, and the caves have been featured in the Most Haunted TV show.
These are just a taster of all the haunted locations found in England, there are many many more, but these seem to be the most popular, and they're also places you can visit or go and see for yourselves. I will be adding more haunted locations as I find them, so check back to this page to see the updates. I will also be writing hubs on the most popular haunted locations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the near future, to complete the Haunted UK collection!
Here are some links you may find helpful:
- Chislehurst Caves Chislehurst Caves
- National Maritime Museum: sea, ships, time and the stars : NMM
- Edward Jenner Museum | Discovered the Vaccination Against Smallpox
- Chambercombe Manor | Ilfracombe , North Devon
- Carlisle Hotels | Luxury Hotels Carlisle | Dalston Hall Lake District Hotel, UK
- Historical Houses | Lake District Attractions | Muncaster Castle
- Kimbolton School - Kimbolton Castle
- Reading Moat House | Wokingham | Best Western Hotels GB
- Berkshire History: Maidenhead Pub Ghost
- National Trust | Hughenden Manor
- Ye Olde Swan Tavern | Haunted Locations
- The Ostrich Inn, Gastro Pub, Restaurant and Private Function venue
- George and Dragon Hotel - West Wycombe
- Old Ferry Boat, St Ives, Cambridgeshire - Home page
- National Park | Lyme Park
- Brougham Hall :: Home
- Berkshire History: Maidenhead Pub Ghost - The Hobgoblin Public House