Guide to Ghost Hunting in the UK
Plan your ghost hunting in the UK trip with Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones
If you are planning your next holiday, how about ghost hunting in the UK?
And what could be a better companion to your ghostly travels than "Haunted Britain and Ireland", that was superbly written by historian Richard Jones.
From the depths of Arthurian Cornwall, through the haunted houses of England and Wales to tales of Banshees in Ireland and spooky happenings in Scotland , Richard Jones has indeed covered ghostly goings on in all four corners of the United Kingdom.
I do not want to spoil your enjoyment of reading the book for yourself, so I will not be revealing Richard's superb ghostly tales. Instead I will take you to one place out of each chapter of "Haunted Britain and Ireland" and provide you with background information so that you can decide which haunted sites you would like to visit for yourself.
Come with me as I preview what delights are available for you if you decide to follow in Richard Jones's footsteps and go ghost hunting in the UK?
Haunted Britain and Ireland
By Richard Jones
Haunted Britain and Ireland
If you are visiting the UK and want to visit some of the most haunted buildings then be sure to buy Haunted houses by Richard Jones.
Read my reviews below on some of the venues that Richard visited in this book.
There are buildings to visit in all areas of England, and in Wales, Scotland and Ireland, so wherever you are visiting there will be a haunted building somewhere close by.
1: Cornwall, Devon and Somerset
Tintagel Castle, Cornwall
If you love ghost stories where is better than to start than Cornwall.
Situated at the south west tip of England, and surrounded by sea on three sides, Cornwall has always been seen as somewhat mysterious, home to pirates, legends and ghostly tales.
Maybe most famously, the north Cornish village of Tintagel is said to be home to King Arthur. As you view the rocky cliffs that rise out of the unforgiving seas of the Atlantic Ocean it is not difficult to believe that this rugged coastline was home to mystical and haunted happenings.
Directions to Tintagel Castle
2: Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire
Avebury Stone Circle
The Avebury Ring, Wiltshire
Situated approximately 20 miles (32 km's) north of Stonehenge, in the county of Wiltshire, is the Avebury Stones, which are thought to have been first made as far back as 2600BC. It is considered to be the the oldest stone ring known to exist worldwide.
The Avebury ring is made up of a grassy bank measuring around 1400 feet across (427 metres), with a height of up to 20 feet (6 metres). It is impossible to describe the vast scale of this impressive site - it really does take your breath away the first time you visit.
If you enter the circle by any of the four cardinal point entrances, you will find 3 rings of stones. Currently there are 27 stones, but it is believed that once there would have been as many as 98 of them.
Given its age and mystical connotations it is therefore not surprising that the Avebury Ring is thought to be one of England''s most haunted sites.
Directions to Avebury Stone Circle
3: Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire
Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire
Standing on a hill overlooking the river Wye on the Welsh Marches is Goodrich Castle which despite the description is now part of the border county of Herefordshire, England.
Built in the 12th Century, Goodrich Castle has managed to keep many of its original features, including an impressive collection of domestic medieval buildings.
If you visit Goodrich castle you too can find out about the murder holes that are concealed within the castle walls, and learn about the ghostly goings on.
Directions to Goodrich Castle
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4: London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Minsden Chapel, Hertfordshire
Minsden Chapel in Hertfordshire is in fact the ruins of a 14th Century chapel, that, due its isolated position, can only be reached by foot.
It was a working chapel for three hundred years, before gradually the crumbling building fell into a state of disrepair and became a danger.
Now desolate, it has gained a reputation for being haunted, as told here by Richard Jones.
5: Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
During Tudor times Hampton Court Palace was the most important palace in the whole of the country. It was originally built on the northern bank of the River Thames some 13 miles (21 km's) from London. Now of course, it is included in the Greater London conurbation that spreads south west to Surrey, but it still remains an impressive building.
When Cardinal Wolsley was not able to get the Vatican to agree to an anulment for the marriage of Henry 8th to Catherine Aragon, Wolsley gave the king Hampton Court Palace to try to soften the blow.
It is said that the ghost of Henry's second wife, the beheaded Anne Boleyn can still be seen there today, along with a reported twenty nine other known ghosts.
Directions to Hampton Court Palace
6: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire
The Abbey Ruins, Bury St Edmunds
The Abbey Ruins, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
The Abbey in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, dates from 633 AD, and after the English king Edmund was killed in battle the abbey was renamed after this popular martyr.
Not surprisingly for a religious building with over eight hundred years of history, there are many stories of ghosts haunting the abbey ruins.
Directions to the Abbey Ruins, Bury St Edmunds
7: Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and West Midlands
Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire
Beginning life as an Augustinian priory in the 12th Century, in Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, Newstead Abbey became a private house after the dissolution of the monasteries.
The house was purchased from Henry VIII by Sir John Byron, Lieutenant of Sherwood, a forbearer of the 6th Baron of Rochdale, George Gordon Byron, better known as the English poet Lord Byron.
If you are lucky enough to visit Newstead Abbey, watch out for the many ghosts that are said to haunt its historic grounds.
Directions to Newstead Abbey
8: Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire
Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire
Tamworth Castle is a Norman castle, situated alongside the River Tame, in Tamworth, Staffordshire, and it was originally built as defence against the Vikings. Today it is revered as one of the most well preserved motte-and-bailey Norman castles in England.
During the 19th Century it was home for a while to Robert Peel, who was Prime Minister of Great Britain twice during the middle part of the century.
Today it is said to be haunted by the ghost of a nun, and the TV series Most Haunted filmed there during their 3rd series in 2003.
Directions to Tamworth Castle
In the scenic Tywi valley in Carmarthenshire, Wales is Aberglasney House.
The grand house was built in the 18th Century, but the gardens, feted as the grandest in Wales have been inspiring poets since 1477.
Directions to Aberglasney, Wales
Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
Kilmainham Gaol in Kilmainham, Dublin used to be a jail but is now a museum.
Built in 1796, the conditions were squalid and hangings were carried out in front of the public at the front of the jail.
The jail eventually stopped being used as a prison in the 1920s, and during the 1960s moves were eventually taken to preserve its history.
As it to be expected from a building with a history of executions, Kilmainham Gaol has more than its fair share of ghostly apparitions.
Directions to Kilmainham Gaol
11: North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Northumberland
Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
Situated 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Craster on a striking headland on the rugged Northumberland coast, the ruins of Dunstaburgh Castle are a truly magnificent sight.
Built in the 14th Century, the castle was home to Thomas Plantagenet, Earl of Lancaster and a cousin of King Edward II.
Edward had Thomas beheaded for treason in 1322, in a bungled execution that took eleven strokes to decapitate him.
Not surprisingly, the Earl's ghost has been seen carrying his head around the castle!
Directions to Dunstanburgh Castle
Glamis Castle, Forfar
Glamis Castle is situated just outside the village of Glamis in Angus, and since the 14th Cenury has been the home of the Lyon family.
Most famously, Glamis was where Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, better known as Queen Elizabeth , The Queen Mother, and mother of Britain's current Queen Elizabeth spent her childhood.
Glamis Castle is said to be haunted by at least six ghosts, making it the perfect place to visit if you are ghost hunting.