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Guide to Ghost Hunting in the UK

Updated on September 17, 2014

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

Haunted Britain and Ireland
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

Tintagel Castle
Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall

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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

tintagel castle:
Tintagel Castle, Castle Road, Tintagel, Cornualles PL34 0HE, Reino Unido

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2: Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire

Avebury Stone Circle

Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury Stone Circle

The Avebury Ring, Wiltshire

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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

avebury stone circle, Avebury, SN8 1RF, wiltshire

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3: Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire

Goodrich Castle

Goodrich Castle
Goodrich Castle

Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire

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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

Goodrich Castle, Castle Lane, Goodrich, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire - HR9 6HY

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Do you believe in ghosts and all things paranormal?

4: London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

Minsden Chapel

Minsden Chapel
Minsden Chapel

Minsden Chapel, Hertfordshire

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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
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

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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

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey KT8 9AU England

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6: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire

The Abbey Ruins, Bury St Edmunds

The Abbey Ruins, Bury St Edmunds
The Abbey Ruins, Bury St Edmunds

The Abbey Ruins, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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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

Abbey Ruins, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk County IP33 1UZ

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7: Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and West Midlands

Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey
Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

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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

Newstead Abbey, Nottingham NG15 8GE

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8: Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire

Tamworth Castle

Tamworth Castle
Tamworth Castle

Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire

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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

Tamworth Castle, The Holloway, Ladybank, Staffordshire B79 7NA

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9: Wales

Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire

Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire
Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire

Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire

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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.

The ghost of previous owner Thomas Phillips is said to roam the house and gardens today, and in 2003 Aberglasney also featured in Most Haunted's 3rd TV series.

Directions to Aberglasney, Wales

Aberglasney Gardens Llangathen Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH UK

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10: Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

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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

Kilmainham Gaol,Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

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11: North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Northumberland

Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland

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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

Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3TT

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12: Scotland

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle
Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle, Forfar

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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.

Have I tempted you to go ghost hunting in the UK?

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    • pkmcruk profile image


      4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Interesting to see the pictures of a number of places we have visited over the years and to read a little about them.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, definitely. This would be in our list.

    • Scotties-Rock profile image


      6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Absolutely! :) I love castles and ghosts!

    • vineliner57 profile image

      Hal Gall 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Castles are so cool. I would like to spend a night in one. Great lens.

    • ismeedee profile image


      6 years ago

      Tintagel and Avebury are two of my favourite 'haunts'! I'd love to visit the places you've listed in Ireland and Wales!

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      6 years ago

      Im very intrested to go and visit some of these places now

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Only those with a real history have the best ghouls and ghosties!

    • Cari Kay 11 profile image


      6 years ago

      Haunted or not, I just want to visit! Blessed!

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      6 years ago

      Yes you have. I have long heard about England being a haunted country. All these reports cannot be false. This is am excellent lens!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      Absolutely! What a fabulous job you've done here. Boo-lessed!

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      6 years ago

      Whether believing in ghosts or not; these places would be thrilling to visit. Hope to get to United Kingdom at some point and pay a visit to some of these historic castles. I enjoyed this lens. Nice work.

    • RavenRunner profile image


      6 years ago

      If I only lived over there! I would thoroughly enjoy visiting these fantastic places. Nice lens!

    • karMALZEKE profile image


      6 years ago

      I would love to visit all these haunts. Looks like fun!

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      Psycho Free Zone 

      6 years ago from USA

      Yes, I would love to visit some of these locations!

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      6 years ago

      Excellent I've been to some of these places but not all of them.

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      Debra Lobel 

      6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Great lens. Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      Love this lens - I want to tour Hastings Castle, due to being fascinated by its history, not to mention the chance to run into King Harold! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      6 years ago

      The Abby Ruins look incredible--I'd like to see that some day.

    • cocomoonbeams profile image


      6 years ago

      I wish I had the money to go on a haunted tour of Britain and Ireland! Hopefully, one day. Blessed.

    • LoriBeninger profile image


      6 years ago

      I wish I had known about this "guidebook" when last I visited Britain - next time, next time. Lovely lens. Thank you for this as well as your Squidlike and Blessing of my "Making Sense of Scents" lens.

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      6 years ago from England

      Oh yes!! I have been on ghost walks around the old walls of Southampton which is so interesting but not much else to be honest. That's a crime really when I live within a stone's throw of so many old building full of history and spooks!!

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      6 years ago

      I've been to Hampton Court, but didn't see any ghosts. Took a ghost walk tour one night in London. Quite fun, but not really scary. Nice lens!

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      Rosyel Sawali 

      6 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Very nice places you've featured on this lens! ^_^


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