TOP TEN SPOOKY PLACES IN THE UK
In case Halloween isn't nerve-jinglingly scary enough already, you can always ramp up the fear factor to truly terrifying proportions, with a special trip out to one of the country's top haunted destinations. A bit of research has told us that Britain is indeed a land of horror and haunting. And we studied the travel guides and surfed the net to find some of the scariest. Check out our top ten then pack a bag and off you go. You may not need a return ticket though…
London's gore-filled tourist attraction moved to its £20 million new home at County Hall in 2013, ditching all the dodgy waxworks in the process and launching a new interactive tour through British history's most grisly moments. Think you're hard and not easily scared? You will be. Entry for adults from £17.95, children £15.50.
This friendly inn is haunted by Maud who was horribly murdered by her husband Hugh after he caught her being unfaithful. If you're planning to stay over, we should probably tell you that Maud has been known to caress sleeping guests with her hand from time to time. Sleep well.
Dug out by hand in the 1700s this dark, dank network of flint and chalk tunnels just outside High Wycombe was once the haunt of Sir Francis Dashwood and his infamous Hell Fire Club. Legend has it that all manner of ‘wickedness' took place, including black magic, orgies and devil worship. Nowadays anyone can have a wander inside its spooky depths and you can also hire the whole place out for parties. If you're brave enough. Entry for adults £6, children £5.
Believed by many spook enthusiasts to be Britain's most haunted village, the picturesque village of Pluckley and the surrounding area is haunted by between 12 and 16 ghosts, depending on who you speak to there. Look out for the screaming man and the murdered highwayman who still hangs around at the aptly named 'Fright Corner'.
The city of Edinburgh is reputed to be one of the most haunted locations in the country and it's castle, perched imposingly on the top of the hill is home to all manner of supernatural inhabitants, including a phantom piper, a headless drummer and even a ghostly dog. In 2011 its vaults and chambers were given a 10-day scientific survey with digital cameras and thermal imaging. Nearly half of the people who took part claimed to have seen a ghost of some description. Eeeek. Entry for adults £16.50, children £9.90.
The most haunted house in Britain was built in 1863 on the site of an old 12th century church and monastery. Story goes that a monk fell in love with a nun but just as they were about to elope their immoral affair was discovered and the tragic lovers met a grisly end. He was hanged and she was burned alive in the vaults beneath the rectory, which they now haunt (and who can blame them?)
This haunted B&B was built in the 12th century on a pagan burial site, this ancient inn is steeped in history and reputedly haunted by at least nine different entities, none of them particularly pleasant by the sound of it. Poltergeists pop round often to throw stuff around and then there's the 7ft demon that's been spotted wandering about. Enjoy your pint.
Book a Ghost Tour at this spooky castle and you cold run into all manner of ghostly apparitions. Listen out for the moaning and whimpering ‘Blue Boy' (his skeleton and blue clothing were discovered hidden behind a wall), visit the ghostly pale White Pantry ghost or eavesdrop on the two chattering men in the Chapel. Entry for adults, £9.50, children £5.50.
Poor old Catherine Howard, 6th wife of Henry VIII still wails her way around the corridors of this Tudor palace hoping for a last minute reprieve from her gory end (she had her head chopped off for supposed adultery). The best place to catch her is said to be the Haunted Gallery, where she screams and screams and screams… Entry to the palace for adults £18.20, children £9.10.
This beautiful London cemetery was a particularly popular burial place during Victorian times and is said to have more than its fair share of ghosts, including the old woman who runs from grave to grave, searching for the children she murdered. During the 1960s it also became a popular destination for vampire hunters after sightings of a tall, dark spectre in a black coat and top hat.