Stalker’s Guide to 27 Most Haunted Places in England

The most haunted places in England

When you hear or read the word ‘England’, what thoughts typically come to mind? You might think about its gloomy weather, great bands like The Beatles, Queen and The Rolling Stones, the Royal Family and its gossip, afternoon tea, fish and chips, football, famous sights, beautiful landscapes, and countless other things. But there’s so much more to this country that we’re not even aware of! From magnificent ruined castles to old crumbling prisons, from grand residences to old museums, every place has a story to tell, and one that not everyone would dare to listen! In this connotation, this story on “the most haunted places in England” is to satisfy you scare thirst.

England’s long and turbulent history of violence, war and conflict has made it a hive of paranormal events. The past makes its way into the present, and the restless and tormented souls of the people who lived back in the old days, both victims and perpetrators, don’t want to be forgotten. They are here to teach us important lessons, to help us reflect upon how we want to live our lives and how we would like to be remembered. Of course, they are also here to send chills down our spines! Please, join us on this ghostly trip through the spookiest places in the history of England. You won’t regret it. 

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Devon

Haunted Berry Pomeroy Castle, England
Frequent wandering of blue lady ghoul makes it the most haunted place in England

Once upon a time, in a steep wooded valley, there stood a magnificent castle, property of the Pomeroy family. Ralph de Pomeroy, a keen follower of William the Conqueror, had been granted the castle lands by the Norman king himself as a reward for his loyalty. Despite its crowning glory, this once mighty fortress fell into a slow process of decay. Its crumbling but romantic ruins hide extremely dark secrets that are about to be uncovered.   

This castle’s scary stories revolve around two female ghosts: The White Lady and the Blue Lady.  The former is believed to be the spirit of the unlucky Margaret Pomeroy, imprisoned by her own sister in the castle dungeon. You might be wondering why…  well, rumors swirl that Margaret’s sister, Lady Eleanor, became insanely jealous when she found out that they were in love with the same man.

Eleanor’s plan was flawlessly executed: She held her sister captive and let her starve to death. Margaret’s restless soul is seemingly wandering in the dungeons, waving to visitors who are unaware of her truly tragic plight. 

On the other hand, who the Blue Lady is remains a mystery. Some say she was the daughter of a Norman lord, who raped her and got her pregnant. After giving birth, she apparently strangled the baby. However, a different theory suggests that it was the baby’s father who murdered the newborn child in cold blood.

Whatever happened, the Blue Lady’s spirit remains in the castle, wearing a long blue cape and luring visitors into several areas, either to kill them or to disorient them. Beware! You may listen to her crying, or see a bluish light gleaming. 

Colchester Castle

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Essex

Haunted Colchester Castle, England
Women accused of witchcraft were imprisoned here

William the Conqueror is linked to several of the most haunted places in England. In 1069, a grand stone castle was built on his orders on the foundations of an old Roman Temple. By 1100, after a series of unfortunate events, the Colchester Castle was finished, becoming one of the largest castles in England until today. 

Colchester Castle has entertained many ‘distinguished’ guests and witnessed unspeakable tragedies. During the First Barons’ War, more precisely in 1215, the castle was stormed and seized by King John I. A couple of years later, it became a prison, and then, in 1645, it was the place where women accused of witchcraft were imprisoned and interrogated. 

One of the most famous spirits still lingering in the building is that of Quaker James Parnell. He ended up in prison because he was unwilling to pay a fine imposed on him for committing blasphemy.

The cruelty of Parnell’s captors led him to suffer a gruesome death: To get his food, he had to climb a rope. Unfortunately, Parnell fell, got severely injured, and perished. Many visitors to the castle have heard his loud shrieks of pain. 

Flitwick Manor Hotel

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Bedfordshire

Haunted Flitwick Manor Hotel, United Kingdom

Why is the luxurious Flitwick Manor Hotel considered one of the most haunted places in Bedfordshire? Even though this Georgian country house, built in 1632, is a quiet place, a startling discovery in the 1990s spoiled its peaceful atmosphere forever.

Around the 1900s, the Lyall family were the house owners. Legend says that one of their children was so seriously sick that their housekeeper, Mrs. Banks, had to take care of him. The child’s mother suspected that Mrs. Banks was poisoning her son; thus, she fired her.

Shortly after, the boy passed away, and his pure soul was never seen again. However, that was not the case of the housekeeper, whose spirit remained attached to the Flitwick Manor. 

In the 1990s, the new owners of the Manor decided to renovate the building. While one of the workers was repairing the roof tiles, he found a wooden door leading to a room that contained a bricked-up doorway.  Apparently, this hidden room belonged to Mrs. Banks.

After this discovery, Flitwick Manor Hotel no longer emanated its magical aura. Some employees and guests have seen the spirit of an old woman walking in the corridors, or playing with the lights. One of the guests even reported seeing this white-haired woman sitting at the edge of his bed, gazing out of the window. 

Hack Green Nuclear Bunker

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Chesire

Hack Green Nuclear Bunker, Chesire, England

Let’s leave ancient history aside for a while. This haunted building was built during the Second World War. Originally, it worked as a radar station to trick German Luftwaffe bombers. During the Cold War, the place was modernized: Hack Green was now a semi-sunk bunker.

In 1976, it secretly became the Regional Government Headquarters in case Britain came under nuclear attack. The building was sold after the end of the Cold War. You might be wondering, when are the ghosts going to appear? 

Once Hack Green Nuclear Bunker was opened to the public, visitors and employees started to report unusual and unexpected occurrences. The main corridor is the spirits’ favorite spot to let themselves be seen. People have seen three ghosts wearing uniforms.

As the area is bursting with negative energy, some visitors have even fainted! Another popular area is room 9, where a young woman has been seen sitting at her desk, still working. But apparently, she is not alone: she’s accompanied by the ghost of a violent man that turns aggressive towards visitors. 

More signs of paranormal activity have been detected in the theater. If you feel greatly disturbed when you hear loud bangs, low moans, or when you are touched by unseen hands, then avoid this bunker area!

Woodchester Mansion

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Gloucestershire

Haunted Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire, UK
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In the heart of Woodchester Park lies a Gothic Victorian mansion veiled in secrecy, a mansion that hosts the supernatural. The Woodchester Mansion was never completed: its workers and different owners left under mysterious circumstances. Even though it seemed to have a promising future, the place was abandoned around the 1870s.

Before the Second World War, the Mansion became a mental institution, which was later occupied by American and Canadian troops to train for D-Day landings. Many soldiers tragically died: when they were exercising, the bridge over the lake collapsed. Their lifeless bodies were taken to the mansion, where their souls can still be seen. 

Due to its turbulent history, it is hardly surprising that visitors to the Woodchester Mansion sense a ghostly presence. Throughout the years, there have been many reports of a man’s spirit that attacks whoever he sees. Some other visitors claimed that, in one of the bathrooms, they have seen a floating head.

A piece of advice: if you are a woman roaming in the dark, be cautious… the ghost of an old woman has a passion for attacking female visitors! Paranormal activity has also been detected in the chapel. If you are within earshot, you will be able to hear an Irish folk song performed by the spirit of a woman. Remember to glance warily over your shoulder when visiting the Woodchester Mansion. 

Rochester Castle

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Kent

Haunted Rochester Castle, Kent, England
Photo by William Warby

Every place has secrets, legends and mysterious stories to tell, and this mighty fortress is no exception. Built by the Normans around 1127, Rochester Castle survived three long and bloody sieges. In 1215, it was captured by baronial forces and later seized by King John I in one of the most epic sieges in the history of England. A further siege by Earl Simon de Montfort would give rise to the ghost tale of Lady Blanche. 

At the time, the castle was defended by a crusader called Ralph de Capo, who was Blanche’s intended husband. As was tradition, on Good Friday evening, the fighting stopped. A knight called Gilbert de Clare saw the opportunity and entered the castle disguised as de Capo, with the intention of capturing Lady Blanche, with whom he was madly in love.

Trying to protect his fiancée, Ralph fired an arrow at de Clare, but he struck Blanche instead. It is reputed that the ghost of Lady Blanche can be seen wandering about the castle battlements, protruding from her chest the arrow that accidentally killed her.

Corfe Castle

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Dorset

Haunted Corfe Castle, Dorset, UK

Dating back to Norman times, this ruined medieval fortress has some creepy ghost tales attached to its history. 

Legend has it that it was here, at this exact location, that King Edward the Martyr was assassinated by order of his stepmother, Elfrida, who wanted her own son, Ethelred ‘the Unready’, to take the throne. Presumably, while Edward was out on a hunting expedition, he decided to pay his mother a visit.

Little did he know what was about to happen. Elfrida received Edward with warm affection and urged him to come into the castle, but her stepson was unwilling to dismount from his horse; he just wanted some refreshment.

Elfrida gave Edward a glass of wine and, as he lifted it to his lips, one of her attendants mortally stabbed him in the back. Several tourists reported hearing the sounds of ghostly galloping horses near the castle. Edward might be still around.

But wait… that’s not all! The 13th century has King John I as the protagonist of another spooky tale. During his reign, he not only turned Corfe Castle into his royal residency, but also used it to imprison his enemies.

During the Hundred Years’ War, twenty-two Frenchmen were held captive in the castle dungeons. John refused to give them food and water, and they starved to death. Some people say their screams and cries can be heard through the castle walls. 

Pevensey Castle

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Sussex

Haunted Pevensey Castle, East Sussex, UK

This Roman fortress, built around 290 AD., has been home to many spectral figures. One of the castle’s most famous ghosts is that of ‘the Lady in White.’ Her apparition in the surrounding fields has been reported numerous times. In fact, a few years ago, a dozen young campers were putting up their tents when one of them saw her.

He could not believe his eyes. The woman, dressed in a long white raincoat, was not standing on her feet; she was floating! The boy encouraged his friends to go and chase her but, as they approached her, she disappeared into the bushes. 

If you ever walk inside the castle, you may get the chance to see the spirit of a ‘gray or pale lady.’ There has been some speculation as to whom she might be. One theory suggests that she is Lady Joan Pelham, whose husband, sir John Pelham, was a Constable of Pevensey Castle in 1394.

While John was away campaigning with Henry Bolingbroke, his wife was left in charge of the castle’s defence. An army in support of Richard II saw this as an opportunity to besiege the place. Lady Pelham felt terrified and hopeless, but she managed to resist until her husband’s return.

However, the siege was so traumatic for her that some people believe her restless and troubled spirit is still walking around inside the fortress. Another theory holds that the grey lady is actually the spirit of Queen Joan of Navarre, second wife of Henry IV and stepmother to Henry V.

Falsely accused of trying to poison king Henry by witchcraft, she was imprisoned under the custody of sir John Pelham at Pevensey Castle. Joan was locked inside the castle until Henry V, on his deathbed, ordered her release. 

Pendle Hill

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Lancashire

Pendle Hill, Lancashire, England
The Singing and Ringing Tree at the Pendle Hill

The pretty villages surrounding this prominent hill tell a dark story of witchcraft, imprisonment and execution. In the year 1612, a peasant family lived on a huge limestone tower in the shadow of Pendle Hill. But these were no ordinary people. There are rumours that they practiced black magic and worshipped the devil. 

Local people died of strange illnesses, some in great pain; the milk turned sour and cattle died mysteriously. Some locals became highly suspicious of the families living in the tower, but they didn’t dare take action.

Eventually, a local magistrate, Roger Nowell, decided to take the matter into his own hands. Twelve women were taken to Lancaster for trial on charges of witchcraft; one died while kept in custody and another one was found not-guilty. The rest of them were sentenced to death and hanged in Lancaster castle.

The legend of the Pendle witches, veiled in mystery, has made this place the perfect spot for ghost hunting. The spirits of the hanged women still haunt the hill’s surroundings. If you have a taste for the supernatural, brace yourself, as the intense paranormal activity you’re going to experience here will leave you breathless.

Blickling Hall

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Norfolk

Haunted Blickling Hall, Norfolk, England

Let’s take a trip to Tudor England. If you’ve read about King Henry VIII, you most certainly remember his many wives and how he had two of them executed. Now, we need to recall some interesting facts that will be relevant to the ghostly tale that’s about to unfold. Does the name Anne Boleyn ring any bells? This woman was the second of Henry VIII’s six wives.

The king’s obsession with having a male heir to the throne drove him to divorce Catherine of Aragon, his first wife, and marry Boleyn. However, she also failed to produce a son. To arrange his second divorce, the king trumped up charges of adultery, incest and treason against Boleyn. In May 1536, she was beheaded on London’s Tower Green.

You may be wondering how this opening story relates to Blickling Hall. Well, it turns out that this grand Norfolk residence was once home to the Boleyn family.

According to legend, every year, on the anniversary of her execution, Anne’s headless ghost arrives at her childhood house in a carriage drawn by a headless horseman, with her head on her lap.

Anne Boleyn’s father, Sir Thomas, haunts the mansion and its surrounding grounds. He is presumed to have been cursed for taking no action to prevent two of his children being executed by Henry VIII. 

Pontefract Castle

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Yorkshire

Haunted Pontefract Castle, Yorkshire, England

This fearsome ruined castle is renowned as a place where dastardly deeds were perpetrated and bloody events took place. It’s no wonder, then, that it has a reputation for being one of the most haunted sites in England! 

Pontefract Castle was built around 1070 AD by a knight named Ilbert de Lacy on land granted to him by William the Conqueror. During the Civil Wars, this fortress came under siege multiple times.

Eventually, in 1649, it fell to Parliamentarian forces and was destroyed. King Richard II is thought to have been murdered here. Hundreds of soldiers were also killed and imprisoned in the castle dungeons during the Wars of the Roses. 

Tourists visiting the castle have spotted a shadowy figure holding an axe and wandering around the ruins of the castle, but the most famous sighting is that of a ghostly black monk who walks from the remains of the kitchen towards the ruins of the Queen’s Tower every afternoon at around 5 pm.

There have also been rumors of various apparitions of other phantom monks who wander aimlessly through the area. 

Chillingham Castle

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Northumberland

Haunted Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, UK

Surrounded by a magical scenery, this medieval fortress, located in the northern part of Northumberland, seems to have been taken straight out of a fairy tale. However, the gruesome events that took place beyond its walls would most likely be featured in a horror film.    

The infamous Chillingham castle was built in the late 12th century and has been home to the Grey family and their descendants ever since. In the 14th century, the place was transformed into a fortified castle for defence strategy against invading Scots. Renovations included the building of dungeons and a torture chamber where really terrifying things happened to prisoners.  

To this day, visitors report witnessing apparitions and feeling unwelcoming presences. The most famous ghost sighting is that of the Blue Boy, who is said to appear from a wall inside one of the castle’s bedrooms, illuminated by a blue light.

The spirit of John Sage, one of the men behind the treacherous acts of brutality and torture committed behind Chillingham’s walls, is also said to haunt the castle. 

If you’re not open to an unsettling experience, then stay away from this place!

Bisham Abbey

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Berkshire

Haunted Bisham Abbey, Berkshire, England
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Bisham Abbey has a distinctly eerie atmosphere and some spooky stories to tell. This splendid manor house was built in the 13th century for the Knights Templar, an immensely influential religious and military order of knights in the Middle Ages. 

In 1307, King Edward II suppressed all the members of the order and took over the manorial rights of the Abbey, granting them to his relatives. In the 16th century, the family of Sir Thomas Holby took up residence. 

Elizabeth Holby, Sir Thomas Holby’s wife, was a renowned scholar who expected her children to be just as gifted as she was. Disappointed at the stupidity of her younger son, she is said to have beaten him to death. The restless soul of Dame Elizabeth has long been reported to be roaming the abbey and its surroundings, weeping and washing away the blood on her hands.  

Peterborough Museum

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Cambridgeshire

Haunted Peterborough Museum, Cambridgeshire, UK

Apart from housing famous works of art, historical objects and artefacts, museums can be a hive of paranormal activity, and that’s exactly what happens beyond the walls of this imposing structure. 

Although it’s been a museum and art gallery since 1931, the foundations of this building date back to 1816. Originally, it was the private house of a local magistrate Thomas Cooke and his wife, Charlotte. The couple lived there until 1856, when they had a divorce. 

From 1857 to 1928, the museum building was used as the first hospital in the city. As you can see, this place has a rich and fascinating history! But well…let’s start with what interests you the most: the hauntings.

One of the most reported apparitions has been that of a dark grey figure that’s often lurking around on the stairs or on the first floor. People believe it’s the spirit of Thomas Hunter, an Australian soldier who died from his wounds when the museum was a hospital in 1916. The story goes that when he died, the nurse who had been treating him saw his spirit floating out of his body! 

If you want to see more ghostly activity, you should definitely go down into the cellar, where there’s plenty of it! You may catch a glimpse of a hooded figure that has been spotted by investigators who dared enter this scary room. You will also hear loud noises of doors slamming and things moving and destroying on its own! Get ready, because what you’ll experience will give you the chills!  

Bodmin Jail

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Cornwall Road

Haunted Bodmin Jail, Cornwall Road, England

This medieval building earned a place in history as one of the most brutal and haunted prisons in England. Extremely barbaric acts are said to have been committed behind its dark crumbling walls.

Bodmin Jail was built in 1779 by Napoleonic prisoners of war and operated for 150 years, in which more than 50 people were publicly hanged. These public executions provided a source of entertainment for thousands of spectators.

Although some parts of this former jail have been refurbished, most of the prison building is largely in ruins, which adds to its creepy atmosphere. Those who ventured inside have reported feeling ghostly presences.

One of the most renowned apparitions is that of Selina Wadge, a woman hanged for drowning her disabled child in a well. Her spirit now haunts the prison. Pregnant women have reported feeling overwhelmed with guilt and remorse as Selina tried to make contact with them.

The ghost of Matthew Weeks, a prisoner executed for murdering his girlfriend, wanders around the jail pleading his innocence.   

Eyam Village

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Derbyshire

Haunted Eyam Village, Derbyshire, England

The remote and isolated village of Eyam has a gruesome story of self-sacrifice to tell. In 1666, the place fell victim to a great plague that ravaged numerous lives. It all started the day George Viccars, the village tailor, received some materials from his London-based supplier and found out that the parcel was infested with rat fleas carrying an infectious disease.

He died some days later. Within a few months, the plague had spread like wildfire, so the villagers had to make a brave decision: They locked themselves away to prevent the spread of disease to neighboring settlements. Yes, they sacrificed themselves for others. Grand gesture. 

Over 250 people died from the plague, so it is hardly surprising that the village became a hotbed for ghostly activity. One of the spookiest buildings in the area is the Miner’s Arms, a 17th century inn and restaurant. Some guests at the inn reported hearing footsteps, doors slamming and ghostly giggles.

At Eyam Hall, the sighting of Sarah Mills, a serving girl who drowned in the village well, has been reported. The spirits of those who gave their lives to save others during the Great Plague of 1666 are also believed to be roaming through the village.   

St Peter’s Church

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Hertfordshire

Haunted St Peter’s Church, Hertfordshire, England
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This ancient church and cemetery, located in the village of Tewin, looks like the perfect spot for ghost hunting. In fact, truly supernatural events have taken place here, and some restless souls keep wandering through the graveyard and inside the building. 

One of the greatest mysteries in the history of this place has Lady Anne Grimston as its protagonist. After she died, Lady Anne was buried in a strong grave in St. Peter’s Churchyard. Legend has it that Anne was a Sadducean, which means that she believed there was no life after death.

On her deathbed, Lady Anne refused to admit to acts of heresy and made a pledge to Heaven that, if there was an afterlife, trees would grow out of her body. You may be wondering what happened next. Well, indeed, one of the biggest trees in England grew from the heart of Anne’s grave, causing the stone to crack and shatter. Simply unbelievable, isn’t it? You should go and see it for yourself! 

Betchworth Castle

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Surrey

Haunted Betchworth Castle, Surrey, UK
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This once fortified medieval stone house is now a crumbling ruin. Dating back to the 11th century, it started off as an earthwork fortress, owned by Richard Fitz Gilbert.

In 1379, a new owner, Sir Thomas Browne, rebuilt the castle as a fortified house. His family lived there until 1690. The next owner, William Fenwick, demolished most of the castle, turning the site into a private house. 

Betchworth Castle is definitely a place to visit, but watch out! This ruined fortress is allegedly haunted by some spooky specters:  One of them is the ghost of a black dog that presumably skulks around the ruins at night.

Legend states that those who see the shade of a black dog three times will die a premature death. The spirit of Lord Hope, who is reputed to have accidentally killed his own son, is also said to have been seen wandering around the grounds, tormented by remorse and grief. 

Belgrave Hall

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Leicestershire

Haunted Belgrave Hall, Leicestershire, England

This grand 18th century Victorian house was home to Edmund Craddock, a Leicester hosiery merchant, and his wife until his death in 1716. More than one century later,  in 1845, a businessman named John Ellis would buy the property and move in with his wife and their seven daughters.

Belgrave Hall was the home of the Ellis family for many years. Most supernatural events that took place behind its walls include at least two of John’s daughters.  

The most famous sighting reported was that of Charlotte Ellis. She often roams the gardens in a long Victorian dress and referred to as ‘the Victorian Lady’ or ‘the White Lady.’

Several guests and staff members claim to have recognised the smell of fresh baked bread and gingerbread when nobody was cooking. Some visitors also reported having a strong sense that there was a presence nearby, either because they were touched or prodded through the building. 

Buckingham Palace

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

London

Haunted Buckingham palace, London, UK

Today the Buckingham palace has its name and fame for being the Queen’s London residence. However, it was built in 1703 for John Sheffield, the first Duke of Buckingham. Later on, George III was the first monarch to own it.

Long before, a priory stood on the site on what was then an inhospitable site surrounded by marshland. Some say that it is the ghost of a monk who died in the monastery’s punishment cell that haunts Buckingham Palace.

He always appears on Christmas Day on the terrace over the gardens to the rear of the building. He is bound in heavy chains and dressed in brown and he clanks and moans back and forth for a bit before fading away, not to be seen again until the next Christmas.

The palace has another, more contemporary ghost from the reign of Edward VII. Major John Gwynn, the King’s private secretary, became divorced. No big deal to us, but back then that meant he was shunned by polite society. In absolute dejection, he retired one night to his first-floor office with a revolver and shot himself in the head. Since that day, staff working in the vicinity have occasionally heard a gun firing in the room where the suicide occurred.

Hampton Court

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

London

Haunted Hampton Court, London, England

The following information was provided by Sam Hearn and Ian Franklin, who work at Hampton Court Palace and are “keen to ensure that every story can be traced back to its source and is not simply the invention of some imaginative writer.”

Cardinal Wolsey built and begun the palace. Building work began in 1514 but the first phase of construction continued until 1522. Work restarted in 1525. When Henry VIII swapped his Richmond Palace for Wolsey’s Hampton Court in 1525.

The two men haunting Fountain Court were once workmen who died from a major collapse. The collapse took place during of Sir Christopher Wren’s rebuilding of the Palace in the late seventeenth century.

St. James Park

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

London

Haunted St. James Park, London, England

Headless Woman

Locals have frequently complained of seeing a headless woman in this vicinity. She rises slowly from the dark water and drifts slowly across the surface of the lake. Reaching land, she begins to run, her arms flailing wildly about her. Witnesses stand petrified as the headless figure runs towards the bushes and vanishes.

In life, her sergeant husband murdered her in the 1780s. Having hacked off her head, he buried it in a secret location before flinging her body into the lake, which was then little more than a marsh. Since that day her headless ghost searches for its missing head.

Queen Anne’s Statue

There is a tradition that at midnight on 1 August (the anniversary of the Queen’s death), the statue climbs down from the pedestal and walks up and down the street three times.

Cockpit Steps

From the bottom of the steps, you can literally see the ghoul of a headless lady. She keeps moving across the pavement and drifting over the road in the direction of St James’s Park. The Times, mentioned in January 1804, of two Coldstream Guards who were so shaken after seeing her ghost that they were confined to hospital. They were in a grave situation for some considerable time, following ocular hallucinations.

In 1972, a motorist driving here at late night hours collided with a lamp post when he swerved to avoid collision with an apparition who suddenly appeared before him. Amazingly, the history of James park haunting came into limelight during the subsequent court case and the motorist was acquitted of dangerous driving!

Tower of London

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Haunted Tower of London, United Kingdom

The Tower is also haunted by two of England’s most famed star-crossed lovers who also happen to be two of my favorite historical people as well as the subject of one of my favorite films, Lady Jane. Lord Guildford Dudley, husband of Lady Jane Grey, has been seen weeping in Beauchamp Tower, where he was imprisoned prior to the execution of his wife and himself. Lady Jane Grey has been described as a “white shape forming itself on the battlements.”

Battle Abbey

Rating: 3 out of 5.

East Sussex

Haunted Battle Abbey, East Sussex, England
Photo by Mike Knell

William the Conqueror built the Battle Abbey after his victory at the battle of Hastings (October 14, 1066). One version states that William I had promised to build an abbey if he was victorious. Another version is that it was built to repent for the sin of bloodshed. Building the abbey at this site then would accomplish any or all of these things in addition to providing a memorial for those slain in the battle.

In February 1094 the Abbey church was consecrated. William I directed that the High Altar be placed on the spot that the defeated King Harold fell. Legend says that a fountain of blood appears there at times.

There are, however, accounts in the 1800’s that ghost of a woman walked the grounds. Her identity has not been ascertained. The ghost of a monk has also been seen on the aptly named Monk’s Walk. He is thought to be the ghost of a monk who cursed Sir Anthony Browne. Sir Anthony had received the monastery as a gift from Henry VIII during the dissolution.

It was at this time that the church was basically destroyed. All that is left of the church today is an outline on the ground. Where the church’s altar was, which marked where King Harold died, there is a plaque on the ground.

Windsor Castle

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Berkshire

Haunted Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England

This castle is best known as the royal retreat of Queen Elizabeth II. Perhaps it was also the favorite residence of other monarchs, as at least four of them have chosen to remain here after their death! They have a lot of company – no less than 21 other ghosts have been reported here!

Some of the famous personalities that haunt this castle are- Henry VIII, his wife Anne Boleyn and his daughter Elizabeth. Many people have also seen the apparition of King Charles I standing by a table. This royal list of spirits include the King George III and Sir George Villiers, the first duke of Buckingham. 

Visitors have also encountered the spirit of soldiers, young boys and martyrs wandering around the Windsor Castle. Due to the consistent hauntings, we have it in our list of most haunted places in England.

Renishaw Hall

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Derbyshire

Haunted Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, UK

This seventeenth century mansion has been occupied by the Sitwell family for the past 400 years. Reports of a haunting there go back at least 100 years. The current owner’s grandfather made many of the improvements to the estate that are visible today, such as the garden, park, and lake, as well as cosmetic changes to the interior.

During some of these renovations involving the enlargement of the central staircase, a secret was revealed that may be the cause of the hauntings.

Back to 1885. Miss Tait, daughter of Archibald Campbell Tait, the Archbishop of Canterbury had been invited to Sir George’s (the renovator) coming of age party. She was given a first floor bedroom to stay in.

In the middle of the night she woke up because someone was kissing her. She ran to the room where Sir George’s sister was sleeping and told her. Miss Sitwell then made up a bed for Miss Tait on the sofa, explaining that she would never sleep in that room because she had had the same experience there.

After the party, Sir George’s agent, a Mr. Turnbull, came to see him about some business. During the conversation, Sir George laughingly told him the story of Miss Tait’s phantom kisser. The agent didn’t laugh. He looked shocked and then related a story of his own.

When Sir George had lent him the use of Renishaw Hall for his honeymoon, a friend of the bride had come to stay. She slept in that same bedroom and had reported the same experience. She was so shaken up that she left early the next morning. Mr. Turnbull had put it down to an over-active imagination.

Ghosts of the Renishaw Hall

A few years after Miss Tait’s visit, Miss Sitwell was entertaining guests in an upstairs drawing room after dinner. The room was brightly lit and the door to the hallway was open. She was chatting away when she realised there was a figure in the hallway outside.

Her friends claimed to have seen nothing but Miss Sitwell’s eyes obviously following something. She later wrote of her experience, “I saw the figure with such distinctness that I had no doubt at all that I was looking at a real person.”

The figure was of a woman, seemingly a servant, with grey hair in a bun under a cap. Her dress was blue and had a full dark skirt. She moved as if trying to avoid detection or notice, but her arms were stretched out in front of her with hands clasped.

She moved towards the top of the staircase and disappeared. Lady Sitwell called out, “Who’s that?” and urged her friends to accompany her on the chase. They were just about to give up when one young woman, looking into the hall below cried out,”I believe that’s the ghost!”

She saw a woman with dark hair and dress in her old room area, obviously distressed and deep in thought. Her figure cast no shadow. She slowly glided around and then melted away.

Secret of the Renishaw Hall

During the enlargement of the staircase, they demolished the first floor room where the women had their harrowing experience, as well as Miss Sitwell’s old room. Maybe Sir George was psychic, because when they took up the floor, they discovered a coffin between the joists of the bedroom floor. 

From its construction, and the fact that it had nails rather than screws, it dates back from the 17th century. Attached to the joists with iron clamps, It had no lid, since the floor had served as a lid.

The coffin did not contain a skeleton or bones, but there were marks in the coffin that indicates the presence of a body in it. The coffin has kept its secret. What happened there and the origin of the coffin has never been discovered.

Dower House

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Bristol

Haunted Dower House, Bristol, England

This yellow castle-like residence, set on Purdown Hill, was built in 1553 by Richard Berkeley. Ever since the terrible death of one of its residents in 1760, the house has played host to a continuing series of supernatural phenomena. Its high walls evoke an eerie and mysterious atmosphere that will creep you out!

Spirit of 17-year-old Elizabeth Somerset, Duchess of Beaufort, allegedly haunts the Dower house. The young lady died tragically after she fell off her horse and broke her neck. Visitors who took a stroll through the grounds of this bright house claimed to have seen Elizabeth’s immortal soul riding a spectral horse. Some people even reported hearing the sound of galloping hooves, although horses haven’t been on the grounds for decades.

So, this is the end of our spooky journey! We’ve taken you through some of the most macabre, mysterious and downright terrifying places in England. If you haven’t had your fill of ghostly adventure yet, why not go and check it out for yourself? Let the haunting begin!     

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