Looking for inspiration when it comes to the most haunted places to visit in England? Luckily, we live in a country with a rich tapestry of history, full of strong characters and turbulent times. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the majority of Britain’s ancient buildings are said to be haunted houses.
We have put together a list of some of the most haunted houses in Britain for any of our readers who want to get up close and personal with a grizzly ghost in scary places in the UK!
Most haunted places to visit in England
Haunted house 1. Blickling Hall, Norfolk
This Jacobean house is home to probably the most famous ghost of all – Anne Boleyn. Holding her head in her lap, she is said to haunt her old family home on the anniversary of her execution.
Keeping her company in the medieval manor are her fellow spooks, Sir John Falstaff and Sir Henry Hobart, who also like to terrify visitors by appearing in front of them when they least expect it!
Haunted house 2. Dunster Castle, Somerset
Many visitors report seeing the ‘grey lady’ – a harmless figure who wanders around in 17th century clothing and appears so often that she is considered one of the family. There is also a ‘green man’ who is often seen walking past the castle’s gift shop before disappearing into thin air.
The most spooky thing about Dunster Castle is the reaction of visitors’ dogs when they near the gloomy site where a seven foot prisoner’s remains were found shackled by the wrists and ankles. Possibly the most creepy of any of the reactions in these haunted houses, they become noticeably wary and most refuse to go anywhere near!
Haunted house 3. Newton House, Carmarthenshire
This 18th century house is said to be haunted at night by the ghost of Lady Elinor Cavendish. Betrothed to a man she did not love, Lady Elinor fled to this, her family home. In a macabre ending to the story, her suitor followed her and strangled her to death.
Lights turn themselves on and off, muffled voices can be heard echoing around empty rooms and cigar smoke sometimes appears with no source. Most terrifyingly, visitors report a feeling of being strangled by a pair of invisible hands.
Haunted house 4. Ham House, Surrey
This 17th century property is said to be one of the National Trust’s most haunted houses, if not THE most, and an investigation once revealed 15 ghostly goings on in one night!
Visitors often complain that a small dog is trapped in a room somewhere, but all they are hearing is the skittering sound of the ghost of a long-dead King Charles spaniel whose claws scrabble on the parquet flooring.
People who look in the mirror that belonged to a rather cross Duchess get a fright as she creeps up behind them to scare them in retribution for daring to use ‘her’ mirror!
Add to this the ghost of a sad young man who had plummeted to his death after being spurned by the love of his life and a wheelchair that moves of its own accord, along with a few other creepy goings on and you can see why this property has the reputation it does.
Haunted house 5. Treasurer’s House, Yorkshire
This house has a history dating back 2,000 years, so it is unsurprising that it can be found in the Guinness Book of Records for having ‘Ghosts of the Greatest Longevity’.
The Roman road cutting through the cellar may explain why many people have reported seeing the ghosts of a Roman army.
The most detailed account came from a central heating engineer working in the depths of the house, who was confronted by a soldier playing a trumpet, then a horse, and then by 20 other soldiers carrying lances, round shields and short swords.
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The most famous of our Halloween houses is the stuff of legends, and last year it was put on the market for $78 million!
Bran Castle was home to one of literature and film’s most terrifying characters – Count Dracula. Famed to be the castle author Bram Stoker based Dracula’s home on, the factual history of Bran Castle in Romania (formerly Transylvania) is not that much less scary than its fictional past.
The castle’s more infamous real life character was Vlad Tepes, or ‘Vlad the Impaler’ as he was better known.
A vicious and brutal ruler, Vlad was known to impale his enemies on spikes and display them for all to see as a ‘warning’. The castle now attracts over half a million visitors every year who want to see Dracular and Vlad the Impaler’s castle in the flesh.
If you’re into 1930’s gangster history, this next property might appeal to you.
Described by the late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as “the scene of the battle”, this wooden-framed house on the edge of Lake Weir in Marion County, Florida, was where the longest shootout in FBI history took place.
Ma Barker, head of the Barker-Karpis gang, was named Public Enemy No.1 by the government for a host of robberies, kidnappings and murders in the early 1930’s and during the raid a dozen FBI agents fired more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition.
The incident has been the subject of numerous books and films, including the 1970 film “Bloody Mama” and is now the property, which is currently on the market for $250,000 is set to be purchased by The State of Florida and turned into a museum.
As if reports of alien visits weren’t enough to put potential buyers off, this Hollywood Hills mansion is also apparently built on an Indian burial ground!
The property, which was on the market for £15 million, was abandoned by the current owner and has since been squatted in by Satanists and drug addicts, so whoever bought it, probably had some human and supernatural clearing out to do when they become the new owner.
We have our fair share of horror houses here in the UK too. This Liverpool house, which was recently available to rent, is apparently haunted by a 135-year-old ghost called the Pickwick Poltergeist.
Former tenants of the property have reported ghostly goings-on since the 1800’s, including on one occasion an occupant being lifted out of bed, and came with a paranormal activity warning on its Right Move listing.
If you have a love of all things paranormal, and a hefty budget, you’ll be sad that you missed out on this 10-bed home in Wolsingham, which was the subject of a 2-month long study by the Paranormal Society.
Former residents of Stanhope Old Hall have reported sudden temperature drops, an old grey lady who moves furniture and the ghosts of a murdered couple found under the floorboards. They property was on the market for £895,000 and is now run as a bed and breakfast.