UK’s most haunted places revealed on spooky trip – with a surprise or two
From a clan of murdered witches to pubs plagued by poltergeists – if you have an affinity with the macabre, then this is the perfect road trip to take that half-term as Halloween approaches.
Places across the UK are teeming with ghost stories, and a spooky route takes supernatural fanatics to 15 of the country’s spookiest settings on an 818 mile round trip.
These paranormal hot spots were handpicked by vehicle battery specialists Quality source like a new way to experience thrills this October 31st.
Thrill seekers can take the massive roadtrip in as little as four days, spending the night in motorhomes or hotels – or doing it more slowly over the course of a week.
Alternatively, they can be broken down into four smaller regional tours, each with less than three and a half hours of driving per day.
To create the most supernatural road trip possible, Quality Source scoured Tripadvisor to find the places where the most paranormal activity was reported by visitors, then used the 15 Best Places to design road trips across the country.
Stops include Chillingham Castle, Samlesbury Hall and Chambercombe Manor – all of which have reported hundreds of ghost sightings and paranormal encounters, even visitor possessions in the most extreme cases.
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Here are the 15 stops of the 818-mile dark sightseeing trip – and the spooky stories that accompany them.
11am: Chillingham Castle, Chillingham (next stop: 55 minutes drive)
Start your day with a cup of tea in the quaint but deeply haunted Chillingham Castle Tea Room.
The castle is said to have some of the highest levels of paranormal activity in the UK, so it’s not for the faint of heart.
There are several sympathetic ghosts believed to live within the castle grounds, with visitors reporting hearing voices calling for them, feeling hands touching them in empty rooms, and taking pictures awash with orbs that change when they are. developed.
2:30 p.m .: Winter’s Gibbet, Newcastle (next stop: 1 hour 6 minutes drive)
From there, head to Winter’s Gibbet for a walk through the beautiful Northumberland countryside where you will find the only pole used to hang murderer William Winter in 1792.
His body was left hanging until his clothes rotted and it was reported that William’s specter appeared near the pole, as if he was mourning his own death.
5:30 p.m .: The Shakespeare, Durham (next stop: 1.5 hours drive)
After your walk, what better place to stop for a snack than Durham’s most haunted pub?
Built in 1190 AD, the Shakespeare pub is truly spellbinding.
Locals heard everything from random screams to the squeak of the old sewing machine in the back, as if trying to pedal.
9 p.m .: Whitby, North Yorkshire
The evening is a great time to visit the spooky seaside town of Whitby, which is so awash with stories of ghost sightings that it has been a key inspiration for Stoker’s Dracula .
While there is a whole slew of specter sightings, one of the scariest stories is that of the old man in the lighthouse who died on the lighthouse stairs during a bad storm.
Many visitors have reported seeing his presence scurrying down the pier until his own death.
10am: Lyceum Theater, Crewe (next stop: 1 hour 10 minutes drive)
Start your day at the Lyceum Theater which is so haunted that they attempted an exorcism in 1969 to cleanse the spirits, but to no avail. There are six ghosts that haunt the theater, including a little boy, a lady in white, and the ghost of a distraught ballet dancer who hanged herself in the locker room.
While you’re at it, keep an eye out for missing items, random stall hissing, sudden changes in temperature, and smells of smoke and perfume.
12:30 p.m .: Samlesbury Hall, Preston (next stop: 37 minutes drive)
Samlesbury Hall is said to be one of the most haunted places in the country.
Resident spirits include Dorothy Southworth (the White Lady) who died of a broken heart and is now said to wander aimlessly through the lobby and grounds.
And if you get hungry during ghost hunting, they also serve delicious tapas.
3:15 p.m .: Pendle Hill, Lancashire (next stop: 1 hour 58 minutes drive)
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After a relatively short drive you will find yourself at Pendle Hill, the home of the Pendle witches who were executed for witchcraft in 1612 and still haunt the aisles.
For this stop make sure you bring proper footwear as it is a bit of a strenuous walk but well worth it for the views and dread along the way.
7 p.m .: The Black Swan Hotel, York
End a long day of haunting with dinner at the Black Swan Hotel where ghost sightings are so common that bar staff have even named the little Victorian boy who would haunt the passage “Matthew,” a pickpocket known for getting things done. mysteriously disappeared.
In the kitchen, there have been reports of a figure of a man in riding gear who frequently appears singing.
His observations baffled the staff until they realized that the kitchen was built over the original stable yard.
10am: Croft Castle, Leominster (next stop: 1 hour 33 minutes drive)
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Start your day on 1,500 acres of haunted territory – Croft Castle was owned by the Croft family for over 700 years.
But when financial problems forced them to sell the property, the ghosts of generations of the family are said to have returned to haunt the castle and can be seen causing unrest to this day.
1:30 p.m .: Aston Hall, Birmingham (next stop: 57 minutes drive)
Perhaps the most troubled ghost of all travel locations, Aston Hall is said to be home to many angry ghosts.
Specter sightings include the servant ‘Dick’ who hanged himself after being caught stealing.
Not only can you visit the mansion and gardens, but there is a stable cafe if you want to stop for lunch if you can handle it.
5 p.m .: Derby Gaol, Derby (next stop: 28 minutes drive)
The prison (prison) opened in 1756 and has a very gruesome history, with almost 60 hangings for crimes as minor as the theft of a goose – so several angry ghosts are said to haunt the premises.
Cells are even available for brave souls to spend the night if they can handle it.
7:30 p.m .: Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, Nottingham
End your day with a drink in Nottingham’s most haunted pub.
The building and caves below are believed to date back to 1068 AD, with the walls full of scratches from prisoners whose haunted souls are believed to still be in the property.
If you arrive at the right time, you will even hear their screams.
1:30 p.m .: Berry Pomeroy Castle, South Devon (next stop: 1 hour 25 minutes drive)
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Start your day at Berry Pomeroy Castle where ghosts have been filmed and 30% of all visitor reviews say they have had a paranormal experience.
Beware of the blue lady in the tower – she begs you and invites you to join her, but if you do, legend has it that she will push you to death.
5 p.m .: Jamaica Inn, Cornwall (next stop: 1 hour 51 minutes drive)
Cornwall’s most famous smuggler’s inn is not for the faint of heart, even the “most haunted” TV show said the spot gave them one of their scariest episodes ever.
Fortunately, not only is this a beehive for paranormal activities, it also has an extensive dining menu so you can refuel for your last stop.
9 p.m .: Chambercombe Manor, Ilfracombe
On October 30, you can attend a special Halloween event from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. for a fully immersive paranormal experience.
Specter sightings are said to regularly include pirates, the house’s most famous ghost dates back to 1865 when the then-tenant made repairs to the roof and stumbled upon the edge of a window that didn’t had no corresponding part.