List Of Haunted Places In The South West

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Below you'll find a regularly updated list of the paranormal hotspots and haunted buildings that you'll find in the South West of England, a region that's steeped in more mystery than any other in the UK. The county of Somerset is said to be the location of the mystical Vale of Avalon, and further south in Devon and Cornwall ghost stories are am important part of local legend and folklore.
  • A39, Bath Road, Bridgwater

    A stretch of road running through Somerset is said to be haunted by a ghostly horseman who appears at various points along the A39 before disappearing.

  • Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

    The first burial took place at Arnos Vale Cemetery in 1839, it's a Grade II listed site of special historic interest.

  • Berkeley Castle, Berkeley

    Berkeley Castle, situated in Gloucestershire, holds a significant place in English history due to its connection to a gruesome event.

  • Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totnes

    This haunted hotspot in South Devon was once named the most haunted castle in England by English Heritage and boasts several ghostly tales and famous sightings.

  • Bodmin Jail, Bodmin

    Bodmin Jail was once a grim place which was home to murder, starvation and execution, not to mention the thousands of convicts that passed through its doors. Now the disused jail is one of Cornwall's best tourist attractions.

  • Bovey Heathfield Local Nature Reserve, Bovey Tracey

    In the Bovey Heathfield Local Nature Reserve on the edge of Dartmoor an English Civil War battle is said to replay.

  • Bristol Cathedral, Bristol

    Bristol Cathedral is one of England's most famous medieval churches, it dates back to 1140 when it was founded as an Augustinian abbey and as you’d expect of a building which has seen so much, it has a ghost.

  • Bristol Central Library, Bristol

    The library stands in College Green next to Bristol Cathedral, one of England's most famous medieval churches that dates back to 1140 when it was founded as an Augustinian abbey.

  • Brown's Folly, Bath

    An area of woodland, just outside of Bath, between Bathford and Bradford-on-Avon, that takes its name from a folly tower of the same name, which was built in the middle of the woods in 1848.

  • Carn Cottage, Zennor

    It's claimed that the infamous occultist Aleister Crowley has been linked to the dilapidated Carn Cottage on the hill overlooking the village of Zennor in Cornwall.

  • Chambercombe Manor, Ilfracombe

    Chambercombe Manor is a historic manor house in the costal town of Ilfracombe with tales of the paranormal associated with it in the form of cold spots and poltergeist activity.

  • Chavenage Manor, Tetbury

    Chavenage House, near Tetbury, is enveloped in the haunting legend of Colonel Nathaniel Stephens, linked to the English Civil War.

  • Clearwell Caves, Coleford

    Clearwell Caves are natural caves, but were worked as mines for iron ore for many hundreds of years before records commenced in 1841.

  • Clifton Suspension Bridge & Leigh Woods, Bristol

    On the south-west side of the Avon Gorge, overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks, is Leigh Woods.

  • Dolphin Tavern, Penzance

    The Dolphin Inn on the harbour at Penzance is a historic English pub reportedly haunted by three ghosts.

  • Dorchester Shire Hall, Dorchester

    Dating back to at least the 1640s, the building was once the centre of law and local government for Dorset, but since 2018 it's been a museum and it's said to be haunted.

  • Dower House & Stoke Park, Bristol

    Stod overlooking Stke Park is Dower House, one of Bristol's more prominent landmarks, set on a hill above the M32, one of the main approaches into the city.

  • East Lulworth, East Lulworth

    Flower's Barrow and Grange Hill on the Dorset coast is the site of a haunting which only appears during wars.

  • Exeter Old Courts, Exeter

    The old jail and court rooms ave a long and often bloody history, they were built on the site of an old Roman settlement following the Norman conquest.

  • Fire Brigade Headquarters & Knights Templar, Bristol

    The headquarters of the Bristol fire brigade is located on Temple Back and is the site of many reports of a haunting.

  • Freezing Hill, Bath

    Freezing Hill is one of the highest points between the cities of Bristol and Bath, it's marked with a line of 52 birch trees that were planted hundreds of years ago, no one knows who planted it and why.

  • Garden Reach, Cheltenham

    A dark female apparition was seen on several occasions in a large house called Garden Reach on Pitville Circus Road in Cheltenham between 1882 and 1886.

  • Great Fulford Manor, Exeter

    The Tudor mansion has been the residence of the Fulford family since the reign of King Richard I, making them Devon's oldest recorded family still in their original seat.

  • HMP Dorchester, Dorchester

    Since its closure in 2014, the stories of Dorchester Prison's ghostly inmates have made it a popular location for paranormal investigation teams.

  • HMP Gloucester, Gloucester

    HM Prison Gloucester in the West of England opened in 1791 to house some of the UK's most notorious criminals.

  • HMP Shepton Mallet, Shepton Mallet

    The grade II listed prison, also known as Cornhill was the oldest operating prison in the UK when it closed in 2013.

  • Keynsham Railway Station, Keynsham

    Keynsham station is on the Great Western Main Line in that serves London Paddington, the station lies between Bath and Bristol is said to be haunted by a phantom locomotive.

  • Kitty Jay's Grave, Dartmoor

    Kitty Jay is said to haunt her grave, a raised burial mound next to a crossroads on Dartmoor. Locals claim that they have seen a dark, hooded figure kneeling at the grave.

  • Littledean Jail, Littledean

    Almost 200 years of incarceration, suffering and death are said to have left their mark on the building, which is now reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Gloucestershire.

  • Lower Southwood Cottage, Exmouth

    Lying on the eastern outskirts of Exeter, Lower Southwood Cottage is a seemingly ordinary home consisting of two cottages that are both said to be plagued by poltergeist activity.

  • Nothe Fort, Weymouth

    The Grade II listed fort, which is one of the best preserved of its kind in the country, earned the title of one of the spookiest places in the UK in a nationwide poll.

  • Odeon Cinema, Bristol

    The Odeon cinema on Union Steet is one of the cities oldest cinemas but for the last 70 years screen three has been haunted by a former manager of the cinema.

  • Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol, Looe

    Looe's Old Guildhall is said to be home to a resident ghost called Jennifer, many visitors have reportedly felt her presence and the museum's volunteer staff acknowledge her by saying hello to her every day.

  • Pengersick Castle, Penzance

    This fortified Manor House located between the villages of Germoe and Praa Sands is sand to be one of the most haunted buildings in Cornwall.

  • Prideaux Place, Padstow

    This impressive stone-built house in Padstow stands nearly on the site of Bodmin priory, set against a backdrop of rugged coastline and with Bodmin Moor to the East.

  • Queen's Square, Penzance

    Queen's Square's is said to be one of the most haunted parts of Penzance, especially a shop in the square were a pack of beer mysteriously flew across an aisle and was captured on a security film.

  • Rudloe Manor, Corsham, Corsham

    Legend has it that two ghosts haunt the manor, that was abandoned by the MOD in 1998, and had links to stories of alien crafts being stored in the vast network of underground military tunnels nearby.

  • Sandhill Park, Taunton

    Sandhill Park was originally built as a private home, but in 1919 the Somerset County Council bought the house and converted it into a home for handicapped children.

  • Scott Cinema, Barnstaple

    The cinema is known as one of the Devon's most haunted buildings, moviegoers have reported seeing the apparition of man thought to have died there in 1931.

  • Seafield House, Westward Ho!

    Seafield House in Westward Ho! has stunning views over the Atlantic but neighbours say a ghostly old lady has been spotted sitting at the window and waving.

  • SS Great Britain, Bristol

    When the SS Great Britain first set sail in 1845, she was the most most advanced and longest steamship in the world, a testament to Bristol's naval engineering past.

  • St. Briavels Castle, Lydney

    St. Briavels Castle, located in the Forest of Dean and dating back to around 1100, is renowned for its haunting history.

  • St. Senara's Church, Zennor

    Cornwall has a long history of seafaring with many fishing communities, not to mention tales of smugglers and pirates.

  • Taunton Castle, Taunton

    Taunton Castle was built in the 12th century and stands on the site of fortification that have been protecting the county town for much longer.

  • The A30, Chard

    The A30 snaked through Devon and Cornwall and stretch into Somerset, along part of its route between Chard and Crewkerne plenty of paranormal activity has been reported.

  • The A38, Bristol

    Ghostly hitchhikers have been well documented over the years and Bristol too has its own spooky roadside ghost.

  • The Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton under Edge

    A small country pup in rural Gloucestershire often described as, not only one of the most haunted places in the UK, but in the world.

  • The Bowl Inn, Almondsbury

    Situated on the outskirts of Bristol in the village of Almondsbury, this historic pub pre-dates some of oldest pubs in the city itself and out-spooks them too.

  • The Chough's Hotel, Chard

    The historic 17th century hotel is located on the main high street through the Somerset town of Chard, and is named after a type of crow that usually inhabits Britain's costal regions.

  • The Hatchet Inn, Bristol

    The Hatchet Inn on Frogmore Street dates back to 1606 making it the oldest operating pub in the Bristol. Locals believe the watering hole is haunted.

  • The Highbury Vaults, Bristol

    Located close to Bristol University and the hospital, condemned criminals were taken to the pub for their final meal and kept downstairs in the vaults.

  • The Jamaica Inn, Bolventor

    The historic Jamaica Inn is setback from the busy A30 in Bolventor, overlooking Brown Willy, the highest point of Bodmin Moor. The inn is said to be very haunted.

  • The Jolly Sailor, Looe

    Not only is the Jolly Sailor Inn in West Looe one of the oldest and most haunted pubs in the UK, it's also a favourite haunt of the Higgypop team.

  • The Llandoger Trow, Bristol

    The Llandoger Trow is without a doubt the most haunted location in Bristol, boasting 15 ghosts, most famously the ghost of a young boy.

  • The Lost Gardens Of Heligan, Saint Austell

    The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the country, and also one of the most haunted.

  • The Old Church House Inn, Newton Abbot

    Lying five miles south of Newton Abbot is the 13th century Old Church House, a building that is believed to have once played host to Henry VIII.

  • The Old Vic Theatre, Bristol

    The Theatre Royal, home of the Bristol Old Vic since 1946, is one the oldest continually-operating theatres in the world.

  • The Red Lion Inn, Avebury

    The 17th century coaching inn stands alongside the ancient stone circle in Avebury and is home to a spirit named Florrie.

  • The Royal Oak, Swanage

    A historic pub in Swanage, which was originally a row of cottages built in the 17th century.

  • The Three Pilchards, Polperro

    The Three Pilchards is the oldest pub in the costal village Polperro, it takes its name from the village's tradition of fishing.

  • The White Hart, Bristol

    The 17th century White Hart on Lower Mauldin Street was originally part of St. James Priory and is situated not too far from a plague pit.

  • Tudor House Hotel, Tewkesbury

    The Tudor House Hotel in Tewkesbury, dating back to the 16th century, is rich in history and paranormal tales.

  • Vassals Park, Bristol

    The Grade II listed parkland, known locally as Vassals Park, has a gruesome past.

  • Wellington Hotel, Boscastle

    One of the oldest coaching hotels in Cornwall, it dates back to the 17th century but was sadly damaged in the flood which devastated the village in 2004, but has since been restored to its former glory.

  • Wistman's Wood, Princetown

    With tales involving druids, ghosts, and even the Devil himself, this ancient woodland in Devon has to be one of the most mysterious and magical places in Britain.

  • Woodchester Mansion, Stroud

    Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished, Gothic revival house in Woodchester Park near Nympsfield.

  • Wookey Hole Caves, Wells

    The famous show caves are said to be haunted due to their colourful past, most famously its former, a resident witch.

  • Yeovil Junction Railway Station, Yeovil

    Yeovil Junction Railway Sttion was opened in 1860 on the London to Exeter line, it is said to be haunted by the ghost of a female station worked named Molly.


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