The 10 Most Haunted Parks & Gardens In The UK

July 31, 2018 6:00 AM ‐ ParanormalGhosts
Most parkland is ancient and there's often plenty of stories of grizzly events that have happened in parks, it seems many of those events come back to haunted us.

Below are the ten parks, gardens and public spaces that are known for their haunted history.

10. Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor

Wistman's Wood

This whole area used to be covered in ancient woodland that covered most of the moor around 9,000 years ago, now little remains. With tales involving druids, ghosts, and even the Devil himself, this parkland in Devon has to be one of the most mysterious and magical places in Britain.

9. Green Park, London

Green Park's Tree Of Death

One of Central London's parks, a welcome piece of tranquility in the heart of the West End and a great place to head for a restful afternoon in the sun but not all of the parkland is as welcoming. Legend has it that there's one sinister "Death Tree" within the grounds which should be avoided at all costs.

Its said that anyone who falls asleep in the shade of the tree's branches never wakes up again. The tree has only been identified in the past by claims of a black figure who's been spotted under the tree, park wardens have said they've heard a man's voice around the tree, and moans have been heard coming from the tree.

Its said that the city's homeless population avoid the tree but it seems that for most people the knowledge of which tree we should be avoiding has been lost. So, next time you sit in the park you may be under the infamous, yet elusive deadly tree.

8. Queen's Park, Glasgow

Queen's Park, Glasgow

The 150-acre park is situated on the south side of the city, it's the site of the Battle of Langside in 1568, which is said to have been the beginning of the Marian civil war. Hundreds of the 10,000 men who fought here died.

It's now said that the ghosts of the dead soldiers are spotted near the boating lake on the anniversary of the battle on May 13th.

7. Vassals Park, Bristol

Oldbury Court Estate

The Grade II listed parkland, known locally as Vassals Park, has a gruesome past. There used to be a stately home on the estate and local legend tells of a Catholic monk who secretly held mass at a time when it was illegal to do so was hidden in a "priest hole" and forgotten about and starved to death. He's now said to haunt the estate.

6. St. James's Park, London

St. James's Park

St. James's Park, the oldest of the eight Royal Parks in London. It's located in Westminster, it gets its name from a local leper hospital in the St. James area.

St. James's Park Lake runs through the middle of the park, there are two small islands in the lake.  The Blue Bridge crosses the lake and boasts views of the London Eye and Buckingham Palace.

While walking through the park, many people have reported seeing a headless figure which walks in front of them near the Blue Bridge before vanishing.

The figure, known as the Red Lady, is often described as wearing a red dress or cloak, sometimes she is said to be seen coming out of the lake.

She could be the wife of a soldier who, in the 18th century, lured her into the park and murdered her.  After removing her head, he attempted to dispose of her body in the lake but was spotted and spotted.

5. Culloden Moor, Inverness

Culloden Moor, Inverness
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Culloden Battlefield has been the scene of sightings believed to be ghosts of men killed in the battle in 1746. The battle of Culloden was the last battle ever fought on British soil. It's said that today the battlefield has a sombre atmosphere and that birds never sing near the graves of the fallen soldiers.

Walkers in the area have reported seeing ghosts of the soldiers around the graves and their battle cries can still be heard on the anniversary of the battle, on April 16th.

4. Stoke Park, Bristol

Duchess Lake & Dower House

Within Stoke Park there are two small lakes, the largest of which is Duchess Pond. A large house in grounds called Dower House, one of Bristol's more prominent landmarks, set on a hill above the M32, one of the main approaches into the city. 

The bright yellow house was built in 1553 and was once part of Stoke Park Hospital until 1985, it's since been converted into residential dwellings.

The house and the rest of the Stoke Park estate is believed to be haunted by one its former residents, a 17-year-old by the name of Elizabeth Somerset who fell from her horse in 1760 and broke her neck.

Walkers in the grounds of the house often report hearing the sound of horse's hooves in the house's grounds and surrounding woodland, even though no horses have been allowed on to the land for decades.

3. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

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. For years staff and gardeners have reported strange goings on in the 19th century gardens, some staff members even refused to go into the gardens alone in the dark.

The areas where most paranormal activity has occurred are the rockery, fruit store, and in the melon garden where a small cottage is also reported to have a strange atmosphere, and a sinister presences has been witnessed in the grotto. At one time the hauntings were so severe that an exorcist was called in.

2. Codnor Castle Estate, Derby

Codnor Castle Ruins

Codnor Castle near Derby is a medieval castle which sits right on the border between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The castle is now in ruins after it was nearly completely dismantled in 1643 and is surrounded by countryside that has been parkland for a hundreds of years.

The castle grounds are also said to be haunted. The most famous story is that of a soldier of the Knight's Templar who was injured in battle and took refuge in the castle over night. The soldier died during the night, and ever since, his rather aggressive ghost has been seen wearing a dull metal helmet in the castle grounds outside the cottage. He's also seen running through the ruin of the great hall.

The grounds are also said to be haunted by a spirit known as the Grey Lady, the name could be linked to the De Grey family who occupied the castle for centuries. It's said she was a heavily pregnant French woman, and died following an accident while out riding her horse. She has since been seen gliding around the estate and the echoes of a French woman singing have been heard.

1. Rowton Moor, Chester

Rowton Moor, Chester

The Battle of Rowton Moor took place here during the English Civil War in 1645, and it has left its mark on the land forever. It was one of the most bloody battles of the conflict with a huge number of English soldiers brutally killed here.

The area is now haunted by the ghosts of men on horseback, who are said to appear each year around September 24th. Walkers have reported hearing the faint sound of music echoing across the landscape, which is thought to be the ghost of William Lawes, King Charles' court musician, who was shot down by a parliamentarian.
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