As the world returned to normal in 2022, we've seen ghost hunters and paranormal teams return to many of Great Britain's best-known paranormal hotspots. Many famous haunted buildings have also featured in paranormal reality shows or produced evidence of ghosts that have been picked up by the press.

Based on whether the location has appeared in the news in the last 12 months or have been featured in a prominent paranormal investigation or television shows we've ranked thousands of hauntings to compile a list of the top 100 locations in the UK. Our supernatural scoring also takes into account the longevity of the haunting, numbers of reports, the type of paranormal activity and credibility of witnesses.

Reports of phenomenon like unexplained footsteps and objects moving score a location the minimum number of points, while a report of a fully-fledge identifiable apparition gives them maximum points, additional points are given for repeating phenomenon and activity caught on camera.

We have around 1,200 haunted locations in our database, so of course there's going to be hundreds which are sadly missed off this list, but it should be remembered this is purely an annual and topical snapshot of UK haunted locations. Some of the locations listed might have over-inflated scored due to a large amount of media coverage, while some hidden haunted gems might not make the to 100 because they are so well hidden. However, our algorithm and scoring system is designed to be as fair as possible. Comments below notable entries tell you how this year's score has been calculated.

Down 22100. The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames

The Kenton Theatre in Henley-On-Thames has been known for decades as one of England's most haunted stages, with an unwanted spirit has been blamed for breaking mirrors and turning lights on and off. Since it was first built in 1805, the building has been a school, a church hall and a clinic for soldiers, but since the 1960s when it reopened as a theatre, the paranormal activity seems to have intensified.

Many of these reports feature around the town's most infamous past residents, Mary Blandy. After poisoning her father by putting arsenic in his tea in 1751, Mary was convicted and hanged for murder, but in the century since her death people all over Henley have claimed to see her ghost.

In 1969, the Kenton Theatre played host to a run of performances of The Hanging Wood, that tells for story of the life and death of Mary Blandy. During the show's rehearsals, cast members reported seeing a phantom woman dressed in grey at the back of the venue, a shadow figure lurking in the staging rigging, and a teacup rising from a table before dropping and smashing.

Down 1099. Woolton Hall, Liverpool

The original part of Woolton Hall was built in 1704 for the Molyneux family. Since then, the hall has been home to several notable figures, including the Earl of Sefton and Liverpool shipowner Frederick Richard Leylands. Later in its 300-year history the hall was used as a hospital during WWII, then became a meeting place for the Freemasons, before eventually becoming a school. Today the Grade I-listed mansion is abandoned and decaying.

Paranormal investigators who have ventured into the property have reported an overwhelming feeling of unease and have even heard a sinister growl. The aggressive noise is believed to have been the spirit of a Freemason threatening a female ghost hunter as he tries to enforce the Mason's strict 'no women' rule from beyond the grave.

After the the incident, the investigator, Rebecca Palmer said, "I genuinely feared for my safety. I could tell there was some kind of negative presence around and I was worried it would try to take hold of me."

There is also a report that over 100 years ago, a pregnant lady sadly fell down the stairs inside the home and lost her baby. It is believed that she still walks up and down the stairs, perhaps reliving the tragic accident.

The now derelict building is now a popular location for amateur paranormal investigators as well as urban explorers who document their visits to the property on YouTube.

Down 1798. The Fleece Inn, Elland

 

The Fleece Inn in Elland was built in the early 1600s and is known for its grim legends, with rumours of secret tunnels, deaths and even murders.

The reports range from poltergeist activity like the smashing of glasses, right through to full apparitions, including that of a girl who's been spotted throughout the pub and looking out one of the bedroom windows.

Other paranormal activity includes dark shadows which are seen moving through rooms on a regular basis and a negative entity which does all it can to get people out of the pub.

New Entry97. Samlesbury Hall, Preston

Samlesbury Hall in Preston was rebuilt and is now a museum showcasing the rich history it holds. Its original features date back to 1384 and the building is said to have been the place of a Priest's untimely death. Ever since that day, a mysterious blood stain appears on the floor of the room where he died.
Over the last 12 months, Samlesbury Hall has featured in 'Paranormal: Captured' and in series five of 'The Haunted Hunts' in which Danny Moss and his team captured what he described as a "gigantic wave of paranormal activity."

Down 696. Croxteth Hall, Liverpool

Nestled within a modern estate, just five miles outside of Liverpool city centre, is a 210 roomed mansion that is said to be haunted by its previous occupants. The building doesn't have the grim or negative stories that are normally associated with haunted houses, but none the less, it is said to be haunted by visions of its past.

In the kitchens the sounds of servants can be heard busying themselves and the ghostly vision of a house maid has been seen. In the billiard room, dark figures have been seen sitting in non-existent chairs and the smell of tobacco has been smelt. Motion detectors continuously go off for know apparent reason in the breakfast room. The former servants quarters in the building's attic is also said to be a very active paranormal hotspot.

Down 1295. Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham

 

Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham stands in 250 acres of parkland and was once the home of the first Earl of Strafford. For decades there have been reports of a ghostly monk, the figure of an unknown man who stands deadly still, as well as hearing footsteps, children laughing, doors slamming, and visitors being grabbed by unseen hands.

The house's stables were the location of an episode of the long-running ghost hunting show 'Most Haunted' in 2017 when the team caught what appeared to be a ghostly figure on camera. The show's host Yvette Fielding described it as the show's "most groundbreaking footage" to date.

Down 794. Pembrey Woods, Pembrey

Pembrey Woods in Wales was once the location for a 'Most Haunted' investigation. The ancient woodland dates back to around 400 BC and is perched on the coast at the mouth of the Bristol Channel. It's said that passing ships were once lured towards the rocky coastline by, what locals called, the "little hatchet men of Pembrey". The ships would be grounded on the rocks to the south-west of the forest, the little hatchet men would then murder the survivors and loot this ships. The ghosts of the victims are still seen walking on the shore, and ghost ships are often seen.

A former RAF airfield was located near the woods, this is now the Pembrey West Wales Airport, but in its wartime days many damaged planes are said to have crashed into the woods when trying to make it back to the airstrip. The spirits of the dead airmen are said to still roam the woodlands.

Down 993. British School Museum, Hitchin

The Dead Street School opened in 1810. The street it was named after got its name after every family living on the road died of the plague, when it swept through Hitchin in 1349. Disease wasn't the only thing to cause mass death on the street. In 1856 the "great fire of Dead Street" destroyed the street, killing many in its path and also burning the school to the ground. A replacement schoolroom opened the following year on the same site.

One guest to the museum saw a man looking over the wall at the raised end of the playground before walking into the toilets. Thinking it was one of their party, they followed him into the toilets only to find they were completely empty. In the main schoolroom, which was once a place of learning for 300 boys, staff have heard disembodied footsteps and frequently report the unnerving sensation that they are not alone.

Through a fire escape in this room and into a back corridor, you'll find the spot where a small, dark shadowy figure was caught on CCTV. Despite many attempts to recreate the phenomena, the cause of the shadow is still a mystery. In a small adjoining classroom, which is now set up to resemble a school room from the time of the Second World War, local paranormal investigators believe they have had intelligent responses from spirits using ghost hunting gadgets.

The gallery classroom is a small, auditorium-style room that would have once had 100 boys crammed into it. Staff have reported hearing the lids of the wooden desks slamming and furniture being dragged around, even while the room has been locked and empty.

Also on the site is the headmaster's house, which the staff refer to as Mr Fitch's house. Fitch was the longest serving headmaster at the school. When he retired he remained in the house and eventually died in the parlour of old age. Since then unexplained footsteps have been heard upstairs when the house is empty, and a shadow figure has been seen walking around the upstairs.

New Entry92. 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.

She is said to have cursed a monk from nearby Glastonbury, he came to the caves in search of the witch in an attempt to break the curse. He splashed holy water on the cave walls, which is believed to have turned into the impressive stalagmites visitors can see in the caves today.

Down 691. Enfield Poltergeist House, Enfield

The Enfield Poltergeist case might have topped this list, if it weren't for the fact that after the family at the centre of the case moved out of the property, reports of haunted happenings stopped. But during the peak of the paranormal activity between 1977 and 1978, the house played host to one of the most famous cases of its kind anywhere in the world.

284 Green Street in Enfield in north London is a three bedroom council house and was home to the Hodgson family. During the case, paranormal investigators, mediums and journalists witnessed and logged more incidents of paranormal activity than at any other haunting, making the Enfield case one of the most well documented incidents of its kind ever.

Down 290. Drakelow Tunnels, Kidderminster

The tunnels were originally excavated to house the Drakelow Underground Dispersal Factory where Rover produced aircraft parts for the Air Ministry, after the Second World War it was refitted and put on standby during the Cold War as a bunker for the local government.

According to newspaper reports at the time, at least three men were killed by a roof fall while digging out the tunnels in the 1940s, there are reports since of factory workers being killed underground after being hit by trucks and while riding conveyor belts.

Modern-day visitors who dare to wander through the darkness have reported hearing strange noises, screaming and cries, and disembodied voices.

The tunnels are believed to have been built under an ancient hill fort which had its own graveyard where hundreds of bodies were buried. During the tunnelling the dead were disturbed and as a result a "demon guardian" of the burial ground is said to take a disliking to anyone who enters the tunnels.

This could account for sightings of a dark shadowy figure which has been seen by visitors. Airsoft participants have pursued fellow players in the darkness, only to turn a corner and find themselves faced with a dead end and no figure anywhere to be seen.

Down 989. Tutbury Castle, Tutbury

 

Much of Tutbury Castle was dismantled by order of Oliver Cromwell, but the ruins as they stand today are said to be haunted by a dark hooded figure and the ghost of a huge man in full Tudor armour. In the king's bedroom visitors are said to have suddenly fainted for no apparent reason.

Tutbury Castle has stood since 1070, it served as a prison to Mary Queen of Scots, and offered shelter to Charles I during the Civil War, but today the castle is just as famous for its ghost sightings and paranormal phenomenon as its important history.

Down 1188. Warwick Castle, Warwick

The castle as it stands today was built in 1068, but settlements on the site date back more than 150 years before this. The castle saw its fair share of battles, it was attacked in 1264, besieged in 1642 and damage by fire in 1871. And of course with an interesting history comes interesting spooks.

Probably the castle's best known ghost is that of Sir Fulke Greville, who is said to haunt the tower. Greville is a former resident of the castle who was murdered within the castle's walls in 1628 by a servant. There's also said to be a negative entity that resides in the dungeon, poltergeist activity has been witnessed, as well as extreme temperature changes, light anomalies, and the sensation of being physically pushed or grabbed.

Down 1787. Skaill House, Sandwick

Skaill House is a manor house in Sandwick parish on Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands. It was built in the 1620s, it was last occupied in 1991, and was opened to the public in 1997 restored to the style of a 1950s family home.

Visitors and staff to the house have reported plenty of ghostly activity, including knocks and bangs, doors slamming, odd smells, and even the ghostly figure of a a tall man with dark hair. Another guest said she had a question about the house answered by a male member of staff in the gun room, but no males were working that day.

Down 2386. The Old Nick Theatre, Gainsborough

Most Haunted At Old Nick Theatre

 

There are so many reports of paranormal activity in the building, that used to be a police station and small prison, that some people refuse to enter alone at night, and even in the daytime. The reported phenomenon includes furniture moving, doors slamming, the sound of men and women crying, and reports of people being pushed on the stairs.

Many have witnessed apparitions of faceless policemen as well as convicts, most often wandering around the cells and in the police common room.

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New Entry85. Adelphi Theatre, London

Located on The Strand, the Adelphi is one of London's most famous theatres but the theatre's stage door is at the back on the building on the much quieter Maiden Lane.

It's here that in December 1897 the actor William Terris was stabbed by a fellow actor as he arrived for the evening's performance of the play The Secret Service. As Terris lay dying on the floor he vowed to gathering spectators that he “would be back."

Since then, tourists walking along the lane have reported seeing a shadow figure who they later identified as the murdered actor.
British comedian, Jason Manford, recently talked about the time he shared a dressing room in the Adelphi Theatre with the ghost of a murdered actor. The story went viral in the British press following Jason's account of the incident, which took place back in 2012 when he was a part of the 'Sweeney Todd' cast.

Down 584. 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. It's been occupied by the Pengersick family since the 12th century and boasts quite a haunted past with over 20 resident spooks.

Sightings include the ghost of a monk who has been seen wandering around the medieval gardens, guests have reported seeing a woman standing at one of the windows staring out at night. There's also the ghost of a young girl who haunts the basement, strange light anomalies have been caught on camera, electrical equipment inexplicably fails, and there's even said to be the ghost of a cat and a dog.

Down 983. Glamis Castle, Glamis

 

Glamis Castle is situated in the village of Glamis, Angus and is the home of the Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the Bowes-Lyons family. The category A listed building is said to be haunted by many ghosts, including the ghost of the woman with no tongue who's been seen walking around the grounds.

There's also said to be a Grey Lady, thought to be the ghost of a former resident who was burned at the stake for being a witch in 1537. The spirit of a young boy has also been spotted sitting on the stone seat by the door of the Queen's room, he's believed to be a former servant at the castle.

The 4th Earl of Crawford, Alexander Lindsay, is also said to haunt the castle. He was said to be cruel man in life, but since passing has been sighted as a dark figure standing over beds in the dead of night.

Down 3182. True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King's Lynn

True's Yard is now a fishing museum, housed within two 18th century fishing cottages. It is now home to no less than 38 ghosts. The paranormal activity includes doors slamming on their own, disembodied voices and sudden extreme drops in temperature.

The cottages had a grim past, they witnessed murder, misery and suffering. This is said to have resulted in the many hauntings. The spirit of a young boy is frequently reported and the ghost of a young girl who was murdered by her father.

A poltergeist called Henry has been blamed for repeatedly blowing lightbulbs, knocking paintings off wall and throwing objects around the building. Apparition of children are said to have been seen around the building and a mysterious figure has been seen looking out of one of the windows when the building is empty.

Down 1781. Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

Now a museum, the Grade II listed building stands on the site of a workhouse, which once housed the poor and those who could not support themselves in the community. Over the years the inmate population grew and the building was extended to accommodate them, this included a new infirmary wing to provide free health care for the sick and injured.

In 1915 the building was offered up to the War Department as part of the war effort. The main building became the East Leeds war hospital, and even played host to King George V who came to visit injured soldiers.

With so much misery and death associated with this building, it's no surprise that there are so many claims that it is haunted. With reports of poltergeist activity, a phantom doctor that's seen wandering around wearing a white coat, ghostly patients, and even dark entity.

During its time as a hospital, the amount of lives lost here would have been in their hundreds. Before 1925 the hospital staff would have been hindered by basic equipment and no electricity.

Staff and visitors have also reported hearing moaning and guttural cries in the dead of night, could these be the ghostly cries of suffering patients?

Down 580. Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood

Kelvedon Hatch, Essex

 

The 1950s nuclear bunker is spread over three floors and is accessible through a 100 meter long access tunnel from an ordinary looking cottage, on closer inspection it's clear the cottage is far from normal, built with thick concrete walls and windows protected by steel shutters.

Visitors to the bunker, which is now a museum, have reported experiencing poltergeist activity, hearing growls and footsteps coming from empty rooms, and even witnessed full apparitions.

During the bunkers construction under order of the Air Ministry in the 1950s, crews are said to have disturbed an ancient burial ground. A foreman also died during the works. His hard hat was found floating in wet concrete, it's thought he was buried alive in the bunker's three meter thick walls. There's also said to be the ghost of a construction worker who committed suicide in the main stairwell.

Down 779. 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. The house and land was gifted to the family as a gesture of gratitude for the their sacrifice during the English Civil War.

With notable members of the family being killed at the Siege of Exeter during the war in 1643, and so many years as a place of birth, life and death, it's no surprise the grand building boasts so many ghosts stories. The family hear unexplained noises, witness doors banging and have even seen apparitions and ghostly figures. The family's dog also seems to frequently react to things that no one else can see.

Down 278. Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Staff, actors and customers have reported seeing the ghost of a stage hand, as well as the spirit of a lady in white. She has been seen all over the building for at least 50 years, often wandering the stage and most recently in the circle. The woman is believed to be the ghost of a ballerina who tragically killed herself in one of the dressing rooms. Her ghost is often said to be accompanied by the smell of lavender.

Elsewhere in the building, a hooded figure has been seen in the cellar areas, some think he could be connected to the original chapel. Meanwhile backstage, there are said to be three spirits. One is a playful ghost called Charlie, who is said to hide props on the stage.

There's also a more sinister energy that lurks in this area, some say this menacing entity could have been responsible for the 1910 fire. The third ghost is a that of a lost child who's seen wearing period costume and is attracted to other children.

The paranormal activity at the Lyceum was said to have been so bad that in 1969 an exorcist was called in. Clearly this didn't work, as the hauntings continue to this day.

Down 677. Towneley Hall, Burnley

 

The first hall built on the grounds of Towneley Hall dates back to 1380 and has been added to over the years. The Baroque-style entrance seen today was built in 1726. The prominent Towneley family inhabited the hall for almost five centuries, until it was taken over by Burnley Borough Council, who opened the park to the public for the first time in 1902.

Paranormal activity at the hall, which has hosted the 'Most Haunted Live!' team, includes the disembodied sounds of children laughing and crying and an apparition seen gliding across the ancient hallways, as well as doors opening and closing on their own and loud unexplained noises heard in the dead of night.

The grounds are said to be just as haunted as the hall itself. There have been numerous sightings of the ghost of a lady in white seen stood on the turrets at night. Many people believe she jumped to her death, while others think she was looking for her lost lover.

Down 976. Hampton Court Palace, London

One of the royal palace in Richmond-upon-Thames' most famous spooks is the Grey Lady of Hampton Court, it's said she was once a servant at the house, Prince Edward's nurse and the carer of Queen Elizabeth I.

She was first sighted at the palace in 1829 after the tomb where she was laid to rest was disturbed. The tourist attraction even released CCTV footage in 2003 which apparently showed the Grey Lady open a fire exit door, leaving security staff baffled.

Down 1975. Black Dog, Grantham

The Black Dog is a Grade II listed pub in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Over the last few years the pub has built up quite a reputation for its hauntings. The ghost of a young girl has been seen roaming the upper floors of the building, and poltergeist activity has been experienced in the bar area in the form of doors opening and closing on their own, and stools have moved across the floor.

In the staff flat above the pub, pungent smells have been witnessed. Above this on the top floor, there's another flat which no one has braved to live in for years. The Retford Ghost Hunting team caught some of their best evidence in this part of the pub. During their investigation they heard strange voices through their ghost hunting devices, which seemed to be saying "I was told to hang myself" and "I want to die."

Down 574. Ragged School, London

 

Today the building is a museum but 150 years ago it was used to educate the poorest children in the area. Thousands of children passed through the school, many of whom suffered at the hands of their sadistic teachers. It's said it's the spirit of these children that haunt the building now. Countless ghost sightings and weird noises have been reported here.

Those who have visited the Victorian school have reported hearing disembodied cries, laughing and voices, loud bangs and slamming doors, the sound of heavy-booted footsteps coming from empty rooms, and even full apparitions. In the creepy basement play area, witnesses have reported seeing strange lights floating in mid air.

Down 773. Kelham Hall, Newark

Kelham Hall was once a family home, but since then has housed monks and soldiers. It has a rich history of opulent success, catastrophic failure and now, alleged hauntings. The many empty rooms are said to bear witness to many strange paranormal events. Activity includes doors slamming on their own, disembodied footsteps and objects moving of their own accord.

Underneath the building is a large network of cellars, allegedly many people have witnessed dark, tall shadows here. Could they be the ghosts of the monks that used to reside here during the early-1900s during the First World War. One of the most commonly reported occurrences at the hall is reports of the ghost of children who have been seen and heard running and giggling as they play in the dead of night.

Down 472. Cannock Chase, Cannock

Cannock Chase in Staffordshire is a former Royal forest with a history of paranormal activity. The most famous ghost, known as the Lady of the Chase, has been witnessed by many visitors to the area. She's been described as tall and slim, with large, dark, hypnotic eyes. The wood is also home to sightings of children with black eyes, some believe them to be the victims of murderer Raymond Leslie Morris.

As well as these ghostly apparitions, walkers have also reported seeing strange lights and UFOs through the trees. But what makes Cannock Chase really creepy is its array of strange animals.

There's the legend of a big cat, a large black panther-like animal, which has been seen countless times in the area. There's also a demonic dog that comes out at night, it's said to have pointed ears and glowing eyes. Could this be the same creature that others have described as looking like a werewolf?

New Entry71. Penrhyn Old Hall, Llandudno

 

Penrhyn Old Hall is the oldest building in Penrhyn Bay, dating back to the early 15th century. It has tales of murder and suffering associated with it. A human skeleton was found at the property in the 1900s and the withered hand of a murdered monk who was hung, drawn and quartered. Ever since, a phantom monk has been reported roaming parts of the building.

The hall's most famous residents spooks are the ghost of a young girl who is said to have been murdered by her sisters for trying to marry outside the Catholic faith. Other reports include a ghostly solider, the spirit of a bad-tempered man, the ghost of an elderly woman and mischievous child spirits.
Penrhyn Old Hall is another new entry on our list thanks to its appearance in the fourth episode of the latest series of 'The Haunted Hunts'. Each episode of the series focussed on a different location each with ties to burials.

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Down 1270. 39 De Grey Street, Hull

The dilapidated house at 39 De Grey Street is a former family home, which now lies empty. A home that's fallen victim to poltergeist activity, occupied by tormented child spirits. The property's owner Andy Yates, who moved out of the house ten years ago, said, "before I moved into this house, I was the biggest skeptic you could find," but he says that the things he's seen at the now derelict house are "completely impossible to debunk."

Paranormal activity is said to include objects like knives moving around of their own accord and a full apparition of a girl. The ghosts of three children have been seen, but the house is said to have between 15 and 20 child spirits. There's even been reports of violent attacks in the form of scratching and even a scarf around someone's neck being tightened.

New Entry69. Norton Priory, Runcorn

The Grade I listed remains of the priory in Runcorn are said to be one of the most haunted locations in the area. Most of the structure was demolished following the dissolution in 1536. All that remains today is the excavated ruins of the Church, cloister, chapter house and dormitory and latrines.

The remains of the abbey are said to be haunted by dark shadowy figures seen wandering the ground. Loud disembodied screams and female cries have been heard coming from the upper gallery, and a pale skull-like face has been witnessed in the undercroft - could this be connected to the 130 skeletons that were found during the site's excavation?
Norton Priory was a memorable location for in the fifth series of 'The Haunted Hunts', which premiered in April 2022.

New Entry68. Gibson Street, Glasgow

 

Gibson Street in Glasgow's West is said to have an unnatural concentration of paranormal activity. In 1958 a group of American students reported paranormal activity in their Gibson Street flat, which included eggs dancing on a kitchen work surface. Since then, several other former residents have come forward to speak about the residential street's spooky reputation.
An ordinary residential street in Glasgow has been the subject of conversation in several episodes of Danny Robins' hit paranormal podcast, 'Uncanny'. In fact there were so many links to Gibson Street that Danny question whether the street could be the poltergeist equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle.

Down 1067. Eden Camp Museum, Malton

The Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum is located on the former camp, which consists of 33 huts, part of a prison camp that was constructed in 1942 to house Italian prisoners. From 1944 the Italian prisoners were moved on and made way for the increasing numbers of captured and surrendering Germans who were held at the camp over the next four years.

After the last of the German prisoners were sent back to their defeated homeland, Eden Camp was used as an agricultural holiday camp and by the 1950s was being used as a storage facility, before becoming abandoned. In the mid-80s local business man, Stan Johnson, bought the derelict and overgrown site and went about turning it into a modern history theme museum, charting every aspect of WWII with each hut having a different theme from the rise of Hitler and the Germany Nazi party to its eventual destruction.

The museum stands as a monument to an emotive past and with so many people visiting, it wasn't long before tales of strange occurrences were being witnessed. Dark shadows slowly moving from hut to hut, disembodied voices in the dead of night and objects moving on their own accord have all been reported.

New Entry66. Walton Hall, Warrington

Walton Hall is said to have a few ghostly residents, some are friendly, some are definitely not.

The most common reports are of the sound of children crying, laughing and running around various parts of the host, most commonly on the stairs. It's said that a little girl died in this area and her ghost has seen been seen here, she's also said to have pushed visitors on the stairs.

Another of the house's ghosts that of Lady Daresbury, the wife of Sir Gilbert Greenall. It's believed that she died in the bathroom that adjoins her bedroom, and since then she has been haunting her rooms. The legend states that if she doesn't like you, you'll be sure to have an unpleasant experience, she might even try to push you out of her room.
Walton Hall is another haunted location with mysterious connections to on-site burials that Danny Moss investigated in the fifth season of 'The Haunted Hunts'.

Down 665. Margam Castle, Port Talbot

Margam Castle

 

Margam Castle, a sprawling castle in South Wales, and the land it is built on has a grim history that spans over 4,000 years, with tales of death, despair and a family curse.

The land has been considered to be sacred for thousands of years and ancient tribes buried their dead in the surrounding hills. After the rise and fall of the Roman Empire in the area, the site became an early Christian settlement up until 1147, when Margam Abbey was founded and became home to hundreds of cistercian monks. With the end of English monasteries in the 16th century, the Mansel family purchased the land and in 1840 Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot built Margam Castle as an elaborate home using stone and lead taken from the abbey.

Reports of hauntings go back centuries, with claims of dark ancient spirits on the property. Until this day, visitors report cloaked figures on the ground, apparitions on the staircase, shadow figures on the upper floor and feel a negative presence throughout the property.

As well as its hauntings, the castle is also said to be cursed, supposedly because Christopher Mansel Talbot used parts of the dismantled abbey to build his home. Local legend says that this curse has brought tragedy onto the the family and ruined the Talbot line, who all died out, their wealth was squandered and eventually the castle was put up for auction in 1941. During World War II, the castle was given a new lease of life as lodgings for allied troops and they too experienced the strange ghostly phenomenon while based here.

Down 264. 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 historic pub is located on King Street near the old city centre docks and was named by a sailor who owned the pub. Llandoger is a village in Wales which built a type of flat bottom boat known as a trow.

The pub was legendary in its heyday and is the place where Daniel Defoe was inspired to write Robinson Crusoe and the pub which Robert Louis Stevenson based the the inn on in Treasure Island.

Many staff and guests to the pub have reported seeing the ghost of a young boy, even more have heard his footsteps. Some say he was murdered in the inn and has been heard wandering around the building ever since. They hear his footsteps going along the landing and up and down an all staircase in the heart of the old building. The boy was said to be disabled which made the sound of his feet clomping on the wooden floor boards even more apparent.

On certain occasions the little boy has been seen coming down the staircase carrying a white enamel pale in his hands.

Down 863. Hack Green Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich

Hack Green was first used during the Second World War, its purpose was to confuse German bombers looking for the vital railway junction at Crewe. In the 1950s, the site became part of the ROTOR project and a reinforced concrete bunker was built and became known as RAF Hack Green. After being abandoned for some years, the Home Office took it over and converted the bunker to Regional Government Headquarters which remained in use until 1992.

The bunker is now a museum, and guests and staff have reported paranormal activity, including seeing the apparition of a young woman in the bunker's former telecommunications area. An aggressive male spirit is also said to haunt this area.

In the main corridor witnesses have seen a man dressed in period uniform, or have picked up on a general feeling of unease. Part of the bunker is now a theatre, and here guests have reported being touched and even pushed by an unseen force.

Down 3062. The Bate Hall, Macclesfield

Help! My House Is Haunted: The Bate Hall

 

Dating back to the late 16th century, the Bate Hall has become one of the most historically significant buildings in Macclesfield. The paranormal activity in the pub includes staff being touched by unseen hands, glasses flying off of shelves and dark shadowy figures seen around the building. The activity is most commonly reported in the residential space above the pub. According to the owner, her daughter plays hide and seek with the ghost of the young boy called Billy, who is said to haunt the pub.

The ghost of a grey lady has been seen in the inn walking the staircase and the empty rooms. She's thought to be the spirit of a woman who was hanged in the stairwell for being a witch. A poltergeist is said to throw objects around, children have been seen and heard around the building.

On the abandoned upper floor, strange markings are said to appear on the walls before vanishing again without leaving a trace, the ghost of an old lady and a young boy have been seen, as well as a seven-foot-tall shadowy figure that lurks in the dark recesses of this foreboding place.

The pub's cellars are also said to be haunted and it's thought that the activity could be related to a now buried tunnel under the cellar floor, which was once used as a hideout for a priest during the period when Catholics were persecuted by law.

New Entry61. Tudor Close, Rottingdean, Brighton

A crescent of seven cottages that were converted into the Tudor Close Hotel in the 1930s, which became popular with the Hollywood stars of the day. By the 1950s the hotel's popularity was beginning to fade and it was converted back into separate private dwellings. One of these houses contains the hotel's guest foyer and lounge, original bar, dining room, a wooden telephone booth in the entrance hall and a secret side passage leading from the kitchen to the bar.

It emerged in Danny Robbin's podcast, 'Uncanny' that this house is haunted by a former resident, Elizabeth Dacre, who lived in the house after it closed as a hotel until she died in the 1990s. Elizabeth has been seen in the house walking up the stairs and staring through the front door from outside.

Her apparition has also been seen sitting on a bench outside the neighbouring church where her husband is buried, the bench where she wanted her ashes to be scattered when she died. There's also been reports of a black bird flying around the bedroom, and a whole room full of diners sat around tables in what was the hotel's dining room.
The story of the ghosts of Tudor Close featured in an episode of 'Uncanny' that premiered in January. Since then it's become a much-loved paranormal hotspot with fans of the podcast series making the pilgrimage to Rottingdean to see the stunning haunted house for themselves. Alison Hammond also paid a visit to the house as part of a Halloween feature for midmorning show, 'This Morning'.

No Change60. Ruthin Castle, Ruthin

The castle has many ghost stories, the most famous being that of the Grey Lady. It is said that she was the wife of the second in command of the castle. She discovered that her powerful husband was having an affair with a local woman and in a jealous rage, she murdered the woman with an axe. She was tried, found guilty and executed, but as she was buried inside the castle ground, her ghost is said to walk the building.

In the abandoned rooms on the upper floor, people have witnessed the sound of children running around and playing, but when they check inside the room, there's nobody there.

When the castle was a hospital, the basement was used as the mortuary. In this area since, people have witnessed hearing the sound of crying and moaning as if people were in desperate pain and need.

In the banqueting room, the ghost of the Grey Lady has been seen on several occasions, dark shadows have been seen dancing across the walls and the banqueting table has even been said to lift off of the floor.

The Lillie Suite, one of the guest bedrooms, is named after Lillie Langtry, a famous British actress and one of Edward, Prince of Wales' lovers. She used to frequently visit the castle and this was her favourite room. She is now said to haunt the room.

Down 659. Tatton Old Hall, Knutsford

Most Haunted At Tatton Old Hall

 

The Old Hall sits within the grounds of Tatton Hall, in Knutsford, Cheshire. The whole park is now a tourist attractions and the 15th century Old Hall is a listed building.

In the main hall, the original 1490 part of the house, visitors and staff have reported a strangling sensations, almost as if a rope was being gradually tightened around their neck.

Witnesses have also reported hearing guttural moans, loud knocking and footsteps throughout the house and poltergeist activity is said to be commonplace, especially in the old Victorian dining room.

The building is said to be haunted by a number of female spirits and one very powerful male entity called Tom, who was at one time a poacher. He's said to have been a very violent person and then drank himself into an early grave.

Yvette Fielding, who has investigated the building a total of four times as part of the long-running television show 'Most Haunted', has said that "it's one of the most haunted locations I have ever investigated."

Down 1358. 50 Berkeley Square, London

The building, believed to be the oldest unaltered building in London, has been in the hands of antique book dealers, Maggs Bros since the 30s, but was once the private home of Prime Minister George Canning, who claimed to have heard strange noises and have experienced psychic phenomenon.

The four-storey town house dates back to 1827, the first ghastly tale to come from the house is that of a young woman who committed suicide there, she jump from a top floor windows after being abused by her uncle. She's now said to haunt the house in the form of a brown mist.

One former resident, Mr. Myers decorated the house in preparation of his pending marriage and starting a family, but he was jilted by his fiancee and became a recluse. He spent his time living alone in the attic slowly going mad, while the rest of the house fell in to disrepair.

Others who have spent the night in the attic since have ended up dead. In 1879 a night in the attic drove a maid mad, she died in an asylum the next day. The next night a curious man took up the challenge to spend a night in the room and went on to become the first person to be recorded dead in the house, the coroner's verdict was "death of fright."

The second reported death at 50 Berkeley Square was a sailor from HMS Penelope in 1887, several sailors stayed the night, the next morning one was found dead, having tripped as he tried to run from the house. The other sailor reported seeing an aggressive ghost of Myers.

Down 1057. Lyceum Theatre, London

The Lyceum theatre in London's West End, currently home to the 'Lion King' and the sighting of a terrifying sighting of a severed head.

One night a couple looking over the balcony saw the head looking back up at her from the lap of a lady below in the stalls.

They attempted to find the woman after the show but failed to find her but several years later the husband visited a house in Yorkshire where he was surprised to see a portrait of the terrifying face he's seen in London.

The owner of the house told him that he was an ancestor and former resident of the house who'd been beheaded for treason. His family also owned the land where the Lyceum was built.

Down 1356. The Golden Fleece, York

 

The Golden Fleece is said to be York's most haunted pub, and is said to be home to fifteen spirits including that of Lady Alice Peckett, the wife of a former mayor of York and also the owner of the inn.

Guests have reported seeing her walking around the building. She's said to move and can often be heard walking on the staircases in the dead of night.

Other ghosts in the property in a Canadian airman who fell to his death from one of the upper windows during World War II, a spirit known as One Eyed Jack, the ghost of a grumpy old man, and a young Victorian boy who was said to have been trampled to death by horses.

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Down 155. Dering Woods, Pluckley

Pluckey in Kent holds the title of the most haunted village in the UK, and the local woods, known as the Screaming woods, contribute to this claim. Witnesses have reported hearing screams coming from the woods at night, as well as hearing disembodied footsteps and seeing strange lights in the sky.

Some of the woods resident spooks include an 18th century colonel who committed suicide in the woods, the spirit of a highwayman who was executed in the woods, and the ghosts of many walkers who have gotten lost in the woods. The most recent disappearance was in 1998 when four students went into the woods in search of some strange lights they had seen, their bodies were never found.

The woods are said to have connections to satanic rituals, believed to be performed by a religious cult from the nearby village of Smarden. When a private investigator, Robert Collin, tried to get to the bottom of the cult in 1964, his investigation was cut short after his untimely death in a car accident.

New Entry54. The Nunnery, Malvern

Built in 1879, the Nunnery is a sprawling building which was once home to 250 nuns complete with its own vast chapel. Although not lived in by nuns for over thirty years, the building has been used at times over the last few decades for various purposes.

The dilapidated convent has an eerie basement where visitors have reported seeing shadow figures, witnessed objects being moved, and heard unexplained sounds. Stories of ghosts, shadow figures, disembodied voices, ghostly children and paranormal activity have been witnessed here over the years.
The Nunnery has proved to be an interesting location since it opened its doors to paranormal investigators at the end of last year. Since then it's been investigated by several shows including Phil and Sara Whyman's paranormal series, 'Are You Haunted..?' and in a Ouija Brothers video. We also had our very own strange experience when we visited the location to put together a feature for the website.

Down 953. Treasurer's House, York

Treasurer's House, York
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The Treasurer's House is a Grade I listed house, located directly to the North of York Minster, and was the location for an episode of the Discovery Channel series 'Ghosthunters'.

The house has several resident spooks, including the ghost of George Aislaby who owned the property in the 17th century, and a group of Roman soldiers who have been sighted in the cellar.

Down 2652. The Ancient High House, Stafford

The Ancient High House was built in around 1595, for the wealthy Dorrington family, the ornate timber-framed exterior of the building, is said to be the largest surviving timber frame Tudor townhouse in England.

Footsteps have been heard walking along empty corridors, doors open and close of their own accord, disembodied voices are heard in the dead of night and ghostly figures are seen wandering the building, including a terrifying ghost of a woman who passes through a wall where a door used to be.

The Victorian Room is one of the building's paranormal hotspots. A writing desk in the room has become infamous with the museum staff, because it apparently locks and unlocks itself at will. The ghost of a young child has also been seen here, but when approached, she disappears and the ghost of an old woman has been seen in a rocking chair.

One paranormal incident led to the police being called to the building, the officer arrived and was told their was an intruder inside, but when people described the person to him, he couldn't believe what he was hearing as they were describing a gentleman known to the police man who passed away a few years before.

Down 251. The Royal Court Theatre, Bacup

The Royal Court Theatre was once the site of the Henrietta Street Iron Foundry, until it was destroyed by fire in 1850. It was later rebuilt and opened its doors to the public in 1893.

Many staff, guests and performers have reported paranormal activity in the form of poltergeist activity, ringing bells, unexplained draughts, and even disembodied blue legs seen walking through the building.

One of the theatre's ghosts is that of Kitty, who is thought to be an usher who worked at the theatre at some point in the past.

Others have reported hearing shuffling feet, the sound of an audience taking their seat but on investigation have found the theatre to be empty.

Reports of ghostly goings on have been made as recently as 2008, when a spirit was captured in a photograph taken during a performance by the Second Rossendale Scout Band. Although the ghostly figure wasn't visible at the time, in the photo an old woman with grey hair was seen wearing a black dress with a white collar.

Down 250. Clapham Woods, Clapham

Clapham Woods
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Clapham Woods in West Sussex is one of the most active paranormal sites in the UK, it was the location of a spate of UFO sightings during the late 1960s and 1970s. This single area of Britain has more reports of weird goings on than anywhere else in Britain.

During the peak of the reports the woods, which were once used for rituals by a satanic cult, were said to have seen alien abduction, and be the base of alien aircraft that had come to Earth to collect chemical elements including sulphur.

People have reported UFOs in many forms, from a moon-sized light descending from the sky, to flying saucers hovering above the woods, as well as plenty of accounts of unexplained lights in the sky, many of which seemed to beam light down into the trees below.

The most notable event took place in 1967 and was witnessed by Paul Glover, a member of the British Phenomenon Research Group. He and a colleague saw a black boomerang-shaped craft moving across the sky while they were walking through the woods. This sighting was followed by a strange display of lights in the sky. They saw two bright lights, one of which released a small object, which travelled to the second and entered it.

The woods are a place of death, with four recorded cases of bodies being found in the woods, most of which were missing persons who were later found in the woods.

Up 149. Bron Y Garth Hospital, Penrhyndeudraeth

A former hospital and workhouse in Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales which has been closed since 2009. The eerie building still has many of its fixtures intact from its time as hospital, and original features like the vagrants cells of the workhouse still remain.

The buildings have been left empty and decaying for over a decade. The only visitors to the dark corridors and empty rooms over the last few years have been the lesser horseshoe bats who live in the building, and teams of local ghost hunters. Paranormal activity ranges from doors opening and closing on their own, dark shadow figures, unexplained knocks and bangs, phantom footsteps and disembodied voices.

New Entry48. Luibeilt Bothy, Scotland, Kinlochleven

Luibeilt is a remote cottage in the Highlands, known in Scotland as a bothy, a building that provides shelter for walkers and climbers. The bothy is now completely abandoned and in ruins, but was brought to prominence as a haunted location in Danny Robin's paranormal podcast, 'Uncanny'.

In 1973 two young climbers planned to spend the night in the isolated bothy, upon arrival they found it had been abandoned despite being prepared for Christmas. After bedding down for the night, they experienced a series of strange noises including the sound of objects moving in the upstairs rooms, footsteps and even the clatter of objects being thrown around the room in the darkness with them. There are also reports of a strange dragging sound coming along the gravel path and into the house.

Over the years the house has fallen into a state of disrepair. At one point graffiti seemed to confirm the haunting, with phrases like "do not sleep in this house", "this house is haunted" and "this house is evil" scrawled across the wall.

One possible explanation for haunting is the suicide of John McAlpine, a dear stalker who lived in Luibeilt. The incident was reported in the Aberdeen Weekly News on April 26, 1890. It says McAlpine went out for a walk in the morning in his usual health, but later in the day his wife found in hanging from a rope tied to a cross beam.
Luibeilt caught the attention of 'Uncanny' listeners over Christmas, the story of the poltergeist activity that occurred there also got plenty of press attention and was debated throughout the paranormal community.

Down 147. The Hellfire Caves, West Wycombe

 

The Hellfire Caves are a manmade network of chalk mines, which extend a quarter of a mile underground near the village of West Wycombe. The caves have a past of satanic rituals, worship and sacrifice, making them a terrifying place to visit today.

The Hellfire Caves are said to have many resident spooks, including the spirit of Benjamin Franklin, who was a regular visitor to the caves in the 18th century. Another apparition regularly spotted is that of Paul Whitehead, a former steward of the notorious Hellfire Club from which the caves take their name.

There's also the spirit of a young girl called Suki, she's said to have been tricked into meeting a man at the caves, the visit resulted in her murder.

New Entry46. Bannockburn House, Stirling

The 400-year-old Bannockburn House stands close to the killing battlefield where Scotland's king Robert the Bruce slaughter the English invaders. There are said to be reports of paranormal activity in every room, including disembodied screams on the upper floors, doors slamming in the dead of night, and the apparition of of a young woman has been witnessed throughout the house.

There's also stories of angry spirits who preys on women in the royal bedroom, the ghosts of long-dead soldiers have been spotted marching through the grounds, and even the spirit of Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to roam the rooms and corridors.
Bannockburn House shot into the paranormal limelight this year when it featured in the second episode of the Discovery+ series, 'Spooked Scotland', where Gail Porter and Chris Fleming were on the hunt for Bonnie Prince Charlie's ghost.

Down 2645. Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth

The Schooner Hotel, a grade II listed building in Alnmouth has been named by some as the most haunted hotel in the country. The hotel's history is rooted in the town's history as a port, and the whole area has a reputation of smuggling. There's even said to be a secret tunnels leading from the cellar to the port.

The most haunted room in the hotel is room 28, it's said a family was murdered in the room and today guests report hearing children's voices and crying, as well as the screams of a woman.

But room 28 isn't the only haunted part of the hotel, in fact there's been reports of paranormal activity in all 33 of the hotel's rooms. There's been sightings of apparition in rooms 16 and 17, while in rooms 28 to 30 whispers have been heard and guests have reported feeling dread and sickness.

Down 544. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh

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Located in Old Town, Greyfriars Krikyard was first designated as a graveyard in 1562, and is the final resting place of many of the city's most notable former residents. Since 1998 there have been hundreds of reports of paranormal activity occurring in the graveyard, most of which revolves around the tomb of Sir George Mackenzie, a barrister who was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Covenanters in the 17th century.

It started after a homeless man broke into Mckenzie's large, black mausoleum in the graveyard one cold night to find shelter. Ever since there has been reports of poltergeist activity by visitors passing by the mausoleum. They claim to have been pushed, scratched and even cut.

The graveyard's other famous resident ghost is that of a dog named Bobby. It's said that the loyal pooch guarded over his owner's grave for several years after his owner's death. When the dog eventually died he was buried in an unconsecrated part of the cemetery. Ever since Bobby has been seen and heard still guarding his master's grave.

Down 343. 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. The very whisper of any association has led some locals to believe that the building is haunted, perhaps due to claims that Crowley attempted to summon up the Devil himself there.

Down 1442. Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth

The Groundlings Theatre located in Portsea near Portsmouth is a popular location for ghost hunters with various paranormal events companies running events. The theatre has appeared on television in the 2021 series of the British ghost hunting show, 'Help! My House Is Haunted' and is a personal favourite of television ghost hunter and demonologist, Fred Batt.

The Georgian theatre is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young boy known as Little George, who is said to have been mistreated and maybe even killed in the building. His ghost has reportedly been seen sitting on the stairs in the building.

Down 1041. Lower Well Head Farm, Pendle

Lower Well Head Farm

 

Lower Well Head Farm is a remote farmhouse built around 1660 that was made famous due to its appearance an infamous 'Most Haunted Live!' back in 2004. Due to its location at the epicentre of Pendle and due to the fact that older dwellings existed on the land before the current house was built, Lower Well Head and the land around it was alleged to play host to witchcraft. Many of those accused of witchcraft were executed during the 1612 Pendle witch trials.

Is it the spirits of the condemned witches or those of their alleged victims that still roam the house and wider area in the form of tall dark figures? Unexplained screams and whispers are also frequently reported. Others have reported the sensation of being strangled by unseen hands, and a mischievous spirit has been blamed for opening and closing the bedrooms doors.

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Down 340. Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool

The Adelphi in Liverpool is actually the third hotel on the site and the Grade II listed building is easily one of the most haunted in the country. Guests have reported seeing multiple spirits in naval attire. Staff have seen someone hanging out of a window in the Crosby Room, but upon investigation found that the room was empty and the window was locked.

Other guests have claimed to have seen the ghostly figure of a man known as George standing next to their bed at night. While others have reported feeling inexplicably ill, or like they are being watched. Most of the reports are focussed on the hotel's third floor, where there has also been reports of a demon.

New Entry39. Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran

Situated on the Isle of Arran, Brodick Castle has a history dating back to 1510. With so much history, including stories of suicide and murder, comes claims of the supernatural. Almost every room in Brodick Castle is said to be home to paranormal activity, which includes dark shadow figures, unexplained whispers and trapped sprits that are forced to play out moments from their lives over and over again.

Several parts of the castle, including the kitchen, the battlements and the east tower, are said to be haunted by a Grey Lady. She's thought to be a former servant of the castle who had an affair with the captain of the guards. After falling pregnant, she was forced to leave the castle and with nowhere else to go, drowned herself near the castle.

The castle's library is said to be haunted by an unidentified ghost of an old man, while a female spirit has been reported who is believed to have died of starvation after being locked in the dungeon while infected with the plague. There's also been sighting of a phantom white stag in the grounds that appears to warn of imminent deaths.
Brodick Castle featured in the first episode of 'Spooked Scotland' and threw up some interesting evidence suggesting links to fairies, forcing the team to come up with unique ways to communicate with these mischievous creatures.

No Change38. Derby Gaol, Derby

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Part of the historic old gaol still exists in the basement below the building that once housed a much larger jail. Situated on Friar Gate to the west of the city centre, the gaol was built in 1756 as the second of three county jails. If you committed crimes in any part of Derbyshire, you were brought to Derby to face trial and brutal execution right outside the prison.

Due to the huge amount of death, torment, anguish and terror, the old gaol is said to be very haunted. The paranormal activity at the gaol seems to most frequently occur in June and July, and again between October and December. It ranges from doors opening and closing by themselves, through to full-bodied apparitions.

Down 1537. Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Ettington Park has been a luxury hotel since 1983, but was once home to the Shirleys, one of Warwickshire's oldest families. The house is said to be haunted by various ghosts. Staff and guests have reported icy chills, disembodied voices, footsteps, and even a candle which appeared to float through the air. The ghost of an old woman in Victorian clothing has been seen walking around the building. There's also as spirit of a man and his dog who haunt the library.

The hotel's two most famous spook are a woman in white and a woman in grey. The lady spotted in the white gown has been seen around dusk and throughout the night walking along the corridors, before passing through a wall. While the grey lady is seen floating at the foot of the stairs where she's believed to have fallen to her death at some point in the building's past.

Down 236. Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

A theatre built in the heart of Manchester in 1806, although a theatre has stood on the site much longer, but was demolished to make way for the newer more modern building. The theatre was enlarged in 1847 giving us the building we see today.

The theatre has been through more than its fair share of tragedy. It was damaged by a German bomb during the Second World War, which resulted in it being closed until it was rebuilt in the mid-1970s. The bomb blast sadly killed several people.

The theatre was again damaged in 1996, this time by a 3,300lb IRA bomb, which detonated less than 50 meters away from the building.

Two people have taken their own lives in the theatre, one by throwing himself off a balcony, the other is said to be a female. Could it be her ghost who is seen in the form of an unhappy female spirit in the wig room. It's claimed that she throw objects around the room and doesn't like lilies, which are said to wilt before their time.

The green room is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a man in a dark suite who's seen with a glamorous blonde-haired lady. And the spirit of actor James Maxwell has been reported around the building, perhaps because he was so fond of the theatre.

Down 235. The Mermaid Inn, Rye

 

The Mermaid Inn is a Grade II listed inn in Rye, it dates back to 1420 and has 16th-century additions in the Tudor style.

Guests have reported waking to find their clothes wet, others have seen the ghost of a man walking through a wall. There's also been reports of light anomalies, bottles and glasses have fallen and smashed of their own accord, and the ghost of a maid is said to haunt the pub. She was the girlfriend of a member of smuggling gang who used the pub's cellar, she was killed by the gang as they feared she knew too much and would expose them.

There's also the ghost of a lady who's been spotted wearing white while sitting in a chair next to a fireplace, the spirit of a man in period clothing, and the ghost of a man who died during a duel with another man in the building.

Up 134. The Mill Street Barracks, St Helens

The barracks saw active service during both world wars and soldiers were stationed there for months before being deployed to the frontline, many never returning home to their loved ones. After WWI it was used as an isolation unit for tuberculosis patients, housing men, women and children as they struggled with the terminal disease. During the German bombing raids over industrial cities in Northern England during WWII, the cellar of the barracks was used as a mortuary for fallen citizens and soldiers, holding hundreds of bodies for weeks as they awaited burial.

The barracks is said to be home to plenty of paranormal activity, most notably the ghost of a former caretaker's dog, called Bruce. The building's largest room is the drill hall, where visitors report phantom footsteps, marching and disembodied voices. Tables and chairs move on their own and shouts echo through the empty building. In the basement, many people have reported feeling a strong negative presence in the dark back rooms and the apparition of a woman known as Claire has been seen.

New Entry33. Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

The Banshee Labyrinth is said to be Scotland's most haunted pub and it sits right above, and in parts opens up into, one of the country's most famous paranormal hotspots, Edinburgh Vaults. The Labyrinth is said to be haunted by the banshee, from whom the venue takes its name. A banshee is a supernatural entity, said to be female, who appears and cries or shrieks to foretell the death of a loved one.

She's sometimes been seen as a pale-faced woman in a grey dress sobbing into her hands. She was most famously reported by a group of workmen refurbishing the venue. They all heard her scream and a few hours later one of them received a phone call informing him that a family member had passed away.

Other spooks spotted by drinkers include the ghost of a little girl known as Molly. She's said to have haunted the pub since a child's shoe with the name written on it was discovered in a bricked-up chimney, there's also the ghost of Ole Jock who lurks in the ladies' toilets, and an apparition in a long black coat known as "The Watcher".
The Banshee Labyrinth is another haunted location that's experienced a boost this year after featuring in 'Spooked Scotland'. Gail and Chris investigated the Edinburgh pub while filming in the vaults below.

Down 1232. Hodroyd Hall, Barnsley

Most Haunted At Hodroyd Hall

 

Over the years there has been many stories of strange occurrences at this majestic building, which was once the home of Sir John de Hoderode, who was the steward at Pontefract Castle. There have been reports of dark shadows have seen wandering the empty corridors, the apparitions of a faceless man and hunched over monk have been witnessed, and the ghost of a servant girl burnt alive after being pushed into a fireplace by an unknown assailant is eager to make her presence known.

The hall's main staircase is said to be haunted by the clear sound of disembodied footsteps and the ghost of a tall man, known locally as Dr Bell, who is often seen walking up and down the stairs. The dark and gloomy attic once would have been home to the many servants that served this great house. Although those glory days are gone, their ghosts are still seen roaming throughout the floor in the dead of night.

Down 231. Dover Castle, Dover

Records show that a settlement has existed on the site of Dover Castle since Saxon times, it has a history of involvement in pirates, Napoleonic battles, and even housed a secret underground command centre in the Second World War.

The battlements are said to be haunted by a the ghost of a headless drummer boy who's believed to have been decapitated when he was attacked for the riches he was carrying while on an errand for his master. The castle is also said to be the home of a woman in red who has been spotted around the castle, as well as a cavalier.

The castle has a haunted underground area too. Below ground in the WWII tunnels, the ghost of many soldiers have been seen and their presence felt. Visitors have reported hearing disembodied voices, loud screams, and doors slamming, as well as experiencing sudden drops in temperature.

Down 1330. The Cage, St Osyth

The current owner of this small house, Vanessa Mitchell, who bought the house in 2004, had her first odd experience on the day she moved in to the house. While unpacking, she saw a dark shadow figure, on another occasion she said she was pushed by an unseen force.

The house earned its nickname due to its historical use as a holding cell for witches in the 16th century. 12 local women accused of witchcraft were locked up there, including a witch by the name of Ursula Kemp. She was one of the three women who were eventually found guilty of witch craft, she was hanged for her crimes in 1582.

Some have blamed the ghost of Ursula Kemp for the paranormal activity in the spine chilling house or think that it might be the tortured souls of the plague victims that are coming back to haunt the building. The ghost of the children could be explained by the fact that the witches' offspring would have been locked up with them in The Cage.

Others suspect that the dark energy could be a result of the former resident who took his own life a year before Vanessa moved in to The Cage. Not long after moving in, the former owner who'd hanged himself's death certificate mysteriously appeared in the kitchen while Vanessa was out.

Up 729. Gwrych Castle, Abergele

 

According to long-standing local rumours, the ruins of Gwrych Castle near in North Wales are notoriously haunted. Its resident spooks include a woman in white believed to be the spirit of a former owner, the Countess of Dundonald. She is most most frequently sighted in the Countess's Tower, which is said to be one of the most paranormally active parts of the ruins.

The castle is also allegedly haunted by a Lady in Red who is said to have been killed during a fox hunt, and the spirit of a servant girl who died following an accident while horse riding in the grounds. The presence of a former caretakers, gamekeeper, dairy maid and other household staff have also been reported, and in certain parts of the grounds dogs are often spooked and refuse to go any further.
Gwrych Castle was relatively unknown a couple of year's ago, but its haunted reputation is growing after being used as an alternative to the jungle in 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here' for the last two years. Since it first appeared it's also become a popular destination for ghost hunters.

Down 428. The Village, Mansfield

Dating back to the 1802, The Village is set in the heart of Mansfield. It was once a a former slaughter house and malt house before becoming a a nightclub in the 1970s. The building was abandoned in 2001, but was given a new lease of live in 2013 when it became a popular laser tag location. However it's not just the building also plays how to regular ghost hunts after reports of strange goings on.

Since 2015 there have been no less that 12 reports of full apparitions sited in at The Village, the most famous being that of Mr. Merryweather, the former owner of the malt house. There's also the ghost of a woman called Catherine who is said to roam the old building who is said to have died by falling down the well now under the building.

The land The Village is built on was once farmland where a barn stood, which had a secret tunnel to St. Peter’s church 500 yards away from the location. Monks at the church used the barn to hide in, until the barn was burnt to the ground with seven monks inside in the 1500s. These seven monks are also said to haunted the building to this day.

Other paranormal activity included a piano which is often heard being played by unseen hands, slamming doors and a strange ghostly mist that was witnessed in the building in 2016.

Down 427. HMP Gloucester, Gloucester

HM Prison Gloucester in the West of England opened in 1791 to house some of the UK's most notorious criminals. In the prison's early days over 100 executions were carried out, the prisoners bodies were buried within the prison, to this day not all have been found.

Many visitors claim the prison is haunted by a woman called Jenny, it's said she was murdered in the 15th century on the land where the prison was later built. Now her spirit roams that land in search of her killer, her ghosts is said to have been seen by many prisoners and guards.

In 1969 a group of inmates conducted a séance in cell 25 of A Wing in an attempt to contact the ghost of Jenny and got more than they bargained for when books and even a flowerpot were thrown around the cell by a supernatural force.

This wasn't the last time the inmates saw Jenny, just a few days later her disembodied hand appeared to the convict inhabiting cell 25, it pointed directly at him before vanishing as suddenly as it appeared, earning cell 25 the reputation of being the most haunted part of the 200 year old building.

Staff and prisoners have reported hearing knocks and bangs throughout the prison's buildings, as well and slamming doors and shadowy figures which have mostly been sighted in C Wing, a newer part of the prison that was built in the 1970s.

New Entry26. Bishton Hall, Bellamour

Bishton Hall, Staffordshire

 

Bishton Hall started its life in the 18th century as a family home, but later became one of the last few family owned and run prep schools in the country. It is fast gaining a reputation as one of the most haunted places in Staffordshire thanks to frequent reports of unexplained phantom footsteps, and disembodied voices.

Other unexplained happenings to occur in the hall include window shutters slamming on the upper floors, door knobs rattling and doors opening and closing themselves, sudden drops in temperature, the haunting sound of a woman screaming, as well as reports of people being touched and pushed.

There has also been sightings of dark mists, shadowy figures and even an apparition of a woman wearing period clothing who has often been seen looking out a window on the upper floor.
Bishton Hall has become a popular location for ghost hunters over the last year, with events companies including Haunted Happenings hosting events there. It has also been investigated by various paranormal teams including the Ouija Brothers, 'The Haunted Hunts' and 'Most Haunted'.

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Down 425. Dudley Castle, Dudley

The ruins of the castle stand in the town of Dudley, fortification on this site dates back to 1071 following the Norman invasion in 1066. The castle is said to be home to many spirits including the Grey Lady who is believed to be the ghost of Dorothy Beaumont, who once lived in the castle and died there following complications after giving birth to her daughter. Her ghost is most often reported at the castle's keep in the form of unexplained sounds, and icy blasts of air which are often accompanied by a strange blue mist.

However, the most haunted part of the castle is the chapel undercroft, where you'll find a stone coffin which is said to have once help the body of one of the castle's most infamous residents, John Somery. His ghost has been spotted as disembodied legs beside the coffin. Others have reported feeling him tug at their clothing as they walk through this part of the castle.

Like Dover Castle, Dudley also has the ghost of a drummer boy who was said to have been killed by a stray bullet during the Civil War. He's mostly heard at night beating out drum rolls as if in battle. People have also reported seeing dark shadowy figures, hearing strange sounds throughout the castle, and even witnessed a chair flipping over during a paranormal investigation.

Up 624. Woodchester Mansion, Stroud

Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished, Gothic revival house in Woodchester Park near Nympsfield. It was abandoned by its builders in the middle of construction, leaving behind a building that appears complete from the outside, but with floors, plaster and whole rooms missing inside.

The house has featured in many paranormal investigation television shows including 'Most Haunted Live', 'Hauntings', 'Scariest Places On Earth', and 'Ghost Hunters International'.

Bangs and knocking sounds have been heard in the building, and poltergeist activity such as stones being thrown have been witnessed by guests. In 2005 a local paranormal group spent the night in the mansion and captured what appeared to be a hooded apparition on CCTV.
Woodchester Mansion climbs our top 100 by a few places based on a ghostly experience that Higgypop's founder, Steve Higgins, had while investigating the property. Despite being a skeptic, he saw what he could only describe as a ghost in the unfinished house. His story was later retold in an edition of Haunted Magazine.

New Entry23. HMP Dorchester, Dorchester

HM Dorchester Prison

 

The paranormal activity experienced at Dorchester Prison includes cell doors slamming of their own accord, disembodied voices and footsteps, the jangling of keys on empty wings, and objects being thrown. Dark shadowy figures have reportedly been seen walking across the deserted landings in the cell blocks, and sudden drops in temperature have been felt in empty cells.

The prison's best known ghost is believed to be the spirit of a murderer named Martha Brown. She was executed at the prison after being found guilty of killing her husband. She was hanged at the gallows, which stood where a car park stands today near the prison gates. The apparition of Martha is said to have been seen around the prison.
HMP Dorchester closed in 2014 but in the last few months it's become a popular location for ghost hunters. Several paranormal teams have been giving the public the chance to spend the night, and it's been investigated by several prominent teams, including 'Most Haunted'.

Up 322. The Park Hotel, Morecambe

The grand hotel, which now stand abandoned on the seafront, was built in 1895 by Edmond Park, the luxury hotel attracted England's wealthiest and most influential, but it was rumoured that after hours Park held séances and strange occult rituals. He mysteriously disappeared in 1899, never to be seen again. Many think that he was murdered in the hotel, cursing the property and his spirit has never left. The story of the curse it well known throughout the town.

Locals say a young soldier drowned in the sea and was brought back to the hotel, where he was pronounced dead. They also tell the tale of a woman named Emma Manson, who was murdered by her husband on the second floor and his body was found hanging in the tower. Another man took his life on the tower too, hanging himself from the outside.

Staff and visitors in the hotel have heard disembodied screams, seen phantom apparitions in the hallways and witnessed a child spirit roaming the building. Lights are said to turn themselves on and off and the property's manager has even caught a demonic face on CCTV.

Down 321. Armley Mills, Leeds

Armley Mills is said to house Victorian ghosts and poltergeist activity, as well as disembodied voice and dark shadows. One of the building's resident spooks is a tall Victorian gentlemen who's been seen many times wearing a top hat and using a cane. He's said to walk the floors of the mill in the dead of night.

In a part of the mill which is now known as the cinema room, two spirits are said to roam. One is an original ghost of Armley, whereas the other has come with the fixtures and fittings of the cinema. One of the apparitions is said to be sinister. People have reported seeing seats move all on their own.

As the mill's workforce was made up of children as young as six, there were many accidents and deaths amongst the machinery were common in the mill's heyday. As a result, the ghosts of children have been witnessed around the old machinery.

New Entry20. Nothe Fort, Weymouth

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 conducted in 2007, and staff and volunteers refuse to enter certain areas alone.

There's been sightings of a figure in white walking around the top of the fort at night, when the location should be locked up and empty. Others have reported phantom footsteps, the mysterious smell of cigar smoke and slamming doors.

The historic and atmospheric attraction's most famous spook is the whistling gunner. For decades his tooting has been heard echoing around the fort's underground tunnels and empty magazines.
Nothe Fort has been a notable and popular destination for ghost hunters throughout 2022. In recent months its been featured on ITV's 'This Morning' and been investigated by the 'Most Haunted' team.

Up 819. National Justice Museum, Nottingham

The first records of the National Justice Museum, formerly the Galleries of Justice, being uses as a prison was in 1449. It is built on the site of a Saxon settlement dating back to 600AD, and is said to play host to ghostly apparitions, poltergeist activity, disembodied voices, slamming doors and unexplained drops in temperature.

As well as the prison, the building housed court, and many executions took place on the steps of the building, making this the only location in the UK where you could be tried, sentenced and punished under the same roof.

Down 518. 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. The grand passenger ship was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and was operated by the Great Western Steamship Company.

Today the ship is a museum and one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, but during its 41 years of service it spent its time shipping passengers between Bristol and New York. The crossing of the Atlantic usually took around 14 days, so with all this time at sea, it’s no surprise that the iconic ship has plenty of paranormal stories to tell.

The Great Britain's most re-told haunting is that of Captain John Grey, who vanished one night after falling ill during a voyage. He was never to be seen again, some say it was suicide, while others claim he was murdered for all the gold stowed away in his cabin.

Since then passengers have reportedly hear the heavy foot step of his hobnail boots as he walks across the deck, accompanied by sights and sounds of doors opening and closing and even a self-playing piano.

Captain Grey isn't the only ghost to tread the planks on this famous ship, others include that of Mrs Cohen, who tragically and mysteriously died aboard the ship a few short weeks after her wedding and the ghost of a young sailor who reportedly fell from the rigging.

Yvette Fielding and the Most Haunted team described the SS Great Britain as one of the top five most haunted places they've ever visited.

New Entry17. Ye Olde Kings Head, Chester

Ye Olde Kings Head, Chester

 

Ye Olde Kings Head was built on Chester's Lower Bridge Street in 1622, and as it's allegedly home 13 different ghosts, it's no surprise that paranormal occurrences are reported as often as once or twice a week, including disembodied voices, the sound of children laughing and playing in the dead of night, and poltergeists pranking the unsuspecting.

There's the ghost of a lost little boy, plus a dark entity that roams the whole building and the ghost of a tall well-built man who has an unpleasant demeanour. In the bedrooms guests have reported having their covers being removed and a phantom dog is said to stalk the rooms. Others claims to have been shaken awake at night, heard loud knocks on their doors, and unexplained bangs from in and around their rooms.

There's also said to be a floating corpse that appears over the bed in room three, and in room four a woman is said to appear in the window, as well as the spirits of two men who both duelled to the death in an attempt to win her affections.
Ye Olde Kings Head has received a huge amount of press attention over the last few months after a rocking chair was filmed moving by itself at the haunted hotel. The footage emerged after a web series called 'My Haunted Hotel' launched giving members of the public the chance to investigate the historic venue and star in an episode of the show.

Down 416. Guy's Cliffe House, Warwick

When you imagine a haunted house, the image you conjure up in your head won't be far off Guy's Cliffe, it's the typical haunted house. It has dungeons, winding stir cases, creepy portraits, dark corners, creaking doors, an imposing clock tower, gothic windows and lots and lots of history, and in World War II the building was used as a school for evacuated children.

This property is made up of the ruins of a grade II listed manor house which dates back to 1751 but fell in to disrepair in the 1950s and was destroyed by fire. Behind the ruins was an adjoining building, St Mary's Chapel. The basement of this chapel used to include the house's servants' quarters.

In the 1970s, the chapel was restored by the Freemason. Today the two Freemason temples contained in the chapel are decorated with eerie Masonic symbols and objects and are used for their ceremonies.

Recent visitors have reported making contact with the spirits of Freemasons, children, and servants from the house. Most of the spirits are said to be male as historically the site is quite male dominated.

At one point in its life, part of chapel was used as a brewery and some mischievous ghosts known as the "Brewery Boys" are said to haunt this area. While out in the grounds a mischievous stable boy called Jacob has been witnessed in the coachhouse which is carved into the rock of Guy's Cliffe.

New Entry15. Smethwick Baths, Smethwick

Construction started on the swimming pool in the outskirts of Birmingham in 1928, when workers unearthed a plague pit containing as many as 300 bodies. The pit was sealed over the bodies remain beneath the building to this day.

An apparition of a little boy believed to be linked to the plague pit has been spotted around the baths. The subways and cellars beneath the building were used as an air raid shelter and housed a morgue where the bodies of locals killed in WWII bombing raids were taken. This area is said to have a general feeling of unease, and there have been reports of extreme temperature drops and unpleasant smells.

The venue has been a popular haunt for ghost hunters, they've recorded various activity there over the past two decades including the sounds of disembodied footsteps, ghostly wet footprints appearing on the floor in an otherwise empty building, the phantom sound of children's voices, slamming doors and objects being thrown by unseen hands.

Smethwick Baths's most famous resident spook is said to be the spirit of a little girl called Emily, who is believed to have died of tuberculosis when she was just eight years old. Other apparitions spotted around the baths include the figure of a red-headed man wearing a blue navy-issue boiler suit. It's said that every time he shows up something breaks in the plant room.

There's also the ghost of women dressed in an RAF uniforms who have been spotted in the ladies' toilet, a woman seen pushing a tea trolley in the backstage area, and a negative entity that takes a dislike to females, often seen as a shadow figure in the network of eerie tunnels.
Smethwick Baths enters our annual top 100 list after appearing in an episode of 'Are You Haunted..?'. It's also been endorsed by 'Help! My House Is Haunted' star Barri Ghai, and has been a hugely popular location for public ghost hunting events over the past 12 months.

No Change14. The Jamaica Inn, Bolventor

The Jamaica Inn, Cornwall

 

Built in 1750, the Jamaica Inn is historic, atmospheric, welcoming and supposedly very haunted. The traditional coaching inn is setback from the busy A30 in Bolventor, overlooking Brown Willy, the highest point on Bodmin Moor.

Due to its history of hosting smugglers the pub has been the subject of books, television shows and an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

The paranormal activity at the inn includes the disembodied sound of footsteps throughout the building, unexplained tapping, the sound of children playing and babies crying, and most famously the sound of horses and carts moving in the courtyard.

Room 5, which is said to be one of the most haunted rooms is said to be haunted by the ghost of a mother and child. The young girl is often referred to as Hannah. The ghost of a murdered man has been seen in the main bar and sat on a wall outside the inn.

Guests and staff have reported seeing dark shadowy figures moving through corridors, the restaurant and the kitchen and many visitors have reported being touched by unseen hands while sleeping or having their hair pulled.

Down 513. Codnor Castle & Cottage, Codnor

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 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.

A 16th century, farmhouse known as Codnor Castle Cottage was built on the grounds of the Codnor Castle estate, it has its own history of murder, suicide and witchcraft. In the foreboding attic space there are several unusual markings, which are believed to have been created to ward off evil spirits.

The paranormal occurrences at cottage range from dark shadows, to poltergeist activity like doors slamming, furniture being moved across rooms, and glasses thrown. There have been countless reports of disembodied voices including singing, laughter, the voices of children, and blood-curdling screams.

Up 412. Windsor Castle, Windsor

Windsor Castle dates back to the reign of William the Conqueror and is said to be home to many ghost, as well as plenty of monarchs throughout British history. The castle's library is said to be one of the most haunted in the UK

The notable ghosts that haunt the castle include that of King Charles I who haunts part of the castle. Elizabeth I haunts the royal library and has been spotted by many members of the royal family. The groans and dragging footsteps of King Henry VIII have also been heard around the castle, the face of King George III has also been seen peering out of the window in the room where he was often detained.

An area of the castle known as the Deanery is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young boy. The Norman tower is said to be haunted by a former Royalist prisoner. In the kitchen the ghost of a man with a horse has been seen who walk straight through a solid wall.

The long walk is also supposed to be haunted by the spirit of grenadier guard who killed himself here in the 1920s, he's been spotted at least twice since his death.
The royal residence received plenty of spooky mentions in the news this year due to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The event inspired many to share and re-tell the many ghost stories associated with the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.

No Change11. Newsham Park Hospital, Liverpool

 

Newsham Park is a former seaman's orphanage and hospital and over the years has been the site of many reports of paranormal activity. Dating back to its operational days, a female nurse reported seeing an unexplained apparition, soon after she was found dead on the main corridor.

Many patients witness seeing the ghost of children over the years, as well as seeing dark shadowy figures, and hearing disembodied voices, as well as reports of moving objects.

More recently ghost hunters at the hospital have reported hearing banging sounds coming from inside a row of cupboards in an upper floor corridor. It's said that these were the cupboards where badly behaved children were sent during Victorian times. This area is said to be haunted by a little boy who died while locked in a cupboard.

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Down 310. Bodmin Jail, Bodmin

Today Bodmin Jail is a tourist attraction, but for almost 150 years it was prison, in which time it saw over 50 public hangings. The jail is a popular location for paranormal researchers, including the 'Most Haunted' team who visited in their sixth series.

This was the location of the legendary incident that involved the show's producers feeding medium Derek Acorah false information, which saw him get possessed by a named Kreed Kafer. It came to light after the show that the spirit was fictionally and was in fact an anagram of the phrase "Derek Faker."

No Change9. HMP Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury

There's been a prison on the site since 1793, however the building as it currently stands was built in 1877. The prison has seen thousands of prisoners come and go over the years, including women up until 1922. The prison walls have witnessed many deaths over the years, including, murders, and inmates taking their own lives, so many suicides in fact that an enquiry was opened after three inmates hanged themselves over a period of just two weeks.

The prison's A-wing is said to be the most haunted, perhaps due to its dark history of suicides resulting in sad, angry souls being trapped between this world and the next. Most of those who took their own live did so on A-wing, at one point there was one a week.

Plenty of judicial execution were also carried out at the prison. In 1885 five prisoners were hanged in a single day. The hanging room was used until 1961, and was then converted into a group session room. This is said to be a very active area, possibly due to its location next to the condemned cell and with the mortuary is underneath it.

When the prison was in operation, some officers refused to work in C Wing alone at night, they've reported being pushed down stairs, hearing doors slamming, noises like moving all around them, and footsteps. It's said the atmosphere can change in the blink of an eye.

It is believed that one of the female prisoners has refused to leave, she has been seen dressed in a grey uniform many times walking the upper levels. She walks from cell 3 toward the execution room.

Down 28. Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre, Hinckley

Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre in Hinckley, Leicestershire

 

The Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre opened in February 2018 on Regent Street Hinckley and houses an eclectic collection of interesting and old artefacts displayed across three main rooms. Every item has some kind of meaningful attachment, it's either a sentimental keepsake, a once-loved toy or a personal object of some kind.

There are hundreds of items on display, everything from a copy of the famous 'Crying Boy' painting and old framed family photographs, to genuine death masks - from the macabre practice of making likenesses of someone's face following their death. One of the most prominent items in the collection is an eerie haunted wartime wheelchair, which featured on ITV's 'This Morning' last year. The show's presenter, Philip Schofield, was brave enough to sit in the chair, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of hundreds of wounded servicemen.

The museum also has a smaller and darker room, known as "the witch's room". This part of the museum houses anything with any remotely negative or evil story attached to it. There's also a dedicated séance room, which is set up to resemble a Victorian parlour. The centrepiece is a large table draped in a black velvet cloth, where visitors can conduct séances.

Various paranormal teams have visited the centre since it opened, including Barri Ghai who's perhaps best known for his appearance in the 2018 ghost hunting show, 'Help! My House Is Haunted'.

Down 27. The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Abergavenny

The Skirrid Inn in Llanvihangel Crucorney was once used as the courtroom of the infamous Judge Jeffreys, and his ghost is still rumoured to walk the upper floors.

The pub has been the site of plenty of ghostly and poltergeist activity. When a former landlady decided to sell the, glasses started mysteriously flying through the building, along with the evil spirit of the judge's hangman.

The pub is also said to be the home to the ghost of a local clergyman, Father Henry Vaughn. As well as the spirit of Fanny Price who worked in the building in the 18th century. Staff and visitors to the pub also report smelling perfume, hearing the rustling of a lady's dress, the sound of soldiers marching, and even sightings of a White Lady in the courtyard.

New Entry6. Haunted Museum & Spirit Shop, Stoke on Trent

The Haunted Museum & Spirit Shop opened at the end of 2021 and is home to various haunted artefacts and ghost hunting paraphernalia, including an old granddaughter clock in the séance room. The clock hasn't worked for years, but it's said to resume its steady tick-tock from time to time, as well as letting out the odd unexpected chime.

According to the building's history, a little girl named Sarah was found dead at the bottom of the stairs. Beneath the stairs are copies of the infamous crying boy paintings lining the wall. Two of these prints came from a house where a family suffered from 11 years of hauntings. After these pictures were found in the attic and removed, the activity stopped.

The museum's most famous object is Mary, an old-looking doll that has been seen to violently rock on her chair, has been thrown out of the chair, and her eyes have been seen moving. Many of these incidents have been caught on the museum's CCTV cameras.
The brand new haunted attraction open its doors in August 2021 and since then has made quite a splash in the paranormal world. It's been featured on ITV's 'This Morning' and has been investigated by several paranormal teams including The Ouija Brothers.

Down 15. HMP Shepton Mallet, Shepton Mallet

HMP Shepton Mallet, Somerset

 

The grade II listed prison, also known as Cornhill was the oldest operating prison in the UK when it closed in 2013. At this time it was home to almost 200 inmates severing the final years of their life sentences.

Dating back to 1625, the prison has a pretty grim past. Originally men, women and children were packed into Shepton Mallet together, apparently in dreadful conditions. The cells held debtors, thieves, vagrants and people with mental health disorders. Poor amenities and primitive sanitation led to frequent outbreaks of ulcers, jaundice, asthma and venereal diseases.

Over the years there were plenty of deaths in this formidable prison, including murders, suicide, accidents and judicial executions. The total number of hangings at the prison is unknown, but some of the documented execution include a local man who battered a 10-year-old girl to death, a man who drowned his wife in the River Avon, and a man who cut his 37-year-old girlfriend's throat.

The body's of executed criminals weren't allowed to be buried in consecrated ground, so they were laid to rest in unmarked graves within the walls of the prison.

With almost 400 years of detaining murderers, violent criminals and notorious gangsters, plus a history of brutal executions, cruel punishments, suicides, and countless dead in unmarked graves within the prison walls, it's no wonder HMP Shepton Mallet is said to be the most haunted prison in the country.

The areas of the prison which are said to be the most active are the prison's eerie kitchens, the general's office, and the exercise yard, which is reportedly haunted by a former inmate, Captain Philip William Ryal, who climbed onto the roof of the prison and took his own life in 1914. Ever since his final words, "get back," have been heard echoing around the yard by inmates.

A cell in A Wing is reportedly haunted by a former inmate who was murdered here, while in B Wing visitors report the most negative energy in the whole of the three-acre site.

C Wing has a regular spook too in the form of a 'white lady', it's said she was wrongly convicted of murdering her fiancé, and sentenced to death in the 17th century. She's seen wearing her wedding dress, which she apparently wore in the condemned cell the night before her execution.

The prison is also said to be haunted by spirit of an American serviceman. He's been seen walking through walls in the prison in his uniform. He's thought to have been killed in the yard by a stray bullet from American army firing squad while overseeing an execution.

Down 24. Chillingham Castle, Alnwick

The medieval castle in the village of Chillingham, was the seat of the Grey and Bennet families from the 15th century until the 1980s when it became the home of Sir Humphry Wakefield Bt. Sir Humphry has spent the last few decades restoring the Grade I listed castle, it is now a tourist attraction offering self-catering apartments.

The castle's haunted reputation is well known and it has played host to the 'Most Haunted' team as well as other paranormal television shows. The most prevalent at the castle include the ghost of a Spanish witch who is said to have put a curse on the castle which is said to bring bad luck on anyone who steals from the castle.

There's also the ghost of Lady Mary Berkeley, she was a former resident of the castle whose husband had an affair with her sister, she died of heartbreak in the Grey Apartment. There's now a painting of her in the room which guests have claimed to see her come out of, other visitors to the castle say they have heard her grey dress rustling in the dead of night.

You might also want to look out for the ghost of a little girl who has been caught on camera in the castle's great hall. And the ghost of John Sage, a soldier who served under King Edward, but after taking a spear to his leg in battle with the Scots, was forced to retreat from the frontline and took up the role of the castle's torture in its fully equipped dungeon.

The castle's most famous ghost is the Blue Boy, it's said that guests see blue flashes of light above their beds or coming from within the castles walls. It turns out that these flashes are the ghost of a boy who was bricked up alive inside one of the walls.

During renovations at the castle the skeleton of a boy with blue clothes was found inside a three meter thick wall, the bones on his fingers were worn away from his attempts at scratching at the wall in a desperate bid for freedom.

No Change3. 30 East Drive, Pontefract

Reports of poltergeist activity at 30 East Drive, a typical three-bedroom, semi-detached house on the Chequerfield Estate in Pontefract, started after the Pritchard family moved in to the house in 1966.

The first creepy occurrence was when the family noticed a cascade of chalk-like dust falling from just below the ceiling. This was follow by pools of water that spontaneously appeared in the kitchen, all attempts to dry them up failed.

The family also experienced lights turning themselves on and off, green foam was said to have oozed out of the taps, cupboards shook violently, doors banged, photographs were slashed by sharp blades, and countless object were witnessed levitating or being thrown.

On one occasion a large grandfather clock on the landing toppled over and tumbled down the stairs and smash. And most terrifyingly, the youngest member of the family, Dianne was dragged up the stairs by an invisible force, after the event, red hand marks were clearly visible on her neck.

The house is now a popular venue for ghost hunters and paranormal researchers who visit the property still log countless paranormal occurrences to this day.

Up 82. Edinburgh Vaults, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Vaults

 

The Edinburgh Vaults are a network of eerie chambers which are formed in the arches of the South Bridge in Edinburgh. Due to the city's growing population, the 120 rooms or 'vaults' beneath the bridge were put to use to house taverns, workshops for cobblers and other tradesmen in 1788.

The vaults were damp with poor air quality and condition were grim, which resulted in businesses leaving. This meant that the dank caverns were overtaken by Edinburgh's poorest citizens, the homeless and criminals, who carried out activities such as illegal gambling, whisky distillery and even bodysnatching.

Eventually the vaults were filled in and forgotten about, until they were rediscovered in the 1980s and eventually opened as a tourist attraction. Thanks to its depressing past, the vaults are now said to be one of the most haunted places in the UK.

Visitors report hearing disembodied voices, including the sound of children crying. The mysterious sound of feet shuffling can also be heard coming from dark corners of the vaults, and people have reported being touched. During 'Most Haunted's' investigation of the location in 2008, one of their team was scratched by an unseen force, to this day it is still one of the team's most violent investigations.
Edinburgh's infamous vaults have climbed eight places in our list this year thanks to a memorable episode of 'Spooked Scotland'. In the episode the team struggled to handled so many spirits at once and Gail had to deal with frightening child apparitions.

No Change1. The Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton under Edge

The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire
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The Ancient Ram Inn is a Grade II listed building in Wotton-under-Edge. The pub has been investigated by many paranormal researchers, including the television shows 'Ghost Adventures' and 'Most Haunted'. The building is no longer open as a pub, but welcomes thousands of ghost hunters on paranormal events each year.

Some of the most commonly reported activity includes highly localised cold spots, temperature drops and unexplained icy blasts of air. There's also activity in the form of light anomalies seen with the naked eye and caught on camera. Doors are said to slam on their own, footsteps are frequently heard, furniture is heard sliding around and mysterious knocking is witnessed.

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