If you're planning a trip to Great Britain and want to take in some of the country's haunted history while you're here, then below are five of the most famous paranormal
hotspots in the UK, which you can visit as part of a family day out and learn about their ghost stories.
The Tower Of London
No trip to the UK would be complete without at least a few days in the capital. One of London's busiest and most famous attractions is the Tower Of London, it's regarded as one of the most haunted buildings in London and with a history of over 900 years of torture and execution, it's no surprise.
The most notable spook visitors to the historic castle hope to spot is that of Anne Boleyn, the wife of King Henry VIII. She was beheaded in 1536, and her headless body has been seen walking throughout the building, often near the place of her execution.
Hampton Court Palace, London
Another haunted royal palace that is worth a visit is situated a short train ride from central London in Richmond-upon-Thames. Hampton Court Palace's most famous spooks is the Grey Lady, it's said she was once a servant in 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.
Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh
If you're heading up to Scotland and want some haunted history then Edinburgh is the place to go. Not only can you visit the popular tourist attractions The Real Mary King's Close and Edinburgh Vaults, but also one of the creepiest graveyards you'll ever see.
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.
The graveyard also inspired J. K. Rowling when she was writing the Harry Potter series, so look out for gravestones marked with the familiar names McGonagall and Tom Riddell.
Dover Castle, Kent
Travel to the South East and you'll find the impressive Dover Castle. 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.
The Jamaica Inn, Cornwall
If you're traveling to the beautiful county of Cornwall in the South West of England, you can't miss the traditional coaching in the middle of the moor on the main A30 in Bolventor. The historic, atmospheric, welcoming and supposedly very haunted inn is now a 36-room hotel, but you can also visit for a drink, an excellent meal or a look around the on site Daphne du Maurier and smuggling museum.
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.