The United Kingdom is one of the most powerful countries economically and culturally in the world. It is made up of England, Scotland, and Wales and together they form a sovereign state. This magical country is not only home to the famous savvy authors like William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie but also to the most beautiful places in the world you can ever imagine. Some of the eye-popping places in the United Kingdom include The white-capped cliffs of Dover, the Stonehenge in Wiltshire, the beautiful Scottish Highlands and many more.
However, some of the ancient and historic buildings in the United Kingdom are the most dreaded places by both locals and tourists. Surprisingly, these places are mostly buildings that were once occupied by humans, but with time, they have been isolated, and presences of spooky ghosts in the houses reported. Unless you are a ghost-hunter, you wouldn’t want to set foot in these places because of the spooky and scary stories behind them.
Below are the top ten most haunted and dreaded places in the United Kingdom.
The Tower of London
The tower of London is not only one of the fascinating pre-historic buildings in the United Kingdom but also one of the most dreaded places in the whole of the UK. This London’s iconic landmark was established in the year 1066 by the then reigning king William, the conqueror from the Normandy Duke. He built the castle after his ascension to power on October 14, 1066. He had won all the battles and wanted to use the castle to scare away his enemies. The castle was later renovated from time to time by the succeeding kings.
The Tower of London has the most beautiful and fascinating history behind its formation. However, it is marked by the creepiest and spooky stories about ghosts. The castle was believed to be used to execute those who went against the king’s orders. Many prisoners who were held at the castle died there. It is for this reason that many ghosts’ incidences have been reported. The most famous ghost here is that of Anne Boleyn. She is often seen loitering around the castle with her head tucked under her arm. The beautiful queen was executed in the castle for treason. Another ghost reported to be seen in the building is that of Thomas A. Beckett, but he ceased appearing after a chapel was established in the tower. Also, the sightings of two princes have been reported. They are usually seen in nightgowns clutched to each other in the castle’s rooms. Also, Arbela Stuart, who married without the king’s permission, is said to have been seen in the castle.
This walls ruined castle is also one of the ghosts’ favorite spots in the United Kingdom. Established in the late 15th century, Berry Pomeroy was established by the Pomeroy family. However, the dream of having a luxurious castle by the Pomeroy family came to a sudden halt when they ran into a financial crisis in the 17th century. Edward Seymour II, a son to Lord Seymour, wanted to revamp the castle to a modern luxurious structure after ascending to power in the 17th century. Halfway into his dream project, he ran out of funds and had to put the project on hold. He sadly died in 1613 with his project unfinished. And to date, the ruins remain isolated in the middle of nowhere.
But one thing remains, the shocking stories of ghosts haunting the abandoned castle. Many visitors to Berry Pomeroy have reported shocking and creepy tales of ghosts hovering around the castle in the fall of darkness. Some of the notorious ghosts in this building are those of Isabella the baby, the white lady, and the blue lady. Also, a cavalier is seen smiling, and Pomeroy’s sons are heard falling to their death while riding horses. Many other ghosts have been seen in the castle. They include a gardener, a dog, a lady carrying canes, and a guardsman. These ghosts follow innocent visitors back to their homes.
Pendle Hill is one of the United Kingdom’s historical sites. Sitting in the heart of Bowland forest, Pendle Hill is one of the breath-taking sceneries in Lancashire. However, this hills magical story is not a story without mention witches and ghosts. Apparently, in the 17th century, witches ruled over the Pendle hill and made the lives of the local peasants miserable. They used their supernatural powers to torment the residents in the area. History has it that people died mysteriously and the milk turned bitter and sour. Cows died too!
It was until the brevity of one magistrate named Roger Norwell that the witches were arrested and brought to book. The magistrate pulled the stunt and arrested and tried the witches for causing deaths of ten locals. Upon trial, they were found guilty and sentenced to death. The trials are well documented. It is these dead witches that haunt the Pendle hill and visitors have reported having heard one witch by the name Elizabeth Southerns scare them away and telling them that they were not welcomed. Several other ghosts are haunting Pendle hill including Anne Whittle, Elizabeth Device, Alice Nutter, James Device, Jane Bulcock, and many more.
Borley Rectory is also another historic building in the United Kingdom. Located in Essex, the freaking structure was established by a Victorian in 1862. However, soon after they occupied the newly built house, the clergyman and his family of fourteen observed weird activities in and around the house. They would hear strange noises; utensils fall out of the blues, doors shut without notice. It is reported that at some point, the ghost slapped the youngest child in the family. In 1892, Henry Bull died leaving the house under his son Harry Bull. The notorious spooky ghost continued to haunt the house and its occupants. When Harry died in 1927, the structure became a lonely place. It was later occupied by Eric Smith and his wife but couldn’t stay for long because of the haunting ghosts. The ghost’s presence reached the media and intrigued the curiosity of one Harry Price who together with his team embarked on a ghost hunting mission.
The ghost appearing at the Borley Rectory is that of a nun who died there long before the Borley Rectory was established. History has it that the nun had fallen in love with a monk and together were eloping. However, their love story was brought to an end when their plan was unearthed, and the monk was hanged to death. On the other hand, the nun was closed and starved to death at Borley Rectory.
Pluckley Village, Kent
Located in Kent, Pluckley is also another most haunted place in the United Kingdom. It holds the Guinness world records for being the most haunted place in the world with twelve to sixteen ghosts haunting the village. This village reportedly is haunted, and sightings of ghosts have been seen by the villagers and tourists visiting the place for the apparent reason, ghost hunting. The ghosts’ to have been seen here are those of a highwayman hiding behind a tree in Pinnock, The ghost of a woman who had drowned, A teacher who committed suicide is seen in Dickey Buss, a white lady haunting St. Nicholas church, a red lady, has also been seen around the church and many other ghosts have been seen.
The Flask, Highgate is one of the United Kingdom’s oldest and historic pubs. This Fascinating pub dates back to the year 1663. Surprisingly, horse- boxes dating back to the 17th century are well tucked inside the pub. However, every fascinating historical site in the United Kingdom has a ghost story or two. The Flask is not left behind. It is reported that ghosts haunt the pub to date. The sightings of Spanish barmaid who hanged herself in the pub have been reported. History has it that the lady committed suicide because of a love gone sour. The ghost of a man wearing the cavalier uniform has also been seen hovering around and inside the rooms of the flask pub. Another ghost by the name Dick Turpin has the pub’s wine store as his favorite spot.
Hampton Court Palace
The Hampton Court Palace is for a fact the United Kingdom’s famous tourist attraction site. However, it holds spooky and eerie stories of notorious ghosts who haunt the place and anyone around. The palace was initially established for King Henry VIII’s best man called Thomas Wolsey in the 16th century. However, the building was attractive, and King Henry VIII decided to build his own next to Thomas Wolsey.
As the norm, the beautiful and fascinating palaces of the United Kingdom have their dark side of the story and the Hampton Court Palace is not an exemption. The historical landmark is haunted by ghosts from time to time. The ghost of Jane Seymour has been seen in the palace. She was the 3rd wife of King Henry VIII. She died of childbirth complications. She is said to frequent the staircases of the Hampton palace and sometimes makes her way to the room she died at. The ghost of Catherine Howard has also been seen in this palace. She is heard screaming. Before she was beheaded, she ran after the King Screaming and begging for mercy, but the king could hear none of it. She was executed for treason. A gray lady believed to have been a servant in the palace has also been reported.
The Woodchester Mansion is another United Kingdom’s place to record paranormal events. The iconic landmark was William Leigh’s idea; however, the building was abandoned midway to his completion. In the 1870’s the people constructing the Woodchester Mansion downed their tools for no apparent reason left the work station and never came back to finish their work. The building to date is incomplete though it serves as Britain’s historic site.
Just like the other places, this mansion has one creepy and blood-chilling story, the ghosts. It is also one of the United Kingdoms’ most haunted places. Visitors to the area have reported weird and out of place happenings inside the building. Many have fainted out of the blues. On October 7, 2005, a CCTV camera captured and recorded footage of a freaking ghost.
Greenwich Foot Tunnel
Going through the River Themes is the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. It is also one of the United Kingdom’s most lonely and haunted places. The construction of this fascinating yet terrifying tunnel started in 1899 and came to a completion in 1902. The tunnel is a lifesaver for both the pedestrians and the cyclists. However, the tunnel has its fair share of ghost haunting tales. A man and a woman disappear into thin air when approached by human beings.
The ghost haunted building was established in the year 1485 by William Martyn. It was later sold to Alfred Lafontaine, and in the subsequent years, the building was transferred from one owner to another. Spooky ghost sightings have been reported to have been seen in the Athelhampton House. Two men fighting with swords have been seen. Also, a lady famously referred to as the Grey Lady has also been seen loitering around and inside the house.