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20 of the spookiest places in Great Britain.

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16 October 2017

Posted by Philip Mowbray

VisitBritain estimates that there are over 10,000 reputedly haunted locations across the country, making Great Britain the most haunted nation in the world. This green and pleasant land is abundant with legends and lore of ghosts and spirits, you need not go too far to hear the story of a spooky spectral sighting, or find somewhere, be it an ancient pub, derelict castle or an eerie graveyard where things apparently do go bump in the night.

With Halloween fast approaching, it is the perfect time for a good scare. Here is a hand picked selection of twenty of the spookiest places in Britain, as captured by Picfair photographers. A visit to any of these locations is sure to send a chill down your spine…

Highgate Cemetery in North London oozes atmosphere and it is no surprise that many have reported ghostly sightings over the years, even a vampire was also once suggested to have... Read more

Highgate Cemetery in North London oozes atmosphere and it is no surprise that many have reported ghostly sightings over the years, even a vampire was also once suggested to have roamed the graveyard. Read less

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The ghost of a headless Spanish solider can reportedly be seen carrying his head in the gift shop of Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks.

The ghost of a headless Spanish solider can reportedly be seen carrying his head in the gift shop of Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous landmarks. Read less

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The Tower of London, one of the UK’s most visited landmarks is reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of Anne Boleyn (the second wife of King Henry VIII), Thomas Becket and Arbella... Read more

The Tower of London, one of the UK’s most visited landmarks is reputed to be haunted by the ghosts of Anne Boleyn (the second wife of King Henry VIII), Thomas Becket and Arbella Stuart. The ‘White Lady’ of the White Tower is also said to wave from a window at children passing by and her perfume is still said to linger in the air on occasion. Read less

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The foreboding Souter Lighthouse sits on the rocky shores of Lizard Point near Sunderland, aggressive poltergeist activity has been reported on many occasions by both visitors a... Read more

The foreboding Souter Lighthouse sits on the rocky shores of Lizard Point near Sunderland, aggressive poltergeist activity has been reported on many occasions by both visitors and paranormal investigators. Read less

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Hampton Court Palace claims be home to many ghosts and is one of the most haunted buildings in the country, with unusual sights and sounds an almost regular occurrence. The gho... Read more

Hampton Court Palace claims be home to many ghosts and is one of the most haunted buildings in the country, with unusual sights and sounds an almost regular occurrence. The ghosts of Jane Seymour (the third wife of King Henry VIII) and Catherine Howard (Henry VIII’s fifth wife) are said to wonder the corridors and galleries of the palace at night. 
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Bramshill Mansion House in Hampshire was once a police training college and is purportedly one of the most haunted mansions in Great Britain, as many as fourteen ghosts lie with... Read more

Bramshill Mansion House in Hampshire was once a police training college and is purportedly one of the most haunted mansions in Great Britain, as many as fourteen ghosts lie within its walls. Read less

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Leicester’s Grade I listed Guildhall has appeared on the likes of TV’s ‘Most Haunted’, who were out to capture on film at least one of the building’s five reported spirits.

Leicester’s Grade I listed Guildhall has appeared on the likes of TV’s ‘Most Haunted’, who were out to capture on film at least one of the building’s five reported spirits. Read less

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Rochester Castle, Kent is said to be haunted by ‘The White Lady’, a ghost who was first sighted in 1262, less than 150 years after the castle was built. 


Rochester Castle, Kent is said to be haunted by ‘The White Lady’, a ghost who was first sighted in 1262, less than 150 years after the castle was built. 
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The ruined Knowlton Norman church sits within the Knowlton Rings in Dorset, an ancient Neolithic henge system which is reputedly the most haunted place in the county

The ruined Knowlton Norman church sits within the Knowlton Rings in Dorset, an ancient Neolithic henge system which is reputedly the most haunted place in the county Read less

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Pluckley in Kent is ‘the most haunted village in England’ as named in 1989 by the Guinness Book of World Records. The village is reported to have at least sixteen ghosts withi... Read more

Pluckley in Kent is ‘the most haunted village in England’ as named in 1989 by the Guinness Book of World Records. The village is reported to have at least sixteen ghosts within its vicinity, including the ghost of a highwayman, apparently seen on ‘Fright Corner’, a ‘Red Lady’ and a ‘Watercress Woman’. The piercing sound of a screaming man has also been heard coming from the ‘Screaming Woods’. 
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The Borley Rectory haunting may be one of most famous hauntings in history to date, with the renowned paranormal investigator Harry Price (1881 - 1948), having described it it a... Read more

The Borley Rectory haunting may be one of most famous hauntings in history to date, with the renowned paranormal investigator Harry Price (1881 - 1948), having described it it as ‘the most haunted house in England’. The rectory itself was damaged by fire in 1939 and subsequently destroyed in 1944, however the church still stands and also purported to be haunted, with ghostly organ music and chanting reportedly heard from time-to-time. Read less

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The spooky setting of Whitby Abbey, perched on the cliffs above Whitby in North Yorkshire provided the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. 


The spooky setting of Whitby Abbey, perched on the cliffs above Whitby in North Yorkshire provided the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. 
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Legend has it that the Necropolis in Glasgow is home to a sinister hag called ‘Jenny wi the ‘airn teeth’ who would prey on children messing around in the graveyard and eat them ... Read more

Legend has it that the Necropolis in Glasgow is home to a sinister hag called ‘Jenny wi the ‘airn teeth’ who would prey on children messing around in the graveyard and eat them for supper. 
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The Black Mausoleum of Sir George MacKenzie in Greyfriars Cemetery, Edinburgh has been described as ‘the scariest place on Earth’. Many visitors to the graveyard have been viol... Read more

The Black Mausoleum of Sir George MacKenzie in Greyfriars Cemetery, Edinburgh has been described as ‘the scariest place on Earth’. Many visitors to the graveyard have been violently attacked by an unseen force and now over 500 separate poltergeist incidents have been reported. 
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Pendle Hill, Lancashire tops out at five hundreds and fifty seven meters and is a wholly isolated hill, separated from the rest of the Pennines. The area is strongly associated ... Read more

Pendle Hill, Lancashire tops out at five hundreds and fifty seven meters and is a wholly isolated hill, separated from the rest of the Pennines. The area is strongly associated with witchcraft. 
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Edinburgh Castle is another top haunted spot in Scotland and is reported to be the home of a headless drummer, phantom piper and many prisoners who were once held at the castle. 


Edinburgh Castle is another top haunted spot in Scotland and is reported to be the home of a headless drummer, phantom piper and many prisoners who were once held at the castle. 
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In 2015, reports emerged that a ‘black eyed girl’ was seen by paranormal investigators in Cannock Chase National Forest, Staffordshire. 


In 2015, reports emerged that a ‘black eyed girl’ was seen by paranormal investigators in Cannock Chase National Forest, Staffordshire. 
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Northumberland’s Chillingham Castle is steeped with tales of apparitions and ghostly voices and makes a perfect location for TV paranormal investigations. 


Northumberland’s Chillingham Castle is steeped with tales of apparitions and ghostly voices and makes a perfect location for TV paranormal investigations. 
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Wharram Percy is a deserted medieval village in North Yorkshire. With only a couple of structures still remaining, this spooky setting has been plagued by eerie apparitions and ... Read more

Wharram Percy is a deserted medieval village in North Yorkshire. With only a couple of structures still remaining, this spooky setting has been plagued by eerie apparitions and UFO sightings. 
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Beautiful Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire is reputed to have a haunted panelled room, where overnight guests have been abruptly awoken at night by a piercing child’s scream.

Beautiful Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire is reputed to have a haunted panelled room, where overnight guests have been abruptly awoken at night by a piercing child’s scream. Read less

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