Well it’s that time of year again with the trick or treaters getting their costumes sorted, pumpkins being carved and everyone seems up for a fright. Of course most people would just put on a scary film and enjoy a halloween night in, but what if you want to get out and experience some real terror? Well we’ve tracked down some of the creepiest spots in the United Kingdom for you to visit, if you think you’re brave enough!
The Tower of London
Over the years the Tower of London has been the site of many a nefarious incident. Built way back in the 11th Century by William the Conqueror it has been the site of some of the most high profile executions in English history, including those of Anne Boleyn, Lady jade Grey and Catherine Howard not to mention the mysterious disappearance of the two princes in the 15th Century. And, as you’d expect, there are many reports of the supernatural taking place ranging from the ghost of Anne Boleyn all the way through to a phantom bear!
Pendle Hill, Lancashire
Easily one of the more famous of the UK’s paranormal places, Pendle Hill has gone down in folklore thanks to the events of the early 17th century. In 1612 twelve residents of the Pendle area were arrested on suspicion of witchcraft, apparently following the deaths of ten other locals. In all eleven were found guilty and executed and it is thought that their spirits still roam the hill. Add to this the recently discovered remains of a cottage thought to have been the home of one of the Pendle Witches, complete with a cat skeleton mysteriously bricked up in one of the walls and you’ve got somewhere that’s definitely not for the faint of heart!
With a strong claim to be one of the most haunted buildings in the United Kingdom, Northumberland’s Chillingham Castle was a shoe in for this list. There are many gruesome tales of murder and intrigue from the years of the English-Scottish wars, including those of the notorious torture master John Sage. His old torture chamber still exists with many of his evil instruments still there for you to examine if you dare, but that’s not it! Chillingham is also home to a number of spooky supernatural beings including the famous Blue Boy and the ghost of Lady Mary Berkeley.
The Glasgow Necropolis
Between being the final resting place of over 50,000 people and having a name that means the City of the Dead, it was impossible to leave the Necropolis out of our list of the creepiest spots in the United Kingdom. Already it might seem eerie enough but then add in the seven foot tall, iron toothed Gorbals Vampire notorious for preying on the local children and a White Lady who is regularly seen floating through the cemetery and you’ve got a seriously spooky place!
So there you go, a handful of the United Kingdom’s more frightening places for you to visit this Halloween, and if you are brave enough we’d love to hear about your scary adventures – just let us know, either over Facebook or Twitter!