From our abandoned graveyards and creepy woods, to our medieval buildings and eerie city streets, Britain is quite easily one of the world’s most haunted destinations. On our seemingly quiet island, you’ll find a whole manner of ghosts, ghouls and creatures that go bump in the night so if you’re looking for a spooky adventure this Halloween, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to discover a few of our favourite UK ghost walks – but be warned, walking in the footsteps of ghosts is not for the faint-hearted!
Hangman’s Hill, Essex Ghost Walk
With tales of headless horsemen, drowned ghost girls and a séance held deep in Epping Wood, this is possibly the scariest walk on our list. Not suited for those under 18, your evening starts with a trip into the chilly Epping Wood where an experienced Medium will attempt to connect with spirits of the past. Once you’re well and truly spooked the walk will begin; huddled together in the dark, you’ll hear a number of haunted tails before making your way to an area notoriously known as Hangman’s Hill.
When: This frightful walk is booking up fast and because of this there are only two dates left; October 28th from 8.30pm to 11pm and October 29th from 11.15pm to 1.45am.
Where: Meet outside The Kinds Oak in High Beach, Essex.
Cost: £14.00 per person.
Oxford Castle, Unlocked
Built in 1071, the intimidating appearance of Oxford Castle is enough to give anyone the willies, but venture inside this Halloween and you’ll experience a Spooky Tour like no other. The castle’s 900 year dark history is only made more terrifying when you learn that its main role, after the Civil War of 1642, was as the town’s prison, housing a host of vermin, prisoners and corrupt guards. Suitable for those aged 12 and older, this scary tour takes you into some of the most haunted areas of the castle, including a trip to the dark underground crypt.
When: Every Thursday throughout October and November. 50 minute tours start at 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm and 7.30pm.
Where: Oxford Castle, Oxford.
Cost: £12.00 per person.
The Real Mary King’s Close
Hidden under the busy city of Edinburgh, you’ll find the echoey streets of The Real Mary King’s Close. This once thriving area of Scotland’s capital has long been forgotten by all but the lonely spirits who still inhabit it. As your guide leads you through this cold, underground maze of uneven walkways and dimly lit rooms, you’ll not only hear spine-tingling tales of phantom shadows but also learn about Scotland’s intriguing history. This tour is suitable for children aged five and over, making it a perfectly ghastly activity for families this Halloween.
When: Open all year, except for Christmas Day and tours are every 15 minutes from 10am, until the last tour at 9pm. It is advised that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour so that you can leave on time.
Where: Entrance doors are located on The Royal Mile, directly opposite St Giles Cathedral.
Cost: Adults £13.95, seniors and students £12.50, children (5-15 years) £8.25 and family tickets (two adults and two children) £37.75.
Ghost Walk of The Lanes
A popular seaside resort or an ancient town packed with murderous tails, gruesome history and frightful spirits? Ghost Walk of The Lanes will let you see the hidden side of Brighton’s most celebrated quarter by taking you on a supernatural journey of discovery; be prepared to hear grisly tales of apparitions, poltergeists, wandering nuns and more about the city’s infamous links with Jack the Ripper. This tour is suitable for children and those brave enough to attend will receive a treat from the guides.
When: The walk takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, it lasts around 70 minutes and starts at 7.30pm. On Halloween night there will be an extra two walks, one at 6pm and one at 9pm.
Where: Meeting point is The Druids Head, Brighton Place.
Cost: Adults £8.00, seniors and students £5.00, children £4.00 and family tickets (two adults and two children) £20.00.
As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.