In the spirit of Halloween and all things spooky, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to explore...
In preparation for Halloween, we have found some of the best UK ghost walks and ghost tours for you to try… if you dare!
From abandoned graveyards and creepy woods, to medieval buildings and eerie city streets, our selection of UK ghost tours and ghost walks are certain to send a shiver down your spine. If you’re looking for a spooky spot to explore this Halloween, what could be better than an authentic fright as you enjoy a UK ghost tour?
If you are seeking other ways to celebrate the spooky season in style, take a look at our 11 ways to celebrate Halloween at home.
Keep reading to discover 10 of the best UK ghost walks and ghost tours…
1. Essex Ghost Walks
2. London Ghost Tours and Ghost Walks
3. Oxford Ghost Tours
4. Edinburgh Ghost Tours and Ghost Walks
5. Brighton Ghost Walks and Ghost Tours
6. York Ghost Walks and Ghost Tours
7. Liverpool Ghost Tours and Ghost Walks
8. Stratford-upon-Avon Ghost Walks
With tales of headless horsemen, drowned ghost girls and a séance held deep in Epping Wood, our first UK ghost walk is possibly the scariest on our list. Not suitable 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; you’ll hear a number of haunting tales before making your way to an area notoriously known as Hangman’s Hill.
When: January 31st
Tour times: 7:30pm, 9:00pm, 10:30pm
Where: The Kings Oak, High Beach, Epping Forest, Essex, IG10 4AE
Climb on board this classic 1960’s Routemaster bus for a journey of nightmares…
For those seeking a fright with a twist this Halloween, look no further than The Ghost Bus Tour. This quirky London ghost tour is the only comedy-horror sightseeing experience in the UK where you will also encounter the top sights of the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge and Downing Street.
More impressively, should you wish to treat (or trick) your loved ones this Halloween, you can book onto one of the private hire opportunities, which has been enjoyed by the likes of Johnny Depp, Whoopi Goldberg and Little Mix.
When: All-year-round on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Where: Northumberland Ave, London, WC2N 5BY
Built in 1071, the intimidating appearance of Oxford Castle is enough to give anyone the jitters, but venture inside during the Halloween season and you’ll experience a UK ghost walk 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 11 and older, this spooky tour takes you into some of the most haunted areas of the castle, including a trip to the dark underground crypt.
When: Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 16th Oct – 1st Nov 2020
Tour times: 7pm, 7.30pm and 8pm
Where: Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AZ
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 ghost walk 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 spooky UK ghost tour is suitable for children aged 5 and over, making it a perfectly ghoulish activity for families this Halloween.
When: 7 days a week all-year-round, however opening and closing times vary seasonally
Tour times: Tours run every 15 minutes from 10.00am and at 18.00pm. 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, opposite St Giles Cathedral, EH1 1PG
Cost: Adult £17.95; Senior and student £15.95; Children (5-15 years) £11.25 and Family (two adults and two children 5-15 yrs) £49.00
Our next Edinburgh ghost tour is a careful blend of history and humour, beginning at Edinburgh’s Tree of the Dead.
On this Edinburgh ghost tour you can enjoy sole access to Edinburgh’s Covenanter’s Prison and the Black Mausoleum, which is the resting place of George Mackenzie, a fearsome figure in Scottish history.
If you are lucky, you may encounter the poltergeist of George Mackenzie himself, which is now considered to be the best documented supernatural case of all time!
When: Summer (Easter to Halloween) every night from 9pm, Winter (Halloween to Easter) 8.30pm on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Where: The Tree of the Dead, the roadside wall of St Giles’ Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile
A popular seaside resort or an ancient town packed with murderous tales, gruesome history and frightful spirits? Ghost Walk of The Lanes, one of the finest UK ghost walks, 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 on this unforgettable ghost tour.
This ghost tour is suitable for children, and those brave enough to attend will receive a treat from the guides!
When: The walk takes place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Tours times: 7.30pm and lasts around 70 minutes
Where: The Druids Head, Brighton Place, BN1 1HJ
Cost: Adult £12; Senior (65+) £10.00; Student (inc. under 16s) £8; Family (two adults and two children) £32.00
Head to this beautiful and historic city to embark on one of the freakiest ghost walks in the UK, leading you through the spine-tingling passages of York Dungeon. This nerve-jangling 75-minute tour tells 2000 years of compelling York history through the use of live actors and heart-stopping special effects, talking about world-famous tales including the Gunpowder Plot.
Those 18 and over can make the most of the Dungeon Late Shows after 8.00pm, offering an alcoholic drink or two to take the eerie edge off. Schools, families, and stag and hen parties can enjoy this ghastly UK ghost walk, promising an experience you won’t forget.
When: 7 days a week all year around, however opening and closing times vary seasonally
Tour times: Standard walk 10am- 4.45pm. Dungeon Late walk 8.15pm – 8.45pm
Where: The York Dungeon, YO1 9RD
Cost: Adult (16+) £19.25; Children (5-15) £15.95 (save up to 20% when you book online)
For a night of history and mystery, be sure to book onto this York ghost tour!
The Original Ghost Walk of York was established in 1973 and has since provided the city’s visitors with a legendary and disturbing experience. On this ghost tour, look forward to uncovering York’s hidden alleyways, haunted buildings and of course, to facing your fears!
When: 7 days a week all-year-round, however opening and closing times vary seasonally
Tours times: Everyday night from 8pm (The tour lasts up to 90 minutes)
Where: The King’s Arms Pub, Ouse Bridge
Cost: Adult £7; Children £5
This spooky UK ghost walk leads you through the streets of Liverpool for a fascinating and fun-packed 90-minute tour. Choose from a number of Shiverpool ghost tours spanning across the city, including the award-winning Hope Street Shivers experience leading through the Cathedral Quarter of Hope Street.
When: Hope Street Shivers: every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.30pm – 11.00pm. Auld City and the Dead House: Saturday 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Where: Starting points vary, see website for more details
Cost: Adult (17+) £16.50; Student and u16s £13.50; Senior (65+) £11.50; Family (2 adults & 2 children) £56.50
It comes as little surprise that the quirky and historic streets of Stratford-upon-Avon produce one of the best ghost walks in the UK. The quaint cobbled lanes lined with Tudor timber-framed buildings, as well as the renowned connections to William Shakespeare bring an added tough of olde worlde feel to this already fascinating ghost walk.
Learn stories of the haunted tea room dating back to the 1600s, the ghost in the theatre and much more on this eerie UK ghost walk.
When: Saturday 7.30pm – 9pm. Halloween Ghost Walk on October 31st. Booking in advance is advised
Where: The Swan Fountain, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BA
Cost: Adult £7; Children £5. Children must be accompanied by a guardian
Be sure to spend the Halloween season walking in the footsteps of fearsome figures on one of our selected UK ghost tours and ghost walks, just one of the many ways to discover the UK’s spookiest destinations. We can’t wait to see your ghost tour snaps, so be sure to share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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