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In preparation for Halloween, we have found the best UK ghost walks for you to try – if you dare!

From abandoned graveyards and creepy woods, to medieval buildings and eerie city streets, ghost walks in the UK are certain to send a shiver down your spine. So if you’re looking for a spooky adventure this Halloween, a UK ghost walk is the perfect solution.

Keep reading to discover 7 of the best UK ghost walks…


1. Hangman’s Hill Essex Ghost Walk, Epping Forest

Epping Forest
With tales of headless horsemen, drowned ghost girls and a seance held deep in Epping Wood, this Essex ghost walk is possibly the scariest 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; you’ll hear a number of haunted tails before making your way to an area notoriously known as Hangman’s Hill.

When: Saturday 27th – Wednesday 31st October from 9:30pm to 12.00am

Where: The Kings Oak, High Beach, Epping Forest, Essex, IG10 4AE

Cost: From £18 per person


2. Oxford Castle Unlocked, Oxfordshire

Oxford Castle
Built in 1071, the intimidating appearance of Oxford Castle is enough to give anyone the jitters, but venture inside during Halloween 2019 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 scary tour takes you into some of the most haunted areas of the castle, including a trip to the dark underground crypt.

When: 25th, 26th, 29th, 30th and 31st October 7.00pm or 8.15pm (1 hour duration). Suitable for ages 11 and above

Where: Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AZ

Cost: £16 per person


3. The Real Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Ghost Walk
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: Open all year, except for Christmas Day. Tours are every 15 minutes from 9.30am, until the last tour at 9.30pm between April – October. Times vary during November and December.

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: Adults £16.50, seniors and students £14.25, children (5-15 years) £9.95 and family tickets (two adults and two children 5-15 yrs) £43.50


4. Ghost Walk of The Lanes, Brighton

The Druids Head Pub, bRIGHTON

A popular seaside resort or an ancient town packed with murderous tails, 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 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, it starts at 7.30pm and lasts around 70 minutes

On Saturday 27th and Wednesday 31st October, there will be two walks, at 6.00 p.m. & 7.30 p.m.

Where: The Druids Head, Brighton Place, BN1 1HJ

Cost: Adults £8, seniors and students £5.00, children £4.00 and family tickets (two adults and two children) £20.00.


5. The York Dungeon, York

York Dungeon

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: Standard walk 12.15pm – 4.45pm. Dungeon Late walk 8.15pm – 8.45pm

Where: The York Dungeon, YO1 9RD

Cost: Adults from £11, children from £9


6. Shiverpool Ghost Tour, Liverpool

Tunnel

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.

Enjoy a mixture of fear and laughter with a trip on the Ghost Bus, adding a touch of comedy to the unnerving anecdotes.

When: Hope Street Shivers: every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.30pm – 11.00pm. Auld City and the Dead House: Saturday 7.00pm – 8.30pm. Ghost Bus Tour: Sunday 27th October 6.30pm – 9.00pm ONLY

Where: Starting points vary, see website for more details

Cost: Hope Street Shivers and Auld City & Dead House: Adults (17+) £15.50, Students and u16s £12.50, Seniors (65+) £10, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £55. Ghost Bus: £17 per person


7. Stratford Town Ghost Walk, Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon

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: Adults £7. children £5. Children must be accompanied by a guardian


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