Halloween, the spookiest time of year, is almost upon us.
With the coronavirus pandemic still wreaking havoc in the world, it’s going to be hard to celebrate as usual.
But there are plenty of locations in Britain which you can visit to get you in the right spirit.
Research conducted by Amazon Prime Video in honour of the launch of Truth Seekers has revealed that almost a third (29%) of the nation believe in the supernatural.
Truth Seekers, which launches on October 30, is a supernatural comedy drama about a team of part-time investigators who uncover and and film ghost sightings throughout the UK.
If you’re one of those who believe in the supernatural, you may want to visit one of the most haunted locations in the UK.
Here is a list of the top 10 most haunted places to visit, based on 2020 research by the UK’s leading paranormal magazine, Haunted Magazine.
1. Newsham Park Hospital, Liverpool
The most haunted place in Britain is Newsham Park Hospital in Liverpool, and we can’t say we’re surprised.
Many people in this former orphanage reported seeing an unexplained apparition of a woman, ghost of children and a dark shadowy figure.
2. Ordsall Hall, Manchester
The second most haunted place in Britain is Ordsall Hall in Manchester, a former moated Tudor Mansion.
Staff reduce to enter certain parts of the building alone, and have reported ghostly sightings and unexplained events.
Some claim to hear the ghostly cries of a drowned child, knocks on doors and extreme temperature drops.
3. HMP Shepton Mallet, Somerset
HMP Shepton Mallet has a 400 year long history of murders, violent criminals and violent gangsters.
So it comes as no surprise that this is said to be the most haunted prison in the country.
The now-abandoned prison has previously seen its fair share of brutal executions, cruel punishments, suicides and even has unmarked graves within the prison walls.
4. 30 East Drive, Pontefract
This semi-detached house in West Yorkshire is a massive divider in the supernatural community.
Some say it is a mecca for paranormal investigation, while others say it’s over-hyped and not haunted at all.
The best way to find out would be to have a look yourself – if you dare.
5. Chillingham Castle, Alnwick
This aptly named building is said to be the most haunted castle in Britain – and you can actually stay there.
Its most famous ghost is the Blue Boy, or the ghost of Lady Mary Berkeley who haunts the Grey Apartment.
And if you were thinking of stealing a bar of soap from the room think again.
A Spanish with is said to have put a curse on the building, brining ill fortune to anyone who steals from the castle.
6. The Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton under Edge
This Grade II listed building in Gloucestershire is one of the most haunted places in the country.
Those brave enough to visit the quirky former pub have reported feeling icy blasts of air, strange light anomalies and doors slamming in empty rooms.
It has even been featured in TV shows such as Ghost Adventures and Most Haunted.
7. Drakelow Tunnels, Kidderminster
Drakelow Tunnels is a truly creepy place.
It’s a former wartime underground factory which is reported to be haunted by several ghosts.
For example, the demon guardian of the burial ground above.
There’s also a disorienting labyrinthine network of pitch-black tunnels that seem to go on forever.
8. The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Abergavenny
The Skirrid Mountain Inn is Wales’ oldest pub, and was once used as the courtroom of the infamous Judge Jeffreys.
Many executions were carried out in the courtroom, and the rope marks left by the hangings can still be seen in beams.
The judge’s ghost is still rumoured to walk the upper floors.
9. The Jamaica Inn, Bolventor
The Jamaica Inn, built in 1750, is a historic, welcoming but also supposedly very haunted building.
If you’re brave enough to spend a night in one of the haunted rooms, you might hear the sound of horses and carts moving in the courtyard in the middle of the night.
10. Edinburgh Vaults, Edinburgh
This network of eerie chambers under Edinburgh is a popular tourist attraction.
The dank caverns have a sinister past, and the city’s criminal underworld used the tunnel for illegal activities.
The heinous practices left their marks on the vaults, which are now said to be one of the most haunted places in Scotland.