Love the thrill of being scared and looking for something different to do this month? With Halloween creeping ever closer, last minute rental holiday provider, Snaptrip.com, reveals the top 10 spooky destinations to visit this October:
1. The village of Prestbury
Located in Cheshire, on the edge of the Cotswolds, Prestbury claims to be the most haunted village in England. Its spooky reputation has stuck ever since the sighting of a hooded monk known as ‘The Black Abbot’ who is said to regularly appear in the church and churchyard. Somewhere to visit before retreating to the safety of your cottage or guest house!
2. Winnats Pass, Castleton
This popular road takes drivers through stunning scenery, across the Pennines between Yorkshire and Lancashire. The area is said to be home to the ghosts of lovers, who were brutally murdered in the 1750s whilst trying to elope. The area of Castleton itself, situated in the Peak District is also home to several ghosts – a great place to visit if you’re a keen ghost hunter.
Ghosts are most likely to be found in the churchyard – don’t say we didn’t warn you!
3. Wicklow Gaol
A former prison, now museum, located in Wicklow, Northern Ireland. Paranormal activity at Wicklow has given it its reputation as one of the most haunted places in the country. It is also said to be haunted by its past prisoners who were subject to torture, starvation and death. (Not for the faint hearted then!).
4. Heptonstall, West Yorkshire
This preserved West Yorkshire village is rumoured to be haunted by a Roundhead on a horse, a throwback to when the village was besieged during the Civil War. Chantry House, which was previously used to store the dead, is also rumoured to be haunted by ghosts. The village is said not to have changed much in 200 years, and is a lovely spot to visit if you just want to get away from it all - apart from ghosts, that is.
5. Glamis Castle
Situated beside the village of Glamis in Angus, Glamis Castle is possibly the most haunted castle in Scotland. It is renowned for the sheer number of reports that have occurred there and the surrounding area. If you’re brave enough to go, keep an eye out for these ghosts in particular – ‘The Woman Without a Tongue’, ‘The Grey Lady’ and ‘The Young Servant Boy’.
6. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire
A former pub located in Wotton-under-Edge, it is said to be now one of the most haunted hotels in the country. It has been investigated by paranormal experts and has featured in ‘Most Haunted’ and US series ‘Ghost Adventures’. If you are a bit of a scaredy cat though, maybe give this one a miss.
7. Borley Rectory, Essex
It used to be known as the most haunted house in the country. Despite the building being demolished many years ago, its surrounding grounds are still accessible and are said to be equally as haunted. Look out for the ghost of a nun who was said to have been sentenced to death after trying to elope with a monk. Rumour has it she still roams the area in an attempt to find her former lover.
8. Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire
Located in Gloucestershire, Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished Gothic masterpiece. It is host to overnight ghost hunts which are not for the faint hearted! Most Haunted has also visited the mansion in both 2002 and 2005, with paranormal societies visiting frequently. Probably one for the more dedicated thrill seekers.
9. Pendle Hill, East Lancashire
Pendle Hill was known to be home to twelve witches accused of murder in the 17th century. Because of this, it was home to the Lancashire Witch Trials, one of the most famous witch trials in English history, causing the area to still be associated with witchcraft to this day. If you love walking, this is the perfect destination to go on a witch hunt whilst enjoying unspoilt countryside.
10. Bishop’s Tachbrook
Bishop’s Tachbrook is a village in Warwick and is home to haunted village pub, The Leopard Inn, which was previously used as a morgue. A great place to visit for a drink or a meal if you want to feel a bit spooked but don’t want to spend the night!
For even more places to visit this Halloween to get your fix of spooky thrills, and to book a last minute staycation, visit:https://www.snaptrip.com/c/activity/six-spooky-staycation/
Please be mindful of the opening and closing times of key landmarks and pubs and don’t trespass on private land whilst ghost hunting!