Ghost hunting along the East Coast Line
Someone wearing a white sheet and ‘wooooo’ing won’t cut it this Halloween. From haunted castles to paranormal pubs, check out these spine-tingling stops along our spooky east coast – if you dare…
Take part in a scary sleepover
Who or what: Victorian serial killer Daniel Feany and the ghost of Poppy the Flower Girl
Newcastle’s 2,000-year-old history means you’re never far from a spooky story. There have been mass executions of witches, grisly murders by Victorian serial killer Daniel Feany, and thousands of gruesome hung, drawn and quarterings.
Newcastle Castle is one of the most haunted castles in England, with resident ghosts Poppy the Flower Girl and the vengeful Black Monk. You can join an organised ghost hunt and take part in a séance in the execution pit, or sleep over in one of the Castle’s rooms – but don’t expect to get a peaceful night’s sleep again.
Get spirited away with celebrity ghosts
Who or what: The Blue Lady of Temple Newsam and the ghost of Phoebe Gray
Forget Mel B - the scariest thing to come from Leeds is the Blue Lady of Temple Newsam.
500-year-old Temple Newsam House has had a turbulent time over the centuries and is now home to several ghosts, including young nursemaid Phoebe Gray and The Blue Lady. Thought to be Lady Mary Ingram, who died of delirium after being robbed by highwaymen, The Blue Lady haunts the house still trying to find her stolen necklace. Beware of mysterious creaking noises, rushes of cold air, and muffled screaming.
Walk down Scotland’s spookiest street
Who or what: Plague outbreaks and plenty of restless spirits
Edinburgh’s Royal Mile might be a beautiful World Heritage site, sandwiched by Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, but below it lurks Scotland’s spookiest street. Mary King’s Close is a maze of underground streets below the City Chambers, which were plagued with the Black Death and eventually bricked up in the 18th century.
With so many deaths from disease and violent murders, it’s no wonder Mary King’s Close has a reputation for hauntings. If you want to delve deeper into its horrid history, the popular visitor attraction will uncover all the urban legends on a guided tour.
Plot a highway heist with Dick Turpin
Who or what: Dick Turpin, Jack the Ripper and the Tower of London’s infamous Bloody Towers
Pop in for a drink at The Spaniard’s Inn in Hampstead and you might catch a glimpse of Dick Turpin’s ghost. The nefarious highwayman planned his robberies at the pub and now haunts the Inn and Heath on horseback.
The Tower of London has a long and bloody past, so it’s no surprise that it’s chockablock with ghosts from our history books. Anne Boleyn (carrying her head), Guy Fawkes, Henry VI and Lady Jane Grey are just some of the big names that supposedly linger in the Tower.
Scare yourself silly in the world's most haunted city
Who or what: Ghosts, ghouls and phantoms galore
According to the Ghost Research Foundation International (no, we haven’t just made that up), York is the most haunted city in the world, with 140 ghosts and 504 reports of ‘hauntings’. Highlights include the spectre of Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, at the Principal’s House, and headless ghost Thomas Percy, Earl of Northumberland, who haunts Holy Trinity Church after being executed for treason in 1572.
The world's most haunted city also claims to have the world's first ghost walk – discover all of York’s ancient myths and legends as told by expert local guides.