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Trick or Treat: These are the 5 most haunted stately homes in the UK
1) Ardgowan, Inverkip
You could never be lonely at Ardgowan House, which is good considering the estate is in rural Scotland. As Lady Shaw-Stewart says: 'There are countless ghosts at Ardgowan, from bustling housekeepers to helpful chambermaids. They are charming.' All except for one - a poltergeist with a disruptive streak. 'We think he's a child who can't bear to be left out. He teases builders and tried to push the nurses who looked after my husband down the stairs. He plagues my son Ludovic and his friends by banging on the window bars and buzzing on the intercom all night…'
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2) Great Fulford Manor, Devon
Owned by the Fulford family since 1190, Great Fulford Manor is supposedly one of the most haunted houses in the county. The current owner, Francis Fulford, has seen a ghost twice: 'The first time I was five. She appeared on my bed; I thought it was my sister so I tried to hit her, but my fist went straight through and she passed through a wall above my head.' Thirty years passed till he spied her again. This time round, Francis awoke thinking, 'Oh bugger, I need to pee,' only to be confronted by a silhouette by the door, which he assumed was an intruder and so, once again, he considered attack - until he realised it was 'the girl from years ago, wearing the same nightie, with a candle in her hand and dark hair'.
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3) Easton Neston, Northamptonshire
Leon Max hasn't revealed whether he has had any ghostly encounters since moving into Easton Neston - perhaps the Russian tycoon just thinks they are all part of the rich tapestry of British life and not worth bringing up at dinner. But when Countess Zamoyska went to stay with Lord Hesketh (the former owner), and was searching for the loo in the middle of the night, she came across an old woman who 'looked completely mad', with a 'long, horse-like face', wearing 'a black Victorian dress with a white cap'. An inebriated guest in fancy dress? No. Rather it was an insane great-great-aunt of Alexander's who had been confined in that part of the house years before.
4) Mapperton House, Somerset
Should you, surly doubters, desire actual physical proof of a ghost, you need look no further than Princess Victoria von Preussen. She has in her possession the fragments of a broken shell that was destroyed by a 'ghost cat' at the von Preussens' old home, Mapperton House. 'He had the most perfect herringbone-tabby tweed coat; I would often see him sitting on the chair by the Aga,' says Princess Victoria and then, 'one day, my daughter Beatrice and I were in the kitchen and we saw one of our big shells being nudged slowly along the shelf. Eventually it tumbled off and crashed into the drawer below.'
5) Biddesden House, Hampshire
'Who's that handsome chap?' you might ask the Guinness family while pointing up at the equestrian portrait hung in their hall. The portrait is of the original owner of Biddesden House, John Richmond Webb. And yes, it may seem odd for him to hold such a prominent place in the house as he is not a family member, but should the painting be taken from the hall, a ghostly rider is said to gallop up and down the stairs all night. Which does rather keep one awake at night.
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Jayne has had a passion for the esoteric all of her life. With both of her Great Grandmothers being acclaimed Spiritualist Mediums it's no surprise that an intuitive ability has passed down the line to her grandparents and parents, although Jayne has never fostered the psychic ability within herself, choosing instead to explore human psychology and seek out scientific answers.
Jayne spent the first part of her career as a Psychologist working in the Adult Mental Health department of her local council authority. In 2012 Jayne decided she'd had enough of public sector red tape and began working for herself organising paranormal events alongside her Graphic Designer Husband Simon...and hasn't looked back since!
Jayne is the owner of HD UK Group Ltd, parent organisation of paranormal events brand
HD Paranormal and tour agency Eerie Escapes .
As a qualified Master Herbalist and Naturopath Jayne is also the owner of organic skincare and well-being company The Little Herb Garden (finalist in the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards 2022).
She is a published Author having released her debut book 'What Dwells Within' (John Hunt Publishing) in 2015 and her 2nd publication ' Peggy The Doll' (KD Publishing) in 2018 which became an Amazon Supernatural Best Seller in the first week of release.
Jayne tutors the CPD Accredited online study course Applied Paranormal Research , and gives lectures and demonstrations on several specialisms including Victorian Spiritualism, Green Witchcraft, Consciousness, The History of Magic, ITC and Paranormal Investigation.
Since 2019 Jayne has been co-presenting the UK's most popular paranormal TV show '
Help! My House is Haunted' and now the RTS Award winning spin-off series 'Celebrity Help! My House is Haunted' . She is also a resident expert on 'Unexplained: Caught on Camera'.
Jayne lives in the Herefordshire countryside with her Husband Simon and their daughters.
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The 10 most haunted places in the UK
Check out the most haunted places around the UK for a proper fright
Believe in ghosts? Whether you do or not, you’ll be shocked at just how many mystical spots there are in the United Kingdom . As well as full-on ghost towns , there are also rickety old mansions, abandoned castles , eerie cemeteries and post-industrial landscapes.
From country houses haunted by notorious phantoms to graveyards riddled with the ghosts of Victorian children, the UK is full of haunted places ready to send shivers down your spine. No, really. History is everywhere here, and not all of that history is happy gathering dust in the books.
Even if you don’t believe in ghosts or ghouls, these spots can still be great excuses to see lesser-known parts of the country. But maybe refrain from planning your visit during a full moon: you never know what might happen.
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Most haunted places in the UK
1. Aston Hall, West Midlands
This red-brick manor house has racked up quite a few ghosts since it was completed in the 1630s. The very first tenant, Sir Thomas Holte, allegedly murdered his cook, and the ghost of his daughter, who he locked away for 16 years until her death, is also said to wander the halls alongside Holte’s houseboy and a ‘green lady’, thought to be his housekeeper. Keep your eyes peeled for ghostly Royalist soldiers too. There’s a hole in Aston Hall’s staircase made by a cannonball when the house was under siege during the English Civil War.
2. Pendle Hill, Lancashire
Looming over hamlets and farmland in rural Lancashire, Pendle Hill is a properly stunning spot. But it’s got a dark past. In 1612, ten local people known as the Pendle witches were executed nearby after a trial at Lancaster Castle. Some say the hill is haunted by the spirits of those who lost their lives, and there have been a number of alleged sightings over the years. Whatever you believe it’s an undeniably atmospheric place.
3. Margam Country Park, West Glamorgan
Margam Country Park in South Wales is a triple threat. It’s home to the ruined Capel Mair ar y Bryn, where the presence of unwelcoming ancient monks has been felt, a big gothic castle stalked by the spirit of a rageful and unjustly murdered gamekeeper, the ghosts of Victorian children with a penchant for moving objects and disembodied laughter, and a blacksmith who walks the castle grounds, plus the ruins of the twelfth-century Margam Abbey, which are enough on their own to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
4. Manningtree, Essex
Modern witches might want to steer clear of the Essex town of Manningtree. It’s where the self-professed Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins lived in the 1600s. His, erm, efforts resulted in the deaths of hundreds of women in East Anglia’s witch trials. If you don’t feel the ancient anger of the persecuted there, you could spot the ghost of Hopkins himself. Sightings of him have happened during full moons in the neighbouring village of Mistley, by the pond where he infamously drowned so many innocent people. Know when the next full moon falls? That would be Halloween. Cool cool.
5. Skirrid Mountain Inn, Monmouthshire
Plenty of pubs have grisly tales to tell, but this ancient boozer in the Brecon Beacons has more than most. Punters have reported hearing slamming doors, loud footsteps and whispered voices. Legend has it that’s because the building was once used as a court of law, and hundreds of defendants were put to death in the inn itself. A noose now hangs in the historic bar. You know, in case you need a reminder of its creepy history with your pint.
6. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon
A fifteenth-century ruin in a wood? Classic ghost-spotting territory. This grand castle, which was abandoned centuries ago, has a number of creepy tales attached to it. People have reported hearing screams and feeling chills there and bearing scratches or bruises after leaving the castle. The ghosts of Lady Margaret Pomeroy, who supposedly starved to death in the castle’s dungeons, and two Pomeroy brothers who leapt from the castle’s ramparts rather than be caught by their enemies, are said to haunt the site.
7. Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire
Whitby = the perfect setting for a ghost story. As if the gothic vibe and ‘Dracula’ connection isn’t spinetingling enough, atmospheric Whitby Abbey is said to be home to the ghost of a young nun who was bricked up alive in the walls after breaking her vows. And a phantom hearse with four headless horses and a headless driver has been spotted in front of St Mary’s Church, in the shadow of the Abbey. Woooooooh!
8. Duntulm Castle, Isle of Skye
There’s something ethereal and other about the Isle of Skye , with its mind-boggling landscapes and mystical places with names like the Fairy Pools and Fairy Glen. The ruins of Duntulm Castle, which cling to the northern tip of the island, are no exception. It was built in the late fourteenth century before being abandoned around 1730. Now it’s so unstable the clifftop fortress is best viewed from a safe distance. Keep your eyes peeled, though, for the ghost of a nursemaid, murdered after she accidentally dropped a clan chief’s baby out of the window and into the sea below.
9. Pluckley, Kent
A picturesque village in Kent , Pluckley is known for being the place the TV series ‘The Darling Buds of May’ was filmed – and also for being entirely overrun with ghosts. In fact, villagers proudly boast of their spot in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’ as Britain’s ‘most haunted village’, thanks to the 12 official apparitions that roam the place. Swing by to see if you get a visitation from a phantom coach and horses, a tree-dwelling highwayman, a schoolmaster, a small white dog and others – there’s quite a list.
10. Blickling Hall, Norfolk
This is the place for spotting a real celebrity phantom. According to legend, the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn returns to the hall, which was built on the site of her childhood home, every May on the anniversary of her execution. Her anguished dad has also been spotted roaming the nearby countryside, while you might hear or come across the spirits of two other former homeowners inside the hall, too.
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The 5 most haunted houses in the UK
Old buildings seem to attract ghostly legends, much in the same way they attract mice. Britain has a rich history and with its many castles, inns and medieval mansions, it's easy to see why many places claim to be 'the most haunted'. Here we explore some of the spookiest legends of haunted houses up and down the UK and the history behind them
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Chillingham Castle has a suitably haunted name, and supernatural activities at this Northumberland castle are amongst the most documented in the whole country. With a history dating back to medieval times, Chillingham has a whole host of ghostly inhabitants that people claim to have seen. The White Pantry Ghost is a frail, white-coloured figure who appears in the inner pantry and has been spotted on more than one occasion. Legend has it that a footman on guard at the pantry door was visited by a woman in white who begged for water, but with the pantry door locked, there was no way she could have entered.
People have also heard the voices of two men in the chapel that stop on your approach and an unsettling feeling that you’re being watched.
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Hampton Court Palace is home to the most regal of ghosts in the form of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII and one of those unfortunates who suffered a beheading on the King’s orders. Legend tells us that Catherine’s ghost haunts the corridor that runs along the Chapel Royal, as this is where she ran when she escaped the guards on her arrest. She is said to have screamed for mercy before being executed at the Tower of London. Many visitors to the Palace agree there is a strange aura in the corridor and attribute this to the ghost of the former queen.
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Hampton Court also has a second ghostly presence, from a very different background. Sybil Penn was a servant who died of smallpox after nursing Elizabeth I and in 1829 visitors began hearing a whirring spinning wheel in an apartment in the palace. Legend has it that a spinning wheel was discovered behind the wall in a sealed chamber during renovation, corroborating claims of ghostly spinning noises.
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Athelhampton House in Dorset has been awash with paranormal activity for centuries and visitors almost always come away with an eerie feeling or the notion that something is not quite right. A pair of duellists are said to haunt the Great Chamber, with guests being interrupted by their presence. There have also been reports of tapping sounds from the wine cellar, phantom cat’s feet padding on the floorboards and even sightings of the ghost of a Grey Lady travelling around the home.
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The Treasurer’s House was built in 1419 as the home for the treasurer of York Minster. It is home to many historic artefacts, exceptional architecture and holds a Guinness Book of World Records title for the ‘Ghosts of the Greatest Longevity’.
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Ghostly occurrences regularly occur in this Yorkshire home, with many stories of different paranormal sightings. An engineer reported the sound of a trumpet blast followed by a troop of Roman soldiers walking past, and workmen soon discovered the house was built on top of the original Roman road into York. Further sightings included a Roman legionnaire in the cellar during a 1920s fancy dress party. However, once the party ended, no one wearing a Roman costume was there to be seen.
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Ancient ram inn, gloucestershire.
The Ancient Ram Inn has been in the same spot since the 12th century so has a lot of history behind it. It is regularly referred to as the ‘most haunted house in Britain’ and has been the site of many sinister occurrences over the years. Everything from child sacrifice to black magic rituals and being used as a hideout for criminals blot the past of this seemingly harmless Gloucestershire inn. People have claimed to see all kinds of unexpected apparitions at the Ancient Ram including a witch, spooky orbs and two distinctive ghosts. It’s a popular destination for those fascinated by the supernatural.
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Celebrity Help! My House Is Haunted season 2: release date, celebrities and everything we know
Another bunch of famous faces with troublesome spirits in their homes seek help from a team of ghostbusting experts…
If there's something strange In your neighbourhood, who you gonna call?
Well, if you’re a celebrity plagued by scary and unexplainable phenomena, you can call the team of ghosthunters from Discovery Plus series Celebrity Help! My House is Haunted!
Returning for a second season, the spooky six-parter sees paranormal investigator Barri Ghai, psychic medium Ian Lawman and paranormal researcher and historian Jayne Harris drop in on a new bunch of celebs to oust supernatural entities from their homes.
The first series featured Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts, It’s A Mystery singer Toyah Willcox, social media star Arron Crascall, Frankie Essex from TOWIE, reality star Charlotte Crosby and Alex Best, ex-wife of late footballer George Best.
This time the celebrity roll call is Pineapple Studios star Louis Spence, Coronation Street ’s Simon Gregson , reality TV star and socialite Lady Colin Campbell, former X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden, Geordie Shore ’s Marnie Simpson and Changing Rooms legend Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen.
Celebrity Help! My House Is Haunted season 2 release date
The six-part second series of Celebrity Help! My House Is Haunted is available weekly on Discovery Plus from Friday, February 24 2023.
Celebrity Help! My House Is Haunted season 2: what happens in each episode?
The ghost-hunting team of paranormal investigator Barri Ghai, psychic medium Ian Lawman and paranormal researcher and historian Jayne Harris head to the home of a celebrity who’s being tormented by unwanted spirits.
On the way to the property, medium Ian insists on knowing nothing about the investigation ahead of them so he can rely solely on his psychic ability to guide him.
Before they meet the celebrity, Ian has a look around the house to get a feel of the place, Barri chats to a loved one to get some background on the celeb and their family, and Jayne explores the surrounding area to find out about its history, usually uncovering some interesting local tales along the way.
Later they regroup to meet the celebrity for the first time and learn about the spooky goings on… and then the investigation proper begins!
With an array of gizmos and gadgets, the team attempts to make contact with the spirits in the house, with one electronic device conveying messages from the other side!
They also spend all night in the house to identify, communicate with and record the spirits who are parading around the property, using brand new, state-of-the-art equipment with ancient spiritual techniques never before documented on TV.
Can the team identify and possibly banish the troublesome spirits from the celeb’s home before dawn breaks?
Meet the team of ghost hunters!
The team is made up of three of the UK’s leading paranormal investigators who use their supernatural fortes to exorcise the haunted properties. They are paranormal consultant and technical expert Barri Ghai; exorcist and medium Ian Lawman; and paranormal researcher, psychologist and historian Jayne Harris. Find out more about them below!
With more than 20 years experience in the field, Barri Ghai is a professional paranormal investigator and TV presenter. His interest in the existence of ghosts began at young age when he experienced supernatural activity.
He has appeared in many successful TV shows some of which include: Unexplained Caught on Camera , Celebrity Haunted Mansion Live , Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live , My Ghost Story , Ghost Adventures , and Paranormal Investigation: Live .
He’s regarded as the team’s technical expert, the man who brings all the gizmos and gadgets that they use to communicate with the spirits.
Ian Lawman is not only a psychic medium but one of the UK's most sought after exorcists and has been featured on a number of TV shows including Most Haunted , I'm Famous And Frightened and Living With The Dead . He’s also worked abroad, appearing Down Under as a member of the team on Haunting: Australia.
He has written about his experiences in the 2007 book Ghost Hunter: Confessions of a Psychic Bad Boy , in which he talks about being haunted by notorious gangsters, the Krays, and an encounter with an amorous ghost!
A paranormal researcher, historian, author and podcaster, Jayne’s work has taken her all over the world in search of answers and evidence of the afterlife.
As well as appearing in Help! My House Is Haunted , it’s celebrity spin-off series and Unexplained Caught On Camera , Jayne was involved in the award-winning podcast The Battersea Poltergeist on BBC Sounds. Shealso makes regular TV appearances as a paranormal expert and hosts her own podcast By Candlelight .
One of Jayne's more unusual claims to fame is that she is the former owner of one of the most haunted objects in the world, Peggy The Doll, which is now in permanent residence at the Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, USA!
As well as writing a book about Peggy (simply called Peggy The Doll ), she has written about other haunted objects in the book What Dwells Within: A Study Of Spirit Attachment .
To add to her many talents, Jayne is also a Lecturer and regularly visits universities and other educational institutes giving talks and demonstrations.
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Nimble-footed Louie is a dancer, choreographer and television personality, who’s best known for appearing in the hit Sky One (now Sky Max) show Pineapple Dance Studios – where he danced and pranced his way into the nation’s hearts.
These days, however, it’s Louie’s 200-year-old cottage in Essex that’s giving him the run around!
The house has been plagued with strange smells, bumps in the night and strange shadows coming and going...
Everyone knows that Simon is best known as Coronation Street ’s Steve McDonald, who he first played at the age of 15 in 1989.
Now 48, Simon lives with his young family in a 5-bed detached property in Wilmslow, Cheshire, where all the Gregsons have witnessed the same ghostly apparition and heard their names whispered… But is it a friend or foe?
Can Barri, Ian and Jayne give Simon and his brood some answers?
Lady Colin Campbell
Also known as Lady C, the author, socialite and television personality is probably best known for appearing on the fifteenth TV series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2015.
The writer of several books about the royal family lives at the 19th-century Castle Goring in Worthing, West Sussex, where female spirits have been stalking her guests.
Desperate to find out who she’s sharing her home with, Lady C hopes the team can help.
As the star of hit reality TV show Geordie Shore , Marnie is used to being around spirits, but usually only the ones that come in a glass!
Also known for her appearances in Celebrity Big Brother and Ex On The Beach , Marnie feels like her life took a sinister turn after she did a now-regrettable photo shoot in a graveyard for her 6million followers on social media because she's now being plagued by spirits that have followed her from home to home.
Can Barri, Ian and Jayne help Marnie to rid herself of this malevolent shadow once and for all?
Jake found fame as a contestant on The X Factor in 2012, but only made it to the Judges’ Houses stage of the singing competition. Two years later, he auditioned again and made it through to the live shows, but was eliminated in the third week of the 2014 series.
Later that year, he came second in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and went on to win Dancing On Ice in 2018.
He’s also starred as a character called Woody in Hollyoaks (2019) and competed in the 2021 series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins .
Jake often tells his social media followers about the bangs, crashes and voices that he and his young family hear in their detached home in the Essex countryside.
Now Jake’s called on Barri, Ian and Jayne to help him find out who is following, guiding, and sometimes scaring him, everywhere he goes…
Having experience personal loss, Jake's hoping the spirits are loved ones trying to contact him, so he's hoping the team can provide him with some longed-for answers.
The flamboyant interior designer first came to prominence in BBC1’s home makeover show Changing Rooms , which ran for 17 series from 1996 to 2004. He also appeared in C4’s reboot of the series in 2022.
Laurence lives with his family in a 17th-century six-bedroom manor house in the Cotswolds, where previous owners reported countless sightings and strange noises.
He’s well known for his combative personality, but will Laurence still feel brave when he discovers the dark and secret history of the place he calls home?
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Headless horsemen, roman legionaries and even a paranormal puppy are said to linger in some of the uk's most haunted houses..
12 sep 2022, @lucejuiceluce.
The twists and turns of Britain’s colourful history have (reportedly!) left their mark in the form of ghostly apparitions, spectres and phantoms in a number of historic houses across the nation.
From figures such as Sir Francis Drake – who is said to haunt Buckland Abbey with a coach of headless horseman, chattering goblins and baying hounds – to a marching parade of Roman legionaries at Treasurer’s House, there are endless tales of spooky figures from beyond the grave making their presence known.
Here’s our selection of 10 of the most haunted houses in the UK.
1. Buckland Abbey
Founded as a Cistercian monastery and abbey-church in the 13th century, Buckland Abbey was dissolved during the Dissolution of the Monasteries under Henry VIII between 1536-41. It was then bought by Sir Richard Grenville, before selling it to his cousin, the famed Sir Francis Drake , who made it his home after his three-year circumnavigation of the globe.
However, while Drake was regarded as a national hero, locals feared him as they said that he had only defeated the Spanish Armada because he made a pact with the Devil. Today, it is said that his ghost rides across Dartmoor in a black coach driven by headless horses, led by 12 chattering goblins and pursued by a pack of baying hounds, the latter which cause any living dog to die instantly upon seeing it. It’s very possible that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle derived his idea for The Hound of the Baskervilles from the legend.
2. Treasurer's House
Treasurer’s House in York was the residence of the treasurers of the York Minster from 1100 until the office was abolished by King Henry VIII. It was rebuilt by the third post- Reformation Archbishop of York, Thomas Young, then further remodelled in the early 17h century. It fell into decline in the 19th century then was turned into at least five separate properties. However, it was restored by wealthy industrialist Frank Green after being acquired by him in 1897.
However, the house is also known for a ghostly sighting. An 18-year-old engineer was working on a central heating boiler in the cellars of the house when he reportedly heard the sound of a trumpet and saw the top of a soldier’s helmet emerging from the wall next to him. He then saw a horse and twenty or so soldiers walking behind him, carrying lances, round shields and short swords. Terrified, he shot upstairs, and before he could utter a word, the curator shouted ‘By the look of you, you’ve see the Romans!’ Incredibly, archaeological research later revealed that there is evidence of a Roman road 18 inches below the cellar floor.
3. Borley Rectory
Located in the pretty village of Borley, Essex, Borley Rectory was a Victorian mansion that was destroyed by fire in 1939. However, in its ruined state, it quickly established a reputation as one of the most haunted buildings in the UK. Indeed, it had already been reported in the 1860s that there were spectral goings-on there.
However, it wasn’t until 1929 that the house became known across the nation when famed paranormal investigator Harry Price investigated the site. Frequent reported apparitions include the ghost of a nun, two headless horsemen, a phantom carriage and the phantom ringing of the servant’s bells.
4. Chillingham Castle
The 13th century, Grade I-listed stronghold of Chillingham Castle in Northumberland has witnessed its fair share of history. In 1298, Edward I was the first of many monarchs to visit the castle over the centuries. The castle has remained in the same ownership bloodline since the 13th century, and today features fine rooms, gardens, lakes, fountains and tea rooms. Chillingham is considered one of the most haunted castles in England, and brave visitors to the former fortress can embark on evening ghost tours through its many rooms and dungeons, even venturing into its medieval ‘Torture Chamber’.
Frequent sightings include the ghost of a blue boy, a tortured child, the ghost of Lady Mary and a chilling royal procession. The castle has also been the site of countless deaths and no less than eight public executions.
5. Blickling Hall
Blickling Hall is a stately home of historic importance in Norfolk, England. Blickling’s most famous resident was Anne Boleyn , second wife of Henry VIII and Queen of England between 1533 and 1536. The grand entrance hall and staircase are in the original Jacobean style, while the 1930s style Brown Drawing Room recalls its late ownership by the Kerr family. The Chinese Bedroom also has some of the best surviving examples of original Chinese wallpaper in the UK today.
The grand hall is particularly well known for being the home to one of the most famous ghosts in history: Anne Boleyn. The hall stands on the site of an older medieval manor which is thought to have been her birthplace. It is said that her headless ghost reappears every year on 19 May on the anniversary of her execution in a coach driven by a headless horseman. It is also said that Anne Boleyn’s father, Sir Thomas, haunts the area since he was cursed for taking no action to prevent two of his children being executed by King Henry VIII. A ghost called Sir John Falstofe, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Falstaff, is also said to haunt the premises.
6. Ballygally Castle
Ballygally Castle in Larne, Northern Ireland, was built in 1625 by James Shaw and his wife Isabella Brisbane and was originally used as a Protestant place of refuge during various conflicts. The couple have left their mark on the castle in more ways than one, as Lady Isabella Shaw’s ghost is alleged to have been at the castle for almost 400 years. The story goes that after giving birth to their son – the heir that James Shaw was desperate for – James snatched the baby and locked Isabella in a turret at the top of the castle. She later died by falling from the high room while trying to escape, and her ghost is now thought to restlessly wander the hotel, searching for her child.
Today, the castle operates as a hotel. Guests have reported feeling Isabella’s presence in their rooms, as well as sudden temperature changes, hearing knocking on doors when no one can be seen and seeing a green mist above the castle. Brave guests can still visit Isabella’s room or embark on a ghost tour.
7. Ham House
An opulent 17th century mansion, Ham House in London was once a bustling political playground for the courtiers of the Stuart dynasty, from the reigns of James I to Charles II . Built by Sir Thomas Vavasour in 1610, Ham House epitomised the great competition between courtiers rampant during the 17th century, in which the richest of Stuart society fought for the approval and favour of the monarch. The notable grandeur of the house is probably a reflection of its most formidable resident, Elizabeth Maitland, Duchess of Lauderdale – a woman “restless in her ambition, profuse in her expense and of a most ravenous covetousness.”
In addition, Ham House is said to be one of the most haunted houses in the UK, with an extraordinary 15 ghosts said to wander its corridors. The winter mists in the cherry garden in winter is said to reveal ghoulish figures such as Dukes and Duchesses, soldiers and servants, while a strange scent in the house is said to mean that a spectre is nearby. Adorably, it is said that a paranormal puppy runs around the corridors, searching for it owner, the Duchess of Lauderdale.
8. Lyme Park
The Lyme Park estate served as the seat of the Legh family for 600 years, with their striking family home its focal point. The Legh family first came into possession of Lyme Park in the 14th century when it was given to Margaret Legh by her father Sir Thomas Danyers. Danyers was rewarded for his exploits during the Battle of Crecy, in which he served alongside the Black Prince. However, it was not until the 16th century that significant development of the house took place under Sir Piers Legh VII, with the original seat of the Legh family a rather more modest affair. In the early 18th century the famed Venetian architect, Giacomo Leoni, transformed the mansion into something akin to what we see it today, with its Palladian design still a marvel to those who visit.
Lyme is also said to be be home to a ghostly funeral procession that crosses the grass to the house. It is said to be in honour of Lyme Park’s former owner, Piers Legh, who was killed in action in 1922. His ‘wailing’ mistress Blanche is said to walk behind the procession.
9. Skaill House
Skaill House in Orkney was originally a simple mansion house built by Bishop George Graham in the 1620s. Added to by successive lairds over the centuries, it is located close to the famous Neolithic Village Skara Brae , and likely has origins which date far earlier – indeed, the word ‘Skaill’ is the Old Norse word for hall. Even more extraordinarily, there is evidence that the southern wing of the house is built upon a pre-Norse burial ground. During the preparation of Skaill House for its first public viewing, fifteen skeletons dating from the Norse era were found near the south wing and under the gravel of the east porch.
Skaill House is said to be haunted. Visitors have reported doors opening and closing by themselves, as well as strange smells. A tall man with dark hair has been sighted, and the current laird has heard loud footsteps in the corridor when it was empty. Overnight guests have even reported feeling the weight of a person sitting on the edge of their bed.
10. Maesmawr Hall
Maesmawr Hall in Powys, Wales, is an historic timber-framed house. The area around the hall was occupied in Roman times, and a Welsh Long House was once located in the grounds. It is unclear exactly when the hall was built, but based upon its style it is thought to date to the late 17th or early 18th century. In the Victorian era, a new wing was added.
Today, it operates as a hotel with 20 bedrooms. Many visitors have reported paranormal sightings such as Roman legionaries marching through the grounds as well as an Elizabethan housekeeper who has bene seen going through the wall in the panelled hallway. It has also been reported that a man, his dog and a servant haunt the cellar. The hall was the subject of an episode of ‘Most Haunted’.
The 20 Most Haunted Houses In The UK
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The 20 houses in the United Kingdom with the worst reputation for their unwanted ghosts and spirits. From council houses to stately homes across the country, all with a haunted history.
20. Garden Reach, Cheltenham
19. Luibeilt Bothy, Kinlochleven
18. House Of John Flamsteed, Derby
17. Heol Fanog Farm, Brecon
16. Clopton House, Stratford-upon-Avon
15. Seafield House, Westward Ho!
14. Charnock Hall, Preston
13. The Cage, St Osyth
12. Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Cardiff
11. Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon
10. 39 De Grey Street, Hull
9. The Clock House, Dorking
8. Tatton Old Hall, Knutsford
7. 50 Berkeley Square, London
6. Hall's Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon
5. Enfield Poltergeist House, Enfield
4. Codnor Castle & Cottage, Codnor
3. Lower Well Head Farm, Pendle
2. Tudor World Museum, Stratford-upon-Avon
1. 30 East Drive, Pontefract
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Visiting haunted houses is a rite of passage at Halloween but definitely not for the faint of heart. We've got the UK's best spooky haunted houses.
Nothing gets your heart pumping like a good old-fashioned scare. Scaring people on Halloween has been a tradition for centuries, traced back when the Celtics celebrated Samhuinn with trickery and masks. The United Kingdom is growing as the epicenter of scary Halloween festivals.
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Today, you can get your fill of frightful horrors at several ghost tours and haunted houses all around the United Kingdom. Whether you’re in Scotland, England, or Wales, there’s something nearby that will put you in the spooky mood... and just might leave you creeped out until sunrise. Here are 10 of the best seasonal haunted houses in the UK.
10 Manchester: Halloween in the City
The city of Manchester transforms into a festival of fright at every turn during the Halloween season. There’s a giant rooftop monster invasion that’s as picturesque as it is scary. This more family-friendly event will feature a Trick or Treat trail, a skeleton parade, and a Room on the Broom.
But don’t worry because if you’re looking for scares, Manchester has still got some for you. Try to survive the Poisonous Maze in St. Ann’s Square. The hedge maze has been taken over by creeping vines, magical statues, and monsters that are looking for someone to steal. If you escape, you can go inside the castle on St. Ann’s Square, where Manchester’s resident mad scientist waits in the ruins of her exploded castle to drag others into her dangerous experiments.
9 Edinburgh: Paisley Halloween Festival
Edinburgh does Halloween so well. On October 31st, there will be the carnivalesque Samhuinn Fire Festival, but the weekend before, the two-day Paisley Halloween Festival takes over the entire town center. The sinister outdoor circus will have street theatre, death-defying aerialists, and a parade 300 strong, led by a Svengali ringleader. Watch giant puppet, voodoo acrobatics, and fire performers parade along the major streets, then head over to Paisley Abbey to ride the haunted carousel.
If that all isn’t enough, there will also be a silent disco, a Halloween funfair for the younger ones, and film screenings to really get into the spooky mood.
8 Kirkleatham: Scream Factory
In a small city on the east coast of England , the Scream Factory waits inside a haunted nursery to terrorize you. The horror house has won several awards in the past, certifying it as a terrifyingly good time. Under a shroud of darkness, you’ll make your way through open woodland to the abandoned nursery behind the Kirkleatham Museum, where ghosts still float around, waiting to scare anyone crazy enough to come by.
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Luckily, the event has a food court where you can take a breather between scares. There’s also less scary Children’s Twilight Hour for youngsters and people too afraid to brave the Carnival of Carnage.
7 Kenilworth Castle: Fright Nights
As the most haunted castle in England, Kenilworth is putting on a Fright Nights show for the Halloween season, and it’s sure to scare even the most skeptical of ghost-hunters. Enter the castle after dark to experience a gruesome history that will be sending chills up your spine. You’re sure to encounter any number of terrifying characters who are waiting to scare you in the dark ruins of the home Earl Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I once carried on their affair in.
Will you see the spooky cradle that rock itself? Or maybe one of the forgotten souls buried on the grounds long ago? No matter what, you’ll certainly get a fright during your visit.
6 Wales: Terror Mountain
Just outside a real abandoned silver mine in Wales (are you creeped out already?) is Terror Mountain, a Halloween horror spectacular. In October they will be unleashing five new horror attractions designed to scare you silly. This year includes the all-new terrifying The Watchers, a too-relevant horror experience designed to make you confront the way we all pour our lives into the internet, unaware of who is watching us and harvesting our lives.
Head out to Aberyswyth with your bravest friends and see if you can all survive all five horrifying experiences. We won’t judge you if you bow out early.
5 Warwick Castle: The Haunted Castle
This iconic clifftop fortress and dungeons just outside of Coventry is a prime spot for a Halloween scarefest. There’s something at Warwick's Haunted Castle nights for everyone—from the youngest Plucky Pumpkins ready to try Halloween for the first time, to Daring Dukes who want to join the crew of the Paranormal Encounters TV show team as they film a Warwick Castle special. The castle dungeon will be ready to recount some of Warwick’s most torturous history.
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If you’re feeling like an extra brave Knight, you can wait until the dark mists come to shroud Warwick Castle then try to survive a terrifying maze through the bowels of the castle. If you want to survive until the next morning, you’re going to have to work together to find your way out.
4 London: The London Dungeon
Every day at The London Dungeon is a horror show. 16 rides and shows cover London’s strange history of crime, torture, and murder. You’ll confront Sweeney Todd, The Plague Doctor, and a terrifying man known only as The Torturer. There’s also an underground water ride, a convict you must escape, and a free-fall drop called Drop Dead. And that’s just every day!
During Halloween, The London Dungeon is putting on an exclusive Halloween show. What exactly will be in it seems to be a secret so the scares are most potent on the 31st. But given their normal fare, we’re sure that the London Dungeon will pull off something that will give you chills up your spine.
3 Margate: Screamland
Usually, Dreamland Park is full of family-friendly attractions like roller coasters and cotton candy. But in October, a fog descends and it transforms into Screamland when the park is filled with ghoulish thrills that hunt you down, terrifying mazes to navigate, and the eerie Woman in Black who has been spotted around the park. Can you escape her curse? Psychopathic clowns, tortured souls, and demonic minions await anyone brave enough to enter the mazes. This park is not for the faint of heart.
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If you’re not up for the mazes, you can get a ‘Rides Only’ ticket that allows you soak up the spooky atmosphere.
2 North of Liverpool: Farmageddon
Farmer Ted’s Adventure Farm sounds innocent enough, but the Farmageddon event they’re holding for Halloween sounds like the ultimate in horror fests. The attractions include Freak Street, where you’ll interact with monsters, as well as four individual ‘scream attractions’ sure to scare anyone with a pulse.
Check out the Beast of Terror, which plays on everyone’s Satanic nightmare, or try to survive Contagion, where evil clowns have taken over the innocent Day of the Dead celebrations to lure humans into a world of mind-swirling madness. If you manage to escape, try to survive Malachi Throne’s Meat Locker or the Zombie Outlaw fight.
1 London: The London Bridge Experience
Topping our scary haunted houses list in the UK is The London Bridge Experience, which has been the UK’s top award-winning scare attraction for 11 years. In 2019, they're going for 13 of the most terrifying phobias. Spiders, clowns, zombies, and the human centipede are just some fo the diabolically wicked nightmares you’ll have to contend with. Escape from a terrifying and difficult escape room, or descend into the bowels of hell to fight off the restless souls that were buried there. Either way, you’re sure to leave trembling.
During the day, there’s a family-friendly Halloween show that takes guests on a spooky walk through London Bridge’s dark past, then a visit to the London Tombs.
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How to check if your house is haunted
For busting ghosts or scaring guests, who you gonna call?
If you’re feeling particularly spooky and fancy catching evidence of paranormal activity in your house, we’ve put together this guide to using tech to find proof of ghosts in your home.
And if your house proves to be spirit-free then never fear, as we’ll also show you how you can use technology to turn your home into the ultimate haunted house.
If you think your house is haunted, then enter in your information at Chestertons' How Haunted is Your House? website. If you're in the UK you can also check to see the most haunted locations near your home.
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Are you hearing things go bump in the night? You may be able to capture footage of any spectral visitors by using a webcam or internet-connected camera.
The Samsung Pan and Tilt Smart Home Camera (£129 / $160 / AU$205 from Amazon ) is a great choice for ghost hunters, as it comes with excellent night vision for picking up images in pitch black conditions, as well as audio and motion sensors that will alert you if there's noise or movement.
You can view a livestream of the footage from your smartphone or tablet – so if you’re too scared to venture out of your bedroom you can watch the ghostly action from under the safety of your duvet.
How to turn your home into a haunted house: Many security cameras, such as the Samsung Pan and Tilt, have built in speakers that let you broadcast your voice through them. Leave the room, then use the app to whisper spooky phrases to freak out your guests – and watch their reactions live on your smartphone!
There are plenty of gadgets out there that can detect motion, and these can be put to good use when trying to capture evidence of ghosts.
Devices such as the Devolo Home Control Motion Sensor (£49.99 / $60 / AU$80 from Amazon ) and the Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion (£129 / $119 / AU$206 from Amazon ) can detect movement and then supply power or instructions to a connected device.
So, you can set the Belkin WeMo Switch to turn on a lamp when something moves – giving you a visual sign that poltergeists are messing around with your stuff. Or it could just be your cat jumping up to its favourite nap spot.
How to turn your home into a haunted house: Plug in a spooky-looking lamp into the Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion so that it ‘magically’ turns on when people walk past it.
Keep an eye on temperatures
If you notice a sudden drop in temperature it could indicate the arrival of a ghostly presence or – even more terrifying – a faulty boiler. A smart thermostat like the Nest Learning Thermostat (£166 / $200 / AU$265 from Amazon ) can keep track of the temperatures in your house, alerting you if there’s a sudden drop.
Another good smart thermostat to use is the Hive Active Heating system , which can help you monitor and control your home's heating, though it is UK-only. The Hive twitter account is getting into the Halloween spirit by encouraging people to share any paranormal activity they find using their smarthome products using the hashtag #HiveConnectedSpirits.
If there is, then it’s time to call the friendly local exorcist to rid your home of evil spirits – or you can simply turn up the heating.
How to turn your home into a haunted house: You can control the heating in your home via your smartphone if you have a smart thermostat, so get your guests feeling chilly by suddenly dropping the temperature when they’re not looking.
Turn the lights on
If you hear something moving in the night, you don’t want to have to fumble around finding a light switch to turn on your lights.
This is where a smart lighting system such as Phillips Hue (£149.99 / $180 / AU$265 from Amazon ), coupled with a voice-activated system like the Amazon Echo (£149.99 / $200 / AU$240 from Amazon ) or the Echo Dot (£49.99 / $60 / AU$80 from Amazon ), comes in.
With these gadgets you can quickly command your lights to turn on with your voice – very handy if you're feel spooked and want to get the lights on quickly.
How to turn your home into a haunted house: Download the Hue Halloween app for iOS or Android . This app controls the Hue lights in your house, changing colors and turning them on and off in sync to spooky music and sound effects from your smartphone. It’s a great way to turn your home into a fully interactive haunted house.
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Alan Carr scolded by Amanda Holden for NSFW quip on The One Show
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Alan Carr was chastised by friend and TV co-star Amanda Holden for dropping a saucy phrase live on BBC .
The comedian, 47, appeared alongside the Britain’s Got Talent judge, 52, on The One Show this Friday (January 12) to promote the second series of their renovation show, Italian Job.
Naturally, it was a laugh a minute with Alan and Amanda together.
As the much-loved duo reflected on their recent trip to Tuscany – where they bought a house and renovated it for one euro before selling it and donating the profits to charity – they recalled how the property they bought was somewhat haunted.
A clip showed Alan and Amanda exploring the house when they heard tapping noises from what they believed were ghosts.
At the time, Alan admitted he was ‘overwhelmed’, while Amanda assured the spirits that they were only inside the house with the intention of ‘doing good’.
Asked by One Show host Roman Kemp whether he was ‘genuinely concerned’ by the prospect of encountering a ghost, Alan had an NSFW phrase in response.
‘It was terrifying,’ he exclaimed.
‘It put the willies up me!’
Of course ‘putting the willies up’ is a well-known phrase and describes something scary or anxiety-inducing – but the hosts weren’t expecting to hear it come out of Alan’s mouth at 7pm on BBC One.
The comedian burst out laughing after processing what he had said, earning him a slap on the knee from Amanda.
‘This is a family show!’, she scolded.
‘What? What!’, Alan said, feigning innocence.
Radio DJ Roman struggled to keep it together, covering his face as he chuckled while Amanda and Alex Jones attempted to move the conversation forward.
‘Let’s keep going,’ Amanda giggled.
The chaotic duo then confirmed that there was definitely ‘something there’ in terms of spirits in the Italian house.
‘We found out who it was,’ Amanda added.
‘It was Rosa, who was the very sweet old lady who used to own it, so then we felt better because we felt like she was, kind of, watching over us. Then we felt like we had to do a good job for her.’
Amanda confessed she found filming ’emotional’ at times, given the connection she and Alan then had to the home and having looked through old photographs of the previous owners.
The sweet conversation didn’t last long, though, as Alan was soon back to swooning over the ‘fit’ Italian men he met on the trip.
Alex probed: ‘The big question is, did you get yourself an Italian stallion because that was, kind of, as well as renovating, that was the other sub-plot.’
‘He was fit, weren’t he? He was fit,’ Alan declared.
When reminded by Amanda that Luca was, sadly, ‘attached’, Alan didn’t seem too fussed.
‘Well, they’re Italian!’, he said, to which Amanda once again scolded: ‘Please don’t write that in.’
‘Sweeping generalisation!’, Alan cackled, earning a barrel of laughs from the studio crew.
Never change, Alan!
For the record, Alan is, in fact, in a relationship himself and seems more than happy dating hairdresser Callum Heslop, 27!
The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer. Amanda & Alan’s Italian Job is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
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