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The UK’s Spookiest Places
From Dracula’s castle in Romania to 112 Ocean Ave, Amityville, NY, there are plenty of supposedly haunted locations across the world that paranormal and horror fans flock to, trying to get a glimpse of the spooks within.
However, if you live in the UK, you may be surprised to find that these ghosts, UFOs and even fairies are closer than you think!
Using the Paranormal Database, we have analysed the sightings to discover where in the UK is the most haunted. Whether you are looking to hire a campervan for a spooky Halloween road trip and need inspo or trying to decide whether you need to move, this study should help you make that decision!
It’s reyt spooky! The most haunted UK counties revealed!
Despite seeming like a tiny island, the UK is vast – encompassing four countries, all of which are full of things that go bump in the night. But which region is the most haunted in the UK?
The overwhelming majority of paranormal reports comes from the Northern county of Yorkshire (made up of North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and West Yorkshire). There have been 786 reports of paranormal sightings in this region of the UK making it the UK’s most haunted. It boasts having the most fairy sightings in the UK with 33 reports in the area, as well as 16 UFO sightings, 11 apparent dragon sightings and even one werewolf!
In second place (and not a surprising entry) is Greater London – which includes central London too. This area has had 684 reports of paranormal activity. With a rich and horrific history, such as being the place where Jack the Ripper, Dennis Nilsen and The Krays called home as well as being the at the centre of the plague, the great fire of London and countless executions, it is no shock that London scores so highly on the list of spooky UK regions. Most of the reports are haunting manifestations, but there have also been claims of 14 post mortem manifestations, eight UFO sightings and the sighting of a vampire too.
For the third most haunted county/region we head up north again to Lancashire, with 585 sightings of the paranormal persuasion, and it is far from a boring mix! With 32 poltergeists, 24 legends, 16 UFOs, 14 fairies, five curses, a dragon and a werewolf, it seems Lancashire is the place to be if you are not satisfied with ghosts alone!
Bad news for those that easily frighten in Brighton! These are England’s most haunted places
When you think of the spookiest place in England does your mind rush to the fog covered moors in Bodmin? Or to the great tower of London? Well, if it does you would be quite a few miles off.
Photo of Preston Manor, Brighton by The Voice of Hassocks
The data revealed that with a hair raising 146 sightings in the city, Brighton tops the most haunted places in England. The majority is made up of haunting manifestations of which there have been 116 sightings, but there have also been 18 poltergeist sightings and even the sighting of a legend. One of the most haunted locations in Brighton, and the UK, is said to be Preston Manor. This location has a long history of ghostly phenomena and supernatural experiences, including the Lady in White, the Lady in Grey, floating four poster beds and more. It is so infamous that the TV show Most Haunted! filmed an episode exploring the manor in 2006.
The second most haunted place in England is the beautiful city of York, with 80 paranormal spots, including 70 haunting manifestations and five unknown ghost types. With the shambles being the inspiration for the famous wizarding street, Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series, it is no surprise that the city of York has plenty of paranormal activity. One of the most haunted locations is the York Theatre Royal. This Georgian theatre is the basis for many a spooky tale, including that of the ghost of the Grey Lady – a young nun who fell in love with a nobleman, but when found out was thrown into a windowless room that was bricked up with no escape. She is said to haunt the room behind the dress circle.
Third on the list of spooky places in England is Bristol with 77 paranormal occurrences. These are made up mostly of haunting manifestations but there have also been five poltergeist reports so you may want to consider gluing your valuables down if you live in the area. Of the haunted locations in Bristol, the Old Vic theatre is often brought up. The Theatre Royal, the oldest continually-operating theatre in the English-speaking world, was built between 1764 and 1766. The Coopers’ Hall, built 1743–44, was incorporated as the theatre’s foyer during 1970–72. Together, they are designated a Grade I listed building by Historic England. This location actually has a resident ghost whose name is Sarah MaCready, an actress who died in 1853 of pneumonia and who dedicated much of her life to the theatre.
England’s top 15 most haunted places
|Rank||Area of England (town/city/borough)||Paranormal occurrences|
England’s top 20 most haunted regions*
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*full list of all UK regions can be found at the bottom of this page
There’s a Ghoost Loose Aboot This Hoouse! Scotland’s most haunted places, revealed
It is unsurprising that the home country of the loch ness monster would be the setting for so many creepy goings on, but instead of the misty lochs or the expansive forests, it seems the most paranormal occurrences actually happen in the urban cities.
Photo of The Edinburgh Vaults by Kjetil Bjørnsrud
In first place is the beautiful city of Edinburgh with 106 paranormal sightings, and although the majority is also haunting manifestations, there have been 9 poltergeist sightings and even 2 sightings of fairies! Although there are a few notably haunted locations in Scotland’s capital such as the castle, the Edinburgh South Bridge vaults get extra points for being creepy with and without ghosts. The vaults, located beneath Old Town, date back to the early 18th century and have been rumoured to be connected with the persecution of witches, serial killers Burke and Hare as well as being the location of many ghost sightings and unexplained events. A special mention for The Banshee Labyrinth, Scotland’s most haunted pub which is also located in Edinburgh.
Photo by Dan Forrest
The second most ghoulish place in Scotland is Glasgow, which is quite a way behind Edinburgh with just 44 sightings reported on the database. One of the spookiest spots is said to be Scotland Street School. First opened on 15 August 1906, it educated the children of families mainly working in shipbuilding and engineering on the south side of Glasgow, but since then the now museum has become a hotbed for paranormal activity, with full bodied apparitions, poltergeist activity and children’s laughter and talking heard.
Third in Scotland is the city of Aberdeen with 19 sightings, including sightings of a UFO and something cryptozoological. Most of the haunted places in Aberdeenshire seem to be castles, however, the story of one ghost is more gruesome than the others. Castle Fraser, which has the appearance of a castle straight out of a horror story, is said to be haunted by a princess who was murdered while she slept in the Green Room. After, her body was dragged down the stairs, staining them so severely that wooden panels were needed to cover it.
Scotland’s top 7 most haunted places
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Scotland’s most haunted regions
|Rank||Area of Scotland||Paranormal occurrences|
|6||Argyll and Bute||84|
|7||Dumfries and Galloway||78|
|9||Perth and Kinross||57|
Does gen i ddim ofn dim ysbryd! These are the spookiest places in Wales
Legend has it there were two dragons in Wales in the 5th century. Now, we can’t vouch for this being true but several sightings recorded on the paranormal database show that Wales may be home to some spooks.
Topping the list of Wales’ spookiest places is the capital, Cardiff. This coastal city has been the setting for 23 paranormal occurrences, including cryptozoology and crisis manifestation. But where can you see these ghouls? Branded the UK’s most haunted hospital, Cardiff Royal Infirmary dates back to the 1880s and is renowned for scary experiences. Over the years there have been various accounts of vanishing matrons, wounded soldiers and playful children who tap visitors on the shoulder or ankles as they walk up the stairs. The hauntings got so bad that at one point the Pathology ward doctors and nurses had to have an exorcism.
More recently (2021), there have been several ghostly sightings at The Lansdowne pub in Cardiff, where the ghost dubbed ‘Lady Lansdowne’ makes her presence known to patrons.
Second in Wales is Monmouth with 14 sightings; not a huge number but for those that are easily scared anything higher than zero is unnerving. Despite a lower number, Monmouth can brag about having a sighting of its very own VAMPIRE, as well as haunting manifestations. One building said to be particularly rife with paranormal activity is the listed building, Shire Hall in Monmouth Town. It was built in 1724, but there is a smaller timber frame courtroom which dates all the way back to the 1500s. It is said to be haunted by numerous ghosts, including a judge seen in his wig and robes, mysterious lady who wanders the halls, a pair of disembodied legs and often doors close on their own.
Third in Wales is Conwy with 12 sightings. Excitingly though, unlike the capital, one of these reported sightings was in fact of a DRAGON. Another location that appeared on Most Haunted (in 2006) is Plas Mawr, located in Conwy. This Elizabethan house is said to be the best standing house of its time in the UK, but is also haunted by the former residents – most notably Robert Wynn. Both of Wynn’s wives died prematurely, one whilst pregnant. The doctor who was called to help his pregnant wife said nothing could be done and while Wynn was out, both his wife and unborn child died. In order to escape the wrath of Wynn, the doctor attempted to escape via the chimney only to get stuck and suffocate. All ghosts have been spotted during visits to the house.
Wales’ top 7 most haunted places
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Wales’ most haunted regions
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What’s the craic? Ghosts apparently! Northern Ireland’s top three most haunted places
Northern Ireland’s paranormal presence is less than other UK countries (or at least there have been fewer people reporting sightings), however, there are still four places that make the top three most haunted places in Northern Ireland.
Let’s start with the capital, which boasts 24 spooky reports. This Irish city is infamous for being the birthplace of the HMS Titanic, but more recently, it is known for being the location of perhaps the most well-known haunted place in Northern Ireland, Crumlin Rd Gaol. The Gaol’s history dates back to 1845 and has a grizzly history to boot. For example, 17 men were executed within its walls over its 150 year history, and as a result of the terrors that occurred within these walls, visitors have experienced strange sightings, noises and unexplained happenings.
Those in Dungannon shouldn’t be packing their houses up just yet as according to the paranormal database there have only been five reported spooky sightings in this area of Northern Ireland. Still, if in the area and desperate to see something ghoulish, visitors should make a stop at the defunct former Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks; there is the story of the so-called Black Sergeant, who was stationed at the barracks and tried for a gruesome murder in the late 1800s. He was found guilty and hung here, and the legend goes that he now haunts the place.
3. Ballymena & Lisburn
Photo by Albert Bridge
In joint third place are Ballymena and Lisburn, both with four paranormal sightings reported on the database. In Ballymena, visitors checking into the Tullyglass Hotel will be shocked to find that the establishment has its own permanent resident – the ghost of a young girl named Carrie who died in the bell tower and is now seen wandering the halls.
Lisburn has its own paranormal spotting group on Facebook called Lisburn Paranormal. Ghost enthusiasts can stop off at Union Bridge / civic centre area, Bridge Street, the Irish Linen Centre and Museum and Wallace Park to potentially see some ghostly apparitions.
Northern Ireland’s most haunted regions
|Rank||Area of N.Ireland (county)||Paranormal occurrences|
|5||County Derry / County Londonderry||12|
Ghoulish UK road trips
If like Ray Parker Junior you ‘ain’t afraid of no ghost’ and in fact want to see to believe, we have put together a south to north route both east and west in the UK, so rent a campervan and get ready for your ghoulish UK getaway!
West road trip from Plymouth to Glasgow
|Start||Plymouth||22||The Minerva Inn|
|2||Bristol||77||Old Vic Theatre|
|3||Bath||34||The Royal Crescent|
|4||Oxford||29||The Black Drummer Inn|
|5||Birmingham||45||Birmingham Council House|
|6||Chester||30||The Pied Bull|
|10||Bolton||29||Old Three Crowns|
|11||Carlisle||16||Old Cumberland County Courthouse|
|Finish||Glasgow||44||Scotland Street School museum|
East road trip from Brighton to Edinburgh
|Stop||Location||Hauntings||Notable Haunted Place|
|1||London||684||Tower of London|
|2||Cambridge||33||Little St Mary’s Lane|
|5||Nottingham||76||Galleries of justice|
|6||Sheffield||54||The Old Queen’s Head|
|7||York||80||York Theatre Royal|
|8||Newcastle Upon Tyne||27||Newcastle Castle|
|Finish||Edinburgh||105||The South Bridge Vaults|
How haunted is your hometown?
Deciding whether or not you need to move? Use the map below to browse the UK areas with sightings listed.
Full List of UK Sightings by County
|35||Hereford & Worcester||135|
|41||Isle of Wight||107|
|44||Argyll and Bute||84|
|45||Dumfries and Galloway||78|
|46||Isle of Man||69|
|51||Perth and Kinross||57|
|63||County Derry / County Londonderry||12|
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We scraped the Paranormal Database to collect all of the UK reports and analysed which locations had the most sightings by county and individual place.