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Spooky Places to Visit in the UK

Spooky Places to Visit in the UK


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Today we are exploring some of the spookiest places the UK has to offer. 

Known as
‘the City of 1000 ghosts’ and the ​​most haunted city in England York delivers perfectly spooky vibes. If you’re looking for Diagon Alley vibes look no further than to The Shambles, originally called The Great Flesh Shambles for the little shelves in front of the shop where butchers would display their meat. You can now find witchy shops selling Harry Potter inspired potions fudge goodies. Ghosts are an obscure yet undeniable part of the story of the city and York celebrates them wholeheartedly. 

Must Check Out: The Shambles, York Ghost Shop, York Gin, York Ghost Tour 


Next up is Edinburgh, Scotland. Besides all vibes dark academia, Edinburgh has a deep seeded ghostly history. In Edinburgh Castle paranormal activity such as unexplained drops in temperature, disembodied voices and footsteps, and an unseen entity tugging on the clothes and hair of guests have been recorded. 

If haunted castles aren’t enough, check out a haunted graveyard. Greyfriar’s Kirkyard in Old Town is said to be the most haunted place in Edinburgh with poltergeist activity. Laid in the graveyard is George McKenzie, a barrister who was responsible for the deaths of thousands of Covenanters. McKenzie’s body rests in a large, black mausoleum in the graveyard, a fitting colour for a man who created so much misery during his time on Earth.

Much poltergeist activity reported in Greyfriars Kirkyard has been attributed to George McKenzie’s unruly spirit. Many visitors to the cemetery have reported being shoved or hit when passing his mausoleum. Some have even been knocked straight to the ground by the powerful ghost.

Must Check Out: The Witchery It is reputed that more witches were put to death on Castlehill during the reign of James VI than anywhere else in Scotland. The area around The Witchery by the Castle remains steeped in history. 

This lovely seaside destination might be more popular in the Summer but why not take a journey as the seasons change as Cornwall has much spookiness to offer. Our first recommendation is the Jamaican Inn reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the whole of the United Kingdom. Known as a smugglers den in its hayday, there has been reports of a distressed young mother and her crying baby who seem to have become the permanent inhabitants of room five, as well as the ghost of a murdered young smuggler who is often reported walking in the courtyard at night or simply sitting forlornly against the front wall of the Jamaica Inn. Staff and visitors have also reported phantom hooves and cartwheels outside in the courtyard, and mysterious footsteps walking the halls at night. There have also been reports of raised voices arguing in a foreign tongue – possibly old Cornish.

Cornwall is also home to the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, showcasing over 3000 objects and over 7000 books on witchcraft. The location of the museum was chosen because of a pre-historic maze stone carving. 

Must Check Out: Museum of Witchcraft and Magic 

While you may know the story of Dracula and how he comes from Transylvania, it might surprise you to learnt that Whitby was where Bram Stoker’s gothic novel takes place and where Dracula escapes to after Translyvania. In the Whitby Abbey you can see the first edition of Dracula as well as walk through the Abbey ruins. Held during the last weekend of October is also Whitby’s biannual Goth Festival. Whitby also has Ghost Tours, as well as Dracula’s walk following the vampire’s path in the novel. 

Must Check Out: Whitby Abbey, where you’ll find the original dracula printing, Don’t skip on the Fish and Chips we recommend Magpie Cafe. 



Links to Book/Explore:

York Ghost Week

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in York

Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Edinburgh

Jamaica Inn

Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

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