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Top Ten Scariest Places in Britain
Are you brave enough to visit these haunted castles, palaces and pubs?
The Ghost of Anne Boleyn at Blickling Hall, Norfolk
Anne Boleyn was second wife to Henry VIII. She was executed on 19 May 1536 for alleged treason and adultery, and locals say that her ghost haunts Blickling Hall, the family home.
Where: Blickling Hall, Cromer, Norfolk
More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire
Said by some to be the most haunted house, ghosts in this 900 year old inn include a headless bishop, a centurion on horseback and a succubus (female supernatural demon) that creeps into the beds of unlucky guests!
Where: Potters Pond, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire
More info: www.tripadvisor.co.uk
Highgate Cemetery, London
As well as housing some of the best funerary architecture in the country, and a wonderful variety of trees and wildlife, you may encounter all kinds of ghosts and ghouls at Highgate Cemetery. Sightings include the ghost of an old woman, searching amongst the graves for her lost children, a mysterious shrouded figure that moves from place to place, and an elegantly dressed Victorian gentleman.
Where: Highgate, North London
More info: highgatecemetery.org
Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon
Two ghosts, the Blue Lady and White Lady, are said to haunt the corridors of this picturesque castle. The Blue Lady lures people to their deaths on the ramparts, while the White Lady sticks to the dungeons.
Where: Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, TQ9 6LJ, Devon
More info: www.english-heritage.org.uk
Pluckley Village, Kent
This entire village is haunted, and it was named most haunted village in Britain by the Guinness Book of Records. Reports have been made of more than 15 ghosts, including the highwayman, the gypsy lady, the schoolmaster, and the colonel. Not surprisingly it is a very popular destination at Halloween.
Where: Pluckley, Kent
More info: www.paranormaldatabase.com
Glamis Castle, Scotland
The family home of the Earls of Strathmore since 1372, this massive and imposing castle is dripping with history, murders, and monsters, and packed with secret rooms and ghosts that haunt them.
Where: Glamis, DD8 1RJ, near Dundee, Scotland
More info: www.glamis-castle.co.uk
The Tower of London
With all the incarcerations, executions and bloody history at the Tower of London, a few ghosts are inevitable! This building has the reputation for being the most haunted in London, and if you are brave enough to explore, you may see the Princes in the Tower, supposedly murdered by Richard III. Anne Boleyn appears close to the site where she was executed and has also been seen – minus her head! - leading a procession down the aisle of the chapel.
Where: Tower Hill, London
More info: www.hrp.org.uk
Culloden Moor, Scotland
A whole haunted moor, the cries of this bloody battle fought in 1746 can still be heard here today. This was the last battle to take place on mainland Britain and it heralded a grim era of repression in Scotland.
Where: Culloden Moor, east of Inverness, Scotland
More info: en.wikipedia.org
Pendle Hill, Lancashire
Haunted by 12 eerie witches, the TV show Most Haunted was broadcast live from here in 2004 and the presenter Yvette Fielding says it was the scariest episode they have ever filmed!
Where: Pendle Hill, near Newchurch, Lancashire
More info: www.hauntedrooms.co.uk
Ham House, Richmond
Over 30 ghosts including the spirit of the Duchess of Lauderdale roam the corridors of this 17th century house. Visitors report smelling her rose-scented perfume and feeling a ‘short, sharp, shove’ if they pause for too long on the third step of the Great Staircase!
Where: Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7RS
More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk