With Halloween just around the corner, exploring some of the UK’s most haunted campsites seems like the right thing to do. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you’ll be shocked at the number of spooky spots we have across the UK. From full-on ghost towns and neighbouring villages to abandoned castles, eerie cemeteries and rickety old mansions, here’s our list of the most haunted campsites in the UK.
Once the home to wolves and wild boar, Pendle Hill rises above farmland and hamlets in rural Lancashire. It's most famous for its links to the notorious witch trials of 1612 where ten local ‘Pendle witches’ were executed after a trial at Lancaster Castle. Many believe this site to be haunted by the spirits of those who lost their lives and there have been many reported ghostly sightings. Whether you believe them to be true or not, it's a very atmospheric place to visit.
The village of Pluckley in Kent is proud of its Guinness Book of World Records title as being the UK’s most haunted village. It’s known to many as the place where the TV series ‘The Darling Buds of May’ was filmed. From tree-dwelling 18th century highwaymen to phantom coaches and horses, there have been plenty of ghostly sightings here. Take a trip to this picturesque village and you might just catch a glimpse of the ghostly goings-on for yourself.
Castles are classic ghost-spotting territory and Berry Pomeroy Castle in Devon is no exception. This 15th-century ruin in the woods has a number of spooky stories attached to it. Many people who have visited this sight have reportedly heard screams, felt chills run across their bodies, and have even left the castle bearing scratches and bruises. The ghosts of Lady Margaret Pomeroy and two Pomeroy brothers are said to haunt the sight to this day.
Location: Tyne & Wear
The only ‘cave bar’ in Europe, Marsden Grotto is widely regarded as the most haunted public house in England. Many who have visited this intriguing pub have reported hearing screaming, banging, whispering, and fully formed apparitions which are believed to be the spirits of smugglers who lost their lives within the caves. One smuggler who sold information to a HM Customs Officer was caught, placed in a barrel deep within the cave and left to die, it's said his body still remains somewhere within the cave.
Although the Boleyn Family home is Hever Castle, the grand residence of Blickling Hall, in Norfolk, is known to be home to one of history’s most famous phantoms; Anne Boleyn. The hall stands on an old medieval manor which is said to be her birthplace and her headless ghost is said to return every year on the anniversary of her execution. Her father Sir Thomas is also said to haunt this estate.
Image credit: Burton Agnes Hall Facebook
Burton Anges Hall has a history and a secret hidden in one of the walls. It’s a ghost story like no other. After being robbed and badly beaten up by some ruffians, which led to Katherine (Anne) Griffiths's death, she was reported to have said that ‘she will never rest unless part of her could remain in their home as long as it shall last.’ Several attempts were made to remove part of her body (her head) but they all resulted in her ghost haunting the house. Her head now remains hidden within one of the property's walls.
Looking for a ghost hunt? The Ancient Ram Inn might just have you covered. This location is said to be the holy grail of haunted locations and is widely regarded as one of the most haunted buildings on the planet. Years ago priests used the Inn as a place to keep workers and slaves who helped construct the St. Mary Church. The Bishops Room on the first floor is considered to be the most haunted room in the property. Be prepared for some seriously spooky goings-on.
Location: West Midlands
Aston Hall in the West Midlands has racked up many ghosts since it was completed in the 1630s. Its first-ever resident, Sir Thomas Holte, allegedly murdered his cook with the hall and kept his daughter locked away for 16 years until her death. The spirits and ghosts of these two people along with the ‘green lady’, Holte’s houseboy, and royalist soldiers are said to wander the halls. Anston Hall also has a bit of history behind it including a hole in the staircase which was made by a cannonball when the house was under siege in the English civil war.
The wooded trails, heaths, and valleys of Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, have been the site of many spooky phenomena and can possibly claim the title of Britain’s creepiest place. From iron forts to the heavily haunted Shugborough Hall, there are plenty of spooky ghost walks to be had along these trails. Reported sightings here include many marching soldiers, UFOs and even the elusive bigfoot. But the most famous of Chase’s spectral locals is the fabled Black-Eyed Child.
Reputed as one of Britain's most haunted buildings, Bodmin Jail has a reputation due to its barbaric history. Located in Cornwall, Bodmin Jail is definitely one place to include on your most haunted campsite list. A tour after dark will open you up to sightings of these ghostly beings as they awaited death in their dark, dank, claustrophobic cells. Be prepared to hear the taunting of the guards and the wails of long-dead inmates.
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Located in Lancashire, Samlesbury Hall is known as one of the most haunted houses in Britain. On a ghost tour, you can learn about the turbulent stories of its past residents and the tale of the ‘White Lady’. The White Lady died of a broken heart and has been sighted on many occasions wandering the halls. The Great Hall is also an area of ghostly goings-on with many visitors claiming to have been slapped on the back of the head for no apparent reason.