The UK is real hotbed of paranormal activity. With ancient buildings and a long gruesome history it’s little surprise it’s regarded as the most haunted country in the world! Here are 12 of the most infamous haunted places in the UK!

1. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire

The Haunted Ancient Ram Inn
Ancient Ram Inn, 8 Potters Pond, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 7HF

Dating back to the 12th century, The Ancient Ram Inn has often been referred to as the most haunted house in Britain. The house itself is said to have been the location of many sinister happenings, including child sacrifice, suicide, black magic rituals and was also used as a hideout by criminals.

The building is home to all sorts of spooks – two demons, a witch, orbs and other ghostly presences, and many people who have visited the property have described it as the ‘scariest place’ they’ve ever been to. The house regularly opens its doors to ghost hunters, but you have to book in advance.

2. Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Haunted Pendle Hill
Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Pendle Hill is located in an area known as Pendleside. It’s famous for its links to George Fox, which led to the foundation of the Quaker movement. A Bronze Age burial site was also discovered at the foot of the hill and it was also home to the Pendle witches, prompting many people to visit the site in search of ghosts and spirits.

Most Haunted visited the site in 2004 for a live episode and the presenter, Yvette Fielding, maintains that that episode was the scariest episode of Most Haunted that they have ever filmed.

3. Borley Rectory, Essex

Borley Rectory
Borley Rectory, Essex

Borley Rectory was a Victorian mansion in the pretty village of Borley, Essex. It was destroyed by fire in 1939 but gained a reputation as being heavily haunted after a series of locals reported some unexplained paranormal goings-on. In fact, the hauntings at Borley caught the nation’s attention when the story of Borley was covered in the Daily Mirror and by noted paranormal investigator Harry Price.

The first indication that there was something paranormal happening at the house were footsteps heard in the dead of the night in the 1860s. The ghost of a nun, two headless horsemen, a phantom carriage, the phantom ringing of the servant’s bells and bottle-throwing are just some of the paranormal incidents reported at Borley.

4. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon

Berry Pomeroy Castle Devon
Berry Pomeroy Castle, Berry Pomeroy, Totnes TQ9 6LJ

Berry Pomeroy Castle is known for being a picturesque castle in an even more picturesque town, but the pretty façade hides a sinister secret – the castle is haunted and is actually reported as being one of the most haunted castles in Britain.

Two female ghosts, the White Lady and the Blue Lady are said to haunt the castle. The Blue Lady is said to haunt the tower, luring passers-by to her aid – and if they help her, it is said that they fall to their death. The White Lady is said to haunt the dungeons.

5. Ballygally Castle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Haunted Ballygally Hotel Antrim Northern Ireland
Coast Rd, Ballygalley, Larne BT40 2QZ

Located on the shores of Co. Antrim, the stunning Ballygally Castle dates back to 1625 and is steeped in history. It’s haunted by the spirit of Lady Isobel Shaw, who fell to her death more than 400 years ago.

Her husband (Lord James Shaw), locked her in a room at the top of the castle when she failed to produce a male heir. Left to starve, she was trying to escape when the tragic fall occurred. Her spirit is said to wander the hotel to this day, knocking on doors and appearing in rooms then disappearing.

There’s also a number of other ghosts that call Ballygally Castle home. Madame Nixon, a woman that lived there in the 19th century, has been seen and heard walking around the castle in a silk dress. There are also the spirits of children that have been heard running and giggling in the hotel rooms.

6. Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

Woodchester Mansion Gloucestershire
Photo © Philip Halling (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Woodchester Mansion is an unfinished Gothic revival mansion in Gloucestershire. Whilst it looks complete from the outside, inside, several rooms, lots of plaster and whole floors are missing.

Over the years it has gained a reputation as a haunted location and several paranormal sightings have been reported, including that of a phantom horseman, the Tall Man of the Chapel and a ghost in the cellar.

Some visitors to the mansion have been attacked by ghosts and others have collapsed, whilst women who have been to the bathroom have reported seeing a floating head. The ghost of a little girl and the ghost of an old woman has also been spotted at the site.

7. Pluckley Village, Kent

Pluckley Village Kent
Photo © David Anstiss (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Pluckley village has a reputation for being the most haunted village in Britain – and it was actually named just that by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989.

Between 12 and 16 ghosts have been reported in the village, including a screaming man, a highwayman who appears at Fright Corner, a schoolmaster found hanged by a group of children and an old woman who used to sit on a bridge smoking.

Pluckley has been featured on numerous television programmes and is a favourite spot for ghost-hunters and paranormal enthusiasts across the country.

8. Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

Mary Kings Close Edinburgh
Warriston’s Close, 2, High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PG

Buried deep beneath the ancient streets of the Royal Mile, Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh is thought to be one of the most haunted locations in Scotland. With the first ghost sightings dating back to the 17th century, this unique location has a dark and mysterious past.

During the plague epidemic in 1645, it’s believed half of the population of Edinburgh died. The disease was particularly rampant in Mary King’s Close, due to the lack of proper sanitation, and the cramped tenements.

One of the most famous ghosts to haunt here is a 10-year-old girl named Annie, who died of the plague. Visitors to this day leave dolls and sweets for her in her old home.

9. Athelhampton House, Dorset

Athelhampton House Dorset
Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG

Athelhampton House is located in Dorset and is thought to be one of the most haunted places in the county. A pair of duellists haunts the Great Chamber, where they once interrupted a female guest by fighting.

Tapping sounds have been heard coming from the wine cellar, whilst the ghost of the Grey Lady has been seen around the house on numerous occasions. The padding sound of a phantom cat’s feet has also been heard on the bare floorboards around the house.

10. Tower of London

The Tower Of London
St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB

The Tower of London has sometimes been described as the most haunted building in Britain and has been investigated by countless paranormal investigators and teams over the years.

The Wakefield Tower is thought to be haunted by the ghost of Henry VI and on the anniversary of his death, his mournful figure is said to pace around Wakefield Tower until the clock strikes midnight.

The White Tower is thought to be haunted by the White Lady who has been seen waving at groups of schoolchildren. Her perfume is also thought to linger around the White Tower and the scent of it has made numerous guards physically ill.

11. Salmesbury Hall, Lancashire

Salmesbury Hall Preston Lancashire
Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston PR5 0UP

Salmesbury Hall in Preston is a black and white medieval house that dates back to the 14th century. It’s reported to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Dorothy Southworth, amongst others and has been investigated twice by Most Haunted, once in 2004 and once in 2009.

It’s also appeared on an episode of Ghost Hunters International. A number of ghosts have also been caught on camera at the hall.

12. Chillingham Castle, Northumberland

The Haunted Chillingham Castle
Chillingham Castle, Chillingham, Alnwick, Northumberland, UK, NE66 5NJ

Chillingham Castle dates way back to the 12th century and has its fair share of ghostly tales and encounters.

It holds frequent ghost tours to allow visitors to spot some of the castle’s other-worldly inhabitants, including that of a blue boy, a tortured child, the ghost of Lady Mary and a spooky Royal procession.

The castle had a record 8 executions and the ghosts of the executed are thought to still haunt the castle today.

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