Gruesome Getaways

Kind hearts, cruel swords. Blood and thunder. England’s heritage is a mosaic of extraordinary people and heroic battles; mad kings and gruesome endings. If you’re after ideas for things to do at half term, Easter and weekends with your own little terrors, uncover the secrets at one of England’s heritage attractions and see the past come alive. We love to plunge into darkness in hidden chambers, feel the terror in the glint of steel or listen to ghosts whisper in a tower. With half-term activities and a host of holiday hands-on fun, let England’s stories feed their imaginations...

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Uncover ghostly Brighton

Uncover ghostly Brighton

Brighton is believed to be one of the most haunted cities in England.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Tours and trails
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Get spooked in the dungeons

Get spooked in the dungeons

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon tells scary stories galore.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Experience Victorian horrors at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Experience Victorian horrors at Blists Hill Victorian Town

At Blists Hill Victorian Town you can travel back in time to experience the sights, smells and tastes of 19th-century England.

Location: Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Discover Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Discover Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era?

Location: Canterbury, Kent

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Hear the sounds of the Civil War echo at Basing House

Hear the sounds of the Civil War echo at Basing House

Can you hear Cromwell’s army approaching? The atmospheric sound and light show in the Great Barn conveys the terror of the violent siege.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

Military history
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Sabotage and subversion in the heart of the New Forest

Sabotage and subversion in the heart of the New Forest

Shhh! Your mission is to head to the Second World War Secret Army ‘finishing school’ in the serene New Forest village of Beaulieu.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Unveil the legend of the Black Dog at Leeds Castle

Unveil the legend of the Black Dog at Leeds Castle

Lord Conroy described Leeds Castle as the "the loveliest castle in the world", but this Norman stronghold has a much darker, more mysterious side.

Location: Maidstone, Kent

Castles and Historic Properties
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Let imaginations run riot at the Roman Baths

Let imaginations run riot at the Roman Baths

Get interactive at the Roman Baths and discover the gory details about curses, witchcraft and horrible hygiene in ancient times.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Historic sites and icons
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See inside a military detention cell

See inside a military detention cell

Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and battles fought across the centuries at Winchester’s five Military Museums.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Experience life as a pilgrim at Winchester Cathedral

Experience life as a pilgrim at Winchester Cathedral

How does it feel to crawl on your knees up the big stone steps in Winchester Cathedral, just as the pilgrims did on their way to St Swithun’s Shrine?

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Gruesome goings on at Landguard Fort

Gruesome goings on at Landguard Fort

Mix ghost hunting with bird watching along an unspoilt stretch of Suffolk’s coastline.

Location: Felixstowe, Suffolk

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Paranormal experiences at Tudor House and Garden

Paranormal experiences at Tudor House and Garden

Wonder what life was like during Henry VIII’s reign? Step in to the past in an ancient Southampton home.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Follow the Original Ghost Walk in Europe’s most haunted city

Follow the Original Ghost Walk in Europe’s most haunted city

Have a supernatural experience by following York’s Original Ghost walk.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Uncover 900 years of gruesome history

Uncover 900 years of gruesome history

Find out why Admiral Lord Nelson's body was bought back to England in a cask of Brandy, and why the water on the Mary Rose was best avoided.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Military history
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See living history at Bosworth battlefield

See living history at Bosworth battlefield

See a history lesson come to life at the Battle of Bosworth Field in Leicestershire, where King Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life.

Location: Near Market Bosworth, Leicestershire

Military history
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Visit the 17th Century at Little Woodham

Visit the 17th Century at Little Woodham

Discover what life would have really been like in 17th Century England.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

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From bed chambers to torture chambers at Hever Castle

From bed chambers to torture chambers at Hever Castle

Visit Hever Castle’s grisly Council Chamber containing collections of swords, armour and gruesome instruments of execution, torture and discipline.

Location: Hever, Kent

Price: From £15.50

Castles and Historic Properties
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Follow in the footsteps of prisoners at the Westgate Museum

Follow in the footsteps of prisoners at the Westgate Museum

Climb the steep stone steps, open the creaky door into the former debtor’s prison and read the graffiti etched in the wall by incarcerated miscreants.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Spooky Salisbury ghost walks

Spooky Salisbury ghost walks

Join Salisbury City Guides as they search for Salisbury’s secretive ghosts.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Tours and trails

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