With Halloween just around the corner, we take a look at England’s scariest spots. Journey around some of the most haunted places in England, have a pint in one of England’s oldest pubs and take ghost tours around ancient sites that have stood since the Dark Ages.
Muncaster Castle, Cumbria
Catch a twilight display of the owls of Muncaster, and the Castle’s famous firework display. If you want to scare yourself silly, enter the Scary Maze, which is even scarier after dark! There’s also the Ghostly Grotto for spells and potions and the Castle Ghost Tour.
Enter a yawning mouth complete with teeth and dangling uvula, and begin your journey through the maze of The Forbidden Corner. There are mysteries to be uncovered and riddles to solve as you explore gardens, crypts, and caverns. Find statues hiding in bushes, and work through tricks and traps to get to the folly in the middle.
Dating back to 1241, the Adam and Eve is in the running for the oldest pub in England. It was built for the stonemasons working on the nearby cathedral, but was evidently also used by the clergy; as the remains of a monk were discovered in the cellar in the 1970s! Pull up a pew and let the landlord fill you in over a pint of local ale.
After dark, follow your costumed guide on a ghost tour through one of England’s most haunted buildings. When the visitors have gone home and the lights have all been switched off, step into the winding corridors on a Tudor World ghost tour. Creep through the exhibits by lantern light and try and find the spectres that linger in this 16th-century building. Your guide will give you the history of Stratford-Upon-Avon, and also some of the grisly tales of the area too.
Used as a location for 1990s production The Darling Buds of May, Pluckley is an archetypal English village complete with friendly residents, a friendly pub and 12 ghosts! Will you bump into the Watercress Woman or the Highwayman pinned by a sword on aptly-named Fright Corner?
From swirling mists to craggy granite tors, Dartmoor’s eerie landscapes have inspired many myths and legends throughout the centuries, including The Legend of St Michael de Rupe at Brent Tor. This ancient church, perched 1,110ft above sea level, is said to have been built by a wealthy merchant who was caught in a storm at sea and vowed to build a church upon the first tract of land he saw if he made it back to shore. This "merchant" was thought to have been Robert Giffard, who caught sight of the Tor in the distance from Plymouth Sound.
The Jamaica Inn was the inspiration for the book by Daphne Du Maurier and has a long history of smugglers and intrigue. It even has its own resident ghost. Have a run in with the murdered stranger yourself on a Halloween Ghost Hunt, or attend the popular Murder Mystery for a night of delicious intrigue. You can look around the smuggling and Du Maurier museums too.
First built in 1610, the striking Ham House is one of England's best preserved buildings, perfectly recreating 17th century life and architecture for modern day visitors. In fact, this recreation may be a little too accurate; several former residents are said to haunt Ham House, with mystery footsteps said to be audible in the dead of night. Discover the paranormal secrets of this stately home on a special after-hours ghost tour, complete with creepy stories and tasty autumnal goodies.
Well known in English history for its links to the Pendle Witches (put on trial in 1612), Pendle Hill is an impressively eerie natural landmark, found just south of the Yorkshire Dales. Full of mysteries, the area surrounding Pendle Hill is packed with scenic walks and green rolling hills. And of course, you can climb to the top of Pendle Hill and take in the atmospheric views... if you dare.