The Ultimate Guide to UK & Ireland Ghost Walks

The UK has a long and bloody history with stories of ghosts and hauntings in pretty much every town and village, going back thousands of years. So it’s no surprise that you can find some of the best ghost walks in the world here. What is a ghost walk? It’s basically a tour around a town or a building, visiting areas which are said to have a paranormal presence or maybe that just have a spooky story associated with them. Some ghost walks are strictly fact and history based while others have actors that jump out at various points, designed to scare you! Some ghost walks are more fun and interesting than scary and talk about the history of old buildings and the ghost stories surrounding them. Many of these walks are suitable for families with children and take place in the early evening when it’s just getting dark. Other ghost tours take place late at night in haunted houses and areas reputed to have a lot of poltergeist activity and can be really terrifying – especially at Halloween! I’ve compiled this giant list of the best ghost walks across the UK so wherever you are, you can easily find a spooky ghost tour near you. If I’ve missed your ghost walk, please contact me with details for it to be added to the list.

Bath

Ghost Walks of Bath – walking tours around the city including the Theatre Royal, The Circus, Royal Crescent and The Assembly Rooms on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Walks start at 8pm from outside the Garricks Head. Booking is not required and you can just turn up on the night but groups of 10 or more must pre-book and pay a deposit. £8 for adults and £6 for kids. The walk on Halloween night is always full and so should be booked in advance. This is not a terribly scary ghost walk and is suitable for kids – you can even book your kids birthday party around this ghost walk!

Belfast

Supernatural Ghost Tour – This tour led by a tour guide from the Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Association guides you around the dock and pump house of the Titanic, with access to EMF detectors that pick up on paranormal energy. Tours are every Wednesday and Friday at 9pm and cost £10 per person. There is also a special Halloween tour and event from the 24th – 31st of October. Tours can be booked via the website. The Ghost Bus Tour – Tour around Belfast’s most Ghostly sites on the Ghost Bus! Learn about famous murders, body snatchers and executions. Tours start at 6.15pm and 8.15pm. Adult tickets are £15 and kids are £8.

Birmingham

Birmingham Ghost Walks – A walking tour through the city’s past exploring tales of the plague, executions, hauntings and murder. Choose from a graveyard ghost walk through four of the city’s graveyards or the Sinister City Ghost Walk, concentrating on the Victorian heart of the old city. Walks start at 7pm on the first and third Friday of each month. There is also a special Halloween tour on the 31st of October. Tickets cost £8 per person or £13 on Halloween.

Brighton

Ghost Walk of The Lanes Brighton’s Ghost Walk of The Lanes runs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7.30pm. The walk starts at the Druids Head on Brighton  Place and visits eight haunted sites within the historic Lanes of Brighton. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for children and pre-booking is not necessary.

Bristol

Haunted and Hidden Ghost Walk – this tour around Bristol’s spookiest areas has been featured on Most Haunted and visits a 16th century haunted house, a haunted cinema, a church with a ghostly monk and several other scary locations. It leaves from Bristol Cathedral every Friday night at 8pm and there are special Halloween night walks at 7pm and 9pm. Tickets cost £5 and advance booking is required.

Canterbury

Canterbury Ghost Tour – the Canterbury Ghost Hunter will guide you on a 90 minute walk around the streets of Canterbury to visit the city’s most haunted locations. Tours run every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm from Allberry’s Wine Bar on St Margarets Street. Ghost walkers can turn up on the night or can book online. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8.50 for children.

Cardiff

Llandaff Ghost Walk – Llandaff is an ancient city within Cardiff and this ghost walk explores some of the haunting tales of days gone by, through country lanes, graveyards and old ruins. Tickets are £10 per person and booking is essential. The check-in time is 8.45 pm. The tour starts from Llandaff cathedral, 15 minutes by bus or car from Cardiff centre.

Margam Ghost Walk – this ghost walk takes place around the park and ruins of Margam Abbey and inside Margam castle. The walk takes about 2 hours and must be booked in advance. Tickets are £15 per person.

Creepy Cardiff Ghost Tour – the Creepy Cardiff Ghost Tour takes in spooky sights on a walk around Cathay’s park. The tour starts from the National Museum of Wales and costs £5 per head but only group bookings with a minimum of 10 people are possible. There’s also a Halloween special walk starting at 7pm that individuals can join but it’s essential to book in advance.

Chester

Chester Ghost Tours – explore the darkest places of Chester’s past and hear creepy ghost stories as you go. Ghost walks start at 7.30pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, outside the Town Hall. Tickets cost £9 for adults and £8 for kids and booking is recommended. There’s also a special ghost walk taking place this Halloween night.

Cornwall

Ghosthunting CornwallGhosthunting Cornwall run several regular ghost walks in the Cornwall area including Penzance, St Ives and Falmouth. Walks are hosted by a local ghost expert who has appeared on several TV programmes. Walks cost £6 for adults and £4 for children and booking is not necessary.

Shanty Baba Lantern Ghost Storywalk – this is a tour of the most scary places in St Ives including alleyways, graveyards and haunted houses. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for children. Booking is not necessary and the walk departs from  Wescott’s Quay at different times, depending on the time of year – check the website for dates and times.

Coventry

Spookhunters History Coventry Ghost Walk – Spookhunters ghost walks take place on the last Friday of every month and cover unexplained events and the haunted history of Coventry. Walks start at 6.30pm and last for about 2 hours. Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for kids, booking is recommended. There’s also a special Halloween ghost hunt at Stoneleigh Abbey

Guiding You Ghost Walks – Guiding You ghost walks are an atmospheric tour around the city with a Victorian theme and led by Victorian characters. Adults tickets are £9 and kids are £7. Bookings must be made in a group of at least 12.

Derby

Derby Ghost Walks The original Derby Ghost Walks was established 22 years ago and has been scaring visitors to the city ever since. The City Centre Ghost Walk starts from The Old Bell Inn and visits Derby’s first jail, the tunnels beneath Guild Hall, the most haunted pub in Derbyshire and Shire Hall. Friargate Walk starts and ends at Derby Gaol and visits several locations where murders took place or that are reputed to be haunted. Ghost walks start at 7pm and must be booked in advance. Tickets cost £21 per person and £18 for children. See the website for calendar and availability.

Dublin

The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour – The ghostbus takes you to visit the Hellfire Clubroom with haunted museum, the Victorian Theatre, the home of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, the College of Surgeons, St James’s Graveyard and Christchurch crypt. Tickets cost €28 and this tour is only suitable for adults and children over the age of 14. The tour runs on Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and 9pm.

Hidden Dublin Haunted History Walking Tour – This 45 minute walking tour allows you to explore the most haunted places in Dublin, hearing tales of murders, hauntings, witches and bodysnatchers as you go. The walk runs throughout the year every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, with extra dates at Halloween. Tickets cost €13 per person and the tours start at 8pm

The Gravedigger Ghost Tour – Another ghost bus tour, which includes the Haunted History Walking Tour run by Hidden Dublin. The tour covers the plague-ridden history of Dublin and starts from Trinity College and visits St Audeons (AKA “Hell”!),Kilmainham jail, and The Gravediggers Pub for some bodysnatching live theatre. Tickets cost €25 per person and start at 7.45pm.

Northside Ghost Walking Tour – this walk visits the medieval Oxmantown, two of the most haunted houses in Dublin, Croppie’s Acre mass grave, and the site of the apparition of the Virgin Mary. Tours take approximately 2 hours and tickets cost US$15.

Dudley

The Original Dudley Ghost Tour – this walk starts and finishes at The Station Hotel, once of the most haunted locations in Dudley. It visits several spooky sights including Dudley Castle. The tour has run since 1993 and includes scary sightings of ghostly actors. Tickets cost £8 and must be bought in advance. The tour starts at 8pm and runs every Wednesday.

Edinburgh

City of the Dead – This ghost walk has earned several awards and has been named “Britain’s Best Ghost Walk” by Yahoo travel, scare.com and Virgin Media. The company runs several different ghost walks around the city including Underground City of the Dead tour, through the South Bridge Vaults; City of the Dead Haunted Graveyard with its famous ghost, the Mackenzie Poltergeist; and The Double Deald Walk covering the South Bridge Vaults and Greyfriars Graveyard. Tours cost £10 – £13 for adults and £8 – £9 for children and run between one and three times every evening (extra times for Halloween)

Auld Reekie Tours – Auld Reekie is another very popular ghost walk company in Edinburgh that runs several ghost tours including the vaults and graveyard, “Old Town”, ghost and torture tour and a guided tour of the South Bridge vaults. Tours cost between £9 and £12 and run nightly. Some walks are suitable for adults only.

New Edinburgh The Dark Side – this walking tour explores the alleyways, graveyards and witch trial locations of Edinburgh’s gruesome past. Tickets cost £10 and kids are free to join with an adult. Tours can also be conducted in Spanish. Tours run every night of the week and start at 9pm

Cadies & Witchery Tours – a guided walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town with a theatrical guide and various spooky actor characters along the way. Tours are designed to be more funny than scary but you might get a few shocks! Adult tickets cost £9 and children are £6. Tours run every night and times vary throughout the year.

The Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour – A theatrical ghost hunting tour on a classic 1960’s double decker bus. Learn about the dark history of Edinburgh including witches, ghosts, grave robbers and plague victims. Tours cost £16 or £14 for kids and run every night of the week at 7.30 pm (there is a second tour at 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights).

The Real Mary King’s Close – More live theatre than a walking tour, Mary King’s Close is a labyrinth of underground streets, brought to life by costumed character tour guides telling stories of the murders, hauntings and gruesome history of some of Edinburgh’s oldest streets. Tours cost £13.95 per person or £8.25 for children and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. The attraction is open every day except Christmas day and tours run every 15 minutes.

Edinburgh’s Ghosts and Ghouls Evening Walking Tour – This nightly tour leaves at 8pm from the Mercat Cross and visits ancient haunted sites, the Blair Street Vaults and finishes with refreshments and ghostly tales in the candlelit Megget’s Cellar. Tickets cost £14-£15 for adults and £12 – £13 for children.

Free Ghost Tour – this free ghost walk tour (yes, it’s really free! But tips for the guide are encouraged) lasts 1.5 hours and covers some of the spookiest sites of Edinburgh’s dark history including murderers, a haunted graveyard, body snatchers and witch trials. Walks run every evening at 7 and 9pm from the Royal Mile.

Essex

Hangman’s Hill Halloween Ghost Walk – This spooky ghost walk has been featured on the TV series Most Haunted and includes stops at several local haunted locations, ghost stories and a seance in the woods. £18 per person from 10.30pm on Halloween night and suitable for adults over the age of 18 only.

Colchester Ghost Tours – Exploring the spookiest parts of ancient Colchester, this ghost walk runs on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30pm from outside Colchester Town Hall. Tours are run by local ghost expert Derek Wray and cost £7.50 per person.

Glasgow

Trevor Rooney’s Ghost Walk of Glasgow – Trevor Rooney is famous for starting the first theatrical ghost walk in York and has now brought the concept to Glasgow. The walk starts from the Glasgow Cathedral district and stops at places that have made their mark in the dark side of Glasgow’s history. Tickets cost £10 per adult and £5 per child daily from 7.30pm but only runs if there are at least 10 people booked onto the walk.

Spirit of Glasgow Horror Walk – the horror walks organised by Spirit of Glasgow feature a costumed guide to show you around some of Glasgow’s most infamous locations where you can learn about the history and hauntings around the Blythswood Square area. Tickets cost £12 each and start at 7pm. Booking is essential.

Gloucester

Gloucester Ghost Walks – offering various walking routes around Gloucester to visit the most haunted locations including Cafe Rene which has a 600 year old well inside the building, a 10th century spooky alley, Black Friars Priory and Gloucester Prison. Tours run on Wednesday nights at 8pm and Thursday nights at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for kids and pre-booking is essential.

Guilford

The Ghost Tour of Guilford – This ghost hunting tour was founded in 2001 and runs from Good Friday until the end of November, on every Friday night at 8pm. The walk visits 20 mysterious and haunted sites including Holy Trinity Church, Tunsgate, the castle grounds and The Angel Hotel.

Hastings

Hastings Old Town Ghost Walk – this ghost walk guides you through the spookiest passageways of old Hastings. The tour starts at “The Chessboard” and dates and times vary throughout the year – please check the website for upcoming dates. Tickets cost £8.50 for adults and £6 for children. The Halloween night walk costs £12 for adults and £10 for kids.

Hull

Ghost Walks Hull – this company offers several routes around the most spooky locations in Hull including The Old Town, The Docklands and The Inner Sanctum. There is also a special Halloween Ghost Tour held at the Guildhall on Halloween night. Tickets for all walking tours cost £15 – see the website for dates and times.

Amazing Hull Tours – running several ghost walks on various themes including Jack the Ripper, Ghosts and Legends of Old Hull, Unexplainable Hull, Haunted Inns and Hosteleries, The Ghosts of Beverly, Ghosts of Cottingham and more. Tours cost £4 per person and run throughout the year. See the website for more information.

Tour Hull – offers a ghost and history tour of Hull and Beverly ghost walks. Tickets cost £3.50 per person and must be booked in advance.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight Ghost Experience – regular ghost walks that run every year from March until the end of October. Locations include Shanklin Old Village, Newport, Carisbrooke Castle, Arreton, St Catherine’s Lighthouse and the Botanical Gardens in Ventnor. All walks start at 8pm and cost £9 for adults and £6 for children.

Kent

Haunted Rochester Ghost Walk – this walk explores the historic town of Rochester which has many spooky tales and even Charles Dickens is said to haunt the High Street. The walk takes place on the last Sunday of every month at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2.50 for children.

Leeds

Darker Side of Leeds – an insight into the seedier side of Leeds history including witchcraft, body snatching and more, with local ghost expert and author of the book, Haunted Leeds, Ken Goor. The walks start from the Corn Exchange at various times and dates – see the calendar on the website for details. Tickets are £5 per person and accompanying children are free.

Halloween Ghost Walk – another one of Ken Goor’s ghost tours, running on Halloween night at 6.45pm and 8.45pm (the later walk starts from outside the Town Hall)

Leicester

Haunted Leicester – These guided walks are ideal for anyone interested in the history of Leicester and visit the haunted streets of Old Town, Grey Friars, Leicester Castle and Turret Gateway. Tickets cost £5 per person and run from the Town Hall at 7pm on selected nights of the year. Other walks run by the same guide include “The Haunted City”, “Walk in Dread”, “The Shades of Night”, “Tales for Halloween” and “Goosepimples”, aimed at children.

Lincoln

The Original Lincoln Ghost Walk – See some of Lincoln’s scariest sites on this walk and hear ghost stories of times gone by as you explore Castle Square. the Cathedral, Bishops Tower and the Greenstone Steps. Tours run on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm from the Tourist Information Centre in Castle Square. Adult tickets are £4 and children pay £2.

Liverpool

Shiverpool Historic Ghost Walks – Liverpool’s original theatrical ghost tour is sure to scare you as you explore Liverpool’s most famous historic locations and discover the secrets to their grisly past. Walks run all year round and there are special tours scheduled for Halloween. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £11 for children. See website for dates and full details.

Haunted Liverpool Ghost Walks – Choose from the Haunted Halloween Graveyard Tour, The Pilgrim Ghost and Mystery Tour, The Georgian Quarter Tour, The Haunted City Tour or The Three Witches Ghost Tour. Each tour runs on different days at 8.15 in the winter and 9pm in the summer and tickets cost £11 for adults and £10 for children. See website for full schedule and details.

London

The London Ghost Bus Tour – a theatrical sightseeing tour onboard a classic 1960s red double decker bus. Visits the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St Pauls Cathedral and The Tower of London so you can learn about London’s most gruesome and grisly past. Tickets cost £21 for adults and £15 for children. Tours run daily at 7pm and 9pm

Insider London Famous Ghosts and Infamous Murders Walking Tour – explore the back streets of London’s West End as you hear creepy tales of the areas dark past. Highlights include a Victorian murder mystery, the hidden alleyways where Harry Potter and other films were filmed, plague pits and a haunted tunnel. Tours run every Friday and Saturday night from Tottenham Court Road tube station and cost £12 per person.

The Dark Streets of Haunted London – a walking tour guided by one of London’s longest running ghost tour guides, Richard Jones, who has been conducting ghost walks in the city for 33 years and has written 18 books on the paranormal. This tour takes you through one of the city’s most ancient quarters, including an old churchyard, a famous ghost, the spot where Sir William Wallace (Braveheart) was hung, drawn, and quartered,  and a ghostly photo spot where many walkers have seen shadowy figures on their pictures later. Walks run every Friday night at 7pm and cost £10 per person.

The Ghosts of The Old City – Another one of Richard Jones’s ghost walks, this one starts at one of London’s most haunted underground stations and winds round the old alleyways including the spot where Dickens set Scrooge’s Counting House in A Christmas Carol. This tour runs on Saturdays at 7.30pm from Bank underground station and costs £10 per person.

East End Tours London Ghost Walk – This nightly ghost walk takes you through London’s most haunted locations and its dark history in the company of a costumed Victorian guide at 7pm from Monument station, every night. Tickets cost £10 per person and children under 16 go free.

London Ghost Walks – offers a wide selection of different routes around the darker parts of London including “The West End Ghost Walk”, “Ghosts of The Old City”, “Ghosts, Gaslight and Guiness” and “Haunted London”. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for children and walks run daily at 7.30pm – see the website for full schedule.

Best Tours London Ghost Walk – this walk includes visits to London’s most haunted park, a plague pit, St James’s Palace, London’s most haunted house, the Royal Academy, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Bridge and the Tower of London. Walks run Wednesday to Sunday at 7pm and must be booked in advance. Tour costs £20 per person.

Haunted London Walk – this 2-hour walk through the creepiest parts of London takes you through narrow alleyways and past ancient buildings where you may well feel the energy of those who have lived and died before you. Several walkers have reported seeing a strange ghostly presence on photos they’ve taken during this walk. The walk runs at 7.30pm on Fridays from Monument tube station. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for kids and booking is not necessary.

Free London Ghost Tour – Dark Side of the Old City – this free walking tour explores the most haunting sites of the old city including “Smooth Field” execution site, London Bridge, a church that holds the remains of the woman who brought the plague to Britain, Cheapside, the Old Bailey Courthouse, Cock Lane and the largest Plague pit in England. The tour leaves from Farringdon underground station on selected dates and times – check the online calendar and book online. Pay whatever you feel the tour was worth at the end.

London’s Ghostly Haunts Walks – another “free” or tips-only walk around haunted theatres and pubs where you can hear ghostly tales of hauntings and other spooky stories. Walks leave from Temple station at 7pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. Booking is not necessary – just turn up.

Haunted Pub Tour – for those who prefer to combine their scary ghost walk with a little light refreshment, try this tour of London’s most haunted pubs and be regaled with stories of the real Sweeny Todd, the most prolific female serial killer in England’s history, a notorious Victorian prison and an ex opium den. Tours cost £20 and run every Wednesday at 7pm from Temple Station (please book first).

Manchester

Flecky Bennett’s Manchester Ghost Walk – a spooky ghost walk led by your tour guide, the charismatic Flecky. The tour takes you around the darkest historic areas of the city where you can hear creepy tales of haunted happenings. Tickets cost £11 and can be bought online – see the website for full dates and times.

Haunted Underworld – an underground tour of  the spooky Georgian undercroft beneath the streets of the city of Manchester. There are many spooky stories to be told and the tour is completed in the darkness, so prepare to be scared! Tours run on Saturday afternoons at 1.30pm and cost £10 per person.

Newcastle

Newcastle’s Haunted City Tours – This company runs several ghost walks around Newcastle and Durham as well as haunted house ghost hunts and special Halloween events. Walks include “Ghosts of the Garth”, “Extreme Ghost Walk”, “Victorian Ghost Walk”, “Quayside Ghost Walk” and “Newcastle Witches Ghost Walk”. Halloween tours running in 2015 include Durham’s “The Haunting of Finchdale Farm” and special Halloween ghost walks in Newcastle. Tours start from £8.50 per person. See website for full details and dates.

City Tour – Ghostly and Grisly Quayside Tales – a circular heritage walk along the quayside with ghost stories, witches, bodies found in the river and murders on both sides of the Tyne. Tickets cost £3 – £4 and run on selected dates of the year.

Til Death Do Us Part Ghost Walk – one of England’s scariest ghost walks with a high level of paranormal activity. Join a paranormal investigator to delve into Newcastle’s grisly past including murderers, witch trials and hauntings at locations including the Castle Keep and Black Gate. Tickets cost £8.50 each and tours run once a month on Sunday evenings.

Norwich

Norwich Ghost Walks – various ghost walks around Norwich that run on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Explore The Lanes, Elm Hill, and the castle grounds, hearing tales or murders and hauntings. Walks cost £7 for adults and £5 for children and start from the Adam and Eve on Bishopsgate at 7.30pm.

Haunted River Tour – This candlelit boat tour takes you beneath the streets of Norwich to discover the haunted secrets of the waters and beyond. Tours can be booked for any time in the evening, adult tickets cost £12 and children are £6.

Nottingham

The Original Nottingham Ghost Tour – a walking ghost-story-telling tour around the streets of Nottingham, starting at the Salutation Inn and ending in the haunted caves. The walk runs every week on Saturday at 7pm. Over Halloween weekend the tour runs on more days and times. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £3 for children (£7 for both adults and kids at Halloween). Ezekial Bone Guts & Gore – Join your guide Mr Bone to hear tales of the horrible history of Nottingham including murders, hanging, grave-robbing and more. Tours start from Cross Keys at 7pm on selected nights of the year. Tickets cost £7 per person.

Oxford

Oxford Ghost Tours – A journey through the ancient streets of Oxford, hearing bone-chilling tales of the shadowy past. Tours run every night of the week at varying times, depending on the season – check the website for full schedule. Tickets cost £9.95 for adults and £4.95 for children under 16.

Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails – discover a different side of Oxford on this award-winning tour around the city in hunt of ghosts. The tours run every Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm outside the tourist information centre. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 – £6 for children.

Peterborough

Peterborough Ghost Walk – this walk starts from Peterborough’s most haunted building – the museum and travels through the city centre and the Cathedral district, stopping off at sites of hauntings with a good dose of creepy storytelling. Walks run on Tuesdays at varying times and cost £5 for adults and £3 for kids. There are also city centre ghost walks held at Halloween twice a night from the 28th – 31st October

Portsmouth

Ghost Walk of Spice Island – Spice Island is one of the oldest parts of Portsmouth, located at the docks. It gets its name from the seedy reputation of the place which was said to be “the spice of life”. This tour takes you into the world of smugglers, pirates and prostitutes telling tales of murder and ghostly happenings. The tour costs £15 and starts at 9pm on selected nights of the year.

Ghost Walks South Coast – visit Ford Widley’s dark tunnels and explore the world of Victorian Portsmouth, scare yourself silly with interactions with costumed actors and hear ghostly stories of the Victorian underworld. This tour costs £15 and runs on the 27th October 2015 at 7.30pm and 9pm

The Portsmouth Ghost Walk Experience – this theatrical tour lets you discover the ghosts of old Portsmouth, stopping off at The Dolphin, Buckingham House, Felton House and more. Be prepared for scary experiences with live actors! Ghost walks run on selected nights of the year and cost £6 per person – check the website for dates and times

Sheffield

Steel City Ghost Tours – these public walking tours run every week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7.30pm from the Town Hall steps with your tour guide, Mr P. Dreadful. The route varies from night to night but you’ll be sure of a frightening time visiting some of the darkest places of Sheffield’s history including classic ghost stories, gruesome and ghoulish tales and the dark tales of the Campo Lane area of town. Tours cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children but certain tours are not suitable for kids. Please check the website for full details.

Shrewsbury

Shewsbury Ghost Tours – Shewsbury Visitor Information Centre runs regular ghost walks during the months of October and November. Tours must be booked as a group and cost £45 for the guide.

Southampton

The Southampton Ghost Walk Experience – a theatrical ghost walk with costumed actors who will guide you through the darker side of Southampton’s history and tell you tales of its most infamous ghosts. Walks take place on selected nights of the year and cost £6 per person. See the website for calendar and to book.

Southampton Ghost Walks – take a journey through the most haunted locations in the city with an experienced tour guide and paranormal investigator. Locations include the Red Lion, Bargate area, and the Underground Vault. Walks start at 7pm and must be booked in advanced. Tickets are £7.50 per person.

St Albans

Ghosts and Ghouls – an exploration of haunted St Albans, visiting sites that are frequented by the town’s most famous ghosts. This tour runs on selected nights of the year and every night in the run-up to Halloween. Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children (£5 for both adults and children on Halloween night). Tours start outside the Old Town Hall at varying times – check the online calendar.

Wales

(Also check the listings under Cardiff for more tours)

Tenby Ghost Walk – explore the world of ghosts, witches, fairies, pirates, mysteries and murder in the picturesque seaside town of Tenby. The walk starts from outside the Lifeboat Tavern at 8pm on selected nights of the year – check the timetable on the website for full details.

Bodelwyddan Castle Ghost Walk – Bodelwyddan Castle has been featured on Most Haunted twice and on Ghost Hunters International. The guided walk tours the interior and grounds of the castle, ending in the haunted cellar. Tours run on selected dates of the year at 6pm Tickets cost £10 for adults and £6 for children.

Whitby

Whitby Ghost Walks with The Man in Black – This 75 minute tour explores Whitby’s spookiest sites while you explore tales of murder and mystery. Tours run every night at 7.30pm from the whale bone arch opposite the Royal Hotel. Booking is not necessary and tickets cost £5 for adults ad £3 for children.

In Search of Dracula – Follow Dracula’s trail of vampires and victims around the streets of Whitby. Tours also depart from the whale bone arch at 7.30pm and cost £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk – tour through streets and alleyways into a world of shipwrecks, smugglers, spirits and legend. Walks start from the slipway outside the visitors centre at 8pm on selected dates. Adult tickets cost £5 and children under 13 are £3 – there is no need to book.

Winchester

The Winchester Ghost Walk Experience – join Winchester’s original Ghost Walk for a theatrical tour around the darkest parts of the city. Visit Winchester Castle, The Tombs, Westgate, The Old Hampshire Chronicle Building and other haunted places. Tours being in The Royal Oak, England’s oldest bar on selected dates and times. Tickets cost £6 per person and pre-booking is recommended but not required.

York

The Original Ghost Walk of York – A nightly tour of mystery and history, believed to be the world’s first exclusive ghost walk. Tours leave at 8pm from the King’s Arms Pub and costs £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Ghost Hunt of York – This ghost walk runs every night at 7.30pm from The Shambles, led by a frock-coated Victorian guide. Moments of black comedy and audience participation are injected into the classic York ghost stories. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for kids and booking beforehand is not necessary.

The York Ghost Walk Experience – A spooky tour around York led by costumed guides starting from the Roman Column with actors re-enacting some of the darkest moments in York’s history. Tours run every Saturday night and every night from 25th – 31st October from 7pm. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children. Book online and you can turn up for the tour on any night it runs.

The Ghost Trail of York – A 70-minute tour around the most haunted sites of the city, starting from the Minster every night at 7.30pm. Adult tickets are £4 and kids can join for £2.

Ghost Creeper – Spooky walking tour through the narrow passageways and dark streets of York city in hunt of the ghosts that haunt the living. Tour starts from St. Mary’s Church graveyard every night from July 1st – Halloween and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November – June. The walk starts at 7.30pm and costs £5 for adults and £3 for children.

The York Ghost Bus Tour – A guided creepy bus tour from York station to Clifford’s Tower, York Minster, and Dick Turpin’s grave, among other spooky sites and haunted places. The bus runs every night at 7.30pm and there’s an additional 9pm departure on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets cost £15 for adults and £10 for children.

Trevor Rooney’s Ghost Walk of York – This ghost walk was established in 1980 and runs every night at 7.30pm from Stonegate. Adult tickets are £6 and children £3.

Ghost Hunting Weekend Breaks for a Spooky Halloween

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year so if you’ve even thought about booking a haunted night away or a weekend break in a haunted hotel, now is a great opportunity!

A weekend away staying in a spooky haunted house or hunting for ghosts in a hotel that’s known for its paranormal happenings is the ultimate adventure for Halloween thrill seekers and those who get a buzz out of things that go bump in the dark.

Whether you’re looking for an intimate ghost hunting experience for two, or ghost nights for larger groups, perhaps for a stag or hen weekend away, we’ve got something for everyone in this list of spooky getaways.

Jamaica Inn, Cornwall


The Jamaica Inn was built in 1750 and soon developed the reputation of being a smuggler’s inn, where travellers would hide away contraband.As well as its associations with criminals and smugglers, many visitors staying at the inn have reported experiencing strange happenings such as the sound of horses hooves in the distance, ghostly footsteps and a mysterious shadowy figure. The inn was even featured on the TV ghost hunting series, “Most Haunted”, in one of their spookiest episodes.

The Jamaica Inn haunted weekend break includes a visit to Bodmin jail as well as a local ancient lake that is said to be the home of Excalibur and The Lady of the Lake on Friday night, followed by a ghost hunt around the most haunted parts of the inn on Saturday night. This special weekend is available only over the Halloween weekend from October 30th 2015, as well as limited selected dates in September and November.

See the Jamaica Inn website for more details about the inn and to book your haunted hotel break.

The Schooner Hotel, Northumberland


The Schooner Hotel is a 17th century coaching inn in the coastal village of Alnmouth, in the Northumberland countryside. The Schooner also has a reputation of being the most haunted hotel in the UK and has been the the subject of a ghost hunt on “Most Haunted”, as well as studied by several paranormal investigators.

There have been over 3,000 reports of ghost sightings and other paranormal activity at the hotel such as strange noises, sudden changes in temperature, ghostly screams and guests experiencing vivid nightmares.

The hotel offers a ghost hunting package which includes a one-night stay in the hotel and a place on the regular ghost tours.

See the schoonerhotel.co.uk for more details and to book.

New Inn, Gloucester


The New Inn in Gloucester is a 600-year old Tudor inn with a very interesting and spooky history. One of the inn’s former guests was Lady Jane Grey, a noblewoman in succession to the throne. She was later beheaded at the Tower of London, and is now said to wander the corridors of the inn. Many other ghostly figures have been reported, including a dark male figure in the cellar, a nanny and many unknown souls who met their end at the “hanging tree”.

As well as these sightings, guests have reported being pushed by unseen hands, keys going missing, electronics turning off, and CCTC even caught a pint glass moving by itself and falling to the floor in 2010, prompting The Paranormal Society to investigate.

You can book a stay in the hotel with ghost hunt lasting until around 4am through Simply Paranormal.

Chillingham Castle, Northumberland


Chillingham Castle was built in the 12th century and boasts a torture chamber and dungeon (with real remains of an unfortunate child who was trapped beneath a trapdoor in the floor) as well as stately entertaining rooms and bedrooms. Many visitors to the castle have reported ghost encounters including a white figure in the pantry, voices in the chapel, strange shadows in the courtyard, and an unseen presence in many rooms of the castle.

Visitors can stay in one of the self-catering apartments inside the castle and the coaching rooms where coaches and horses were once kept. Your stay can be combined with an organised ghost tour or an all-night vigil led by the castle’s own paranormal team.

See the Chillingham Castle website for more history about the castle and it’s inhabitants and to book a stay or ghost tour.

Craig Y Nos Castle, Wales


Craig Y Nos castle is known as “The Most Haunted Castle in Wales” and there are several creepy stories that involve the castle including a family curse, sightings of ghostly children and an invisible door that appeared in room 36 – the most haunted guest room in the castle. The castle was used as a TB hospital in the 1920s and many children died here.

The castle includes en-suite hotel rooms and apartments as well as the “Nurse’s Block”, suitable for groups. You can book your own accommodation at the castle or combine your stay with a ghost tour and vigil in abandoned rooms of the castle that many feel have an oppressive atmosphere and refuse to enter! You can book your haunted overnight stay at simplyparanormal.co.uk

Places to Go for Halloween in the UK 2015

If you’re getting bored of hosting Halloween parties and want to do something different this year, there are loads of spooky Halloween attractions held over the UK, ranging from family-friendly events to super scary experiences.

If you have kids and are worried about the safety of trick-or-treating, going to one of these organised Halloween events is a great alternative and they’re always lots of fun. Unless you’re a millionaire you probably won’t have the time or budget to organise something on the scale of a public Halloween event so they’re always well worth attending if there’s something going on in your area.

Even if you don’t have kids but you love watching horror movies and being scared, there are some terrifying adult Halloween events like haunted houses and Halloween experiences, some of which run year round.

Here’s a roundup of the biggest and best Halloween attractions in the UK this year so you can find something going on near you:

Scare Kingdom Scream Park – Blackburn


Scare Kingdom is an annual Halloween theme park for adults and older teenagers only (only kids over the age of 14 may enter). As you might imagine from the age restrictions, this is no silly funny Halloween attraction but a full-on fear fest, designed to make even the most hardened thrill seekers quake in their boots.

This attraction features live actors and special effects over seven different attractions (the 7 deadly sins). The park has been seized by the ‘Ministry of Fear’ with a manifesto to destroy humanity using fear itself as a weapon.

The park is located at Hawkshaw Farm Park between October 3rd and November 7th 2015. Check the website for the full list of dates, prices and opening times.

Scare Kingdom also hosts “Horror Camp Live”, the UK’s first horror simulation campsite, inspired by movies like The Blair Witch Project and Friday the 13th. Suitable only for people aged 18+, this horrifying experience is sure to make a lasting impression.

To book Scare Kingdom Scream Park or Horror Camp Live and find out more information about the experience, visit www.scarekingdom.com

Terror Mountain – Aberystwyth


Terror Mountain is a terrifying live-action Halloween experience just outside Aberystwyth in Wales, held on selected dates in October. The event includes three horror experiences, designed to make you the star of your very own Halloween movie: Wild Wood, Virus and Cursed. Kids over 12 are allowed, however under-16s must be accompanied by an adult and it’s not recommended for kids under 14 – use your own judgement.

See www.terrormountain.co.uk for more info and to book tickets.

Dr Fright’s Halloween Nights -Northamptonshire

This annual walk-through Halloween attraction has rave reviews and this year’s, based on the theme of “American Nightmares”, promises to be bigger and scarier than ever before. Expect live actors in terrifying costumes, creepy sound effects, spooky lights and a Halloween experience that promises tricks and treats all night.

Attractions this year include:

  • Amityville, America’s most famous haunted house
  • A Nightmare on Main Street, featuring a crashed comet and alien plague
  • Carny Carnage freakshow and trailer park
  • Hollywood Horror, putting you inside some of Hollywood’s most iconic horror movies
  • Tequila Twister – a Dusk Til Dawn inspired horror bar

See drfrights.co.uk for full details and ticketing info.

Fear Fest – Chepstow


Another terrifying interactive Halloween experience, based at the National Diving & Activity Centre. The event is based on the legend of The Four Linesmen in Tidenham quarry, who disappeared during a flash flood in October 1958 while they were working on the railway line. Local people have reported sightings of ghostly figures who push walkers who wander too close to the edge and other paranormal events such as the sound of a young girl screaming are said to increase every year around the anniversary of the tragedy.

Attractions include:

  • The Gruesome Graveyard
  • Track of Terror
  • The Scream Sewer
  • Morbid Manor
  • The Island of Dolls
  • Death Wire

Tickets can be booked at fear-fest.co.uk and you can also see more videos and information about the attractions there. This is a really scary experience that’s only intended for people aged 16+ and is not suitable for those of a nervous disposition! The event runs from the 16th of October (the anniversary of the flood) until the 1st of November.

Bodmin Jail Ghost Walk

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This annual ghost walk is held on four dates in October and November, including on Halloween night itself. The night starts at 10.30pm and is hosted by an experienced psychic medium who will take groups through different areas of the prison and attempt to pick up on any paranormal activity. This is a full-night event that lasts until 7am the next morning and only people aged 18+ are permitted to take part.

See full details and book on the Bodmin Jail website

Halloween Spooktacular – Sheffield

This family friendly event is designed to be fun, not scary, so it’s ideal for young kids. Held annually at the Tropical Butterfly House, you can visit from the 24th of October until 1st November 2015, 10am – 5pm.

The attraction includes a freaky forest with ghosts and monsters, a haunted hayride, creepy cottage, witch and haunted house.

There are also bird shows hosted by Halloween pirates, pumpkin carving and other craft activities and fancy dress competitions.

See the Butterfly House website for full details

Hellgate Winter Gardens – Margate

thumb_15751__media-gallery-imageEach Halloween, Margate Winter Gardens in Kent is transformed into Hellgate Winter Gardens featuring three immersive Halloween experiences – “Quarantine”, “Dead Meat”, and “Buried Alive” – that follow on from last year’s zombie apocalypse event.

As well as the experiences the attraction includes a “Bloody Boulevard” with scary stalls, trick or treat street theatre,Halloween actors, Halloween-themed food and a laser zombie run zone.

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Frightwater Valley – Lightwater Valley, Yorkshire

Every year at Halloween, Lightwater Valley Theme park turns into Frightwater Valley, a family Halloween adventure filled with ghouls and frights at every corner. You can look forward to:

  • Trick or treat doors
  • Monster puppet show
  • Lightwater express
  • Cabin in the woods
  • Eagles creep farm
  • Frightwater finale

The event takes place on Halloween night and also the days before and after Halloween. You can see more details and information about booking on the Lightwater Valley website.

Halloween Terror at the Edinburgh Vaults

The vaults beneath Edinburgh city were originally built as storage space and workshops for businesses above ground but were abandoned in the late 1700s due to flooding. These abandoned vaults became taken over by slum dwellers and with many brothels and pubs, crime was rife. Serial killers were said to tour the vaults in hunt of their next victims.

The Edinburgh vaults are creepy enough to visit at any time of year but this is an especially scary place to be at Halloween. During tours of the tunnels people have reported seeing strange lights, hearing ghostly footsteps, stones being thrown at guides and strange smells of burning and rotting flesh.

The Halloween night tour starts at 10.30pm, followed by a ghost hunt starting after midnight and finishing at 5.30am.

You can book the tour or read more information at Auld Reekie Tours

Alton Towers Scarefest – Staffordshire

The Alton Towers theme park holds a regular annual Halloween event from the 17th of October until the 1st of November, with Halloween activities for everyone

Family-friendly Halloween experience includes spooky storytime, trick or treat party, ghoul school, the Alton ancestors, Gloomy Wood alive and a fancy dress competition.

Trick or treat rooms decorated in a Halloween theme are also available at the Alton Towers hotel, with hidden treats around the room and free spooky movies.

For adults who want to be really scared, there are three terrifying live-action scare mazes to get lost in including The Haunting of Molly Crowe, Sub Species apocalyptic game, and Terror of the Towers. You also get the chance to go on some of the UK’s scariest rollercoasters in the dark.

See more details and book at altontowers.com

Thorpe Park Fright Nights – Surrey


Fright nights run at Thorpe Park theme park for several nights in October, including Halloween night. The frightening fun includes rides in the dark and five live-action Halloween mazes:

  • My Bloody Valentine
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Saw
  • The Big Top

Visit the Thorpe Park website for details and ticketing information.

Screamfest – Staffordshire

The National Forest Adventure Farm is transformed into a terrifying interactive horror experience every year at Halloween and all dates for 2015 are currently sold out except the October 15th preview night so book now or you’ll be waiting until next year to experience the terror!

Attractions include:

  • Night Bringer
  • Freakout
  • Nocturnal
  • Children Of The Corn
  • Soul Seekers

There’s also a wide range of additional scary entertainment including a zombie paintball fight, sideshow artists, street theatre, seasonal food and drink and a Halloween fancy dress competition.

See full details and buy tickets from the official website

The Howl – Bedfordshire


Mead Open Farm is a family farm in the time, popular with young kids and with gorgeous views of open countryside. But at night during the month of October it is transformed into “The Howl” scream park, featuring five haunted attractions filled with freaks and terrifying creatures of the night.

Attractions include a haunted house, a ‘slay’ barn controlled by a psychotic clown, a dark forest filled with scary creatures, ‘The Shed’ filled with unwanted ‘arrivals’, street theatre and Squealer’s yard.

Book tickets and find out more information on The Howl website

Shocktober Fest & Spooktober fest – Crawley

Shocktober Fest scream park is an annual Halloween theme park held during several dates in October and featuring a total of eight scary attractions with live actors and special Halloween effects. There are also two music stages, street theatre, pumpkin paintball and terrifying Halloween rides.

The main attractions include:

  • The Volt
  • The Chop Shop
  • The Colony
  • The Nightshade Circus
  • The Horrorwood Hayride
  • The Cellar
  • Hellements – The Ritual
  • The Haunted House

Spooktober Fest is a family friendly Halloween attractions including  interactive scary experiences for older children – The Darkness, Twisted Fun House,Terror Trail, The Horrid Hayride, The Haunted House and the Boo Barn. There’s also a pumpkin patch area with lots of Halloween activities to keep little ones occupied including spook stories, fancy dress, puppet shows, bumpy barrel ride and play area

See full details and book on the website.

Fear at Avon Valley

Avon Valley adventure and wildlife park is transformed into an attraction designed to scare you every Halloween, with three terrifying live-acting horror mazes. The three main attractions, Phobia, Purgatory and Anarchy are intended for visitors aged 12+. Fear runs on Halloween night and several other dates in October.

See fearavonvalley.com for more information

Hellfest – Birmingham

Hellfest is Birmingham’s first terror park and includes four live-action terrifying attractions inlucluding Ward 78 – Unrestrained, Panic Unlocked, Terror on the Streets, set in Victorian London and Cannibal’s Cave food court

Hellfest is run at several dates during October – please see the website for full details and to buy tickets.

Scaregrounds – Yorkshire

Scaregrounds is Yokshire’s number one Halloween attraction featuring a halloween-themed food court and side stalls as well as the live-action interactive terror experiences:

  • Darkwood 2 – an abandoned creepy haunted house
  • Voodoo – escape an evil witch doctor
  • Exile – escape the purge
  • Confinement – locked in a hospital for the criminally insane
  • Jack’s Sick and Twisted Zombie House – killer clowns and freak show
  • Jack’s Big Top -giant jumping pillow

See full details and buy tickets at scaregrounds.co.uk

Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park – Leeds

Stockeld Park between Leeds and Harrogate hosts several different family-friendly attractions over the Halloween period – there’s something for all ages and the activities range from fun to terrifying.

Non-scary activities include:

  • Pumpkin carving
  • face painting
  • Glitter tattoos
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Halloween catwalk
  • Halloween crafts
  • Wizard’s den
  • Wizard and witch training
  • Witch trail
  • Creepy creatures

For older kids and those who want to be scared, try the Fright Nights running from 29th – 31st October 2015 where you can experience three terror zones: Freaks in the Forest, Moonshine Massacre and The Cage: Mutation. Fright Night is aimed at adults and kids over the age of 8.

See the Stockeld Park website for full details

Farmaggedon – Liverpool

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Farmaggedon is an extremely twisted Halloween experience that runs all year round. October tickets sell out fast so get yours now! The experience includes four fully-immersive terror experiences:

  • Zombie Outlaw -UV nighttime zombie paintball
  • Contagion – escape from psychotic mutants
  • Meat Locker – a twisted soul in search of human flesh
  • Terror on the Farm – a haunted maze where your worst nightmares are hidden

Farmaggedon is only suitable for those aged over 15 and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

See farmaggedon.co.uk for full details and to buy tickets.

Pasaje Del Terror – Blackpool

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The Pasaje Del Terror is one of the world’s longest running Halloween events, running for 27 years in several different countries and now it has come to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The interactive walk-through horror show runs all year round but is extra scary at Halloween. The setup includes 18 sets and 20 horror actors, along with spooky sound effects, creepy lighting and terrifying shocks and suprises.

See pasajedelterror.com for more information.

The Dungeons – Throughout the UK

The Dungeons are a popular tourist attraction at several cities throughout the UK – London, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Warwick Castle and York. All of these are open year-round but run their own individual special scary Halloween events every year:

  • The London Dungeon presents Seance for Halloween 2015 – a re-enactment of true events featuring a world-famous medium set in 1873 and a chilling visitation from the spirt world.
  • The Edinburgh Dungeon presents Resurrectionists, a Halloween event run by grave robbers and a cast of Scotland’s most famous murderers, cannibals and rogues.
  • York Dungeon also focuses on body snatchers, in search of their next victim

See full details of Halloween attractions and buy tickets at thedungeons.com