Unhappy Halloween: Britain's 8 most haunted locations

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It's not long till Halloween, and as Spooky Season gets underway with falling leaves, glowing pumpkins and tattered costumes, it's time to put a shiver in your step.

With search terms such as 'most haunted places in England' seeing a 300% increase, has revealed the most haunted hotspots across the UK.

From Pendle Hill in Lancashire to Jamaica Inn in Cornwall, these frightening locations are not for the faint-hearted. Who knows what shadows still lurk in these ancient enclaves? (And once you've scared yourself stupid, there's bound to be a nearby pub to restore you with the right kind of Halloween spirit).

1 Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Pendle Hill in Lancashire is a place surrounded by myths and legend, stories of the Pendle witches draw thousands of pagans to the hill every year. this stone circle is most likely a remnant of a pagan ceremony performed under a new moon in the shadow of Pendle.
The remains of a pagan stone circle. Tell yourself it's 'just kids messing about' if you want... (Getty Images)

Renowned for its links to witchcraft and devil worshipping, Pendle Hill in Lancashire is home to ancient legends and unpleasant carryings-on.

This mysterious and scary space was home to the Pendle witches who were accused of ten murders back in the 17th century and were later executed. It’s said that visitors have noticed an intense feeling of anger when exploring the area - and frankly, who can blame the witches for being annoyed?

2 Jamaica Inn, Cornwall

entrance to smugglers bar at jamaica inn, bodmin moor, bolventor, Cornwall, England, Britain, uk. (Photo by: Kevin Britland/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Dare you have a pint with a ghost? Only if he's buying... (Getty Images)

Located in Cornwall, the Jamaica Inn is believed to be haunted by a highwayman and a murdered smuggler. Situated inside the inn, the bar is rumoured to be one of the building's most haunted areas and previous landlords have even heard footsteps believed to belong to a spirit who is returning to finish his drink.

Daphne Du Maurier's famous novel explored the smuggling rumours. Few came to a good end at the lonely moorside inn, and stories abound of spirits.

One of the most famous recent ghostly stories is that of the sound of horses and metal-wheeled carts moving around on gravel outside - but while there used to be gravel, since the 1950s, the courtyard has been cobbled.

3 Blickling Hall, Norfolk

17th Century Manor house under blue skies with white clouds and soft sunlight in wintertime, Blickling, Norfolk, England, Uk, Europe, 30th January 2009.
It looks quite safe in the daytime. Unless Anne's on her way. (Getty Images)

Blickling Hall in Norfolk is thought to be the place where Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn was born - and it is said that every year on the anniversary of her execution, her headless ghost returns to the medieval manor. It's believed that Anne Boleyn’s father also haunts the hall.

On the 19th May, the anniversary of her execution, legend tells that a headless Anne Boleyn arrives at the house by horse and carriage, driven by an equally headless coachman. As her carriage leaves, she is said to wander the corridors until morning.

4 Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon

Berry Pomeroy, Devon, UK, 2 December 2015 - Showing Berry Pomeroy castle ruins, which is said to be haunted by several ghosts, the white and blue lady, showing the wall of the old manor house statley home of the Pomeroy family,
Cute name, less cute building. The haunted ruins. (Getty Images)

Berry Pomeroy is said to be one of the most haunted castles in the UK. From the Blue Lady who wanders the dungeons to the White Lady who has been seen waving to visitors approaching the ruined castle, leaving them with a feeling of both fear and depression; this location is guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

Visitors have reported 'phantom shapes' and 'feelings of panic and nausea', while the kitchens are said to be haunted by a child ghost called Isabella, rumoured to be the illegitimate daughter of a Pomeroy noble and a servant, and murdered in a brutal attack.

Perhaps not the spot for a sunny picnic.

5 Dunster Castle, Somerset

Dunster Castle is a former motte and bailey castle, now a country house, in the village of Dunster, Somerset, England UK
The man in green coud be hiding in the flowerbed, right now. (Getty Images)

This paranormal hotspot has had many reports of strange experiences, from ghostly appearances to spine tingling sensations. Visitors have even witnessed an eerie man in green walking through the castle only to disappear right in front of their eyes! It’s also been said that men’s voices and loud footsteps echo through the castle grounds.

According to The National Trust, "Many people have complained about a menacing, uncomfortable mood here – leading some visitors to ask directly whether anyone had been murdered there.

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In the stock room, displays fall over without any obvious reason. And unopened boxes have been found to have been ruined by a mysterious brown, sticky ‘gunge’...

"The remains of a seven foot tall prisoner were found manacled by the wrists and ankles along with several other skeletons in a deep dungeon beneath the Gatehouse. Dogs seem particularly troubled by some kind of sinister presence at this site and refuse to climb the steps near to where the bodies were found."

Not a nice day out for Muffin.

6 Llancaiach Fawr, Caerphilly

Llancaiach Fawr house, Nelson near Caerphilly.   (Photo by David Jones - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Well, it looks welcoming enough. (Getty Images)

Named as one of the top ten most haunted places in the UK, Llancaiach Fawr is a Tudor mansion with a haunted history. Its supernatural activity regularly spooks visitors, with people reporting that they can hear children playing on the stairs and one boy spirit in particular known to mischievously tug at visitors’ sleeves and hair.

According to one ghost-hunting site, the kitchen is said to be haunted by a former resident of the house, who's still seen making food, footsteps thunder from the upper hall when nobody's there, and (shudder) a child's cradle is said to rock by itself.

Even the picture is frightening - so only visit if you're feeing bold.

7 Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh

Britain's Prince of Wales walks through and examines The Real Mary
King's Close at the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, June 10, 2003. The visit was
part of a day of activities which members of the Royal Family took part
in designed to promote Britiain's flagging tourism trade.
REUTERS/Andrew Milligan/POOL

Prince Charles once visited the close. No hauntings were reported on that day. (REUTERS/Andrew Milligan/POOL MD/JV)

Located in Old Town Edinburgh, the streets of Mary King’s Close have a frightening past. There are many stories to delve into at this horrifying hotspot but one in particular tells the tale of a little girl who lost her life to the plague and was in search of a doll that she had misplaced; it is said that her presence can be felt when visiting.

Now, visitors rather creepily leave her gifts of toys, which are piled up in the place thought to be her room. Fellow ghosts include a portly soldier, and a mysterious chimney that scratches anyone who reaches inside.

Although that could be ghostly pigeons.

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8 Croft Castle, West Midlands

20th April 1960:  Croft Castle in Leominster, Herefordshire after being opened to the public by its owner, Lord Croft. The castle dates back to the 15th Century and has some 18th Century rooms.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Croft Castle. Even spookier in black and white. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Croft Castle, also known as the most haunted house in the Midlands, is home to seven spooky spectres. There have been many reports of unsettling sightings including a seven-foot figure of a man lurking the grounds. Visitors have also heard the sound of a baby crying when exploring the haunted fortress.

It's said to be roamed by the ghost of Most famous is the giant of a man, clad in leather, and said to be the ghost of Owain Glyn Dwr himself. The Arch Bishop of Sydney, saw him in the early 20th Century. History doesn't relate whether the Arch Bishop had enjoyed a nightcap or two, of course.

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