Stories about ghosts and malovent spirits have fascinated and terrified us ever since time began. This is especially true in the modern world where we love to watch films and TV shows that will have us hiding behind a cushion as much as watching the screen. It’s not just in the fictional entertainment world we like hearing about this sort of thing though.
The real-life instances of hauntings or strange goings on seem to draw us in even more due to the fact they are not made up by a screen writer. Haunted houses and places offer a unique connection to the spiritual world that attracts humans like moths to a flame. Here’s ten of the most haunted places you can go in the world:
10 – Berry Pomeroy Castle, EnglandThis 14th century castle in Devon has a long history of hauntings and odd happenings. It’s so haunted that it has TWO separate ghosts that stalk its corridors. The first is the White Lady who is believed to be the spirit of Lady Margaret Pomeroy. Legend has it that she starved to death while imprisoned in the castle dungeon by her jealous sister.
The Blue Lady is even more sinister! This spirit roams around the ruined parts of the castle and attempts to lure visitors to follow her. This is apparently not recommended and any desire to go in her wake is not wise.
09 – Dominican Hill, PhilippinesDominican Hill in the Philippines houses spirits of poor soul lost in the war there. Locals say that the patients who went there to recover but died turned into ghosts and haunt the hall to this day. There are reports of screaming, doors banging and windows clattering for no reason and it seems that there are many spirits inside there waiting to scare people.
08 – Monte Cristo, AustraliaMoving onto Australia, the Monte Cristo mansion is one of the countries most haunted places for sure. It is said that the previous owner Mrs Crawley never came out of the house again for 23 years after her husband died before passing on herself.
Her ghost is now said to roam the mansion and gives anyone who goes in a real scare. Floating apparitions, strange noises and lights turning off by themselves are just some of the goings on reported there. As well as this, many visitors have reported going into one of the bedrooms and having trouble breathing but then were fine again as soon as they left the room?!
07 – Ancient Ram Inn, EnglandIf there is an epitome of a haunted house then the Ram Inn is surely it. The creaky floorboards, dark passageways and musty smell give it that haunted feel before anything has happened. It is believed that the Inn is built on a pagan burial ground which accounts for the many sightings and ghostly goings on reported inside.
06 – Bhangarh Fort, IndiaYou know that somewhere is haunted if you are legally not allowed to stay there overnight! But in the case of the Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India, this is totally true. The Archaeological Survey of India will not allow anyone to stay in the fort after sundown due to the terrors that would await them.
The back story is that the Wizard who used to inhabit the castle in ancient times placed a curse on the fort and the whole area due to his unrequited love for the regions Princess. This same Wizard is also said to haunt the fort at night time and terrorise anyone who is crazy enough to stay there. Originally built in 1573, the fort has no electricity or modern features to add to the eerie feel of the place.
05 – Screaming Tunnel, Canada
This place is only one for the hardiest souls out there! Found in famous Niagara Falls, Ontario the tunnel itself runs under railway tracks that link Niagara Falls to Toronto and New York. A very eerie and unsettling place, many have reported the same strange occurrence there.
The legend has it that if you go into the tunnel at midnight and hold a flame aloft, it will be blown out and a woman’s scream heard. No-one knows who this women is and why she haunts the tunnel but it is certainly a terrifying experience.
04 – Ohio University, AmericaKnown in American folklore as the most haunted campus in the whole country, the history of hauntings here goes back centuries. There are numerous reported sightings and haunted places on campus and it seems the reputation it has is deserved. Indeed, the British Society for Psychical Research contends that Athens, Ohio where the university is based is one of the most haunted areas on the whole planet.
In terms of the Ohio campus the main ghostly claim to fame is that there are five cemeteries positioned around the university that form a pentagram with the administration building sitting in the centre of it! In addition, there is the building on campus known as The Ridges that was once an insane asylum where thousands of electro-shock and other experiments were performed on inmates.
03 – Changi Beach, SingaporeMoving to the Far East, we arrive at the lovely city of Singapore next. Most famous for the ‘Singapore Sling’ cocktail, it is also the home of Changi beach. This beach is a very haunted place and one that locals have reported several strange phenomena around.
The beach served as fighting ground between the Chinese and Japanese in the Second World War and saw many Chinese people die as they were suspected of anti-Japanese sentiments. Moving into the modern day, people have reported strange crying and screaming noises coming from the beach ever since.
02 – Castle of Good Hoop, South AfricaThe name of this castle translates into English as ‘The Castle of Good Hope’ although this is not a very apt name for it! Locals have long held this is one of the most haunted buildings in the whole of the country for the goings on there. Having once been the home of the colonial governors, the ghost of Lady Anne Barnard is said to walk the corridors to this day.
The castle also contains a prison in the dungeon where it was reported many prisoners were tortured or killed. It is sad that their screams can be heard still along with running feet and lights that turn off by themselves. It’s certainly not one place you want to spend a night alone in!
01 – Chateau de Chateaubriant, FranceA renaissance period castle in the Brittany region of France, this chateau is one really spooky place! Having been renovated many times over the years, this is a regular visiting place for ghost hunters and spook spotters alike. The main spirit that haunts the chateau is Francois De Foix, who was the wife of the castle’s owner Jean de Laval-Chateaubriant during the reign of King Francis I.
Unfortunately for her, she was also the King’s mistress and once de Laval-Chateaubriant found out, he murdered her in her bed. From that day on, her ghost is said to stalk the corridors of the castle unable to rest. In addition, every year on October 16th a procession of monks and knights is said to follow her on a ghostly procession through the grounds.
Please let’s be clear here – just because these places exist and you can go there, it doesn’t mean you should. The decision is entirely yours and we do not recommend it in any way. However, if you are interested in things that go bump in the night then any of the above are sure to offer an experience that you may never forget – for bad or good!