Bored of horror movies and tired of trick-or-treat? Switch things up this Halloween by going on a ghost walk! Wondering where to start? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our pick of the best… read on if you dare!
Find out what makes Prestbury go bump in the night on a spooky trail of this Cotswolds village. Claiming to be one of England’s most haunted villages, hear the strange tales of the Charging Cavalier, the Medieval Messenger, and Prestbury’s most famous apparition, the Black Abbott! You’ll also hear the bizarre story of Fiddler’s Hill and learn about the nine ghosts which haunt one of the village pubs! This spooky tour is not for the faint of heart, but will provide food for thought as well as sending a few chills down your spine!
This entertaining ghost walk is set around the ‘haunted’ streets of Stratford-upon-Avon. Held every Saturday (with a Halloween special) and with private walks for groups Sunday through to Friday, it’s highly acclaimed and with good reason. Join Vincest, Jocasta, The Man in Black or Herbert Mortimer and you’ll enjoy an evening of good old-fashioned storytelling. Discover the buildings, seeping with tales of witches, ghosts, murder and misery. For example, the witch who lived in a slum, the 17th century haunted tearoom, the ghost at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and a jilted bride who appears at a local hotel. The guides are professional entertainers or actors, so it promises to be a magical and ghostly evening. Be afraid, very afraid…
You are cordially invited to come on a unique tour through Robin Hood Bay’s streets and alleyways as you listen to tales of the strange and supernatural. Journey into a mysterious past of spirits, shipwrecks, smugglers, local folklore and legend. Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk has been created to amuse and entertain, no matter what your age. The walk sets off from the slipway in the dock outside the visitor centre. There’s also a board showing times, next to the slipway. No need to book, just turn up!
Award-winning ghosthunter and writer John Hippisley has been conducting ghost tours in the city of Canterbury since 1991. He’s even published Haunted Canterbury, a guide to the supernatural happenings in the city famous for its murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket. The 75-minute tour is an irreverent mix of history, humour and the haunting in the old parts of Canterbury. See parts of the city few see, and hear tales from children walled up to vandals who paid the ultimate price for their crimes. Held all year no matter what the weather, the tour meets at 8pm every Friday & Saturday at Alberrys in Canterbury.
Steeped in 2000 years of history, and with hundreds of ghost sightings, Chester can claim to be one of the most haunted cities in Britain. Our ghost tour guides will take you on a night-time journey around the eerie haunts of Chester’s mysterious and murky past, where you’ll hear spine-chilling tales of ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night! Tours are suitable for all ages, last approximately 90 minutes and are led by qualified & experienced guides.
Murder, ghouls and ghosts, dark alleys and passageways. Discover Reigate’s murky past and hear tales of mystery, murder, and paranormal activity. Never before has a combination of Reigate’s horrible history, paranormal activity and unexplained events been put together in such a way as the ‘Reigate Ghost Walk’. The 90-minute tour takes in haunted buildings, sites of murder and historical nasties. It’s all terribly overacted and audience participation is encouraged. Held every Friday evening in October at 8pm.
Set in a World Heritage Site where hundreds of dead bodies lie in unmarked burial pits, Durham Ghost Walk gives participants the opportunity to use the kind of ghost-hunting equipment you see on TV shows like Ghosthunter International! You’ll also be shown how to use everyday things, like your mobile phone, to diagnose paranormal activity around you. And that’s not all! Ghost photography and orb hunting are part of the experience, too. You’ll also be offered the opportunity to demonstrate your own psychic ability which you may not even know you have, and talk about things like mind reading. The best part? It only costs £5 a head, or if you come on the first Sunday of the month it’s absolutely free!
The York Terror Trail is a history tour of the horrors of York’s past. Rather than focusing on ghosts, it deals with real stories about real people that happened in York. Our audiences are faced with 1900 years of cruelty and violence exploring the darker sides of the Vikings, Romans, Normans, Tudors and Stuarts on the streets of the ancient city. The tour is suitable for children and starts at 6.45pm every evening from the Golden Fleece Inn.
Norwich Ghost Walks run three different walks around the older parts of Norwich, in the company of master storyteller, The Man in Black. Tales of the great characters of the past and their phantoms are shared and, in some cases, seen, as each two-hour tour winds around the medieval parts of this historic city. Walks are every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm.
Go for a gentle stroll round Lincoln’s famous Bailgate and Cathedral Precincts and discover tales of the haunted pubs and hotels, spirit horsemen and highwaymen, ghost dogs, spooky sightings, poltergeist activity, murders, hangings and macabre history! Held all year round, every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7.00 from Tourist Information in Castle Square. Tickets are £5 and £3 for children under 12. There are even open top ghost bus tours of the whole city for more spooky fun.
Oxford’s streets have played host to agony and horror, torment and terror. Morbid phantoms of the past stalk shadowy recesses in colleges, condemned to rehearse their lamentable ordeals for all time. The Ghost Walk is an unsettling journey through the bleakest moments in University history. The Ghost Tours are £9.95 per adult, £8.95 for students/seniors and £4.95 for children under 16. They last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.