Take one bubbling cauldron, add a pinch of history, a spoonful of horror and a dash of humour and what do you get? A spellbinding evening of entertainment and that’s just what these ghost hunts, walks and tours are all about. Miss them at your peril…
Are you afraid of the dark? You might well be after an overnight ghost hunt courtesy of Fright Nights. They’ve been giving their guests the heebie-jeebies since 1999, guiding them around some of the most eerie places in the UK.
Ghost hunting highlights include looking for the “man in black” at Strelley Hall near Nottingham, uncovering the ghosts of Burwell House in Cambridgeshire and exploring the dark tunnels and underground rooms at Fort Horsted in Kent.
“Bill will make your eyes widen with ghostly tales of hangings, poisonings and blood-curdling murders.” -The Sunday Express
That’s just one of the many rave reviews these ghost walks have received. Bill will escort you through Oxford’s cobbled back-streets, beneath the dreaming spires, regaling grisly tales and spooky stories of times gone by. He’s also partial to an illusion or two, so expect the unexpected and don’t forget your camera.
Step off the bus and put down the guidebook – the best way to experience Edinburgh’s macabre medieval past is on foot with an award-winning tour guide. Whether you want to discover the otherworldly secrets of the Royal Mile, creep through the Canongate graveyard or descend into the atmospheric Blair Street Underground Vaults, Mercat’s expert storytellers will keep you entertained and their special Halloween tours are sure to send a shiver down your spine.
Stratford Town Ghost Walk’s are run in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and are not to be missed. Your costumed guide will take you on a hair-raising tour through the haunted streets of Stratford-Upon-Avon.
The tour includes a visit to Hall’s Croft: a 1600’s half-timbered building that was once home to Shakespeare’s daughter and her physician husband. The building has featured on Most Haunted Live, with Derek Acorah. Ghostly sightings over the years include a mysterious lady with red hair and a flying spoon.
Ghost walks, psychic readings and murder mystery evenings: Haunted Liverpool offers the lot with extra thrills thrown in. Take part in a live ghost hunt with EMF meters in St James’s Cemetery. Dare to join the Georgian Quarter Tour and hear all the gory details of the terrifying events that took place there. Or spend the evening in the company of the Thackeray sisters – proud witches from an ancient coven – who’ll show you Liverpool’s scarier side. Something wicked this way comes!
With the promise of “fear, fun and frights for all the family” the Stirling GhostWalk tour is a spine-chilling spectacle that’s been spooking its participants for 25 years. The tour combines comedy, drama and storytelling and draws on characters who lived in the Royal Burgh and some chilling events that took place there.
These tall tales have been embellished over the years but still contain some fascinating historical facts. So let the Happy Hangman (actor and author David Kinnaird) be your guide and get ready for an evening that will give you goose bumps.
From haunted pubs, plague-ridden Tudor houses and ghostly woodland, these tours bring the past to life with paranormal poetic licence.
As one of the UK’s oldest cities, Newcastle has seen its fair share of grisly tales and spooky goings on, from headless horsemen, to the witch trials of 1649. Their “extreme” Ouija board tour is not for the faint-hearted and you might need a hand to hold as you tiptoe along the Ghosts of the Garth walking tour.
This imposing jail, built during the reign of King George III in 1779, was in a state of decay until 2004. Now this mysterious prison is back on the map.
The cold dank cells and the barred windows are the perfect setting for the Paranormal Ghost Walk: an overnight tour of the jail with psychic medium and energy therapist, Mark Rablin. It’s not for those of a nervous disposition but if you’re a fan of ghost hunting, then this is for you. And if you love the jail and are looking for a wedding with a difference, you can even tie the knot there.
Join John Hippisley, local historian and award-winning ghost hunter, on a spine-tingling tour of Canterbury. The tour is suitable for families and is a macabre mix of history, scary stories and comedy.
Hear the chilling tale of Tiny Tim’s Tea Rooms and listen to the castle guards’ haunting reports of spooky sightings. The tour is celebrating its 20th year so why not join them this Halloween and wish them a happy hocus-pocus birthday.
When you think of ghost walks, York often springs to mind. That’s because the York ghost walk, established in 1973, is said to be the longest running ghost walk in the world.
The guides are exceptional storytellers and will have you entranced with their tales of genuine events, folklore, legends and dreams. Join them for “a night of history and mystery to capture the imagination and inspire the mind”.
Known as “London’s master of the macabre”, Richard Jones has written 22 books on the supernatural and his tours have been entertaining and terrifying since 1982. Accompany him to some of London’s most paranormal places and gruesome graveyards.
Some stopping points on the tour include the location where the Great Fire of London ignited in 1666, London’s most haunted pub and the capital’s oldest hospital where many have reported fearful apparitions.
Edinburgh is steeped in folklore, legends and myths. Its spooky stories are perfect fodder for a fright-filled evening of fun. Join one of their bewitching guides as they take you on a journey through the underground vaults and moonlit graveyards of the city.
Find out about the legend of Greyfriars Bobby, the witches of South Bridge vault, the cursed stone circled vault and much, much more. Prepare to be seriously spooked.
Join the Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Association on an atmospheric investigation of Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House. You’ll use EMF detectors to hunt down the source of the paranormal activity at this haunted site.
Get ready to find out what lurks in the shadows as you descend 44ft into the Titanic’s Dock. Your guide will keep you entertained with terrifying tales of Victorian crime, such as Jack the Ripper, and supernatural stories of long dead Pump-House workers. You’ll be looking over your shoulder all the way home.
For a light-hearted tour of Brighton’s spookier side, join Silas, Ebenezer or Jasper as they take you on a ghost walk of The Lanes. This family-friendly walk explores some of Brighton’s most famous landmarks including The Old Steine, where it’s said the ghostly mutilated form of one-time adventurer John Robinson lingers.
Feel an unearthly chill as you pass the bricked up doorway on Meeting House Lane and…ladies beware! You might get a spectral peck on the cheek as you walk down Back Lion Lane.
Inspired by Richard Falconer’s book, Ghosts of St Andrews, the St Andrews Ghost tour is a devilish delight. The stories told include first-hand accounts from people who’ve been haunted by the ghosts of St Andrews. You don’t need to worry about “jumper ooters” on this tour – just worry about the real ghosts who might make an appearance. Once such spirit is the White Lady who lurks in the Haunted Tower – approach if you dare!