10 of our favourite spooky spots

10 of our favourite spooky spots

With Halloween just around the corner we've been thinking of some of our favourite spooky spots...from crumbling castle ruins in the middle of the Devon countryside to spots that have inspired some of the creepiest novels in history...they're all here waiting to welcome you. Have we missed your favourite?

1. Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

At 800 years old, Carisbrooke Castle’s seen more than its share of happenings over the centuries, including the imprisonment of the unfortunate King Charles I in 1647, and it’s said to be haunted by a grey lady...creepy.

2. Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

The foreboding inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Whitby Abbey looms high over the town of Whitby in all its gothic splendour and it’s got an atmosphere that’ll have the hairs on the back of your neck on end.

3. The Jamaica Inn, Cornwall

The spooky setting for Daphne du Maurier’s famous novel of the same name, The Jamaica Inn couldn’t be more desolate if it tried. It’s easy to see how this windswept inn on Bodmin Moor inspired the tale that's terrified millions.

4. Kents Cavern, Devon

A chilly series of prehistoric caves deep under Torquay, Kents Cavern hosts ghost tours throughout October that make the most of the gloom that our ancestors once called home.

5. Bodmin Gaol, Cornwall

Those of you who watch Most Haunted may well recognise Bodmin Gaol from when it starred in its own episode. Book yourself on one of its Paranormal Ghost Hunts for a seriously scary Halloween.

6. Berry Pomeroy, Devon

This crumbling castle ruin in the South Devon countryside attracts ghost hunters in their droves. Once the scene of a tragic sisterly feud, visitors often report strange figures in their photos and strange sensations during their time there.

7. Greenway House, Devon

Ok so we can’t tell you that there have been any ghostly happenings at Agatha Christie’s lovely rural retreat in Devon, but it was the setting for the murder mystery Dead Man’s Folly.

8. Sherborne Castle, Dorset

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, the beautiful Sherborne Castle is rumoured to be home to its founder’s ghostly spirit. Set amidst 42 acres of gardens, Sherborne remains the quintessential English castle.

9. Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Osborne House has changed little since it was home to Queen Victoria and her family during her reign, and with its views over the Solent and elegant décor it’s less spooky than atmospheric, but listen out for the sound of bagpipes as they’re said to be heard in the house...

10. Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset

Now this one's not for the faint hearted...Wookey Hole Caves delight in putting the screams in our Halloween, and you'll find the caves packed with spooky attractions between 21st October and 5th November.
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