Dark tourism and haunted attractions have been a growing trend in the United Kingdom, with over 30,000 searches in the past year alone.
The UK is home to some of the most haunted places in the world, and Holidu, a search engine for holiday rentals, has rounded up a list of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions that double as some of the most haunted sites in the whole country.
Using the database from Higgy Pop's Paranormal Hub, which has over 350 entries of scary sites all over the UK, the number of searches on Google in the past year was used to find out just which of these paranormal places are most popular with tourists.
5. Warwick Castle, Warwick - 110k+ searches
Warwick Castle has a history dating back to 1068, with settlements on the site also going as far another 150 years before this. The castle was the location of many battles and tragedies, from being attacked to suffering from fire damage. The best known ghost said to haunt the tower is Sir Fulke Greville, a former resident of the castle who was murdered in 1628 by one of his trusted servants. There have also been reports of unnerving energy in the dungeon and witnessing of poltergeist activity. Image credit Tom Podmore via Unsplash.
6. Windsor Castle, Windsor - 90k+ searches
It is said that up to 25 ghosts have been spotted at Windsor Castle, including a sighting by none other than Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Margaret, who claimed to have seen the ghost of Elizabeth I. It is said that her ghost can be heard pacing around the library, causing floorboards to creak before she appears. The ghosts of many other royals have also been seen, including one of a huntsman for King Richard III in the grounds outside the castle. Legend has it that those who encounter him are struck by misfortune. Image credit Peter Albanese via Unsplash.
7. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh - 74k+ searches
Edinburgh Castle, one of the oldest and the most iconic building in the the most haunted city in the UK, has its fair share of spooky stories. The most famous ghost that lives in the castle grounds is a piper who went missing hundreds of years ago, whilst playing his pipes in the tunnels beneath the castle. The piper was never to be seen again but is said to still be walking the Royal Mile to this day. Visitors to the castle have also claimed to have encountered the spirits of French prisoners from the Seven Years War and colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War - and even the ghost of a dog. Image credit via Visit Scotland.
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8. Clumber Park, Worksop - 49k+ searches
Clumber Park is Worksop's own historical country park located and is now managed by the National Trust. The main house that used to sit in the park was demolished in 1938 after being damaged by a series of fires. What was left of the area was a Grade I listed chapel, a four-acre walled kitchen garden, and the park itself - and a ghost. It is said that the grounds are haunted by the Grey Lady of Clumber Park, a woman that wears a long grey cloak. To spot her, the best days to visit are the misty ones.
Photo: Rachel Atkins