Most Haunted Places in the World
Here are some of the best haunted places on earth that really will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Some of these venues are like walking into a set of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror films. You may bee fooled by the stunning Gothic architecture and beautiful serene ambience of some locations, but visit at dusk for the ultimate horror if your nerves can take it. These most haunted places in the world are only for brave hearts and fearless spirits.
Christchurch Priory, UK
It is said that the tortured souls of long-dead monks wander the grounds of Christchurch Priory, a grand parish church on the south coast of England. Nearby streets are stalked by the ghosts of ‘grey ladies’ Paranormal tours of this old Saxon town include visiting a shop with frequent ghostly happenings, making it one of the most haunted places in the UK.
Château de Brissac, France
Set amid serene Loire Valley scenery, Château de Brissac’s turreted façade hides some gruesome tales. Like the story of fifteenth-century nobleman Jacques de Brézé, who murdered his wife and her lover. Since then, visitors have heard screams echoing through this haunted castle.
Kloster Oberzell, Germany
The Bavarian nun Maria Renata von Mossau was one of the last people in Germany to be tried for witchcraft. After admitting to a string of crimes including Satanism and sorcery, she was decapitated and her body was cremated. More than 260 years later, people still report seeing her spirit walking the corridors at the convent she attended, the Kloster Unterzell.
Mount Everest, Nepal
Climbers tackling Everest have apparently been encouraged by the well-meaning ghost of Andrew Irvine, who disappeared while trying to climb the mountain in 1924. Considered one of the world’s most haunted places, Mount Everest remains the burial site of many climbers. Irvine’s body has never been found.
Highgate Cemetery, London
Arguably the world’s most well-known haunted places, Highgate Cemetery is the final resting place of around 170,000 people, including the philosopher Karl Marx. The usually sleepy burial ground has several reports of a blood-sucking, ghost-like figure.
Castle of Good Hope, South Africa
South Africa’s oldest building is also its most haunted. The Castle of Good Hope was long used as a prison, where inmates would be chained up, tortured and executed. Today, soldiers guarding the fort after dark are still troubled by the victims’ blood-curdling calls for mercy.
Convent of St Agnes, Prague
Prague, a city with strong ties to alchemy, mysticism and the occult houses the Convent of St Agnes, one of the creepiest places in the city and possibly the world. People say a murdered nun still haunts the convent, and can appear in front of visitors. Sometimes she smiles softly but often she is crying and covered in blood.
Corvin Castle, Transylvania
Vlad the Impaler, the world’s infamous ruler named after his favourite method of execution, was kept prisoner at Corvin Castle, in the hills of Transylvania. Many think this explains the strange sightings at the castle, which include vampire-like figures appearing in the candlelit corridors.
Gettysburg Battlefield, USA
One of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War left bodies strewn across this battlefield in the state of Pennsylvania. Visitors claim to have seen and photographed the ghosts of soldiers wandering across the fields.
London Underground, UK
The world’s oldest underground railway has one of the world’s biggest collection of ghost stories. Among the stations with a reputation for being haunted is Bethnal Green. During the Second World War, 173 civilians were crushed to death when rumours of an air raid triggered panic. Years on, people working at the station report hearing their screams.
The Alamo, USA
The first time that ghosts appeared at this former Roman Catholic mission in San Antonio was 1836, shortly after the Battle of the Alamo. Later, when the mission was converted into a prison, inmates began complaining of unusual shadows and sounds, and terrified watchmen apparently refused to work the night shift.
Greyfriars Kirkyard, UK
The most recent of the world’s haunted places began in 1999 when a homeless person broke into a coffin, hoping for a good night’s sleep. Soon after, people wandering through the graveyard began emerging with strange injuries, like scratched skin and broken fingers. Over the next few years, 140 people collapsed on tours of the cemetery, and the city council decided to seal the grave up again for good.
Nidaros Cathedral, Norway
Lurking inside one of the world’s most northern cathedrals, one of Trondheim’s majestic locations is the grisly ghost of a monk. Described as a tall figure with a dark habit, he reveals himself to churchgoers with blood dripping from a wound on his neck, and is said to walk right through members of the congregation.