Ghoulish Ghost Hunts and Family Friendly Tours in the UK
Join us as we embark on a hair-raising adventure to uncover the top ghost tours and hunts across the UK. For thrill-seekers, mini fans of spooks in the night and paranormal enthusiasts, this is a great list to assist your pursuit of the supernatural. In a country with so much history, mystery and ancient buildings, the UK is a realm with restless spirits, spectral apparitions, and unexplained phenomena. Gather your courage and delve into the spookiest experiences in the UK.
1. The Pendle Witches ghost hunt, Lancashire
Join Haunting Nights on the slopes of the mysterious Pendle Hill in Lancashire for a night to chill even the warmest of bones. The Pendle Witch Trials are among the most famous trials in English history. Learn all about the twelve accused and their connections to local villages in the 1600s before investigating paranormal hotspots until the early hours of the morning. Pendle Hill, Clitheroe Castle and the village of Sabden are all popular ghost hunting spots in Lancashire. Please note that this tour is 18+.
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2. The Ghost Bus Tours, Edinburgh
For a light-hearted tour of Edinburgh’s most spooky locations, The Ghost Bus Tours is the company to book with. Board the comically haunted bus and discover a new haunt at every stop along the way. This is a great way to see the city’s most popular attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, Greyfriars Kirk, The Old Town, Holyrood Palace and The Royal Mile. This tour is family friendly.
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3. Chillingham Castle ghost tours and hunts, Northumberland
The aptly named Chillingham Castle is famed for being one of the most haunted castles in Britain. The 13th-century castle is proud of its fruitful history and prominent apparitions. You can book several different ghost tours at the castle; some offer spooky fun for little tots, and some are over 18’s only. The castle is mesmerising and has plenty of history to sink your teeth into.There are ghost tours here for both families and 18+.
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4. The Original Ghost Walk of York
Starting just outside one of the best pubs in York, The King’s Arms, this is believed to be the first exclusive Ghost Walk in the world! Join a tour that’s been taking place since 1973 to discover some hidden gems, haunted buildings, and imagination-provoking streets. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
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5. Bath Ghost Tours
The beautiful city of Bath is wonderful to visit at any time of year, with plenty of attractions and history to unearth. Horror-hungry visitors will be pleased to hear that there are many locations in Bath that are said to be haunted. Discover them all on a walk with Bath Ghost Tours. Children are welcome.
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6. Pluckley Village, Kent
This small village in Kent is so haunted that it made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. There are endless apparitions said to haunt various locations in the village. You may be able to join a group guided tour during October, but for year-round visits, this self-guided Pluckley ghost walk is a brilliant starting point.
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7. Warwick Castle
There’s over 1,000 years of history at Warwick Castle, so it’s unsurprising that things do occasionally go bump in the night. During October the castle turns into a family celebration of all things spooky, but if you’re looking for a real search for the paranormal, Haunted Happenings run regular ghost hunts. Take part in a séance, explore Ouija Boards and discover the castle’s most haunted areas.
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8. Spectre Ghost Tours, Oxford
Join Ms. Morgana McGhoul for some spooky family fun on the Spectre Ghost Tour of Oxford. You’ll meet just outside Oxford Castle & Prison’s gift shop before setting off on a 90-minute walking tour around the city, accompanied by spine-chilling tales and illusions. Children welcome, under 5s go free.
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9. Canterbury Ghost Tour
Haunting and humorous, the Canterbury Ghost Tour takes you on a journey down St Margaret’s Street, where you’ll hear tales of encounters late at night. This is a great way to spend an evening after exploring the city during a camping trip in Kent. Children welcome.
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10. Shrewsbury Prison Ghost Tours
Pre-bookable tours take you to the most haunted parts of the building each Wednesday at Shrewsbury Prison, the 6th Dark Tourism Destination in the world. Venture below the Victorian prison into the old Georgian prison to experience total darkness. Great for ages 12+.
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11. Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire
Tutbury Castle, the place Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned, is said to be home to many spirits. Keep an eye on their events, where they post all of their upcoming ghost tours and spooky experiences.
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12. Chester Ghost Tour
The city of Chester has some of the best Roman history the UK has to offer. It’s no wonder that Chester is said to be one of the most haunted cities in Britain. Take a spine-chilling guided tour of the city’s most eerie haunts. The Chester Ghost Tour takes place on Saturdays and is around 90 minutes long. Children welcome.
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13. Hampton Court Palace, London
Hampton Court Palace makes a fantastic family day out all year round. As well as being a great history lesson and entertainer for little explorers, Hampton Court Palace is said to be haunted by many ghosts. You can book a guided tour of the palace to discover salacious secrets and spooky stories.
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14. Stirling Ghostwalk, Scotland
Many locations in the city of Stirling are said to be haunted, including Stirling Castle and the Old Town. Book onto the Stirling Ghostwalk to hear tales based on historical characters and incidents in the city. Children welcome.
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If you’re interested in more spooky autumn fun, carry on reading…