Get your haunt on when you visit one of these spooky spots in the United Kingdom.
In the right gloomy light, Edinburgh Castle, perched atop its hill high above the city, can appear downright menacing. Its past certainly isn’t the cheeriest. Edinburgh itself is known for its haunted history, thanks to the dark tunnels that run below the streets, as well as the city’s experience with the plague. Edinburgh Castle supposedly is home to the ghosts of former prisoners and a headless drummer.
In the mid-1700s, the Jacobite Rebellion was squashed in the matter of a few bloody minutes. Now, the ghosts of highlanders are said to roam the fields, and you can sometimes hear echoes of the battle, including sword clashes, gunfire and the screams of the wounded.
The Tower of London’s grisly past resulted in numerous reported ghost sightings, with visitors claiming to glimpse Lady Jane Grey, Anne Boleyn and others. With the Tower’s reputation for torture and unjust executions, it’s no wonder.
Arguably London’s most famous cemetery, Highgate is a popular spot for those intrigued by such things. However, beyond the famous gravestones, there are an untold number of unmarked graves just below your feet. A ghostly vampire is rumored to roam the tombs, with the last reported sighting in 2013.
In Gloucester, this inn claims it’s the most haunted house in Britain, hands down. The pub’s history includes a witch burning, ritual murders and hangings.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
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