Nothing fires up the blood like a good ghost story.

But if you take the time to hop over and visit one of the three top haunted locations in England you’ll have the chance to see firsthand the stories passed down from generation to generation. With its gusty moors, abandoned ruins, ancient castles and haunting history (no pun intended), England is rich with places that go bump in the night!


The Top Three Haunted Locations in England

1.) Rochester Castle - Gundulf, the Bishop of Rochester for whom the castle was named, commissioned the site to be built in 1087. The castle remained in the care of the Archbishops of Canterbury until it was taken by force by King John in 1215. In 1264 the castle was attacked by Gilbert de Clare and Simon de Montfort, who captured the outer bailey and conquered the soldiers who were there. They reached a truce Easter Day which they violated less than 24 hours later. 

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here were hundreds of casualties, but these soldiers aren’t the ones haunting the castle. During the battle an arrow bounced off the armor of one of the knights and struck Lady Blanche de Warren, whose ghost supposedly haunts the castle on the anniversary of her death.

2.) Chillingham Castle - Located between Newcastle and Edinburgh Scotland, Chillingham Castle is one of the most haunted castles in the world. This castle was known in the 13th century as the “Home of the Torturers,” courtesy of its former owner, John Sage. History tells us that Sage’s favorite pastime was placing his victims in a cage, then lighting a fire beneath their feet and watching them cook from the feet up.

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ther famous residents of Chillingham Castle include “The Radiant Boy”, whose skeletal remains were found in a passage behind the wall (but were later interred) and who regularly appears in what is known as the Pink room surrounded by a strange light, and Lady Mary Berkeley, the wife of Lord Grey of Wark and Chillingham. Lady Mary and her infant were abandoned by her husband when he ran off with her sister, and her heartbroken ghost still wanders the hallways of Chillingham. 

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oburn Abbey - Home to the Dukes of Bedford for over three centuries, Woburn Abbey, located in Bedfordshire, is the third stop on the path of the top three haunted locations in England. There have been many sightings of mysterious beings inside the abbey’s walls, the most recent of which being the ghost of a young man who was half strangled but met his ultimate end in the abbey’s lake. The ghost of the Abbot of Woburn has also been seen wandering the abbey crypt following his death at the end of a noose after opposing Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn.


Keep in mind that these top three haunted locations in England are not by any means the only haunted locations. If you’re ever overseas and you happen to look up and see a pair of ghostly eyes peaking out at you around a corner, keep looking-you just might have the chance to get up close and personal with your own ghost story!