From terrifying myths to some of the biggest scares around, October 31st is, without a doubt, the most chilling night of the year.
Halloween is upon us, and you can’t escape stories about ghouls and ghosts – even in the property market. In fact, some of the most creeptacular tales come from haunted houses. From headless phantoms to tormented souls, bricks and mortar up and down the UK are rooted in scary folklore.
But where are these buildings located, and do you live near one? In the spirit of Halloween (and any actual spirits that might be lurking), we’ve conjured up a list of the UK’s most haunted houses.
Grab a spiced pumpkin latte, switch off the lights, max your screen resolution to full, and read on to find out where you can find the most haunted houses in the UK and be aware, appearances aren’t always as they seem…
1. The headless ghost of Anne Boleyn @ Blickling Hall 🎃
We start our ghost-hunting journey in Norfolk’s Blickling Hall, which stands on the site of an older medieval manor thought to be the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, who was the Queen of England from 1533 to 1536. Word has it that her headless ghost returns every year on the anniversary of her execution. Keep an eye out for her father, Sir Thomas, who is also said to haunt Blickling Hall.
2. St Osyth, Essex 🧙♀️
A house in St Osyth has been dubbed ‘the most haunted house in Britain’ after an estate agent stated that it would be impossible to sell (perhaps the vendor should have listed with emoov). The home, also known as The Cage, was once a medieval prison where 13 so-called “witches” were kept while awaiting trial in 1582. The current owner was even said to have fled the cottage after seeing ghosts. 👻👻👻
3. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon 🏰
Most days of the year, Berry Pomeroy Castle enjoys its status as a picturesque castle. However, beyond the pretty facade lies a secret of sinister proportions. The castle is reportedly one of the most haunted places in Britain, with two ghosts – the White Lady and the Blue Lady -said to roam the castle. The Blue Lady provides her scares in the tower, luring passers-by to her aid before making them plummet to their death. The White Lady kicks it in the dungeons which, if we’re honest, is a bit lazy compared to her blue counterpart.
4. Croft Castle, Herefordshire 💀
The Midlands has its fair share of grand properties, but Croft Castle provides all-round spooks. Not one, not two, but seven ghosts are said to roam the lands of this haunted residence. Perhaps the scariest of all is Owain Glyndwr, a former Welsh freedom fighter who is said to be seven-feet tall.
5. Bruce Castle, Tottenham, London 🧟♀️🧟♂️
Another haunted castle to add to the list, this time in northwest London’s Tottenham area, is Bruce Castle. In the 1680s, a man called Henry lived in the house with his wife Constantia Lucy, who died under, let’s say, suspicious circumstances. In other words, Harry got bored with Costantina and banished her to the top of the house. Apparently, she was so sad; she jumped off the balcony to her death. Today, her ghost can be seen lurking in the window at the top of the building. Now that’s what we call ghosting.
6. The 12 Ghosts of Pluckley, Kent 👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻👻
It’s one thing when a house is haunted. It’s another matter altogether when it’s an entire village. Pluckley in Kent is said to be the most haunted village in the whole of England, thanks to 12 resident ghosts who managed to earn the town a spot in the Guinness World Book of Records. “Let’s haunt this little town in Kent and get ourselves in the record books,” thought the ghosts. We’re sure that was their intention. 👌
7. Tower of London, London 🤴
You can’t have a most-haunted list without including the Tower of London – the de facto haunted house in the UK. Investigated by tons of paranormal professionals, the Wakefield Tower is supposedly haunted by the ghost of King Henry VI. The White Tower is in on the act too and is said to be haunted by the White Lady (not that one), who can be seen waving at groups of schoolchildren. To be honest, she seems quite sweet to us. That is until you find out that her scent lingers the tower and has caused numerous guards to become physically ill. Bitch.
Do the Monster Mash
There you have it – seven of the most haunted houses in the UK. Do you happen to live near any of these houses, or have you seen a ghost around your home? Perhaps it’s time to sell up and move on to somewhere less scary.
If you’re thinking of selling your home – haunted or not – get in touch with one of our dedicated property experts. They’re not quite the ghostbusters, but they’ll help you get a great price for your home.
Happy Halloween, everyone. Remember, don’t trick, but treat your friends this year by telling them about emoov. There’s a treat in it for you too!