Visit England’s most haunted places with these Halloween road trip ideas
Halloween is just around the corner, which means you might be looking for a spooky experience to get you in the mood for the spooky season.
It doesn’t just mean binging the latest horror TV series. What if you wanted to hit the road and walk in the footsteps of the dead yourself?
Quality Source vehicle battery company has compiled four ideas for day trips to some of England’s most haunted places.
From exploring spooky castles to dining in petrifying pubs, we’ve got all the information you need for a guaranteed trip that will leave you satisfactorily scared.
Quality Source Director Rowland King said, âWe encourage people to feel confident on the road, to enjoy road trips, and to get out and explore the nation, which is why we wanted to create the scariest trips possible to give people an exciting and spellbinding way to spend their Halloween in 2021.
“After the peak of the pandemic we are all anxious to get out with our friends and family and just celebrate and explore and these road trips are a great way to do thatâ¦ if you can handle them.”
The four road trips described below can all be done in one day, but feel free to tailor them to your best.
Read on if you dare …
North-East – The friendly Ghost Tour
FEAR LEVEL: 2/5
11:00 am: Chillingham Castle, Northumberland (next stop: 55 minutes drive)
Start your day with a snack in the quaint but deeply haunted tea room of Chillingham Castle. The estate is said to have some of the highest levels of paranormal activity in the UK, so it’s not for the faint of heart.
There are several sympathetic ghosts believed to live within the grounds of the castle, with some visitors reporting hearing voices calling for them, feeling hands touching them in empty rooms, and taking inundated photos of orbs that change as they are developed. .
2:30 p.m .: Winter’s Gibbet, Tyne and Wear (next stop: 1 hour 6 minutes drive)
From there, head to Winter’s Gibbet for a walk through the beautiful Northumberland countryside, where you’ll find the only pole used to hang murderer William Winter in 1792.
Her body was left hanging until her clothes rotted. Winter’s specter has been reported to appear near the Pole, as if mourning his own death.
5:30 p.m .: The Shakespeare, Durham (next stop: 1.5 hours drive)
After your stroll, what better place to dine than Durham’s most haunted pub? Locals say they’ve heard everything from random screams to the squeak of an old sewing machine as if they’re trying to pedal.
There are more peaceful places to grab a pint, but if you’re looking to have some interaction with the paranormal, this is the place to stop.
9:00 p.m .: Whitby, North Yorkshire
The evening is a great time to visit the spooky seaside town of Whitby, which is so awash with stories of ghost sightings that it has been a key inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Although there is a whole series of specter sightings, one of the most frightening stories is that of an old man who died in the lighthouse during a bad storm. Many visitors have reported seeing his presence rushing down the pier to his certain death.
Northwest – The Witch Hunt
FEAR RATING: 3/5
10:00 am: Lyceum Theater, Cheshire (next stop: 1 hour 10 minutes drive)
Start your day at the Lyceum Theater, which is so haunted that an exorcism was attempted in 1969 to cleanse spirits. Without success, that is. There are six ghosts that haunt the theater, including a little boy, a lady in white, and the ghost of a distraught ballet dancer who committed suicide in a box.
While you’re at it, keep an eye out for missing items, random stall hissing, sudden changes in temperature, and smells of smoke and perfume.
12:30 p.m .: Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire (next stop: 37 minutes drive)
Samlesbury Hall is said to be one of the most haunted places in the country. Resident spirits include Dorothy Southworth (the White Lady) who has passed away of a broken heart and now wanders aimlessly in the field.
And if you get hungry during the ghost hunt, they also serve delicious tapas …
3:15 p.m .: Pendle Hill, Lancashire (next stop: 1 hour 58 minutes drive)
After a relatively short drive you will find yourself at Pendle Hill, the home of the Pendle witches who were executed in 1612. They are said to haunt the alleys to this day.
For this stop, be sure to bring appropriate shoes as it is a bit of a strenuous walk, but well worth it for the atmosphere.
7:00 p.m .: The Black Swan Hotel, York
End a long haunting day with dinner at the Black Swan Hotel, where ghost sightings are so common the bar staff have even named one. Matthew is said to be a Victorian pickpocket known for mysteriously making things disappear.
In the kitchen, there would be a figure of a man in riding gear who often appears singing. His observations baffled the staff until they realized that the kitchen was built on the original stable yard …
Midlands – Revenge of the Specter
FEAR RATING: 4/5
10:00 am: Croft Castle, Herefordshire (next stop: 1 hour 33 minutes drive)
Start your day on 1,500 acres of haunted land at Croft Castle. The estate was owned by the Croft family for over 700 years, but financial problems forced them to sell the property.
The ghosts of their ancestors are said to still reside in the castle to this day, continually causing unrest.
1:30 p.m .: Aston Hall, West Midlands (next stop: 57 minutes drive)
You might find the most troubled ghosts in this guidebook at Aston Hall. Specter sightings include a servant who hanged himself after being caught stealing and the owner’s daughter who was locked in a cell for 16 years after trying to escape.
Not only can you visit the mansion and gardens, but there is a stable cafe if you want to stop for lunch.
5:00 p.m .: Derby Gaol, Derbyshire (next stop: 28 minutes drive)
The prison opened in 1756 and has a very horrific history. With nearly 60 hangings in total for crimes as trivial as stealing a goose, there are said to be a multitude of angry ghosts haunting the premises.
Cells are even available for brave souls to stay overnight … if you can handle it.
7:30 p.m .: Ye Olde trip to Jerusalem, Nottinghamshire
End your day with dinner in Nottingham’s most haunted pub.
The building and caves below are believed to date back to 1068, with the walls covered in scuff marks from prisoners whose haunted souls still remain in the property. If you arrive at the right time, you will even hear their cries …
South – Smugglers and pirates
FEAR RATING: 2/5
1:30 p.m .: Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon (next stop: 1 hour 25 minutes drive)
Start your day at Berry Pomeroy Castle, a Tudor mansion ruin where ghosts are said to have been filmed.
Beware of the blue lady in the tower – she begs you and invites you to join her, but if you do, legend has it that she will push you to death.
5:00 p.m .: Jamaica Inn, Cornwall (next stop: 1 hour and 51 minutes drive)
Cornwall’s most famous smuggler’s inn is not for the faint of heart – even the TV series Most Haunted said the spot gave them one of their scariest episodes of all time.
Fortunately, not only is this a beehive for paranormal activities, but it also has an extensive dining menu so you can refuel for your last stop.
9:00 p.m .: Chambercombe Manor, Devon
On October 30, you can attend a special Halloween event from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. for a fully immersive paranormal experience.
Specter sightings regularly include pirates, the mansion’s most famous ghost dating from 1865. In that year, the then tenant made repairs to the roof and came across the rim of a window that was missing. had no matching part.
Psychics visiting the house detected several spirits, including that of a confident man who once tried to possess a woman during a session held in the Tudor Hall.
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