I was never one to believe in ghosts. We are taught that ghosts are pretend, that they cannot possibly exist and that is that. However, as I grew older I began to become more open to the possibility of ghosts. There are a lot of people who have had encounters, or experiences after all. Are all of them imagining the ghosts? Are all of them lying? I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps we ought not discount what we cannot say scientifically one way or another does not exist. So to that end, there are some haunted places in the world that I would love to visit.
My list is small because let’s face it, no one really wants to come face with a ghost. But I did do my best to dig up a couple of places I’m sure you’ve never heard of unless you are a ghost hunter of some kind, so prepare to be spooked!
Tower of London, England
So if you have followed my blog, you know I’m fascinated by Tudor history, and that of course makes the Tower of London especially interesting to me. Does Anne Boleyn’s ghost wander here? Or what the princes in the tower who disappeared while in residence during the reign of Richard III? Supposedly haunted, I’d love to visit the Tower of London both for it’s history and for the ghost tours offered. To walk along Tower Green where the executions took place, or stand in the same room as Anne Boleyn fascinates me on so many levels.
Skeleton Park, Kingston Ontario
This one sounds super creepy. Once a cemetery, this location was eventually closed as it had reached capacity, and due to lack of care, skeletal remains were emerging from where they had been laid to rest. The city decided in the 1880s to build a park on top the cemetery, and even now graves will work their up to the surface. Neighbouring homes report ghostly visits, and visitors sometimes see apparitions, strange orbs and experience the park transforming into a graveyard on the night of the full moon. Screams are heard, and some visitors report feeling not wanted as they walk there, or trapped.
Winchester Mystery House, California
I’d visit this location for the house alone. Staircases that led nowhere, doors that open into brick walls…talk about freaky! But besides that, it’s a an architectural wonder, containing stunning details in even the corners of steps on stairs, and beautiful and now priceless stained glass windows. Allegedly, the house is haunted or is containing sinister spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle, and some speculate that odd labyrinth design was meant to confuse the ghosts seeking to harm Sarah Winchester, the owner of the house, and widow of William Winchester, whose family invented the Winchester rifle. Do guests today encounter ghosts? Some say the third floor is the most haunted, and disembodied voices are heard.
Of course this is a haunted town. The witch trails and hysteria experienced by the town left a mark felt to this day. Many buildings such as Wicked Good Books, built on top of criss crossing tunnels that held human remains is said to be one such building. Books are said to fly off the shelves and that is definitely frightening. The Old Witch House, home to Judge Jonathan Corwin is the oldest building at 400 years old, and is said to be haunted by the ghosts of those he sentenced to death. The house certainly has a sinister look to it in my opinion. Salem is definitely a place I want to visit both for the history and the hauntings. I read a blog post by The Girl in All Leopard about visiting Salem, and while Salem has always been on my bucket list of places to see, it is even more so after reading her amazing post and doing some of my own research for this post.
Ancient Ram Inn, England
Oh my goodness, this haunted house sounds terrifying! Rich in history, it is built on the site of a pagan burial ground with direct links to Stonehedge. The building today stands as it did in 1145 when it was originally constructed. Streams had to be diverted around the house, said to open up dark portals. I’m starting to get the shivers, are you? The house was then made into an inn and public house, but in 1968 was bought by a new owner, John Humphries. He was it’s sole occupant for many years, and began being terrorized on his very first night in the inn. Evidence has been found of ritual sacrifice as well as bodies of children and broken daggers. Now, if that didn’t make you shiver, I guess nothing will! Humphries died in 2017, even though his wife and daughters left him (I’m assuming due to the hauntings) he stayed in despite the ghost of both a witch and a bishop and allegedly, demonic forces. Now, I wouldn’t stay there overnight though you can but I’m intrigued enough to want to visit one day.
Researching all these haunted places, some of which didn’t make it onto my list, has certainly got me spooked. I feel like a kid, or like you do when you are watching a ghost movie in the dark for the first time. A good ghost movie, like The Conjuring. Everyone loves a good ghost story and while visiting some of these places might not be your cup of tea, I certainly find the supernatural interesting. I’ve even said to my husband on occasion that I have sometimes wondered if our apartment is haunted, but several days or hours later we usually figure out what that bump in the night was, so I’m not too worried about being haunted.
Ever been to a haunted house? Had a run in with a ghost? Share below. Or just let me know which of the haunted locations you’d visit.