We all have some special knack for ghosts. As children, we all were exposed to that horrifying world through mere stories. But as we grew up, the topic became more and more interesting. The urge to visit and know more about haunted places to get that very eerie feeling is quite luring, and we can never get enough of it.
But since it is not possible to visit every haunted place, we are here to satiate your thirst for knowledge regarding this particular genre. Let us delve a bit deep into this list of weird and haunted places.
There have been many reports of paranormal activity at the Tower of London over the years, which must not come as a surprise, as it was by means, a penitentiary. The most famous of all the ghosts, is Anne Boleyn, the wife of King Henry VIII. She was beheaded in 1536, and her headless body has been seen walking the Tower's corridors and often near the spot of her demise.
Another spine-chilling apparition noticed is of 2 kids, often seen in nightgowns in the hallways of the power. They are assumed to be two princes that were sent here after they were deemed illegitimate. Shockingly, two small skeletons were indeed found in the tower.
"Staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in this area" - this is the first thing that one would see on visiting this fort located on the way from Jaipur to Alwar in Rajasthan, India.
According to legends, the fort was cursed by a black magic sorcerer, Singhia, who claimed to have cursed the souls of people who'd die in the fort to remain captured here itself. People who visit this place experience anxiety and restlessness, and an unusual feeling of fear. It is said that nobody returns from this place if stayed there after dark. Indian Government has prohibited from staying in this area after sunset.
Built in 1910, it served as a tuberculosis hospital throughout the early to mid 20th Century. It is believed that as many as 63,000 patients died there.
Many ghost hunter expeditions have captured a figure walking across the hall. The figure was about 3ft tall; they later found out that the ghost of a young boy named Tim has been spotted there before. The stories of mistreatment of the patients in the facility along with the 'experiments' held on them only fuel the urban legends relating to the building.
Legend says that three young girls were playing near the water in the 1920's when one of the girls fell in and drowned in the murky waters. Locals believed that ever since her death, the young girls' spirit has been unable to leave the island.
The stories continue about a man named Julian in the 1950's, who moved to the island and claimed that a little girl began speaking to him. He began to get the dolls for this little girl for her to 'play' with. Later, Julian told his nephew that it's getting harder for him to please the girl and that she wanted him to 'join' her in the water. Later that day, the nephew found Julian's body where the girl drowned around 70 years ago.
Today, tourists to the island often speak of the doll's eyes following them. Others have also reported that the mutilated dolls whisper to them, especially at night.
Lawang Sewu is believed to be the most haunted place in Indonesia, with many tourists visiting the beautiful building to hopefully catch a glimpse of the paranormal. Among the many ghosts that have been reported here, the most popular and often sighted spirit is the Dutch woman. She is believed to have committed suicide there and was captured on film during a TV program.
Edinburgh Castle has been the site of torture and many bloody battles during its time.
Visitors and staff of this now tourist destination, have experienced many things over the years. The most common is the feeling of being touched and pulled, as well as the sighting of apparitions. Spirits that have been witnessed include an old man wearing an apron, a headless drummer boy, and a piper who mysteriously lost his life after getting lost in the tunnels below the castle.
People have also experienced the feeling of being watched, and sudden intense feelings of dread, sadness, and despair. The witnesses claim to notice shadowy figures, strange lights, cold spots, unexplained mists, strange sounds,
Built in 1935, Old Changi Hospital is a hospital in Singapore established as a part of a military base of Changi and torture camp for Japanese Secret Police. The innocent souls are still said to be lurking around who suffered tragic death and most pathetic tortures in this place.
The haunted Screaming Tunnel is one of Niagara Falls most interesting legends and thus a spot of great tourist attraction. The story behind the screaming tunnel tells about a girl, that varies in various urban legends. Although each story is different, the outcome is always the same: she screams to death.
They say if you stand in the middle of the tunnel at night and strike a wooden match, the spirit of the girl will become so frightened she'll penetrate the void between our world and the dead with her screams.
One of the most haunted places in Australia the historic Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee, New South Wales has garnered such a reputation from the number of tragic events that have occurred there since it was built in 1885.
The tragic history of the Crawley family who owned and resided in the property up till 1848 is what initiated the start of the tragedy associated with this place. The eerie history of the residence didn't end with the Crawleys. After the house was left in 1948, it was taken over by a group of caretakers, one of whom was murdered in the caretaker's cottage.
Built in the 17th century by the Dutch EIC, Castle of Good Hope is South Africa's oldest colonial building, originally serving as a replenishment station for ships passing the treacherous waters of the Cape. It is the oldest symbol of the brutal history of colonisation in Africa which was miserable, inhuman, and horrific.
The first reported paranormal occurrence was of the apparition of a tall gentleman was seen in 1915 on one of the castles' ramparts. He would be seen jumping off the side of one of the castle walls and walking through the hallways and balconies.
Another famous haunting is the Lady in Grey. She was witnessed running through the castle holding her face and crying hysterically. However, since a woman's body was found during excavations, her ghost hasn't been reported.
The world's most famous residence, the home, and office of the President of the United States is considered to be the most haunted house in America. On one particular visit, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill, was staying in the Lincoln Bedroom. He had just finished bathing and walked back into the suite where he saw Lincoln standing by the fireplace. He refused to sleep in that room again after that. The other people who've witnessed Lincoln's ghost were many past presidents of America itself.
And not just Lincoln, many other past presidents, their families, and ex-employees who ever worked in the White House before they died, made their ghostly appearances in the corridors of the building. Needless to say, most of these horror stories are only mentioned by the ones who work at the house.
It's regarded as one of the most haunted hotels in America, and with so many experiences that have been reported there, it's tough to beat. Now a luxurious hotel, the ship became the subject of haunting rumours since 1980 with tales of a 'drowned sailor' and 'a lady in white' lurking around the ship.
The most famous of all the reports seem to be from the First Class Swimming Pool. Two women apparently drowned here during the 1930's and 1960's. Their ghosts have been seen on numerous occasions in this deck.
It's known for being the very first prison of its kind to introduce solitary confinement, or what they used to call, the Pennsylvania System. Reports of the paranormal have been going on since the 1940's, but ever since the stone prison was abandoned in 1971, paranormal experiences have seemingly increased. People used to notice shadowy figures that turn away when approached, dark figures, an evil cackling, and ghostly faces. Strange sounds such as disembodied footsteps, distant talking, and banging on cell doors have also been heard.
This noble castle is the tallest castle in France and has the grace of a design that has transcended time. But that isn't the only trivia related to the fort.
The haunting of this castle is associated with 'The Green Lady' - a victim of a double murder in the 15th century. Witnesses have claimed to see a woman in green dress and hear her loud moans from outside the castle. The terrifying bit is that the face of the green lady has horrifying holes in places where her eyes and nose should've been.
These barracks were built for the soldiers during the World War II, in the German town of Hesse. The ghosts of soldiers have been reported seen in their uniforms. Along the same, voices have been heard by people who visit the barracks, that's now been converted into a museum.
Soldiers who have visited the museum and picked up a telephone have reported hearing a woman talking backwards.
Mary King's close is an underground warren of streets and dwellings. Once, a booming centre for trade, the close was abandoned when it was struck by the plague in 1645. There have been reports of paranormal goings on in the close, and it's now regarded as one of the most haunted places in Scotland.
Today, staff and visitors have reported seeing the ghost of a 'worried woman', a woman in black, and a little girl named Annie. The ghost of Annie has been known to interact with people who leave her gifts in one of the rooms. Other reports include sounds, such as scratching, the sounds of a party or tavern, and footsteps that seem to follow you around.
The lighthouse and surrounding buildings are reportedly haunted. The apparitions of a woman, two little girls, and the ghost of a soldier have been witnessed, standing on the stairway of the lighthouse or walking on the grounds outside the buildings.
Their voice has been heard on several occasions, often crying out for help. There have also been various reports of disembodied conversations, shadows, and the sound of footsteps coming up the lighthouse steps.
Akershus Castle is a medieval castle that served as a defensive stronghold for the city of Oslo. It operated as a prison during the 18th and 19th centuries and was also occupied by the Nazis during the WW2. With such a history, there is no surprise as to why this is the most haunted place in Norway.
Many people have noticed apparitions around the parapets of the castle.
Located in the Venice Lagoon of Italy, Poveglia Island was, just like all the other minor islands in Europe, was used to 'house' the victims of Bubonic Plague and Black Death. When they died, their bodies were burnt in giant pyres. Later, in the 1800s, The island was used as a mental asylum - and just like any other, this facility has also been accused of mistreatment of patients and experimental procedures. All these accusations have fueled the legends around the island.
The ghosts of the patients and victims are reported to haunt the island and its buildings. Voices and screams are often heard. Dark, fleeting shadows are often witnessed, and even possessions have been reported.
The Ancient Ram Inn is believed to be the most haunted house in the entire British Isles, and perhaps the most haunted house in the world. The inn holds the tales around devil worshippings, child sacrifices, and haunting spirits.
The current owner of the Ram Inn has reported that he felt a presence grab his arm, before being dragged out of bed and across the room, on his early days at the property. He also stumbled upon the evidence of devil worship and ritual sacrifice. He found two child skeletons from under the staircase, along with broken daggers. He admits experiencing the hauntings and the attacks to this day.