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From Haunted Houses to Zombies: The Most Frightening Scary Horror Games
Do you enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared out of your wits? Are you a fan of horror movies and looking for a new way to experience fear? Look no further. In this article, we will explore some of the most terrifying scary horror games that will leave you trembling with fear. From haunted houses to zombies, these games will push your limits and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Haunted Houses: A Classic Thrill
If you’re a fan of haunted houses, then horror games that feature eerie mansions or abandoned buildings are sure to provide an exhilarating experience. One such game that comes to mind is “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” Set in a dilapidated plantation house in rural Louisiana, this game combines atmospheric horror with intense gameplay. As you navigate through dark corridors and solve puzzles, you’ll encounter grotesque creatures and terrifying jump scares that will keep your heart pounding.
Another notable haunted house game is “Amnesia: The Dark Descent.” In this first-person survival horror game, players find themselves trapped inside an ancient castle with no memory of how they got there. With limited resources and a lurking presence that feeds on fear, this game is guaranteed to make even the bravest players feel vulnerable and terrified.
Zombies: A Never-Ending Nightmare
Zombies have been a staple in horror culture for decades, and scary horror games featuring these undead creatures are always popular among thrill-seekers. One standout title in this genre is “The Last of Us.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans turned into zombies, this action-adventure game blends intense combat with an emotionally gripping storyline. The realistic graphics and immersive gameplay make every encounter with the infected a heart-pounding experience.
For those seeking a more intense zombie experience, “Resident Evil 2” is a must-play. This remake of the classic survival horror game takes players back to Raccoon City, where a zombie outbreak has turned the population into flesh-eating monsters. With its atmospheric setting and relentless undead enemies, this game will keep you on your toes as you fight for survival.
Psychological Horror: A Mind-Bending Challenge
If you prefer horror games that mess with your mind, then psychological horror games are perfect for you. “Silent Hill 2” is often regarded as one of the best examples of this subgenre. As players control James Sunderland through the foggy town of Silent Hill, they unravel a deeply disturbing story filled with symbolism and psychological torment. The game’s haunting atmosphere and psychological twists will leave you questioning reality long after you’ve put down the controller.
Another mind-bending horror experience is “Layers of Fear.” In this first-person exploration game, players step into the shoes of a disturbed painter as they navigate through a constantly changing mansion. Delving into themes of madness and obsession, this game uses clever storytelling and visual trickery to create an unsettling experience that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Survival Horror: Fight or Flight
For those who enjoy intense gameplay and heart-pounding action, survival horror games provide an adrenaline-fueled experience like no other. “Outlast” is a prime example of this genre. Armed only with a camcorder, players must navigate through an abandoned psychiatric hospital filled with deranged inmates. With no means to defend yourself other than hiding or running away, every encounter becomes a tense battle for survival.
Another standout survival horror game is “Alien: Isolation.” Set fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott’s iconic film “Alien,” players assume the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter as she tries to survive aboard a space station infested by one relentless xenomorph. The game’s AI-driven alien enemy constantly adapts to the player’s actions, making every encounter a nerve-wracking game of cat-and-mouse.
In conclusion, if you’re a fan of being scared senseless, these scary horror games will provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you prefer haunted houses, zombies, psychological torment, or survival challenges, there is a game out there that will cater to your darkest fears. So grab your controller and prepare for a night of terror as you dive into these spine-chilling virtual worlds.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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Never again - be warned
If there is ever a case for misrepresentation of star rating it's this place. 4 stars - really?! People who stay here and give it a good rating must have very low standards! let me start with the price - £55 for a single night in a "en-suit" NO breakfast, with three single beds, which is made up of 1 bunk, and 1 single - decor from the 90's and a smell of muddy boots prevails the whole place. You have no towels, no soap, you must make and unmake your bed, and then check out by 1000am. This all makes the price is so bad it verges on criminal. In modern times, BB's and hotels all provide what are basic comforts for this price bracket, and in a far more flexible and accommodating manner. Check in: 2.30pm Check out: 1000am. I can't understand why they need 4.5hrs to turn a room around. Remember they provide no towels, you have to make your own bed, and have to strip it down, and there are no toiletries, so 4.5hrs for what?! Either they need more staff or need to work harder. There are so many other things I want to write about but really I think I've made my point. The YHA needs a major overhaul. As the skills they are teaching there young employees would not last a moment in the private accommodation sector. Avoid. More
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My husband and I recently returned from a two night break at Hartington Hall. This was our second visit, which was just as good as the first.The staff were very friendly and welcoming, particularly Rob who looked after us on our first night and who set us a lovely log fire to sit beside in the evening. We had a double room with ensuite facilities in the barn conversion just accross from the main house. This was warm and comfortable with views out to the fields and hills beyond. The hostel has a good range of accommodation ranging from shared rooms to private rooms and family rooms. All the family rooms have ensuite facilities and there are a number of well supplied self catering kitchens if you want to prepare your own meals. The hostel has a restaurant (Eliza's Kitchen) and bar area where we had a very good evening meal on our first night. This doubles up as a cafe during the day which is also open to non residents.We had breakfast there on both days which was very good value at £4.95p. per person. Within the hostel there are a number of lounge areas (two with log fires) and a games room for children and teenagers. For younger children there is an outside play area and pets corner with resident goats and chickens. There is also a laundry available for a small charge. The hostel is situated about five minutes walk down the hill to Hartington Village which is very pretty with a duckpond and a number of small shops including a cheese shop which sells a range of local and other artisan cheeses, chutneys and jams. On our second evening we dined at The Devonshire Arms which is pub right in the centre of the village which has an extensive menu and is very reasonably priced. Hartington Hostel is an ideal base from which to explore a variety of attractions such as the nearby Tissington Trail where you can hire bikes and travel along the route of the old railway or if you wish to travel a litle further then Chatsworth House is definately worth a visit (we did this last year and it was fabulous). This time we visited two National Trust properties Sudbury Hall and Hardwick Hall which are both Elisabethan mansions with lots to see in both but they are further away than Chatsworth and you may wish to stay closer to Hartington. Either way, Hartington Hall Hostel will provide a very comfortable base for exploring the Derbyshire Dales. I am sure we will return here in the future.
Thank you so much for such a lovely review, we aim to give everyone a comfortable stay with us and are very pleased that this was the case. We look forward to seeing you again soon and will pass on your lovely comments to Rob.
I was part of a group of eight cyclists and had really been looking forward to a warm welcome and good food to match the wonderful company of the people I was sharing the trip with. Regretably all I found was poorly trained staff with little or no concept of good customer service and a poorly run catering operation. Upon arrival we were met by a hostile young lady who was obviously harrassed and performing her job by rote and despite the fact that we had been quoted a group price and paid in advance was adamant that we must each pay an additional £3.50 to become temporary members. Not once did she apologise or indeed recognise that any shortfall was a result of a member of her company not quoting correctly as we could not anticipate additional charges after paying the inclusive price we had been quoted. All in all it left me feeling annoyed and regretful that we had decided to stay there. However after a shower and a change of clothes I was cheered by the thought of a good meal and a pint of beer, however once again I was to be disappointed. Upon arrival at the restaurant at the time we had been allocated, 7.30pm, the staff behind the bar informed us that they had not been aware of our booking time and so there would be a wait for food. Several of us wanted the fish and chips option and had to wait a staggering 45 minutes at the counter whilst they cooked the fish in batches of 2 !! Again not once did anyone apologise, rather they tried to laugh it off with jokes about the fact that they had caught the fish from a local stream more quickly than they could cook them, very annoying indeed. Breakfast was the next opportunity to shine and I was determined to be at the front of the queue before, as I surmised, they ran out of food and were back to cooking slowly again. A wise move on my part as friends who arrived about 20 mins after me were treated to a long wait again. Their report card now reads ... 'could do better'... and for the sake of other visitors I hope they do
I am extremely disappointed that you did not enjoy your stay with us here at Hartington Hall. We are aware of which staff were on duty during your stay and all of the afore mentioned issues are being investigated.
My wife and I read about this youth hostel whilst flicking through some local tourist information literature during our recent holiday in the Peak District. The building has an abundance of character and offers lovely views all around it and because we had never set foot inside a youth hostel before our curiosity got the better of us and we decided to venture in and have some lunch. The decor in tea room was a bit disappointing compared to the external character, however we later found that there was a separate dinning area, presumably for evening meals. Although there were only a handful of people in the tea room and apart from us everyone else had already been served we did experience a bit of a delay in bringing out our soup, farm house bread and tea which after all doesn't take a lot of preparation, but there again we weren't in any hurry. However we did wonder how long it would have taken had we have asked for a cooked meal. All in all the soup and fresh bread were very tasty and including our teas our whole lunch only came to just over £8.00. If you are in the area, it is certainly worth popping in for a bite to eat and we have since learnt that they do a very good value for money evening meal.
Thank you so much for paying us a visit and posting a lovely review. It is very unusual that you had to wait for a long period of time for your soup, this will be investigated. We hope that you return to sample our restaurant in the evening and look forward to seeing you.
I have just returned from a fantastic weekend. The Youth hostel is beautiful - full of character and history. The staff are really friendly and helpful. The breakfast was fantastic quality and value, although the evening meal was not as great as I thought it was going to be, from an award winning restaurant. Quite small portions. The bedroom was spotlessly clean with a beautiful view and the beds were really comfortable. The village is really quaint and only five minutes away from the YHA. Will most probably return for more walking!
Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in the future.
This elegant 4* Hostel, nestled in beautiful countryside, is a must. The service was outstanding, and the food, garden and atmosphere was great. The only downside was that our 3 bedded, ensuite (loo & shower) room, was really claustrophobic. Next time I will ask for a larger room.
Thank you! What a lovely review! I am so glad that our staff made your stay enjoyable and can only apologise that you were given a small room, when you next book a stay with us please ask and we will ensure that you are put into a more spacious room.
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Most tourists to Britain only tour castles that are purportedly haunted. But young adventure travelers can actually stay in one.
British folklore is full of stories of haunted castles, and a castle’s often bloody history can send a chill down anyone’s spine.
St. Briavel’s Castle is one of various castles, country manors and historic homes that have been converted into youth hostels. A Norman castle with a moat in Gloucestershire, St. Briavel’s was once a hunting lodge for King John. It retains many of its medieval features, including the chapel, a cell with prisoners’ graffiti, the hanging room and an oubliette (a 30-foot-deep dungeon into which prisoners were thrown and forgotten). Two unusual phenomena have been repeatedly reported at the castle. In the oubliette, visitors have said they experienced a feeling of being pushed, and in the room that is now the hostel’s main lounge, visitors have heard the sound of a baby crying. The reports of the crying can be traced back 150 years, and they are linked to a story that the remains of a baby were once found in the masonry. Contact St. Briavel’s Castle Hostel, Lydney, Gloucestershire; telephone 011-44-1-594-530-272.
Other interesting historic hostels that offer shared room accommodations for $17 per night include a Cornish castle built by Henry VIII, an Elizabethan manor and a Dominican friary mentioned in Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.”
You can stay in the Victorian barracks inside Pendennis Castle Youth Hostel for as little as $15 per night. The castle, on the rugged coast of Cornwall, was erected by Henry VIII in the 16th century. It’s set on its own peninsula facing out to sea, and it’s close to sandy beaches, picturesque fishing villages and the South West Coastal Footpath. While you’re there, you can visit a nearby seal sanctuary and the Maritime Museum. The 76-bed hostel, at Falmouth, Cornwall, can be contacted at tel. 011-44-1-326-311-435.
The Beverley Friary Hostel is in a restored Dominican friary. The 34-bed hostel is in a traditional market town, with cobbled lanes and Georgian and Victorian homes, in East Yorkshire. You can use it as a base for exploring the rolling Yorkshire hills. The Beverley Friary Hostel can be found at Friar’s Lane, Beverley, East Yorkshire; fax 011-44-1-482-880118.
Hartington Hall is a 17th century stone manor house where Bonnie Prince Charlie once slept. The building retains period features, including oak paneling and open fireplaces. It’s on the edge of Hartington, one of Derbyshire’s prettiest villages, an area that is good for walking and cycling. Contact Hartington Hall Hostel at Hartington, Buxton, Derbyshire; tel. 011-44-1- 298-84223.
These facilities are members of the Youth Hostels Assn. (YHA) of England and Wales, a network of 237 hostels that includes modern buildings, historic houses and National Trust properties. Shared-room accommodation ranges from $10 a night for a simple rural hostel to $36 for bed and breakfast at one of the London hostels. Some student discounts are available.
National Trust properties that have been converted by the YHA include the 50-bed Wastwater Hostel, an 1829 half-timbered house in the scenic Lake District. Wastwater is known for having the deepest lake, the highest mountain and the smallest church in England. It’s a popular region for hikers. The hostel is furnished in period style with many original features including a vaulted wine cellar, which is now the game room. Contact the hostel at Wasedale Hall, Wasedale, Seascale, Cumbria; tel. 011-44-19467-26222.
In London several historic buildings have been converted to hostels. Holland House is a former Jacobean mansion just off Kensington High Street. It has 201 beds, overlooks Holland Park and is within walking distance of Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace. Contact Holland House, Holland Walk, Kensington, London W8 7QU; tel. 011-44-20-7937-0748.
The City of London Hostel is in the home of the choir boys for St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s been renovated to offer modern facilities but retains some original features such as its oak-paneled chapel. This 193-bed hostel has a licensed restaurant and a TV lounge. Find it at 36 Carter Lane, London EC4V 5AB; tel. 011-44-20-7236-4965.
Many hostels now also offer twin and family rooms, and most YHA hostels have restaurants. You can expect full breakfasts to cost $5 and a three-course dinner to be $6.50. There are also kitchens for guests who prefer to prepare their own food. Most city center hostels and all London hostels offer their guests 24-hour access.
Details of all YHA England and Wales hostels are on the Internet at https://www.yha.org.uk.
Lucy Izon is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Internet https://www .izon.com.
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Haunted Places in hartington, St. Helens
A woman named Wilhemina caught on fire and died in Room 4. Guests have awaken to see her shadow at the foot of the bed, usually describing her as very unwelcoming. Her presence is accompanied by humming and a lavender scent. A male presence is also thought to be in ...
The most active spot is in the area of 'Hex' where a woman in a Victorian dress is seen and where objects are tossed at guests. The music room is said to have a larger man in it whose footsteps can be heard and the corridors of the building are ...
The Grand Pavilion
Matlock bath, derbyshire.
The wide variety of activity ranges from children who are seen or heard running down the halls, a woman seen peering out of the upper windows, a man walking his dog, two workers who were killed in the creation of this building, and various poltergeist phenomenon. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
A soon-to-be-married couple made a stop around, but were robbed and killed by a group of miners. The couple have been reported along the pass seeking help. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Gladstone Pottery Museum
When visiting here, be sure to go to the Colour Room where poltergeist activity is a common occurence; those who rearrange the pots will encounter a barrage of objects being thrown. An elderly man believed to have died here still roams the grounds and footsteps are common in desolate areas ...
The Lion and Swan
Congleton, cheshire east.
In Room 20 and the rooms by it, guests have awoken to freezing conditions and hear scratching and banging. In the cellar, a child is heard crying. Some guests will experience a sense of dread out of nowhere. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Shrigley Hall Hotel, Golf and Country Club
Hartington, cheshire east.
An apparition is seen walking into the bathroom. In the middle of the night, guests here banging and other strange noises. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
The ghost of a lady in grey has been seen. Nothing is known about her. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned here; staff have seen her on many occasions, usually between 10:15 and 11:00 at night. A knight is also said to be seen by John of Gaunt's Gateway and harasses employees and visitors. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
In case you want to see the most activity, visit between October and December for a peak in occurrences. Around this time, you might see full-bodied apparitions in the corridors, become mysterously sick within the cells, feel suffocated, uneasy, and watched, all while encountering a variety of sinister ghosts including ...
Once the George Inn and Lafferty's Pub, a woman's skull is still here and said to come with poltergeist activity (when the skull was sent to be examined, similar activity followed in that location). (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
The National Emergency Services Museum
Sheffield, south yorkshire.
Upstairs, a child will cling onto people; another spirit named Brian is heard in this area and a black fog is sometimes seen. A vicious spirit named Cain used to occupy a cell here; he is said to choke visitor, cause the temperature to drop, and smell of disinfectant. Another ...
The Old Hall Hotel
Sandbach, cheshire east.
The site of this building was once a manor that was destroyed in fire; numerous guests awaken early in the morning because they have a sensation that the hotel is burning down. Two preteen prostitutes have been heard giggling and move objects around. In the Bar and Lounge, keep an ...
The Manor Castle
A white figure has been seen here since the 1980's. He is described as wearing "wearing gaiters and a plumed hat" by the owner's daughter. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
One of the first floor bedrooms is the site of a 'Phantom Kisser', or a man who will awaken sleeping women by kissing them. An older woman in blue has also been reported here. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Stockport, greater manchester.
Now permanently closed, this building once used to be a hospital. One ghost that has shown up in photograph is that of a doctor with a mask over his face. Many other ghosts are reported including a woman who was either a nurse or a nun, and some darker energy ...
Two ghosts named Elizabeth and William are said to be here. A ghostly fog has also appeared in photographs. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
The ghost the Grey Lady is said to be here. A maid who killed herself is also sometimes seen, as well as that of a gardener or gamekeeper. Submitted by Chris Berglund
Pleasley Vale Mills
Pleasley vale, nottinghamshire.
Once used to make silk, the mills have since been replaced with an office. In the dye room, people reported the ghost of an abusive supervisor who is said to have murdered a woman who would often appear in Mill 1's top floor. Mood swings, nausea, and disorientation are reported ...
Ancient High House
William Marson, a former worker here from the mid-nineteenth century, is seen in the shop room of the museum. He is said to wear an apron and a bowler cap. A man is seen walking up the stairs and EMF detectors will usually spike when his spirit is present. In ...
The Swan Hotel
Similar to the Swan Hotel in Lavenham, a jilted bride took her own life and now haunts here. She's reportedly seen in her white gown and has a reputation for even scaring employees away. Poltergeist activity is also reported and could very well be related to the burial site that ...
Tatton Old Hall
Females should beware the spirit of a poacher named Tom, said to have a nasty reputation as a drunk and cruel person; he usually will target female guests and employees. A woman named "The Matriarch" is seen accompanied by a young girl, and in the spinning room, crying is frequently ...
In the 1980's, there was an unusually high number of sightings related to 'black-eyed children', or children with eyes as black as coal. Recently, a girl with this description is being reported here. Some believe the children to be demonic. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Royal Exchange Theatre
Manchester, greater manchester.
Actor / director James Manxwell is reportedly still here since his death in 1995; he had a close association with being involved with shows put on since the mid-1970's. A Victorian woman is also seen here and is said to have "a passion to drink". (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Salford, greater manchester.
The most well-known ghost is that of the White Lady; while her identity is often disputed, it is agreed that she died in a tragic and heartbroken manner. The ghost cams here, as well pictures from visitors, capture many full-bodied apparitions. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Claiming to be England's oldest pub, glasses have been smashed by themselves, the scent of perfume fills the air (when no one is around), and a variety of ghosts have been reported here ranging from soldiers to evil entities. People who use the underground tunnels will sometimes report feeling violently ...
Hack Green Nuclear Bunker
Several apparitions are seen here, primarily, people who thought to be current workers, but disappear in an instant. Old phones are known to ring, but the phone's service has been disconnected entirely! In the theater, forces touch and grab visitors; overwhelming energy is known to make people sick or cause ...
The Galleries of Justice
The shire hall high pavement, nottinghamshire.
In the Entrance Hall, the spirits of a soldier, a lady, and a Victorian gentleman are seen. In the court, knocking is heard and shadows are seen. In the Cell Corridor, odd noises such as footsteps, keys rattling, and doors slamming are heard. The laundry room is known for random ...
Hartford, cheshire west and chester.
Before being converted into a hotel, it was a nunnery. Either here or at a local abbey was the site in which a nun was bricked behind a wall; she's here and terrifies the visitors. One guest reported seeing a smoke-like figure holding a Bible. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Oldham, greater manchester.
In 1947, actor Harold Norman was accidentally stabbed to death during a performance of Macbeth; he is said to have returned here in the afterlife. After the death of worker Carl Paulsen, a ghost resembling him started appearing, as well. Objects are known to move or fall down. (Submitted by Chris ...
The Greengate Brewery
Middleton, greater manchester.
Many workers have died here as a result of falling into the vats and drowning. The most commonly seen ghosts include a woman who sits at a table in the boardroom, a woman in a brown dress in the kitchen, and a figure in a brown cloak. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Four Crosses Inn
Four crosses, staffordshire.
Ghosts of children are seen and heard. In the washrooms, a woman and a soldier are seen. Objects move by themselves (even if they are too heavy for a human to carry). (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
In 1891, one of the most famous ghost photos was captured in the library. It is believed that the ghost of Lord Combermere was captured sitting in his chair (while skeptics believe it might've been the exposure capturing someone who sat in the chair). (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
The White Lady is seen near the ledge in which she fell to her death; a phantom monk has also been seen wandering about. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
The ghost of nun (called The Black Lady) has commonly been photographed in full apparition form. Another ghost, called The White Lady, is said to haunt the battlements which she threw herself from. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Ye Olde Man and Scythe
Having a reputation for being one of the oldest pubs in Britain (built in 1251), it also gained attention when a ghost was caught on security camera here. It is widely believed that James Stanley still remains here and might have been the figure in the footage. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Wakefield Kirkgate Railway Station
Wakefield, west yorkshire.
The ghost of a woman in a Victorian dress has been seen wandering the area between Platform 1 and 2. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Hall i' th' Wood
Bolton, greater manchester.
A man in green and a man in black are the primary ghosts people have witnessed. A woman has been seen in the kitchen, and one of the former owners, Mary, is thought to be here, too, and another ghost, named Betty, targets children and yells at them. (Submitted by Chris ...
Numerous ghosts are seen or felt here: an invisible hand that likes to pinch the bottoms of staff and visitors, a young boy and a young girl, Royalist soldiers from the Civil War, a lady in grey at the church, a tall man with white hair often seen in the ...
Pype Hayes Hall
This home has a history of tragedy ranging from a lovers' suicide pact, to a man who died of heartbreak when he found out about his wife's affair; the woman in the pact and the heartbroken man are both reported here. One strange report involves a man in a black ...
Christleton, cheshire west and chester.
In 1645, the Battle of Rowton Heath claimed the lives of countless. Royalist leader, Lord Bernand Stewart, died in the conflict and has been seen on horseback ever since. William Lawes, a court musician who also died in the battle, is still said to play his music. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Royal Court Theatre
An apparition has been photographed here numerous times and is believed to be a woman named Norah; another woman named Kitty is also seen. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
A woman who was locked upstairs (either by a jealous who caught her having an affair or by her father who caught her trying to elope) where she spent the rest of her days. Guests have reported her as well a young man who hung himself on the property. The ...
A team of investigators claim that multiple spirits reside here including a Victorian woman usually seen on the staircase or by the garden, a man in one of the upstairs rooms (who is apparently a very negative force), a child and a chef that both died of Tuberculosis, and a ...
A woman called 'The Grey Lady' died from grief after her daughter's death. She has been seen throughout and a photograph recently surfaced believing they had caught her image. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
Dudley, West Midlands
The most famous ghost here is the Grey Lady. Dorothy Beaumont, thought to be the aforementioned phantom, died during childbirth and demanded to be buried next to her child and that her husband not attend the funeral. However, neither of her wishes were granted and she still wanders about, sometimes ...
After 5pm, a monk is seen walking from what was the kitchen towards the Queen's tower. A little, raggedly girl is also thought to be here. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
The Station Hotel
A female servant named Elizabeth was murdered by the hotel manager; she is the most commonly seen ghost here. A writer who knew of Elizabeth's murder, two children, and a man sitting in Room 214 have also been picked up here. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
A Roman soldier was murdered by the parents of his lover. Since his death, he has been reported between the ampitheatre and Newgate. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)
The library is known for the White Lady (who is also said to move furniture around). In the courtyard, a ghostly cat and dog are seen, a cavalier is reported, and the spirit of a policeman has made his presence known. Burglar alarms are also known to go off for ...
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The Castle Hotel is highly haunted with many sighting reported over the years and continue to do so. Room 4 is home to a jilted bride, in the the cellar there’s a nurse and a legless soldier and in Rooms 7 and 10 a middle-aged man in a pin-striped suit.
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Built on the site of a medieval fortress, Bolsover Castle is an extraordinary 17th century aristocratic retreat and is reputedly so haunted that English Heritage staff keep a ‘ghost book’ as they get so many reports of paranormal activity. There have been sightings of a female ghostly presence in the kitchen area and a child who appears in a fireplace before disappearing. Strange noises are often heard, smells appear for no reason and some visitors have reported hearing the sound of horses hooves passing through the walls. Staff and visitors are said to have reported being pushed, seeing apparitions and items being moved around the site…
3. EYAM VILLAGE & EYAM HALL
One of the most famous spots in haunted Derbyshire is Eyam Village aka ‘the plague village’! In September of 1665, the village tailor took delivery of some materials from his London based supplier. However, the parcel was rife with fleas carrying the plague. Within a week, the tailor was dead and by the end of the month 5 more people had succumbed to the plague. During the following month a further 20 lives were lost. The remaining villagers were terrified for their lives and want to leave for a nearby city. However, they were forbidden from doing so for fear of spreading the disease even further. The village was quarantined and was supplied with food and other essentials which were left at the village boundaries. The money for them was left in troughs of vinegar to sterilise them. The plague tore through the villagers for around 8 months and the final death toll was around 273. Just 83 of the population survived the epidemic.
Today, Eyam Village is a thriving community, but it is still best known for its tragic brush with the plague. Many of the houses have been kept in the style of the 1600s and The Eyam Hall which was built in 1676 is still standing. Needless to say, the village is also rife with ghost stories and there are daily ghost tours in the village. The plagued cottages are one of the stops and are apparently haunted by various spirits including a lady in a blue smock who wakes people up during the night! Eyam Hall is also said to be haunted by the ghost of Sarah Mills, a servant who drowned in the well and by an old man who is seen in an upstairs room that is now kept permanently locked. The most haunted building in the village is said to be The Miner’s Arms. Guests frequently hear footsteps and there are all manner of strange occurrences in the bedrooms – to the extent that a large number of guests end up leaving in the middle of the night!
4. POLTERGEIST ACTIVITY AT THE OLD BELL HOTEL, DERBY
Another one of the most haunted places in Derbyshire is The Old Bell Hotel This stunning Tudor style building has a distinctly Gothic atmosphere. It was built in 1680 and remains one of Derby’s oldest coaching inns. There are several paranormal tales linked to the property including the spirit of a woman in a blue Victorian style dress who appears in one of the downstairs bars. There is also the ghost of a murdered serving girl who apparently only chooses to reveal herself to children. Staff have reported some poltergeist activity in The Old Bell Hotel as well in the form of coat hangers being thrown around! The Hotel was closed down in 2012 over a ‘difference of opinion’ between the owners, but reopened around a year later. We can’t help wondering if the paranormal activity had anything to do with it?
5. MURDERED LOVERS AT WINNATS PASS, CASTLETON
This impressive limestone gorge is said to be haunted by a young couple called Clara and Henry who were murdered whilst eloping. The pair were ambushed one night in 1758, robbed and killed, their bodies were found years later buried near a barn. Their remains were re-interred in Castleton churchyard. It is said that years later a miner who was on his death bed confessed that he and four of his friends had committed the crime. He suggested that all of the perpetrators had met a sticky end.
6. HARDWICK HALL
Hardwick Hall is a country house, dating from around 1590. It was built for Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (Born circa 1527 – Died 13 February 1608), also known as Bess of Hardwick. It is said to house many spirits and ghosts but most famously by Bess of Hardwick, who was the most powerful woman in Britain next to Queen Elizabeth and it’s said that her apparition has been seen in the Long Hall.
7. KINDER DOWNFALL AND THE LEGEND OF THE MERMAIDS POOL
Kinder Downfall is the highest waterfall in the county, formed where the river Kinder meets the edge of the moorland plateaux. Far below the downfall, the dark waters of Mermaids Pool are reputedly haunted by a water spirit who manifests on the Eve of Easter, perhaps relating to a time of ancient worship in the area.
The origin of the Mermaid legend is obscure, but there are many solitary pools with similar legends and it may date back to before the Roman invasion.
Folklore suggests that staring into the waters will grant visions of the future, and, as is common with many water spirits the Mermaid has a treacherous nature either granting eternal life or pulling under those who have glimpsed her.
8. ROYAL DERBY HOSPITAL HAUNTINGS
On 30 January 2009 The Telegraph published the following story by Chris Irvine entitled ‘Hospital calls in exorcist after ghost spotted’:
A hospital has called in an exorcist after staff claimed they were being haunted by a ghost.
Staff at Derby’s new City General, soon to be renamed the Royal Hospital, which is built on the original City General site, claim a black-clad figure wearing a cloak is stalking the corridors and wards. Senior manager Debbie Butler has now reportedly briefed the terrified employees via email, explaining that they have hired an exorcist to come and rid the £334 million hospital of their unwanted visitor.
She explained: “I’m not sure how many of you are aware that some members of staff have reported seeing a ghost. “I’m taking it seriously as the last thing I want is staff feeling uneasy.” She added: “I don’t want to scare anyone any more than necessary, but felt it was best I made you all aware of the situation and what we are doing about it. “I’ve spoken to the Trust’s chaplain and she is going to arrange for someone from the cathedral to exorcise the department.”
One source told The Sun: “There have been dozens of sightings over recent weeks and people are scared witless. “Several have seen a male figure cloaked from had to toe in black darting between rooms and through walls – especially in departments near the morgue. “It’s affected morale so much that bosses decided they had to act.”
9. THE LEGEND OF DICKEY’S SKULL AT TUNSTEAD FARM, NR. CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH
Tunstead farm has a skull named Dickie that had its height of fame during the 19th century. The name seems strange in that legend suggests the skull is actually that of a woman, who was murdered within the house. Before she died she managed to blurt out that it was her wish for her remains to stay within the house forever. Over the years the skeleton was gradually lost until only the skull remained, and the tradition grew that if the skull was removed then all manner of things would go wrong at the farm. Accounts in the 19th century also suggest that the farm was haunted by the woman’s’ spirit who was seen as a guardian kind of figure. The other story is that the skull belongs to Ned Dixon – hence Dickie – who was murdered at the farm by his cousin when he returned from some nameless war in foreign parts.
The tradition of the skulls power was so well known in the local district that it was blamed on the diversion of the 1863 Waley Bridge to Brunton railway. A bridge was being built near to the farm, but had to be abandoned due to unstable foundations. This was attributed to Dickies influence, obviously not wanting such a noisy diversion to his purgatory slumbering.
The skull is also said to have been stolen and taken Disley, where the thieves were plagued by such frightening disturbances that they returned it to the farm. Along with other screaming skulls one owner is said to have provoked its wrath by burying it, inevitably having to return it to the farm to restore peace.
10. MYSTERIOUS LADYBOWER RESERVOIR
Ladybower Reservoir served as a testing ground for bombers during the Second World War, and the area is littered with the broken remains of aircraft, which have crashed over the years. According to sightings some of these flights may be subject to ghostly re-runs. A plane identified as a Lancaster Bomber has been seen by several witnesses in the area. One witness also reported a plane that crashed in a ball of fire, although nothing was found, even after a thorough search of the moorland.
Another candidate for ghostly flights is a United States Air force Dakota, which crashed on the 24th July 1945 killing all of its 8 crew, on a spot close to where the Lancaster Bomber came down.
Although these are the most readily identified with the ghostly flights, there have been many crashes in the area, most of them during the Second Word War.
The area has also been the focus for strange lights in the sky, the sightings of these and the ghostly planes may be related in some way.
11. THE DEVIL’S ELBOW, BETWEEN GLOSSOP & WOODHEAD
A curved stretch of road on the B6105 between Glossop and Woodhead is known as the Devils Elbow, it has been the scene of strange events and is associated with a Devil legend. Many place names in this area may have strange origins. Names such as Shining Clough and Lantern Pike suggest places associated with mysterious light phenomena.
In legend the Devils Elbow is said to have been a meeting place for two lovers, their father was against the union and swore that he would rather the Devil take his daughter than have them meet again. On their next meeting the Devil appeared and chased the terrified couple across the moor.
As the Devil reached out to claim his prize a mighty voice cried out and the devils bent arm turned to stone. He ripped it out and threw it on the moor forming the bend in the road.
In more recent times a strange black form sliding from the moorland across the road has been witnessed in the vicinity of the Devil’s Elbow.
12. PHANTOMS AT TISSINGTON HALL
A young girl called Wilhelmina Fitzherbert who died in 1862 when her nightdress caught fire is said to haunt the hall as well as a man dressed in black who appears in the cellar. Strange phantom noises have been heard and a bed has been known to shake of its own accord at night.
13. ROMAN GHOSTS AT BLEAKLOW HEAD
Bleaklow is said to be home to a Roman Ghost and this has prompted speculation that there is an undiscovered road which once cut through the area. When seen, The Legionnaires all appear to be travelling along similar routes.
14. LONGDENDALE – THE HAUNTED VALLEY
Longdendale, “the long valley,” stretches for ten miles, through some of the regions most remote and ruggedly beautiful countryside. Towering above it are two mountains whose very names conjure up mystical images “Bleaklow” and “Shining Clough.” It is untamed country. One road circles its outer reaches, but the only way to get into its remote hinterland, is on foot. It is bleak but beautiful, haunted and mysterious; or, as Daniel Defoe put it, “the most desolate, wild and abandoned country in England.”
Scattered across the high moor are the rusting wrecks of dozens of World War Two aircraft that crashed into these unforgiving peaks almost sixty years ago.
The fact that there are more ghostly encounters, unexplained happenings and UFO sightings here, than anywhere else in the Peak District, has led to it being dubbed in recent years “The Haunted Valley.”
15. LYME PARK
The cold and aloof exterior of the Stately home us not in the least bit inviting or even welcoming. Yet upon entering the house you find yourself wandering through a labyrinth of dark wood corridors and rooms that are both cosy and immense. One of the first owners of a house on this site was Sir Piers Legh who died while fighting for King and country in Paris in 1422.
His body was brought back for burial at Lyme Park and his grief stricken wife Lady Joan, watched the sorrowful cortege wend its weary way along the drive to her slain husbands final resting place at a site thereafter known as “Knights Low” or “Knights Sorrow.”
Unnoticed in the cortege was Piers mistress, Blanche, who following his interment made her way to the nearby banks of the river Bolin and pined to death.
When her body was discovered they buried poor Blanch on the spot where the meadow became known as “Lady’s Grave.”
A ghostly procession is said to move slowly along the drive and a little way behind drifts the white grief stricken figure of Blanch and her wailing cries. In the upper rooms of the house itself the impressive long gallery leads the intrepid visitor to the “Knight’s Bedroom, “which on account of the fact it is haunted is known as “The Ghost Room.”
There is a tradition that Mary Queen of Scots slept here while she was a prisoner of Queen Elizabeth 1st. In the 18th century the skeleton of a priest was found beneath the floorboards. The room is very dark with an ornate fire place the room is dominated by a massive four poster bed with demonic faces carved upon it. People have come out of the room speaking of the sweet though ghostly smell of oranges that seems to pervade the air. A young child visiting the room in 1999 suddenly went into hysterics and began pointing wildly at the bed insisting that he could see children playing on the bed. The white lady haunts the woods outside!
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