Ghost Walks In The UK

Posted on October 29th, 2015

It’s almost that time of year again so why not do something a bit different for Halloween and take part in one of the many ghost walks that are available throughout the UK. If you have a cottage holiday coming up or are planning to book a last minute break, this could also be a great way to explore your destination by night and hear some spooky stories or discover fascinating local secrets and myths.


The city of York is a popular destination for ghost walks with several on offer, some of which run almost every day; learn all about the ghoulish tales of a city steeped in history. Most tours are on foot but there is also a Ghost Bus Tour on offer – a sightseeing tour with a difference! The coastal towns of Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay are great opportunities to explore the winding alleyways and hear of tales of shipwrecks, smugglers and local folklore. Or visit the market town of Skipton and pay a visit to the ghosts of Sheep Street; tours are available around the year and there are also Halloween tours available – these tours are for over 16s only but there are also separate children’s Halloween tours available.


Ghost walks take place in the Cornish destinations of St Ives and Penzance and take you through alleyways and graveyards where paranormal activity is still said to be witnessed. One of the tours on offer is led by ghost expert and author Ian Addicoat.


Not for the faint hearted, here’s something a bit different – an overnight ghost walk in Bodmin Jail! Take part in group workshops in different areas of the prison after receiving training in energy management and Reiki, then in the morning, enjoy a full English breakfast included in the price. Definitely not your average evening! Other options for ghost walks in Devon include a tour around the ancient cobbled streets of Plymouth and Brixham, which is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Britain.


Many of the pubs and stately homes in the county of Dorset are all home to a ghoulish resident; the towns of Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport all offer ghost walks covering their ancient streets.


Explore the ancient streets of the Roman city of Bath while hearing many haunting stories; one of the most sighted ghosts is the Man in The Black Hat at the Assembly Rooms. Take a ghost walk in Wells, England’s smallest city or for something different, take a tour of the Wookey Hole Caves and unearth the hidden secrets of Halloween.

Cumbria and the Lake District

Enjoy a guided tour and hear many a ghostly tale in the historic city of Carlisle and finish with a Cumberland sausage and mash supper. Or experience the darker side of Cockermouth or the legend and mystery of Keswick – follow ‘The Lady’ if you’re brave!

Southern Scotland and Borders

Edinburgh has several ghost experiences on offer and with some being for adults only, they’re definitely not for the faint hearted! Discover the legendary underground city or take part in a graveyard tour and experience an encounter with The MacKenzie Poltergeist. Learn all about Edinburgh’s grisly past and the infamous characters that once roamed the cobbled streets of the “Old Town.” The hidden history of Dumfries is also waiting to be discovered on a ghost walk that reveals stories such as headless horsemen and tragic spirits. The city of Stirling also has a successful and long standing ghost walk; it’s Old Town being once described as ‘the most densely populated supernatural square mile in all of Scotland.’

So why not partake in a little ghost hunting this Halloween? Go on, we dare you! Search for a Halloween holiday cottage today.