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13 Spooktacular UK Ghost Tours for Halloween

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Greetings, fearless adventurers and brave souls! If you're ready to trade your mundane tours for a taste of the supernatural, hop on board as we embark on a spine-tingling journey through the UK. We're about to uncover the juiciest and most hair-raising ghost tours, all across this haunted island. Be prepared for a wild ride full of horrors, screams, and maybe even a ghostly encounter or two.

1. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour

Take a journey through Edinburgh's dark and twisted past. If you're ready to dive headfirst into a cauldron of spine-tingling stories, head on the Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour. Edinburgh's history is a deliciously gruesome cocktail of monsters, madness, and murder. Our knowledgeable guide will lead you through tales that'll make your hair stand on end.

Tour Highlights:

Haunted Edinburgh Castle Ghost Tour
Spooky Edinburgh Castle
  • Witches and Pagans on Calton Hill: Ever wondered where witches used to throw their parties or where pagans gathered for moonlit rituals? Climb Calton Hill, where witch trials and pagan escapades once left their mark. And don't forget to soak in the panoramic views - if the spirits allow it!

  • Cemetery Chills: We'll take you to the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery, where the dearly departed have stories to tell. Body-snatching, vampire legends, and more await you in the company of Edinburgh's eternal residents.

  • Gripping Commentary: Our guide is no ordinary storyteller; they're a maestro of the macabre, a virtuoso of the vile, and a wizard of the weird. Get ready to be spellbound by their chilling tales and insights into Edinburgh's gruesome past.

For more information and to book click here.

2. London, England: The Jack the Ripper Tour

It's time to hop into our imaginary DeLorean and journey back to 1888 on a Jack the Ripper mystery walking tour. With an expert Ripperologist guide as your trusty sidekick, prepare to unravel one of Britain's most hair-raising cold cases while enjoying a healthy dose of wit and whimsy.

Tour Highlights:

  • Crackin' the Cold Case: Sherlock Holmes, eat your heart out! Armed with photographic evidence and a flair for dramatic storytelling, you'll embark on a mission to crack the centuries-old case. Will you be the one to finally solve the mystery?

  • Suspects, Shenanigans, and Shady Theories: Time to put on your detective hat (or deerstalker, if you've got one handy). "Investigate" the colourful cast of alleged perpetrators and dive headfirst into the wild theories that have swirled around these gruesome crimes like fog on a London night.

  • Victims and Victorians: Discover the heartbreaking stories of the victims and get a taste of everyday life in Whitechapel, the underbelly of Victorian London. Our guide will sprinkle in gems about the quirks of that era, including the oddities that inspired characters like Sherlock Holmes.

  • Chasing the Ripper: Was Jack the Ripper ever one step away from handcuffs and a one-way ticket to the slammer? Why did he have a thing for Whitechapel, anyway? And where the heck did they find any evidence? Let our Ripperologist guide spill the beans on all these intriguing questions and more.

Jack The Ripper Ghost Tour
Jack The Ripper Roaming London

Stops Include:

  • Brick Lane

  • Christ Church

  • Spitalfields Market

  • Mitre Square

  • Petticoat Lane

  • Ten Bells Pub

For more information and to book click here.

3. York, England: The Award Winning Ghost Walk of York

Prepare to embark on an adventure that will tickle your funny bone and send shivers down your spine as we journey through York's sinister underbelly. Our guide, Dorian Deathly, is known for his wicked sense of humour, making this family-friendly tour a spine-tingling experience that even the bravest souls will cackle through.

Tour Highlights:

Award Winning Ghost Tour of York
Ghostly Sights in York
  • From Plague to Vikings and Beyond: Buckle up, time-travellers! We're diving headfirst into York's history, from plague-ridden times to Viking invasions and beyond. Get ready for a dose of historical mayhem.

  • Sights to Die For: Along the way, you'll lay eyes on iconic landmarks like York Minster, the Shambles, and Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma Gate (yes, it's as nonsensical as it sounds, and that's a promise). These sights are even better when paired with tales of bygone days, vile crimes, and the occasional bump in the night.

  • York's Quirky History: Prepare to be enlightened with insights into York's rich and fascinating history. We promise it won't be your typical history lesson. Expect twisted takes on tradition and a fresh perspective on tourist favorites, including the awe-inspiring York Minster.

For more information and to book click here.

4. Dublin, Ireland: Gravedigger Ghost Tour

Prepare to dive deep into the shadowy depths of Dublin's haunted history on our Gravedigger Ghost Tour. Your guide, slightly spooky and wholly charming, will lead you through a hauntingly hilarious evening packed with dark tales and graveyard giggles.

Tour Highlights:

  • Plague, Pain, and Plenty of Ghoulish Stories: Join us as we uncover the chilling effects of the medieval plague on Dublin's unfortunate inhabitants. Brace yourself for stories that will send shivers down your spine—albeit with a generous dose of dark humour.

Dublin Grave Digger Ghost Tour
Dublin Grave Diggers Lurking
  • Eerie Encounters and Opportunistic Gravediggers: Explore creepy sites like Bully's Acre, where watchmen once witnessed gravediggers in action, making a literal "killing" with their body-snatching schemes. Prepare for jaw-dropping tales of opportunistic mischief that will leave you in stitches (and possibly a bit spooked).

  • A 'Ghoulish Brew' at Gravediggers Pub: What better way to cap off a night of ghostly encounters than with a pint at the world-famous Gravediggers Pub? Raise your glass to the dearly departed and toast to their ghostly presence.

  • Bonus Haunted Dublin Walking Tour: As a bonus treat, your ticket includes a free pass for the 'Haunted Dublin Historical Walking Tour.' Prepare for even more supernatural stories and historical insights to satisfy your appetite for the macabre.

For more information and to book click here.

5. Whitby, England: Dracula and Whitby Ghost Walk

Fangs for joining us in Whitby, where Bram Stoker found his inspiration for Count Dracula. Sink your teeth into this tour that blends history with vampire lore. Don't worry; we've got garlic just in case.

Tour Highlights:

  • Whitby Abbey: This adventure kicks off in a graveyard, right under the creepy shadow of Whitby Abbey. Because who wouldn't want to start their night surrounded by the dearly departed? So get ready for ghost tales that'll have you screaming louder than a horror movie marathon.

  • Cliffhanger Spectacle: Behold the windswept cliffs that guard Whitby's harbour. River waters escape from the moors, perform a waterfall ballet in the green valleys, and then dive headfirst into the wild North Sea – it's like nature's own Cirque du Soleil!

Whitby Ghosts and Dracula Tour
Dracula's Castle
  • Dracula's Dress Rehearsal: Discover the secrets that inspired Bram Stoker to pen the juiciest bits of Dracula, where ancient legends and maritime drama met for a supernatural soirée.

  • Sailor Shenanigans: Dive into the wacky world of sailors and their superstitions; we're talking about sailors who wouldn't step on a crack for fear of breaking the ocean's back.

  • Ghosts, Old and New: Prepare to meet ancient spirits and modern-day haunts, each with more charisma than a Hollywood star.

For more information and to book click here.

6. Glasgow, Scotland: Ghost's of Glasgow, Haunted Outdoor Escape Game

It's time to embark on a quest to uncover the dark mysteries of Glasgow, and we've got a journey packed with surprises and riddles waiting for you. We begin our adventure at the bustling Glasgow Central, the city's busiest railway station, where Victorian architecture meets modern-day chaos. But hold on tight, because beneath the station's hustle and bustle, there's a daunting challenge for you to conquer!

Tour Highlights:

  • The Lighthouse: Follow the light to Scotland's beacon for design and architecture. Marvel at the cityscape views and unravel a not-so-light secret hidden within.

  • House of Frasers: It's shopping therapy time! Explore the fashionable House of Frasers and discover if there are any ghostly fashionistas still haunting the aisles.

Glasgow Ghost Tour
Haunted Tron Theatre
  • Tron Theatre: Dance your way through the cultural gem of Glasgow, the Tron Theatre, and prove you're up to the challenge it presents.

  • Merchant City: Step back in time to the 1750s and engage with the colourful history of Merchant City. Unearth its vibrant present while hunting for hidden truths.

  • George Square (Final Checkpoint): Finish your quest at George Square, a tribute to Scotland's luminaries. Answer the final question to become a true Questo Ghost Buster!

For more information and to book click here.

7. Plymouth, England: Drake's Island

Welcome to an adventure on the marvellous and enigmatic Drake Island, starting from The Barbican, Plymouth. It'll have you shaking in your boots and screaming all the way.

Tour Highlights:

  • Island Strolls with a Spooky Twist: Join us on a unique walking tour that'll take you on a journey around the island like no other. Explore every nook and cranny, from eerie tunnels to the island's summit, where history meets mystery, and ghosts roam free.

  • Ghostbuster Mode: Feeling brave? Take part in a paranormal investigation and dive headfirst into the spirit world. You'll uncover secrets, navigate through tunnels, and go back in time to solve the riddles surrounding the island's resident spooks.

Drake Island, Plymouth Ghost Tour
Drake Island's Creepy Tunnels
  • Thrills, Chills, and Laughs: Be prepared for a delightful rollercoaster of thrills, chills, and laughs as you explore the atmospheric tunnels and winding walkways of Drake's Island. You'll find yourself nervously glancing over your shoulder, fully aware that the next corner could hold a ghostly surprise.

  • A Chance at the Unusual: Keep those eyes peeled! You might just be lucky (or some might say unlucky) enough to witness firsthand evidence of the island's spectral inhabitants.

For more information and to book click here.

8. Cardiff, Wales: The Dark Side of Cardiff Guided Walking Tour

Cardiff Castle is more than just a historic fortress; it's a hotbed of ghostly tales and chilling history. Join us on a guided walking tour through the dark and mysterious side of Cardiff, where restless spirits, Roman soldiers, and Victorian maids come to life. Brace yourself for a journey filled with murder, disease, pirates, and, of course, ghosts!

Tour Highlights:

  • Ghostly Encounters: Get up close and personal with the legendary ghosts of Cardiff Castle as they share their spine-tingling stories from beyond the grave.

Cardiff Ghost Tour
Haunted Cardiff Castle
  • Prison Chronicles: Explore three notorious historical prisons, where the past comes to life with tales of confinement, punishment, and the eerie echoes of past inmates.

  • Infamous Executions: Learn about Cardiff's most infamous executions and the dark history that surrounds them, from the gallows to the final moments of the condemned.

  • Pirates and Punishments: Dive into the riveting history of pirates and their punishments along the Taff river, where swashbucklers and their ghostly legacies await.

  • Slums and Suffering: Step back in time to experience life in Cardiff's 19th-century slums, where hardship, disease, and survival were everyday challenges.

For more information and to book click here.

9. Nottingham, England: Haunted Sherwood Forest Ghost Walk

It's time to embark on a legendary adventure with Haunting Nights as we present to you our Sherwood Forest Interactive Ghost Walks. Get ready to journey into the heart of this mystical forest, where the spirit of Robin Hood and a myriad of other ghostly tales await your discovery.

Tour Highlights:

  • Robin Hood's Legacy: Dive into the lore and legends of Sherwood Forest, where Robin Hood and his merry band once roamed, outsmarting the law and helping the downtrodden. Discover the fascinating mix of fact and folklore surrounding this enigmatic character.

  • Fact vs. Fiction: Unravel the mystery of Robin Hood's origins, from nicknames like "Hod" and "Hude" to the petty criminals who inspired the legend. Explore how these figures challenged oppressive forest laws and became heroes to the oppressed peasantry.

  • Ghosts Galore: Sherwood Forest isn't just about Robin Hood; it's also teeming with ghostly tales, from witchcraft and child spirits to spectral military men patrolling the forest paths. Get ready to uncover the haunted history hidden within these ancient woods.

Nottingham and Sherwood Forest Ghost Tour
Spooky Sherwood Forest
  • Up Close and Spooky: Join Haunting Nights on a spine-tingling Ghost Walk that'll take you deeper into the ghostly heart of Sherwood Forest. Prepare for an hour of eerie exploration and encounters with the forest's lingering spirits.

  • Ghost Hunting Techniques: We'll introduce you to the world of ghost hunting with a twist of humor and adventure. Learn about the techniques used to uncover paranormal mysteries in the very place where legends were born.

For more information and to book click here.

10. Shropshire, England: Shrewsbury Prison Ghost Tour

Shrewsbury Prison proudly wears the badge of '6th Dark Tourism Destination in the World,' and boy, do they have a ghostly show to prove it. Join the Ghost Tour, rated a solid 5 stars by folks who like to live life on the spooky side. This will be an adventure that'll send shivers down your spine while tickling your funny bone.

Tour Highlights:

  • Time Traveler's Start: Your eerie journey begins at the Georgian gate lodge, where our guide will whisk you back to 1793. This was the era of public executions, right on the very gate lodge where you're standing. Learn about how prisoners were treated in the good old days and brace yourself for ghostly tales spanning two centuries.

  • Waltzing with the 'Grey Lady': Your next stop is C Wing, the former female wing and Shrewsbury Prison's ghostly hotspot. Meet the 'Grey Lady' who struts her stuff on the landings at night and the mischievous little Georgian boy who pops up on the wing's steps. It's like a paranormal playground down there.

  • The Underground Georgian Expedition: Venture below the Victorian prison into the original Georgian prison, still lurking beneath the ground. Experience the pitch-black darkness that would give even a bat pause for thought. It's where Georgian prisoners did their time, including our little ghostly friend.

Shrewsbury Prison Ghost Tour, Shropshire
Ghostly Shrewsbury Prison
  • Date with the 'Shadow Man': Off to A Wing, the prison's biggest custodial wing, you go. Here, you'll follow in the footsteps of the famous 'Shadow Man,' Shrewsbury Prison's most frequent flier in the spirit realm. He's often seen strutting his stuff on the landings, and we've got stories and sightings to share.

  • In-Cell Experience: This is the part where we ask if you've got the nerves of steel. Your Tour Guide will assign you a prison cell, half-lit for extra creepiness. Your cell door slams shut, and you've got 5 minutes to soak in the sounds of the prison at night. Will you keep the light on or embrace the darkness? It's your call.

  • Governor's Ghostly Encounter: Picture this – the Governor's office, where one of the Holby City production team had a close encounter with the Governor's wife. Sounds romantic, right? Well, the kicker is that the Governor's wife died two centuries ago! Prepare for a ghostly love story that defies time.

  • Grand Finale: Your tour concludes outside the original Governor's house, and we'll let you go – for the night. Don't worry; we'll give you a head start before the ghosts start their nightly party.

For more information and to book click here.

11. Lake District, England

Keswick, as the wise John Brown once said, is the embodiment of three qualities: beauty, immensity, and horror. And oh boy, have we got a side of Keswick that'll add a few more adjectives to that list!

Tour Highlights:

  • Murder, Mystery, and More: Beyond Keswick's stunning slate-built houses and the breathtaking lakes and fells, there's a side of this place that's more twisted than a pretzel at a contortionist convention. Prepare to dive into a history filled with murder, intrigue, and souls that are a bit too restless for comfort.

Keswick Ghost Tour, The Lake District
Follow "The Lady" in Keswick
  • Follow "The Lady," If You Dare: Join us on an adventure led by none other than "The Lady" herself, but be warned – you're in for some spine-tingling tales that'll make you question your own bravery. Our stories are not just concoctions; they're rooted in local legends, myths, folklore, real events, and the accounts of those who have witnessed the uncanny.

  • A Theatrical Twist: We like to put on a show, and we promise our theatricality is as bold as a Shakespearean drama. But don't worry, we also take authenticity seriously. Our deep dive into the county's past has been an eye-opener, revealing imaginative, foolhardy, grotesque, and downright stupid ways in which people in The Lakes have met their untimely ends over the years.

For more information and to book click here.

12. Bath, England: The Bath Ghost Walk

Get ready for a spine-tingling adventure through the ancient city of Bath, where ghosts of all shapes and shades await your arrival. Join your guide on a journey that will introduce you to a rogues' gallery of spectres, from medieval monks to tortured witches, and even a mischievous poltergeist or two.

Tour Highlights:

Bath Ghost Tour
Haunted Bath
  • Ghosts Galore: Prepare to have your hair stand on end as we regale you with tales of the dearly departed. Meet medieval monks, hanged criminals, tortured witches, and more as we explore Bath's haunted history.

  • Historical Haunts: We'll venture to famous locations like Bath Abbey, Queens Square, Theatre Royal, and Victoria Park, where the past meets the paranormal. Keep an eye out for eerie encounters!

  • Alleyway Adventures: Be prepared to wander down hidden alleyways that have witnessed centuries of secrets. We'll also stop at haunted hotspots, including a particularly grim location right next to Jane Austen's last known residence in the city. Jane herself might make a ghostly form, of course!

  • Interactive Thrills: This isn't your average walking tour; we want you to be part of the stories! Feel the chills, volunteer for spine-tingling paranormal experiments, and embrace the excitement of the evening.

For more information and to book click here.

13. York, England: Witches and History Old Town Walking Tour

If you're ready to take a trip through York's eerie past with a guide who's as quirky as they come, then step right up. Step back in time as you delve into the unsettling origins of the now picturesque Shambles. But beware, for it wasn't always a charming street. We'll watch our step on the cobblestones and lend our ears to tales of Yorkshire's wicked witches.

Tour Highlights:

  • The Quirkily Named Street: Next up, we visit Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, the street with the name so long it might just be a spell itself. What does it mean, you ask? Well, that's part of the mystery!

  • Church Remnants and Magical Trees: Discover the remains of St Crux Church and the magical tree with its very own witchy connection at King's Square. Prepare to be spellbound by the stories that abound in this area.

  • A Haunting Minster Quarter: We'll stroll through the Minster Quarter, where the vibrant shopping district meets the old quarter of York. As we wander through Low Petergate and High Petergate, brace yourselves for more chilling tales of days gone by.

York Ghost Tour with Cauldron's and Potions
Magic Potions in York
  • Stonegate's Historic Wonders: Explore the architectural wonders of Stonegate, a road steeped in history. We'll uncover the secrets of medieval buildings, stunning Georgian townhouses, and other period styles. Plus, we'll navigate the alleys, ginnels, and snickets (narrow alleys) that make York's streets so enchanting. And don't miss York's longest snickelway!

  • Potions and Magic (Optional): For those who crave a little extra magic, you can choose to enter the Potions Cauldron. Get ready for an immersive potion-making experience where secret rooms, special effects, and a quest to brew the perfect potion awaits.

For more information and to book click here.

Well there you have it, these 13 UK ghost tours promise laughter, chills, and maybe a few hair-raising moments. Whether you're a true believer or a skeptic in need of a good scare, these tours will entertain, educate, and leave you wondering what's lurking in the shadows of the United Kingdom. So grab your lantern, your sense of humour, and your courage—let's embark on an unforgettable adventure through the haunted side of history this October and you'll be full of horrible tales for Halloween!

Walking through a creepy forest.
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Dec 30, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Some very spooky places 👻 thanks I really enjoyed ready this


Oct 08, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Wow!! These are great. I've always wanted to go on a ghost tour and it's the perfect time of year for it. So many to choose from aswell.

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Yes it's a great thing to do around Halloween!! Did you manage to get on one? 😃

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