Most haunted UK destinations to visit in October – including gorgeous city

York, in England, is one of the most haunted places in the UK

It’s October which can only mean one thing… spooky season is upon us. So, grab yourself a pumpkin spiced latte, put on your finest knitwear and get yourself to one of the UK’s most haunted destinations.

The travel researchers at Harbour Holidays have compiled a list of the UK’s 10 most gruesome getaways according to TikTok, check them out… if you dare.

1. York 

It’s not just the most haunted UK destination with 1.2 billion views on TikTok, but did you know York is the most haunted city in the whole of Europe? Well, according to the International Ghost Research Foundation – it is. 

A city rich in history, from the Vikings to the Normans, the Romans to the Victorians, there have been plenty of gruesome goings on throughout the city’s long and spooky existence. There are supposedly over 500 within the ancient city walls… will you be lucky, or unlucky, enough to experience one?

You can even purchase your very own ghost from The York Ghost Merchants.

2. Chester 

You have to wonder, is the walled city of Chester trying to keep the ghosts in, or you out? Throughout the ages, this spooky city has experienced some very violent history, from the roman legions stationed there – one of whom still haunts the city walls, to the bloody civil war which ended in the King’s execution. 

If you want to get up close and personal with one of the city’s many ghosts, then check out The Pied Bull. Dating back to the 1100s, the city’s oldest pub plays host to many a ghost, from the cellar right up to the guest rooms.

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3. Whitby 

A sleepy fishing village, perhaps most famous for being the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, may well be spookier than fiction. 

The town certainly harbours some horrible history amongst its cobbled streets and quaint cottages. At night, head up to the ruins of Whitby Abbey where you might encounter the apparition of its founder St Hilda who keeps a careful watch over wayward visitors still.

4. Canterbury

Another picturesque location with some hideous history, the medieval city of Canterbury played host to one of England’s most infamous and bloody murders.

In 1170, the then archbishop Thomas Becket was brutally beheaded and murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by the King’s knights. Despite his savage demise, visitors claim to have seen Thomas floating above his tomb.

If you fancy encountering some more ghosts, you’re in luck. Head to Tiny Tim’s tearoom to enjoy a drink with some ghostly children, or knock back a haunted pint at the city’s most supernatural pub, Tyler’s Kiln.

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