If you’re looking to spring into the spooky spirit for Halloween this year, the UK is a bubbling cauldron of historic cities where you can spend a memorable Halloween Break.
With many haunted cities and fun-filled attractions across the UK, it’s not difficult to find somewhere spooky to spend Halloween. From ghostly pubs in York and haunted towers in London to skeletal ruins in Whitby, a frightfully good Halloween break is definitely in store – tricks and treats guaranteed!
1) Edinburgh, Scotland
Labelled as the most haunted city in Europe, Edinburgh is a city steeped in dark history and spooky stories – perfect for a Halloween break. If you’re looking for a fright in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh Castle is one of the most haunted sites in the whole of Scotland and is said to be home to a headless drummer, the spirits of French prisoners and a phantom piper. You can also descend beneath the 19 arches of the city’s South Bridge Vaults into the labyrinth of chambers and discover the spine-chilling tale of the wicked body snatchers, Burke and Hare…
2) Whitby, England
With a chillingly vampiric past, Whitby is a spooky must-visit destination for Halloween and Raithwaite Estate makes for the perfect base… Dare to ascend the 199 stone steps leading up to the imposing ruins of Whitby Abbey and uncover where part of the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula was inspired. Also, keep an eye out for the ghostly nun who allegedly lives in the derelict ruins.
3) York, England
Unearth York’s monstrous past and scare yourself silly in the York Dungeons; if you dare, you can also visit the oldest and most haunted pub in York, The Golden Fleece. Built in 1503, the famous inn is believed to harbour many ghosts, the most famous being Geoff Monroe, Lady Alice Peckett and One Eyed Jack. You can learn all about the city’s famous ghosts as you meander through the Shambles on a York Ghost Tour, or alternatively step aboard the York Ghost Bus for a ride through the city’s ghoulish past.
4) London, England
A haunted city whose history is saturated with terrifying tales, nothing screams Halloween fun better than a break in the capital city. The UK’s most haunted building – The Tower of London – is reported to house dozens of royal ghosts, including Thomas Becket, Edward V and Anne Boleyn to name a few, while the London Dungeons is also a great attraction where you can explore London’s eerie past.
You could also head to the West End to see the wonderful Wicked The Musical before heading to one of London’s most haunted pubs – The Black Cap in Camden – to have a drink with the resident spirits.
5) Warwick, England
Settled within an extremely historic city, Warwick Castle is home to many ghostly legends and is a great place to get your scares this Halloween. The castle was built in 1068 and holds many a tale of battle, witchcraft and execution, offering a bone-chilling backdrop for a spooky short break. With many child-friendly activities taking place in the day at the Haunted Castle event, such as a Horrible Histories Maze, Fire Jousting and scary storytelling, it’s a great choice for families; but if you’re tempted by terror, head to the Castle Dungeon after 9pm to uncover the castle’s deepest and darkest history.
6) Chester, England
Also awash with a 200 years of hair-raising history, Chester is a quaint city whose walls hold a treasure trove of supernatural stories. Stroll through Chester’s streets of timbered medieval buildings, see the original Roman City Walls and take a trip to the iconic Chester Zoo, which is home to some of the most interesting, but creepy creatures to ever walk this earth…
If you fancy taking a trip back in time, there are also many ghost tours which explore this city’s murky past.
Ready to discover your next Halloween city break? Start planning here…