It’s that time of year where we love to be scared, spooked and stupefied, but why stay at home when there’s plenty of places around the globe that can give you a fright? We’ve found some of the most haunted places in the world that you can visit today, but beware — who knows what you might uncover…
Bhangarh Fort, India
Considered to be the most haunted place in India, Bhangarh Fort also seems a good place to start for our list. Rumour has it that a sorcerer cast a curse on the fort after he was rejected by a local princess named Ratnavati. No one is allowed within the fort after dusk and the main entrance is locked tight, with many people reporting ghostly shadows, strange lights and the sounds of talking and music. Perhaps it’s closed for good reason!
Aokigahara, Mt Fuji, Japan
Also known as the Suicide Forest or the slightly less grisly Sea of Trees, Aokigahara is a vast forest just north-west of Mount Fuji. Since ancient times, the forest has been home to thousands of ghosts, or yūrei, which could be attributed to times of intense famine when people were abandoned in the forest and left to starve. Whatever the reason, it’s become a hotbed of paranormal activity, with the countless souls of the deceased preventing people from leaving. Local police no longer broadcast the number of dead bodies removed from the forest, but in 2004 there was a record 108 suicides.
The Catacombs, Paris, France
No prizes for guessing why these gruesome halls are on our list. The remains of more than six million people decorate these ancient stone mines 200 miles beneath the City of Light, and those brave enough to enter often tell of disembodied voices trying to lure them further into the tunnels. There is even video footage of a man wandering lost in the catacombs before dropping the camera and running into the dark, never to be seen again…
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
Built in 1888, this colossal hotel has seen a series of deaths in its time, which has resulted in the souls of the dead roaming the halls and terrorising guests. The murder of an entire family is said to have taken place in room 873 — the door of which has since been bricked up — and a bride was rumoured to have fallen to her death down the staircase. Ghostly apparitions and spooky, unexplained occurrences are among the paranormal activities that regularly take place within the walls of this old hotel.
The Tower of London, London, UK
Let’s finish off a little closer to home, with one of the most haunted places in the UK. Built in 1078 under the orders of William the Conqueror, the site itself has seen many horrific murders take place within its walls. The infamous death of Henry VI, who was said to have been murdered whilst praying, was followed by the beheading of Henry VIII’s wife Anne Boleyn and the demise of Lady Jane Grey, the spirits of whom are reportedly still roaming the grounds. There have also been accounts of two ghostly children walking the corridors, believed to be the souls of the young princes who mysteriously disappeared within the confines of the tower during the reign of Richard III.