5 Skirrid Inn
If you’re traveling in Llanvihangel Crucorney, Wales, don’t try to pronounce its name, and steer clear of the Skirrid Mountain Inn unless you enjoy having the bejeepers scared out of you. It’s reported that more than 180 people have been hanged from a beam on the first floor, which once held a courtroom. The beam is still in place, rope marks and all, and visitors have reported glasses flying across the rooms, faces appearing in windows, and feeling nooses around their necks. The most active spirit in the inn is said to be that of Fanny Price, a landlady at the inn in the 1600s. She’s reported to be friendly, so if it’s her spirit you see during your stay, you might survive the night.
4 Woodchester Mansion
Woodchester Mansion in Gloucestershire, England, has a 200-year history of haunting and terror. The mansion has never been completed because workers repeatedly run from the place, and it’s rumored that seven builders have died in inexplicable accidents. Strange noises in the mansion, such as wailing voices and crashing masonry, have been reported, and many claim to have seen the ghosts of Roman soldiers and young girls. Woodchester’s reputation as one of the most haunted places in the world makes it a popular site for ghost hunts, if you’re into that.
Isolated on an island in California’s San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz is well known for its bloody history and for the ghosts that linger within its walls. While the prison, which held America’s most notorious and dangerous criminals, was still in operation, one inmate reported seeing glowing eyes in his cell. The next morning, he was found strangled. From Alcatraz’s dungeons, where prisoners were chained to the walls, visitors report hearing screams. In cell 14D, an isolation cell, many visitors report very “intense” feelings. It’s rumored that Alcatraz’s most famous inmate, Al Capone, still plays his banjo in the showers.
2 Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh Fort in India is associated with lore so creepy that local authorities posted a sign that reads “Entering the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited.” Local legends say that the city was cursed in the 17th century, but by whom is unclear. A popular myth blames the curse on a sorcerer who doomed the city after a princess rejected him. Soon after he slapped his curse on the city, it was leveled by an invading army. Since that fateful day, Bhangarh has been uninhabitable. Locals report hearing strange noises at night when the fort is deserted, and as far as anyone knows, no one has ever tried to spend the night there.
1 Tower of London
Countless souls endured violent deaths in the Tower of London, so it’s not surprising that it’s considered one of the most haunted places in the world. It’s said the ghost of Anne Boleyn, one of the wives of Henry VIII, haunts Tower Green and the Tower Chapel Royal, and is often seen wandering around carrying her head, which was lopped off in 1536. Henry VI, Sir Walter Raleigh and Lady Jane Grey are also reported to haunt the Tower’s walls.