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Top 8 Haunted Places in the World

Posted March 6, 2023 in Top Contenders - Last updated June 1, 2023

The world is full of haunted places. From the creepy to the downright terrifying, these 8 locations have all been the site of some supernatural activity. Some are well-known and widespread, while others are more obscure and located in remote areas. Regardless of what makes them famous (or infamous), these spots are worth exploring—if only for their spooky reputation alone! Let’s explore our top haunted places in the world.

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Château de Brissac, Maine-et-Loire, France

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Château de Brissac is a castle in the Loire Valley, France. François de la Rochefoucauld built the castle between 1530 and 1540. François de la Rochefoucauld is known for his marriage to Madeleine de Poitiers, the daughter of King Henri II.

A woman, burned alive on the order of her husband now haunts the chapel at Chateau de Brissac today as a ghost. Legend says she was imprisoned inside its walls for adultery with another man. However, some say it was because she refused to give birth to any children for him (he wanted more). Either way, it is a haunting story that has left this castle haunted.

Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, Louisiana

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Built-in 1796, Myrtles Plantation is a former sugar plantation. The plantation was located near the town of St. Francisville and is open to the public today as a museum and historical site for visitors to explore. According to legend, the ghosts of enslaved people who worked on this plantation still haunt it today. Some say they can be seen running through halls or floating around rooms at night, while others insist that they hear their voices calling out from beyond time.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia USA

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ESP was the first prison in the world. The prison was built with a new idea to reform prisoners and their behavior through deprivation and isolation. Unfortunately, it’s now known as one of the most haunted places on Earth due to its history and status as an abandoned building since 1971. 

Many ghost stories about ESP have been reported, including paranormal activity. This includes orbs and voices heard within walls or cell blocks (called “dungeons”). In addition, people have seen moving around corners where there shouldn’t be any light coming from them because no windows were present during this construction period!

The Tower of London

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The Tower of London has been a royal residence since 1066 and was, for centuries, the site of the Crown Jewels. Today, it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions in England. Built by William the Conqueror shortly after he invaded England, it’s famous for its White Tower, which is said to be haunted by several ghosts. Most notable is Guy Fawkes (the Gunpowder Plotters), who died in 1605 after being caught attempting to blow up Parliament from his cell there. 

Others include Eleanor of Aquitaine (the wife of King Henry II), Elizabeth Woodville (wife of Edward IV), Isabella Tudor (wife of King Henry VII), Catherine Howard (Queen consort briefly before becoming queen herself), Mary Tudor (Queen consort on her own again after marrying Francis II).

Houska Castle near Prague

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Houska Castle is a ruined Gothic castle in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. Built-in the 14th century, Houska Castle was used as a residence for several generations of aristocrats. It is one of the most visited castles in the Czech Republic, with over 200,000 visitors annually. There are rumors that this castle is the base for the gate of hell.

St Augustine Lighthouse, Florida

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The St Augustine Lighthouse is one of the most famous buildings in America and one of the most haunted. Built-in 1824, St Augustine Lighthouse has been in use ever since, with a few additions over time (like an elevator).

The lighthouse keeper died while working at this location, and his body has never been found, but he’s still said to haunt this place today.

Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton-under-Edge, UK

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The Ancient Ram Inn is a historical pub in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England. It was built in 1618 by John Newland and has been linked to many famous people, including Lord Nelson and William Wordsworth.

It’s said that if you go into the pub on Halloween night with your eyes closed, you can see ghosts walking around inside.

Borley Rectory in Essex, England

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Borley Rectory is a haunted house in Essex, England. Reverend Henry Dawson Ellis Bull and his wife, Ann Coxhead, built Borley Rectory in 1703. The building is now featured in numerous paranormal television shows and websites since its opening as a rectory for the Church of England (Anglican). According to the legend, many spirits haunt the building, including those of Henry Dawson Ellis Bull and his family members. In addition, Marianne Foyster, who lived there after her husband died suddenly, also died during childbirth. Some believe they haunt the place still today. 


We hope you have enjoyed this list of the top 8 haunted places in the world. Of course, the world is full of haunted places, but these ten are among the best. So don’t wait, explore some itineraries, find the best one for, and book your next spooky trip.

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