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It’s only fitting that we put together the ultimate haunted homes guide for you to visit whilst you are hiring an Energy RV during the scariest month of the year. Take a look at this months blog to find out some more about the most haunted places in Britain and what you can expect to find when you dare to take a peek through the doors. 

Blickling Hall Norwich

Blickling Hall is located near the city of Norwich, Norfolk, UK. This stately home dates back to the 15th Century, and its history includes being owned by Anne Boleyn. Thought to have been the birthplace of the later beheaded queen, it is said that her headless ghost returns every year on the anniversary of her execution – 19th May. 

She is said to ride up to her home in a coach driven by a headless horseman, and once they have arrived in front of the house, they disappear. Anne Boleyn, however, is not the only one to haunt Blickling Hall, with her father being a resident ghost amongst others. 

Visit the site throughout the year to hear ghostly moans and cries and witness many ghostly presences throughout the home. 

The Jamaica Inn, Cornwall

Probably one of the most infamous pubs in England; not many haven’t heard of the Jamaica Inn for various reasons. Sharing its name with Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, it’s a genuinely atmospheric place due to its rugged landscape surroundings. Its beginnings are in the 1750s, where it was built as a coaching inn; the history is rife, probably due to its visitors and inhabitants. 

Foreign-tongued whispers have been heard, sounds of horses hooves and metal wheel rims fill the courtyard with no one to attribute the sound to, pacing footsteps filling the corridors at night, and a man in a tricorne hat appears to walk through solid doors. We think this place is worth a visit if you are looking to be terrified witless. 

The museum is open from 8 am – 9 pm throughout the year, and with a gift shop and a farm shop also on-site, there is plenty to see and do. 

Dunster Castle, Somerset

Dunster Castle has sat atop the Tor since the Middle Ages and until 1976 was home to the Luttrells. Before it became a family home in 1376, it was a Norman fortress, later playing a part in the English Civil War before being demolished and rebuilt in the Victorian era. 

Many reporting of feelings and sightings have been given, including a severed foot in the blue kitchen, menacing and uncomfortable moods throughout the castle, a man in green appearing and disappearing without a trace and random stock falling off the stable shelving. 

Visit this most imposing castle throughout the year, but be aware that the car park is limited during wet weather conditions. 

Ham House, Surrey 

Located on the River Thames in Richmond and built during the 17th Century, Ham House has been handed down through generations of Earls and Duchesses before being handed to the National Trust. The previous inhabitant Elizabeth Murray, Duchess of Lauderdale, is said to still reside within the walls of Ham house as ‘the woman in black’. A ruthless character who allegedly poisoned her husband, she was notorious for taking family members to court who disagreed with her. 

Finally, after a string of financial problems, Elizabeth shut herself away in a ground floor room until her death. Along with cold spots throughout the house, sounds of footsteps, and the smell of roses with no flowers around, this haunted home is worth a visit. 

Ghost tours are regularly organised at Ham House, so if you are made of strong stuff, why not book a tour to see if you can see the potential murderess Elizabeth Murray?

Pendle Hill, Lancashire

The ancient burial site of 10 witches hanged for their crimes of witchcraft at Lancaster Castle is now given a wide and respectful birth by many due to the witch spirits who are out for revenge because of their unjust demise. Alice Nutter, the wealthiest of all the witches, is the scariest of all spirits due to her unnatural silence during her entire trial – which had flimsy evidence at best – that found her guilty of murdering Henry Mitton by witchcraft. 

Overlooking the Lancashire countryside, you will discover Pendle Hill, a beautiful place for a hike that will fill you with creepy feelings owing to the history and awe of the outstanding views. 

Visit throughout the year and watch the mist roll in off the hills and down over Pendle. Spot the vengeful witches and talk a long-distance walk to combine terror and beauty. Hide away in your Energy RV that night, though!

Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire 

An ancient inn, built in 1145 on top of Ley lines, is believed to draw the energy of a spiritual nature directly from Stonehenge. Many visitors have reported temperatures dropping below freezing, creaking steps and floorboards, as well as multiple ghostly sightings, making this one of the most haunted places in Britain. 

One sighting is believed to be that of a witch who took refuge in the Inn in the 1500s. Attempting to escape the deadly witch hunts, she was captured at the Inn, and many feel that her spirit lingers within its walls. 

Tours are arranged regularly around the Inn, or you can visit along with the rest of the public. Park your Energy RV safely just around the corner so you can be sure you have somewhere safe to run back to! This tour may not be suitable for children. 

Chillingham Castle, Northumberland

We could not have a spooky blog without including the aptly named Chillingham Castle. Built in the 13th Century as a stronghold, this castle has been attacked many times due to its positioning. Therefore, it is no surprise that the ghostly inhabitants are many a tortured spirit.

 One incredible story is about a woman who appeared one night in the pantry begging a footman for water. Believing she was a castle guest, he went to retrieve the water for her only to find that he was locked inside the pantry and nobody could have entered. 

Open daily between the middle of May and the end of October; you will find that Chillingham Castle has a lot to offer for a day out, including tea rooms, dungeons, Gardens and a torture chamber. Unfortunately, disabled access is minimal due to the castles uneven floors and tight staircases. 

Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire

Possibly the oldest site on this months blog. The monastery based here from around 657 became one of the most important religious places in the world. The site has been home to various buildings throughout history, being developed and redeveloped throughout time. A young nun is said to have broken her vows to god after falling in love with a knight. When she was discovered, she was bricked up alive in the wall of a building at the site. Her cowering ghost is still seen at the site, begging for release. 

Bram Stoker spent much time in the area and visiting the site before writing his novel Dracula, of which much inspiration comes from Whitby Abbey, including the name of the vampire himself. 

Visit the abbey in October to gaze upon the illuminated ruins and see if you can spot the cowering ghost of a nun who died for love. After this, why not grab a bite to eat and take it back to your Majestic 255 – see how long you can stay up telling ghost stories for! 

Aston Hall, Birmingham 

Over 400 years old, this mansion was built during the Jacobean period. Badly damaged during the Civil War and later restored, it was subsequently sold to steam power developer James Watt. During the 17th Century, this was home to a landowner known for his brutality and was also home to his daughter. 

The landowner’s daughter attempted to run away with one of the servants but was caught by her father, who imprisoned her within the property for sixteen years. The Servant left heartbroken without his love, killed himself. The daughter who died sometime later is said to be seen within Aston Hall and is known as the Grey lady. 

Aston Hall is open during the summer months; however, they organise nightly ghost tours in October. Not suitable for children under 8, we are sure you will be left pondering the existence of the Grey Lady after a visit to this haunted and heartbroken site. 

Glen Coe National Nature Reserve, Scotland

Glen Coe is beautiful in its setting with mountainous land and ruggedly handsome landscapes but potentially deadly after dark. In February 1692, men, women and children belonging to the MacDonald clan were murdered on the reserve by a regiment of soldiers after they remained loyal to the previous King James II. 

Although many of the clan escaped, 36 people (including two children) were murdered. This monstrous piece of history is why Glen Coe is often referred to as ‘The Weeping Glen’.

To get the most of your ghostly visit to Glen Coe, visit during the winter months where the sun is low, and the mountains appear forbidding. Witness eerie shadows of clan members and strain to hear the cries of those who died. 

We would advise that you don’t try to bring the ghosts back to your motorhome with you – although it’s spacious enough, you may not be able to sleep that night!

Hire an Energy RV- protecting you from ‘most’ things that go bump in the night 

Hiring an RV from Energy RV couldn’t be easier. If this blog has inspired you to take a ghostly tour of your own, why not give us a call to book your RV road trip? For a spacious with a fixed double bed to the rear and a fully working bathroom and kitchen, we believe that if you are planning a terrifying road trip, you should do this in comfort and style. 

Brave enough to sit outside after darkness has fallen? With an RV from Energy RV, your outside furniture is included and packed safely away in an exterior compartment so you can access it when you dare to. Book your RV today with Energy RV and visit those spooky places in style. 

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