How To Find Haunted Houses Near Me

Haunted houses near me

To find haunted locations you first need to determine what “scary” means to you. To some, an eerie attic might be the scariest place they’ve ever been. While others can walk through dark, dingy houses during witching hour without batting an eyelid.

Whichever creepy place takes your fancy, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is and find those freakish beings you so longingly seek.

This article will be your guide for your next ghost-hunting adventure and is packed with loads of interesting tips and tricks. Whether you prefer to fly solo or rope in your ghoul-loving gang, you’ll want to continue reading.

So, we invite you to step inside and experience the bone-chilling encounters across this metaphorical page.

If you dare…

Uncover Haunted Places Nearby

Discovering haunted spots near you involves more than just a casual search; it requires research and planning. After all, it’s not like haunted houses come with signboards announcing the presence of ghosts. Right?

You need to delve a bit deeper to uncover these hidden, spooky gems.

Understand UK haunted house history

Before you head off into the darkness, not all spiritual beings live in the suburbs.

In the UK, haunted “houses” come in various forms:

  • Historical sites, like castles, were once home to the wealthy and are now hotels or museums.
  • Pubs and inns are another common phantom hotspot. Over the years, these buildings may have been residential homes – such as The Jamaica Inn in Cornwall – before they were filled with kegs of ale and traveller beds.

Research locations

The UK is notorious for paranormal activity – whether it’s a haunted hotel, house or some mystical castle you want to explore.

  • Start with a deep dive into the history of your area. Look through old newspapers, property records, and archives. Visit your local library, register office or speak with local historians.
  • Insights into your city, town, or village’s occult occurrences will steer you in the right direction.
  • Scour websites when researching folklore stories and creepy buildings.

Top tip: Check out the UK’s paranormal database to guide you on your unnerving quest.

Find a gang of ghost hunters

  • Teaming up with ghost hunters in your area can be a great way to find haunted spots.
  • Join Facebook groups or local societies within your community. These ghost-loving enthusiasts are passionate about all things paranormal.

Attend ghost-hunting events

Keep a look-out for spooky events, such as sleep outs or evening tours, if you’re keen on ghostly sightings.

A few companies that offer these events include:

How to Find Abandoned Houses

If you want to try something different, you can try ghost hunting in abandoned houses. There are many old and historical derelict buildings dotted throughout the UK. Many of which may well be haunted.

28 Days Later and Derelict Places are websites that offer a treasure trove of information on abandoned houses and buildings. These sites aren’t just directories but communities where explorers share their experiences. And you can often do your research to find out about any reported hauntings and ghost sightings.

Ghost Hunting Gear Must-Haves

Right, so you’ve found the location you want to visit but now what?

To amplify your eerie experience, pack some ghost-finding gear into your backpack. This makes for an unforgettable – and possibly petrifying – adventure.

Here’s a list of items we suggest:

Thermal cameras

We all know ghosts are associated with cold spots. Thermal imaging devices monitor temperature fluctuations in your surroundings.

Thermal cameras provide a window into the unseen and are often used in professional ghost-hunting investigations. They’re considered a form of ‘tangible evidence’ as they directly pick up and locate odd temperature occurrences.

Night vision cameras use radiation instead of visible light to detect spiritual beings.

Electromagnetic field meters

  • Electromagnetic field meters are also known as EMF meters. These devices scan your environment for electromagnetic abnormalities.
  • Spirits interfere with these electro currents, causing the device to ‘spike’ in their presence.

Electronic voice phenomena devices

  • You need to be in haunted locations for EVP recorders to work.
  • These are a type of ghost voice recorder. However, supernatural beings need to be willing to communicate.
  • Spirits manipulate video and audio recordings to send secret messages to the living realm. Don’t believe us? We dare you to give it a try…

REM pods

  • REM Pods (Radiating Electromagnetism pods) combine EMF technology to pick up static vibrations.
  • They send an alarm (or a flashing light) to signal spirits are close by.
  • Use these devices to entice friendly, or demonic, shadows into conversation.

Spirit boxes

  • Spirit boxes are ghost communicators.
  • They allow ghosts to manipulate radio frequencies to speak to the other side.
  • Paranormal beings use the white noise to communicate.

Divination tools

Divinations tools work well to converse with ghoulish entities when out on your next ghost hunt, you can opt for:

  • Ouija boards
  • Tarot cards
  • Pendulums
  • Dowsing rods

A Dive Into The Most Haunted Places In The UK

Going on ghost hunts can either be incredibly fun or incredibly frightening.

But you’re bound to find something creepy along the way.

If you want to broaden your ghost hunt horizons and chase spirits across the UK, then this section is for you. We’ve compiled a list of some of the scariest places you can visit.


  • Enfield house – 284 Green Street, Enfield, London
    • The poltergeist who possessed and tormented one of the Hodgson daughters in the late ’70s may still lurk here…
  • Amberley Castle – Arundel, West Sussex
    • The ghost of Emily, who committed suicide after throwing herself off the tallest tower, roams this former royal home.
  • Ancient Ram Inn – Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire
    • Home to John Humphries back in the day, this creepy place is considered the most haunted house in England.
  • Pluckley Village – Ashford, Kent
    • Once dubbed the “Most Haunted Village in Britain” by the Guinness World Records in 1989.

Northern Ireland

  • Ballygally Castle – Ballygalley, Larne
    • The spirit of a woman haunts this location, after plummeting to her death when trying to escape out one of the castle windows.
  • Dobbins Inn – Carrickfergus
    • Elizabeth “Maud” Dobyn’s ghost has been seen outside this restored medieval tower house. She and her lover were brutally murdered by her husband when he found out about their affair.
  • Antrim Castle – Antrim, Northern Ireland
    • A coach pulled by four horses is said to appear every year on the 31st of May. What’s even scarier is that the apparition vanishes into a nearby pond, killing everyone on board!


  • Cawdor Castle – Nairn, Scottish Highlands
    • Sightings of Muriel Calder, a woman dressed in a blue velvet dress, have been reported in Sir John Campbell’s former home.
  • Loudoun Castle – Ayrshire
    • “The Black Monk” haunts the walls of this ancient castle and the smell of rotting meat often accompanies his sightings.


  • Llancaiach Fawr Manor House – Nelson, Caerphilly
    • Two children haunt this old house, dating back to the 16th century. The kids are often seen at the bottom of the cellar stairs and are known to play tricks on staff members.
  • Craig-Y-Nos – Swansea Valley
    • Italian opera singer Adelina Patti purchased this old Victorian home in 1878. She lived on the property until she died in 1919. Mediums have taunted Patti by playing some of her old songs and her reaction has been anything but friendly.


Where are the most haunted places in London?

If you’re looking for ghost-hunts in the London, check out these places:

  • Bruce Castle – Tottenham, north London
  • Tower of London – Tower Hill, central London
  • Enfield House – Enfield, north London
  • Langham Hotel – Marylebone, central London
  • Ten Bells Pub – Spitalfields, central London

What happens in haunted houses?

It depends on what kind of entity lurks in the building. Some ghosts mean no harm and like to play innocent tricks on visitors – moving objects or fiddling with the electricity. Others, however, have a darker side. They take joy in evoking emotional suffering in their victims and smashing items around the room.

Is Priest’s House in Somerset worth visiting?

According to numerous Google reviews, “This is a fantastic place to visit.”

Final Thoughts

As we end this article, we hope to have sparked the ghost hunter in you. After hearing about the most haunted places in the UK, we bet you’re ready to grab your thermal cameras and fly out the door.

Remember to do your research on haunted houses in your area and grab a couple of phantom-loving enthusiasts to tag along with you. Whether you live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales, the UK is teaming with spiritual entities.

You just need to look in the right places…


Sam Ashford
Sam Ashford - Author

Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!