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Car-freeHaunted journeysaround the UK
Cobbled lanes and creepy castles, ancient graves and haunted mansions... this spooky round-Britain selection of sites will send shivers down your spine. Catch a ghost bus tour or an after-dark boat ride; follow a cycle trail to a former jail in Bodmin or try a phantom-ridden pub crawl round the dim-lit lanes of York. And find out which are the country's scariest railway stations...
1. Alnwick Castle
Bus to get there; broomsticks when you arrive. Alnwick Castle has evolved over 700 years and is now a legendary film location – you can take a flying lesson just where Harry Potter had his. But hurry! You’ve only got until October 27th this year – otherwise, make plans for next March… Alnwick has everything you’d expect from a castle and more – including its own creepy stories. Once, a man who worked here suspected his wife was unfaithful and broke his neck chasing her to find out. But he reappeared even after he was dead, giving rise to rumours of the Alnwick Vampire…
2. Ghost Bus around Edinburgh
Bus tours on an old 1960s routemaster bus, with antique lamps and red velvet curtains, leave from just outside Waverley Station. They pass Edinburgh castle, cobbled Grassmarket, the spooky jumble of graves in Greyfriars kirkyard and the monuments on Calton hill. And – of course – there are views of the atmospheric Royal Mile, sloping down to haunted Holyrood with its history of murder…
- Billing itself as ‘the UK’s only comedy-horror theatrical sightseeing tour on wheels’, the Ghost bus will entertain you with classically-trained actors and gruesome tales.
- Johnny Depp and Whoopi Goldberg have been among numerous celebrity passengers.
- There are also Ghost bus tours in York and London. The Edinburgh tour costs £17.50, with family tickets for £48.