Top 10 Haunted Places in the World

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6. The Tower of London, London, England

The Tower of London

Her Majesty’s Royal Palace along with the Fortress of The Tower of London, commonly known as the Tower of London is a historical monument in central London on the North Bank of Thames. The tower is said to be haunted by the ghost of Ann Boleyn, one of Henry VIII’s wives, who was beheaded in the tower in the year 1536. Just imagine a cadaverous lady with her own head. Somewhat like Nearly Headless Nick from Harry Potter. Ghastly! She has been seen on numerous occasions carrying her own head in the tower. Also the ghosts of two young boys playing in the alleys and hallways have also been seen in the tower.


7. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky, United States

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Sanatoriums and hospitals have always been eerie place for me. The peculiar smell of iodoform and other disinfectants, the creepy silence in the long halls, the morgue; in short, hospitals are really creepy places. The Waverly Hill Sanatorium opened in 1910 for the treatment of tuberculosis patients. It has been featured on the FOX Family Channel’s Scariest Places On Earth as well as on VH1’s Celebrity Paranormal Project. The sanatorium has been the sight of various paranormal occurrences. Ghoulish sound recordings, isolated cold spots and mysterious shadows are a few of the many haunting. Screams have also been heard in the empty hallways as well as fleeting apparitions have been seen disappearing into the thin air. A macabre infirmary! Scary!


8. The Queen Mary, California, United States

Queen Mary

RMS Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed in the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for Cunard Liner and was built by John Browne & Company. In 1967 the ship sailed to the port of California where she remains permanently docked. The engine and boilers have been removed and the entire ship has been refurnished to serve as a hotel. Ever since its docking the ship has become famous for its haunting. The most haunted area of the ship is said to be the engine room where a 17-year-old sailor was crushed to death trying to save himself from a fire. People have claimed to hear banging on pipes in the erstwhile engine room. The front desk of the hotel seems to be haunted by the apparition of a white lady and ghosts of children are said to haunt the ship’s pool area. Just imagine taking a dip in the pool and opening your eyes to little kid staring right at you. That would certainly scare the Christ out of you! The ship has been featured in an article, “10 Most Haunted Places in America” by the Times Magazine in 2008. Interestingly, ever since the rumours about the ghost got out, the hotel business has increased manifolds.


9. The White House, Washington DC, United States

White House

The home of the president of the United States is also the home for various haunting and that too, the famous ones. The 9th U.S. President, William Henry Harrison is heard ferreting out around in the attic of the White House. President Andrew Jackson has been seen in his White House bedroom in the form of apparitions and the ghost of First Lady Abigail Adams has been seen floating through one of the White House hallways. The most famous ghost is said to be Abraham Lincoln’s ghost that has been frequently sighted. Eleanor Roosevelt once said that she felt Lincoln watching her while she worked in the Lincoln Bedroom. Also during Roosevelt administration, a young clerk claimed to have actually seen the ghost of Abraham Lincoln sitting on a bed pulling off his shoes. A guest at the White House claimed to have woken up in the middle of the night only to find the apparition of a face staring back at her from the top.


10. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

This fort dominates the skyline of the city and is reputed to be Scotland’s most haunted places. The human habitation of this site dates back to the 9th century and the preserved parts of the fort now-a-days services as the most paid tourist attraction in the country. But despite such embellished environment this place remains the most haunted spot in Scotland and the city itself has often been called the most haunted city in all of Europe because of the very reason that this castle houses itself in this city. On various occasions, tourists have reported seeing a phantom piper, a headless drummer and colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War. It is also speculated that the spirit of a dog also haunts the castle. I, myself, remember watching the episode of Discovery Kids’ show ‘Truth or Scare’ featuring the Edinburgh Castle and being scared to my very core. The episode featured the pied piper whose finger were apparently chopped off to prevent him from playing the pipe and was buried within the castle. Years later explorers found a skeleton buried in the castle whose fingers were actually missing. Although a strong evidence is absent but missing fingers strengthened the legend of the pied piper.

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