Get your pulse racing this Halloween with some of the world’s most spook-tacular destinations. From haunted castles to spooky museums there are a host of creepy attractions to get your fangs into.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle looms over the city with a foreboding presence. The site where the castle rests dates back to 850 BC, so there is no shortage of dark tales lending to the notion that it rests within one of the most haunted city's in the world.
The castle has been the backdrop of many a bloody battle through the ages, with many visitors to the area reporting sightings of past trauma, including rapid drops in temperature amid visions of ghostly characters such as pipers wandering the tunnels. This is an ethereal and mysterious journey through Scottish history that's not to missed, and neither is the splendid day or nightime panorama as you survey the city below.
The hilltop fortress and national monument makes for a palatial display of gothic architecture by day. By night, it becomes a treasure trove for vampire lovers and the daring alike, having initially been the infamous home of the medieval king known as Vlad the Impaler.
Bran Castle can be found in the heart of Romania in Brazov, just outside Bucharest, being renowned for tales of the most famous vampire in folklore, Dracula. Bran Stoker's classic novel depicts the castle as Dracula's reside, which can now be explored by visitors via guided tour should you dare.
Known somewhat unnervingly as the 'The Church of Bones', Sedlec Ossuary is a Roman Catholic chapel situated beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints.
Classed as one of the scariest World Heritage Sites on the planet, Sedlec Ossuary is made almost entirely of human bone! Between 40,000 and 70,000 people's skeleton's make up this unusual church setting turned art decoration, seeing the term 'man-made' structure become a more literal prospect. With around 200,000 annual visitors, Sedlec Ossuary is a must-see tourist attraction when visiting the sights and sounds of Prague.
Iceland may be famous for its gorgeous landscapes and glimmering northern lights, but it also has a dark and spooky side. Those who dare explore the country’s scariest legacy should head to the Ghost Centre in Stokkeseyri, a museum devoted to Iceland’s most famous ghosts. Here, you'll hear the ghastly tales of vicious ghosts, famous for holding a grudge for centuries. The same building also houses Icelandic Wonders – a museum dedicated to elves, trolls and northern lights.
France’s tallest castle is just over an hour’s drive from Tours, resting within the Loire River Valley and exuding a grand old world charm. The Château de Brissac is most famous for one lady in particular, with the ghost of la Dame Verte, or “Green Lady” thought to roam the castle walls.
A double murder in the castle during the 15th century is thought to be the reason behind one of France's most haunted buildings, where the Green Lady can often be seen and heard. Most sightings of the Green Lady reported in the tower room of the chapel, wearing the famous green gown, with her known to scare many of the guests who dare set foot in the castle.