Top 12 Haunted Attractions in London

London is known for its popular tourist attractions, including Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, but there’s another side of the regal city that few people see. Take a tour or visit London’s top 12 must-see spooky spots, and plan your next ghost adventure.

12. Highgate Cemetary

By night, Highgate Cemetery depicts something out of a horror movie. Eerie crooked gravestones, headless angels covered in ivy and dark overgrown passages between the tombs make Highgate Cemetery Britain’s No. 1 ghost spot. Despite its chilling atmosphere, by day the cemetery showcases some of Britain’s most spectacular Gothic architecture, offers fascinating guided tours and is also the burial place of Karl Marx.

11. Tower of London

Not only is the Tower of London a World Heritage Site and one of the capital’s favorite attractions, it’s also home to many inhabitants of the undead variety -- with a past full of beheadings, hangings and tortures. Some of the most-sighted ghouls include the Princes in the Tower, allegedly murdered by their uncle Richard III, Anne Boleyn and the White Lady, who apparently brings a strange perfume smell with her on her hauntings.

10. The Grenadier

Originally built in 1720 as the Officers Mess for the First Royal Regiment of Foot Guards, the Grenadier became a licensed premise in 1818 to serve as The Guardsman Public House; it was later renamed The Grenadier. Steeped in history, it's believed the pub was once home to an officer's mess and a favorite haunt of soldiers. A vicious murder is said to have sparked the hauntings, which over the years have petrified locals and experts alike. Spooky occurrences including footsteps heard in empty rooms, unseen hands rattling, moving chairs and cold spots have all been reported by guests, patrons and staff.

9. The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon allows visitors to delve into the ancient capital’s most horrible history experience. Featuring live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects, the Dungeon is truly interactive, bringing the horrors of historic London to life.

8. The London Bridge Experience and London Tombs

The London Bridge Experience is a 2-part tourist attraction situated within the arches of London Bridge. First enjoy a fascinating trip back in time as the London Bridge Experience delves through the history of the bridge, from the Druids to the Victorians. The second part is a full on scare attraction that utilizes special effects, computer-generated imagery and real characters. The attractions have been voted the UK's “best year-round scare attraction” for 3 years running.

7. The Ghost Bus Tour

The Ghost Bus Tour takes you around London, the West End and even goes south of the River Thames. Onboard, actors and technical trickery combine to create a complete scare tour experience. An eerie conductor provides the commentary for this tour, which explores the haunted palaces, unmarked burial grounds and the skeletons in the capital’s cupboard.

6. The British Museum

Death looms large at the British Museum. Check out the Colombian death masks, Japanese coffins and the amazing wax death mask of Oliver Cromwell. And, of course, the British Museum has whole rooms dedicated to those macabre, death-obsessed ancient Egyptians, including the tomb-chapel of Nebamun and lots of mummies!

5. Jack the Ripper Tour

One of the most infamous serial killers in history was Jack the Ripper. Between 1888 and 1891 anywhere from 5 to 11 women were murdered by Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper was never caught and to this day his identity is unknown. Today, you can take a Jack the Ripper walking tour and visit many of the locations where his victims were found.

4. Haunted Tube Stations in London

London has a number of purported haunted Tube stations including the Black Nun at Bank, looking for her banker brother who was executed for forgery in 1811 and at Covent Garden, the ghost of an actor who was stabbed near the Adelphi Theatre in 1897. People have also reported hearing the Screaming Spectre, the ghost of a murdered 13-year-old trainee hatmaker from 1758 at Farringdon station.

3. 50 Berkeley Square

50 Berkeley Square is currently the home of Maggs Bros, antiquarian book dealers, and is well worth a visit on a London sightseeing tour. It is said that the attic room of the house is haunted by the spirit of a young woman who committed suicide by throwing herself from the top floor window. The vengeful spirit has reportedly taken the form of a white figure or a brown mist -- capable of frightening people to death. In fact, in the 19th century, numerous unexplained deaths were reported from the address -- all occurring in the attic.

2. Clink Hostels

If you're looking for a macabre place to stay in London, Clink Hostels provides the perfect solution. Built inside an imposing 19th-century courthouse, you can sleep in one of 7 authentic prison cells with original features like heavy doors and barred windows. Choose between solitary confinement or sharing the skinny space with your partner in crime.

1. SCREAM at Madame Tussauds

Located deep within Madame Tussauds, SCREAM is an inner chamber where things take an even scarier turn. Here, visitors are taken into a maximum-security prison taken over by the unhinged inmates. A great interactive London scare experience in one of London’s top tourist attractions.
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