11 Of The Most Haunted Places In The World That Are Not For The Faint Of Heart

Published October 10, 2021
Updated November 7, 2023

The Tower Of London: A Haunted Place In London, England

Tower Of London Haunted Place

Wikimedia CommonsSaid to be one of the most haunted places in the world, the Tower of London has hosted countless executions.

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Tower of London was constructed by William the Conqueror in 1078. And in its 1,000-year history, the tower has seen its fair share of real-life horror stories.

The building has served various purposes over the centuries — armory, prison, execution room, treasury, royal residence, public records office — but it currently holds the title as one of the most haunted places in London.

The most famous ghost that roams the tower is said to be that of Anne Boleyn, one of the wives of Henry VIII, who was beheaded in the building back in 1536. Her ghost has been spotted on several occasions. Eerily, she is sometimes seen carrying her own severed head under her arm.

Other apparitions who haunt the building include English monarch Henry VI, who was murdered inside Wakefield Tower, and the “White Lady,” whose aroma wafts around her haunting place. Some visitors have even claimed to see a tormented scene featuring the ghost of the Countess of Salisbury.

The countess famously refused to put her head on the scaffold when she was set to be executed in 1541. So instead, the executioner had to chase her around the grounds and strike her down once he caught up with her, which is what some unlucky visitors have claimed to see reenacted.

Edinburgh Castle: A Haunted Place In Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle

PinterestVisitors to Edinburgh Castle have claimed to see a wide variety of different ghosts.

Edinburgh Castle, which was constructed 900 years ago as a military fortress, sits atop the volcanic Castle Rock. It is also, according to legend, one of the most haunted places in Scotland.

Throughout the castle’s long history, it has seen attacks, executions, and murders, which have led to no shortage of ghost tales.

Visitors to the castle have claimed to witness apparitions of Lady Janet Douglas of Glamis, who was burned at the stake for witchcraft in 1537. They have also claimed to see apparitions of Duke Alexander Stewart of Albany, who stabbed his guards to death and then burned their bodies.

Inside Edinburgh Castle

YouTubeA peek inside one of the creepier parts of Edinburgh Castle.

There are also unnamed apparitions that supposedly make appearances on the castle’s grounds, like a phantom piper who got lost in the castle’s underground passages, a headless drummer, French prisoners, colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War, and even ghost dogs.

In 2001, a massive paranormal investigation took place on the property in which a team of researchers and 200 members of the public searched the hidden chambers and passageways in the castle for evidence of ghosts.

More than half of the participants reported paranormal activity, including seeing shadowed figures, feeling tugging sensations on their clothes, and noticing a sudden drop in temperature — all evidence cited by those who believe that this is one of the world’s most haunted places.

Caroline Redmond
Caroline is a writer living in New York City who holds a Bachelor's in science from the University of Florida. Her work has appeared in People, Yahoo, Bustle, Entertainment Weekly, and The Boston Herald.