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12 Real Life Haunted Locations You're Far Too Scared To Visit

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1. Drakelow Tunnels, Kidderminster

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The Drakelow Tunnels is a former secret underground military base, which was decommissioned at the end of the Cold War in 1993. Since that time, there have been a number of strange occurrences. Mists have appeared inside the tunnel, strange wartime music can be heard, and many have reported sudden cold snaps despite the tunnels having a consistent temperature.

Most interestingly, because of the base's secret nature, any history of the tunnels before 1993 is classified and unavailable. Did they experience similar unexplained phenomena too?

2. Highgate Cemetery, London

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Many supernatural tales date back hundreds of years, but the Highgate Vampire was first reported as recently as 1963.

Other ghouls said to haunt the grounds include an old woman searching the gravestones for her children, whom she allegedly murdered, and the floating ghost of a nun.

3. Borley Rectory, Essex

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Once known at the most haunted house in England, Reverend Henry Dawson Ellis Bull built this rectory on the site of a ruined monastery, and lasted two years before he was driven out by the spirits that haunted the house.

It began a cycle of tenants who each would last a short time before leaving terrified. Psychic investigators were called in, and one Reverend even had the place exorcised, but to no avail. Supernatural happenings are still reported to this day.

4. Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

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Cannock Chase is the home of the legendary Black Eyed Girl, who was recently seen for the first time in over 30 years. With black coal pit sockets for eyes, the girl is thought to be a victim of a diphtheria outbreak in the 1800s.

While there have been random sightings of Black Eyed Children around the world, Cannock is the only place where they consistently happen in the daytime.

5. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire

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Many call the Ancient Ram Inn the most haunted house in Britain. Like any scary place worth its salt, the B&B was built on a Pagan burial ground and is said to be haunted by murdered children, witches, orbs, a high priestess, and even a male sex demon.

6. Pendle Hill, Lancashire

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Pendle Hill is a notoriously spooky spot, home to the infamous Lancashire witch trials in the 17th century.

In 1612, a number of people began dying of mysterious illnesses, milk turned sour, and cattle began falling too. Bowing to public demand, a local magistrate arrested a family of peasants who were said to be in league with the devil, with 12 "witches" in total sent to Lancaster for trial. Some 10 were found guilty and hanged, and ever since, the witches have haunted the village in retribution.

7. Aldgate Station, London

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The station is built next to St Botolph's Graveyard, a plague pit where over 5,000 bodies were buried following the Great Plague of 1665. And since the station opened in 1876, there's been countless tales of hauntings, strange sounds, and unexplainable occurrences.

However, one of the most well-known tales is that of a tube electrician who slipped between the tracks and hit the live rail, being electrocuted with 20,000 volts. He should have been killed, but his colleagues all swore they saw the ghost of an old woman (thought to have been killed in the blitz) kneeling beside him, supposedly saving his life.

8. Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Caerphilly

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Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a place frozen in time – a museum of living history with period actors playing out the lives of the manor's owner, Colonel Edward Pritchard, and his family.

What also still lives on in the house are the spirits of its many occupants, with almost every room having a tale to tell. From the housekeeper, "Mattie", to the little boy who fell to his death from the top floor, to even the Colonel himself.

In addition to the disembodied voices heard around the house and ghostly children that roam the hallways, one room frequently causes visitors to break down in tears for unexplainable reasons.

9. Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

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What makes Woodchester Mansion especially spooky is the fact that it remains unfinished, giving it a truly eerie feel. For 16 years, labourers and builders had been working on constructing the house until mysteriously one day in 1868, the workers all left and never came back.

Repostings of paranormal activity have persisted ever since. Amongst the sightings include a phantom horseman, the pet dog of the house's caretaker, and the "Tall Man of the Chapel". Some visitors claim to have actually been attacked by the spirits.

10. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in all of Europe, with the imposing Edinburgh Castle looking like something straight out of an old black-and-white horror film.

Among the spirits calling Edinburgh Castle home are a phantom piper, a headless drummer, and a spectral dog.

12. Pluckley, Kent

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Situated not too far from Ashford, Pluckley is a village that seems to be haunted by something at every turn, and as such is a popular attraction each Halloween for those seeking out spectral spirits.

One of its most well-known ghosts is that of the Watercress Woman, who used to sit on the same spot of a bridge each day, smoking a pipe, drinking gin, and selling watercress she had collected from the waters. She is said to have met her demise when she accidentally set herself alight, and has haunted the spot ever since.

Have a taste for the supernatural? For the first time, you will see the activity in 3D. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension in cinemas everywhere October 21.

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