You would have to have been living under a rock for the last few months if you weren’t aware that the Ghostbusters blockbuster movie has made a triumphant return. This classic remake boasts a star-studded all-female team including Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McCinnon. It’s been getting us all thinking a lot more about what the paranormal, especially paranormal women.
A recent study compiled by money-saving website Voucherbox.co.uk ranked the spookiest destinations in the UK, haunted by female ghosts. This ‘spook scale’ indicates the scare factor levels based on previous encounters with the spirits. Results from the study show that the South East has the most traumatised souls in the country.
“Most of us have grown up hearing ghost stories and tales, something which the UK, brimming with history, has an abundance of. Inspired by the release of Ghostbusters, we’ve discovered a lot of these tales star a female protagonist,” said Shane Forster, Voucherbox UK Country Manager.
The great thing for budding Ghostbusters is that all these places are easily accessible to visit. If you fancy yourself as a Ghostbuster, you can seek out these female spirits and tick off this extensive list, at your own risk.
Spine-Chilling South East
Amongst the tranquil South East scenery lurks a number of terrifying tales. The Screaming Lady of Hampton Court Palace, more familiarly known as Catherine Howard, really brings history to life with her piercing screams regaled in the gallery. While no less than four female ghosts will keep you on your toes in Pluckley village in Kent, leaving no place to hide for those who scare easily.
Visit Hampton Court Palace, Richmond, Surrey £21/£19.80 (on the gate/online purchase)
Venturing towards the cackling capital will not leave budding ghostbusters disappointed. The Tower of London is a good place to start, where you may meet the headless spirit of Anne Boleyn, or the notorious Arabella Stuart in the Queen’s House. Plus you’ll get more than a Thames view when you get in the lift at The Savoy, London, which is manned by the spirit of a little girl.
Visit the Tower of London £23.£21.30 (on the gate/online purchase)
A night in the Savoy costs between £381-£671
Nightmarish North West
The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool seems to have the most mischievous resident spirits. One ghoul may be caught ruthlessly rooting through your belongings in the early hours, while another may spell-bindingly stroke your hair.
A night in The Adelphi Hotel costs between £41 and £82
Night Terror North East
Many of these legends will bring a tear to your eye, with several of these spirits meeting their end after being mistreated by loved ones. One of the saddest tales is that of Constance de Beverly, a nun at Whitby Abbey who, after falling in love, subsequently broke the sacred vows she made to her religious order. Bricked up alive in a dungeon as punishment, her ghost has been spotted in the stairwell cowering and begging for freedom.
Visit Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire, for £7.90
If you’re visiting Devon this summer, Berry Pomeroy Castle is certainly not for the faint hearted. The castle is inhabited by at least two tormented souls. The more notorious is that of Margaret Pomeroy, known since her death as the White Lady, whose sister imprisoned and starved her to death over jealousy of her beauty. The second is the Blue Lady, believed to be the daughter of one of the Norman castle lords. She was raped and impregnated by her father, and when she gave birth, strangled the baby. Her spirit lures visitors into different parts of the castle in order to get them lost from their group.
Visit the Berry Pomeroy Castle in South Devon for £6.20
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