10 Most Supernatural and Spine-chilling Places in Britain - from Haunted Houses to Witches, Werewolves and Vampires

We've all heard tales of haunted houses, ghost and ghouls, from an early age and hidden behind cushions watching horror movies as teens.

Even as adults our fascination with the supernatural is well documented, from TV to movies, books to documentaries.

If your interest in all things spooky extends to travelling there are quite a few places you can drop in to see if you dare.

Syfy, to mark the launch of Midnight, Texas, trawled the UK to find the top 10 most supernatural spots - from witches to werewolves, vampires and all types of strange happenings.

Here are the most supernatural sites in Britain.

1. Village of Pluckley, Kent

Pluckley in Kent is the 'most haunted English village' (Image: www.alamy.com)

Pluckley Village has a reputation for being the most haunted village in Britain – and it was named just that by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989.

Between 12 and 16 ghost sightings have been reported in the village, including a screaming man, a highwayman who appears at Fright Corner, a schoolmaster found hanged by a group of children and an old woman who used to sit on a bridge smoking.

2. Pendle Hill, Lancashire

(Image: Birmingham Post and Mail)

Pendle Hill is reportedly the home to twelve 'witches' from the 17th century. The twelve were accused of murdering up to ten people. They were brought to trial in the infamous Lancashire Witch Trials where ten of the witches were found guilty and executed by hanging.

3. The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire

The inn was built on the site in 1145,but an ancient Pagan burial ground is said to have been in the same place 5,000 years ago.

The stairway is said to be haunted at the Ancient Ram Inn (Image: Press Association)

One popular legend is a witch burned at the stake still haunts one of the rooms of the house to this day. Others say they can see a blurry figure on the stairway.

4. Cannock Chase, West Midlands

Cannock Chase in Staffordshire is on of the UK's most active paranormal hotspots (Image: Birmingham Post and Mail)

Cannock Chase is a large densely woodland area. It's become known as one the UK's most active paranormal hotspots.

Most famously it's known for its 'werewolf' sightings. The creation apparently prowls around the outskirts of Stafford. There have been numerous reports from people who live in the area who say they've seen what they claim to be a 'hairy wolf-type creature' walking on its hind legs around the German War Cemetery, just off Camp Road, in between Stafford and Cannock.

Cannock Chase is also known for its mining area (Image: Handout)

Several of the witnesses claim the creature sprang up on its hind legs and ran into the nearby bushes when it was spotted.

5. Woodchester Mansion, Gloucestershire

People claim to be attacked by ghosts at Woodchester Mansion (Image: PA)

Despite it’s seemingly normal appearance from the outside, inside the mansion, several rooms and whole floors are missing. Some visitors to the mansion claim to have been attacked by ghosts and others have collapsed, while women who have been to the bathroom reported seeing a floating head. Other supernatural beings such as the ghost of an old woman and a little girl have also been spotted.

6. Highgate Cemetery, London

Vampires are reported to walk in Highgate Cemetery (Image: Splash News)

In a letter to the Hampstead and Highgate Express on February 6, 1970 a vampire sighting was reported by an onlooker who had noticed it when passing the cemetery. He said he glimpsed "a grey figure" and asked if others had seen anything similar. On February 13, several people replied describing a variety of ghosts said to haunt the cemetery or the adjoining Swains Lane. The ghosts were described as a tall man in a hat, a spectral cyclist, a woman in white, a face glaring through the bars of a gate, a figure wading into a pond, a pale gliding form, bells ringing, and voices calling.

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7. Wharram Percy, Yorkshire

Medieval village of Wharram Percy in North Yorkshire (Image: PA)

The fear of vampires was a real concern once upon a time. An archaeological discovery revealed mutilated and burned bones of at least 17 people were found buried in a pit outside the desert medieval village of Wharram Perry, in Yorkshire. It's thought the mutilations were carried out on the bodies after their death, out of fear that the dead might rise and walk among the living.

8. Barmston Drain, Hull

A “half-man, half-dog” has been seen in Barmston Drain (Image: www.alamy.com)

Claims that a “half-man, half-dog” creature had been spotted stalking the banks of the city’s Barmston Drain were well documented in the press.

There were frightening reports that a “tall and hairy” beast was seen attacking a German Shepherd and then jumping 8ft over a fence with its prey still in its jaws. Further sightings followed including a woman in a car with friends who claimed she saw a beast with a human head started walking towards them on two legs.

9. St Oyth, Essex

The Cage, in St Osyth, was used as a prison to hold people accused of witchcraft in the 16th century. The prison is well known for the imprisonment of Ursula Kemp and other women who were accused of witchcraft and hung in 1582. Ursula Kemp was hanged in Chelmsford. In 1921, the skeletons of two women were found in a St Osyth garden by Mr Charles Brooker, one of which was believed to be that of Kemp. The Cage to this day is said to be extremely active with spirits of jailer, a young child, a suicide victim, and, of course, Ursula Kemp.

10. Borley Rectory, Essex

Despite being destroyed by a fire in 1939, Borley Rectory has gained a reputation as being heavily haunted after a series of locals reported some unexplained paranormal going-ons. The ghost of a nun, two headless horsemen, a phantom carriage, the phantom carriage, the phantom ringing of the servant’s bells and bottle-throwing are just some of the paranormal incidents. It is now known as the most haunted house in England.

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