Best guided ghost walks in the UK

Not everyone’s into jumpscares but a spooky walk with a frisson of fear is guaranteed to get the heart racing.

Here are 7 ghost walks that dare to scare in some of the UK’s finest cities.

And remember, ghost walks are for life, not just Halloween!

Norwich Ghost Walks

Norwich Ghost walks in Elm Hill, Norwich
© Norwich Ghost Walks

A city with a long history that lends itself to spooky tales and harrowing hauntings.

Discover the oldest part of the city by walking the cobbled streets of Elm Hill at twilight or take the River Walk after dark.

Your ghost-hunter host takes you on a journey through the most haunted areas of the city, telling tales of the many lost spirits and poltergeists who are still seen, and heard, to this day.

Where: Leave from Adam and Eve pub
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm
Cost: £10
Tickets: Pre-booked only

Whitby Ghost Walk, Yorkshire

Whalebone Arch in Whitby
© Tim Hill/Pixabay

Join Dr Crank on a stroll around the streets and alleyways of Whitby and hear tales of Headless Horsemen, Severed Hands, the Witches of Whitby and, of course, Dracula.

This northern town inspired Bram Stoker to write the world’s greatest horror story and few coastal towns have as much history and heritage as Whitby.

So get ready to discover pirates, whales, smugglers and much more.

Gravestones at Whitby Abbey
© Tim Hill/Pixabay

Where: Meet at the famous Whale Bone Arch on West Cliff (opposite the Royal Hotel).
When: The tour departs at 7.30pm.
Cost: £7 adults, £4 for under 12s
Tickets: No need to book, just turn up

City of the Dead Tours, Edinburgh

Bobby's Bothy Greyfriars Edinburgh Scotland
© City of the Dead Tours

Don’t believe in ghosts?

You might after you hear the terrifying tale of the Mackenzie Poltergeist in the Black Mausoleum, visit the South Bridge Vaults or explore the Covenanter’s Prison. You’ll laugh, but expect a few jumps along the way.

Weird history, wild stories and wicked humour combine in these walks that take in underground passageways in Damnation Alley, bleak prison cells and spooky graveyards. Everything’s scary, even the gift shop which is in a funeral parlour!

These walks are definitely not suitable for anyone of a sensitive disposition – although they run a special child-friendly daytime version for pre-booked parties.

Greyfriars Edinburgh Scotland
© City of the Dead Tours

Where: Meet at ‘Tree of the Dead’ near St Giles’ Cathedral on the Royal Mile
Underground tour – 3:30pm and 8.00pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Haunted graveyard tour – 8:30pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat)
The Double Dead Tour – 7.30pm every night and an extra late 9pm walk on Fridays and Saturdays.
Cost: From £14 adults, £12 for students and retired – no children under 12 allowed on the evening walks
Tickets: Pre-book

Ghost Walk of the Lanes, Brighton

The city’s longest running ghost walk takes in the oldest part of Brighton where the houses are packed in tight and the walls close in. During the day this shopping area is lively and cheerful but after dark it has quite a different atmosphere.

Take a walk with your costumed guide and hear macabre tales of brutal murders, hideous apparitions, boisterous poltergeists and even wandering nuns.

The emphasis is on family-friendly fun and humour.

Silas the Ghost Walker, Ghost Walk of the Lanes, Brighton UK
© James Bellorini

Where: Meet outside the Druid’s Head, Brighton Place.
When: Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7.30 pm
Cost: £12 with some concessions
Tickets: No need to book, just turn up

The Original Ghost Walk of York

Mark Graham of The Original Ghost Walk of York
© The Original Ghost Walk of York

Established in 1973 this is possibly the first exclusive Ghost Walk in the world.

Promising a legendary and disturbing experience it offers an evening of history, mystery and humour as you explore the spookiest places in York.

It’s authentic and magical, allowing you to encounter genuinely mysterious experiences. A great way to see the city at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to face your fears!

York Minster, York UK
© The Original Ghost Walk of York

Where: Leaves from The King’s Arms pub at Ouse Bridge
When: Nightly at 8pm (excludes Christmas)
Cost: £7.50 adults, children and students £5
Tickets: Pre-booking advised

Shiverpool Ghost Tour, Liverpool

© Dave Brownlee

Winner of a Visit England Award for excellence, these tours are full of energetic storytelling and immersive entertainment.

Discover the mystery of history, hear tales that are strange but true and expect the unexpected.

There’s a choice of three routes, each offering an experience of life on the other side.

The Auld Street and Dead House Tour takes you down the city’s oldest streets and ends up underground.

Hope Street Shivers leads you from the cathedral through the Georgian Quarter to the Secret Garden and necropolis.

Or you can walk with the dead on a tour of the ancient St James cemetery.

Hope Street Shivers, Shiverpool Ghost and History Tours, Liverpool
© Shiverpool Ghost and History Tours

Where: Various locations around Liverpool
When: Various, usually Thursday-Saturday
Cost: £16.50
Tickets: Pre-book

Bath Ghost Tours

Bath Ghost Tours, Bath UK
© Bath Ghost Tours

Any city as steeped in history as Bath has to have a ghost tour!

On this one and a half hour experience you’ll hear gruesome tales of murder, horrors, witch burnings, tragic suicides and relentless hauntings from beyond the grave.

You might even bump into a Roman soldier or two.

The tone is light-hearted fun – and Bath looks spectacular after dark.

Back streets of Bath, UK
© Bath Ghost Tours

Where: Leaves from outside Bath Abbey
When: 8pm Thurs, Fri and Sat
Cost: £10 adults, £7 children and students
Tickets: Pre-book

And finally

If you want a free ghost walk, one you can do in your own time, then take a spooky stroll around Pluckley in Kent – England’s most haunted village.

It’ll take about 3 hours to complete and will lead you to where you might meet a ghostly monk, an invisible woman, the watercress lady and a poltergeist at the Black Horse pub.

You can find details of the route here

And if you need somewhere to stay while on your city ghost hunt choose a hotel from one of our affiliates. We can’t guarantee a ghostly night, just a great choice!

Where to next?
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