13. Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Where: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
When tuberculosis hit Louisville, Kentucky, (named 'The White Plague') a hospital was built to house the patients. And while this helped the community, provided jobs, helped grow the community and care for the sick - it also resulted in a few deaths. Now, reports of mysterious figures roaming the halls, a ghost of an elderly woman bleeding from her hands and feet, and a little child peeking around the corners have scared many visitors. If you're brave enough, you can tour the halls yourself...
12. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Where: Banff, Alberta, Canada
Dubbed the 'Castle of the Rockies', this impressive hotel was built in 1888 and has seen countless guests stay (including notable favourites like Marilyn Monroe and the Queen!). But some guests, and staff, may have never left... One bellhop is happy to help you to your room, will open doors, turn on the lights - but he'll be wearing a 1960s uniform, and will probably vanish once you try to tip him. Probably because he's been dead for over 50 years. But the scariest report is of a family in Room 873. The entire family was murdered for unknown reasons, and the room has been sealed ever since. Despite this, the family is often seen outside of the room...
11. Bhangarh Fort
Where: Rajasthan, India
Also known as the Fort of Ghosts, Bhangarh is a small city full of temples, gates and palaces at the foot of a mountain - however, the city was abandoned around 1783. There are two theories to explain the fate of the town. The first is that a holy man cast a curse over the city, forbidding it to have buildings taller than his own. When one building cast a shadow over his, he cursed the whole town. The other tale is of a wizard who fell in love with the Princess of Bhangarh. When the princess foiled his spells, the angry wizard cast a curse on the city. These days, it's said that anyone who enters the city at night will never come out...
10. Mary King's Close
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
A maze of streets and dwellings, Mary King's Close was once a thriving trade area. However, in 1645 the plague affected the city. Those that were infected stayed behind in isolation. Since then, there have been chilling reports of the paranormal. Starting with the Coltheart family in 1685, who reported seeing ghostly figures, phantom limbs and experienced vivid nightmares. And still today, staff and visitors continue to experience spooky goings-on, including reports of a small ghost named Annie (who has a soft spot for those who leave her gifts), scratching noises, and even objects being thrown at people!
9. Akershus Fortress
Where: Oslo, Norway
Originally built in the late 13th Century as a defence for Oslo and as a home for the Royal family, Akershus Fortress has seen a lot in its time. It's been used as a military base, a castle, and even came under Nazi occupation - so a few nasty events happened here, and it is now reported to be the home to many ghostly occurrences. The most famous paranormal residents are a demon hellhound, Malcanisen (meaning 'Evil Dog') - who guards the castle gates and appears as a large black dog, and woman with no face who fades in and out of rooms in the castle.
8. Castle of Good Hope
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Built in the 17th Century by the Dutch East India Company, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in Cape Town - and is the home to a wide range of ghostly activity. These incidents include a tall man who jumps off the ramparts, a large black dog that jumps on visitors before vanishing, a woman that runs through the corridors wailing, and the sound of bells that ring out from the bell tower.
7. Thousand Doors to the Afterlife
Where: Java, Indonesia
Built in 1917 by the Dutch East Indian Railway Company, The Thousand Doors (Lawang Sewu) was taken over by the Japanese army in WWII and converted into a prison. There, many people - mostly Dutch nationals - were tortured and executed. Now, the site is believed to be one of the most haunted places in Indonesia, where many recall ghostly encounters. One ghostly apparition is a Dutch woman who is believed to have committed suicide here and now roams the grounds.
6. Old Changi Hospital
The Changi Hospital opened in 1935, but immediately it became the subject for all kinds of horrors. It was used as a prison and torture camp by the Japanese Secret Police, the Kempeitai, during WWII. After the war, the building was a hospital again before shutting in 1997. Now, the hallways of the hospital are said to be haunted with the ghosts of Japanese soldiers, people executed during the occupation and patients. Many have reported sounds such as loud bangs, crashes and unexplained screams as well as figures fading in and out of rooms....
5. Eastern State Penitentiary
Where: Philadelphia, USA
The Eastern State Penitentiary is famous for having a few famous inmates, including Al Capone and Willie Sutton. But the reports of paranormal events started in the 1940s, which has sealed the reputation. The prison was the first to introduce solitary confinement, and even used a black hood over a prisoner's head to make sure they spoke to no one - resulting in cases of insanity. Now, reports of phantoms of former prisoners, shadowy figures, a wraith in the guard tower, evil laughter, faces appearing and disappearing, and footsteps in empty rooms and hallways haunt this place.
4. Monte Cristo Homestead
Where: Junee, New South Wales, Australia
Built by the Crawley family in 1848, a series of tragic events have plagued this homestead. From a maid throwing herself from the balcony after becoming pregnant, to a baby tragically dying after being dropped down the stairs, a servant burning to death in the stables, a caretaker shot to death and another caretaker keeping his son chained in a shed for 30 years. The current owners have experienced a few paranormal events themselves, including a ghostly hand on the shoulder, and are now offering a combo dinner and ghost tour if you're keen. You can even stay overnight, if you dare.
3. The Ancient Ram Inn
Where: Gloucestershire, England
Built in 1145, atop of ancient Ley Lines and a Pagan Burial Ground, this inn has experienced all sorts of unexplained activity.
There have been reports of a variety of ghosts, including a witch who was burned at the stake in the 16th Century, a Roman centurion and a monk who dwells in a room on the first floor. The last owner, the late John Humphries, had reported a few incidents himself. He said on his first night in 1968, he felt a presence grab his arm and dragged him out of bed. He also found the skeletons of children and broken daggers beneath the staircase...
2. La Isla de la Muñecas (The Island of the Dolls)
Where: Lake Teshuilo, Xochimilico, Mexico City, Mexico
This is no island in the middle of nowhere, in fact, it's on the outskirts of Mexico City, but it's very odd indeed. In the 1920s, it's believed three young girls played on the island, until one drowned. Because of this the locals believed that her spirit haunted the island. Thirty years later, Don Julian Santana Barrera left his family to live a solitary life on the island - but as soon as he arrived, he says the spirit of a little girl began talking to him. So to make her happy, he began to give her dolls. Many, many dolls. Julian 'decorated' the trees with dolls, sometimes from a noose, sometimes with spikes, some have missing limbs, and they all sit there, just staring. After nearly 50 years of collecting, Julian was found dead in 2001, floating face down in the water, the same way the girl had died...
Where: Poveglia, Italy
This is not your next holiday destination. In fact, this island was never the ideal place to go to. In the 14th Century, when the Bubonic Plague arrived, the island was used as a quarantine area, and anyone infected were sent there in exile - more or less to die. To dispose of the bodies, corpses were piled up and burned on massive funeral pyres - fuelling rumours that the earth is half soil, half human ash. During the 1800s, the buildings on the island were converted into an asylum, where anyone who showed a sign of an itch or twitch (mentally or physically) were shipped off to live. But this asylum was run by a doctor who conducted all kinds of brutal experiments on residents, and eventually died by falling (or was he pushed?) off the bell tower. Now, this island is practically swarming with reports of the paranormal. From voices and screams to cases of possession and sudden homicidal thoughts; most people report feeling an evil and crushing atmosphere as soon as they step foot on the island.