The most famously haunted places in the UK

If you have to visit these five ghost-infested haunts we urge you NOT to go after dark...

Top 5 most haunted places in the UK

1. Tower of London

This historic castle on the bank of the River Thames in London has such a long and bloody history it would almost seem rude not to have a few ghosts wandering about. Used as a prison and a place of execution, as well as a royal residence, it has rightfully earned its reputation as being one of the most haunted places in the UK. Reported ghosts of historical figures include Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, the Princes in the Tower and, of course, Anne Boleyn whose headless body has been spotted numerous times walking the corridors. Perhaps the most famous ghost is The White Lady, a mournful spectre who inhabits the forbidding White Tower and is said to have once stood at a window and waved to a party of visiting schoolchildren on the opposite side of the castle.

2. Pendle Hill

If you're a fan of witches - and let's face it, who isn't? - you really should make a trip to Pendle Hill in Lancashire, famous for the Pendle Witches who were put to death in the 17th century after one of the most notorious witch trials in English history. Now something of a witchcraft Mecca, large numbers of visitors climb the hill every Halloween and the place is extremely popular with ghost hunters.

3. Pluckley village

Pluckley in Kent is the most haunted village in Britain. You don't have to take our word for it - the Guinness Book of World Records gave it that honour back in 1989, so it's official. The picturesque village has fifteen famous ghosts and, with a population of just over 1,000, that's around one ghost per 70 people which is extremely generous. The infamous apparitions include a murdered highwayman, a hanging schoolmaster, an old gypsy woman who sits on a bridge and a lady in red who wanders the church's graveyard in search of her lost baby.

4. Hampton Court Palace

You went for the gardens but you stayed for the ghosts! Whilst it's true that Hampton Court Palace is more famous for its celebrated grounds and maze, you probably wouldn't be surprised that the 500-year-old royal residence also houses a quite a few ghouls, the most notable of which are two of King Henry VIII's wives. Jane Seymour, who died in childbirth, has often been seen walking around the courtyard with a candle, whilst the screaming spectre of the executed Catherine Howard is what gives Hampton's 'Haunted Gallery' its name.

5. Borley Rectory

For decades, the successive residents of this large Gothic-style mansion in the village of Borley, Essex were plagued by ghastly goings-on including multiple sightings of the ghost of a young nun and a phantom coach driven by two headless horsemen. In 1937, renowned psychic researcher Harry Price decided to conduct a year-long investigation, documenting unexplained phenomena and holding séances - during one of which, a spirit claimed he would set fire to the rectory. Price was so convinced by the end of the experiment that he declared Borley "the most haunted house in England", publishing two best-selling books about it. A year later the rectory burnt to the ground. Spoooooky.