If you enjoy exploring unusual locations and are fascinated by ghosts, don’t miss out on these eerie locations from across the world. These locations will undoubtedly give you the chills. You might even witness supernatural events here if you’re lucky! It’s not for the weak of heart.
The following is a list of the world’s top 5 haunted locations:
Canada’s Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
This chateau-style hotel lies lovely by the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park, and was built in 1888 to stimulate tourism and sell train tickets. But once you’re inside, it becomes a little more Gothic—and we’re not talking about the architecture. Several local spirits have been recorded, including a bride who allegedly tumbled down the stone staircase at her wedding, according to the Calgary Herald. Sam the bellman, who worked at the hotel until 1975 and believed he’d returned to haunt the place, is a less tragic spirit. Before vanishing, his soul is said to work shifts assisting people with their luggage.
India’s Bhangarh Fort
The lush ruins of Bhangarh Fort, just 100 miles southwest of Delhi, provide for an odd juxtaposition against Rajasthan’s barren terrain. Due to an alleged curse set by a frustrated sorcerer after his approaches were denied by a local princess, the oasis remains largely unoccupied to this day. Traveler’s previous editor-at-large Hanya Yanagihara recommends worshipping the sun during a session of pre-dusk yoga at the location if you want your visits to be more spiritual than haunted.
Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland’s capital city is also one of the most haunted. The mediaeval fortress’s ancient dungeons, with sections dating back over 900 years, have caused tourists to report sightings of colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War, French prisoners from the Seven Years War—and even a ghost dog wandering the castle’s dog cemetery.
Beijing, China’s The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City, China’s old royal palace that is now a museum, is a must-see on every trip to Beijing. However, you may not be aware that the renowned tourist spot has a burgeoning supernatural following. The complex saw its fair share of killings over its 600-year reign as a palace, whether from envious concubines poisoning one another or executions carried out at the emperor’s command. Since the palace became opened to the public in the 1940s, there have been several stories of unusual occurrences. The most prevalent storey features a woman clothed in white walking around the grounds wailing (as most excellent ghost stories do).
Coolderry, Ireland’s Leap Castle
This Irish castle, which dates from the 13th to the late 15th century, has witnessed more horrible deaths than a Game of Thrones wedding. According to folklore, during a power struggle within the O’Carroll dynasty (which had a penchant for poisoning dinner guests), one member stabbed his brother, a priest, while he was holding mass in the castle chapel. The priest is claimed to haunt the church at night, and the room is now known as “The Bloody Chapel.” According to the gruesome history recounted on Leap Castle’s website, the evil doesn’t end there. Workmen discovered a secret basement in the Bloody Chapel during renovations in the early 1900s, which contained so many human skeletons that it filled three cartloads when carted away. Prisoners would fall down a trap door, have their lungs punctured by wooden spikes on the ground, and experience a long, horrifying death within earshot of the malevolent clan members above.