The Top 12 Haunted Houses in the UK and USA

Real estate
Oct 31, 2018 由 Baptiste Le guay

These haunted houses are nothing like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. These are the real deal, the scariest real haunted houses in the UK and America.

1. The headless ghost at Blickling Hall

Haunted House Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall is home to one of history’s most famous phantoms: Anne Boleyn. The older medieval manor, which used to stand on the site of Blickling Hall is thought to have been the former Henry VIII’s birthplace. Anne didn’t provide the King with an heir to the throne, so out of frustration he ordered his own wife’s execution.

Her headless ghost is said to return every year on 19th May (the anniversary of her execution). Her ghost rides up to the house in a coach drawn by a headless horseman. As soon as the coach reaches the house it vanishes into thin air.

2. Sir Francis Drake lived in glory as a national hero. But his spirit is not a happy one

The house built on the site of the former abbey was the Devon home of Sir Francis Drake from 1580. While Sir Francis was regarded as a national hero, many locals feared him and believed he had supernatural powers. Some said that he had only defeated the Spanish Armada because he had made a pact with the Devil.

Haunted Abbey Devon Sir Francis Drake

There seems to be a headless horse theme here, because Sir Francis’ ghost is said to ride across Dartmoor in a black coach driven by headless horses and chased by a pack of hounds. There’s a possibility that The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired by this haunted house, as he is known to have visited the area and therefore must have heard of the ghost.

3. The Dream by Sir Winston Churchill

Haunted House Ghost of Churchill's father

The former Prime Minister wrote an account entitled ‘The Dream’ when his dead father appeared to him when he was painting in his studio.

Churchill saw his father sitting in his red leather armchair, exactly how he used to. Churchill went on to update his father on the 50 years he had missed, including the two World Wars.

"He was so exactly like my memories of him in his most charming moods that I could hardly believe my eyes. I felt no alarm; but I thought I would stand where I was and go no nearer."

4. This dramatic ruined fortress in southern Dorset is associated with a murderous story

Haunted Castle Dorset Corfe

A woman in white, believed to have performed an act of treason during the Civil War is said to stalk the battlements at Corfe.

5. The most haunted house in the Midlands, Croft Castle, Herefordshire

There are said to be a total of seven spectres in residence at this ancient Herefordshire fortress.The most imposing of these is a seven-foot figure of a man clad in a leather jerkin. He is believed to be the ghost of Welsh freedom fighter Owain Glyndwr.

Haunted Castle ghost of Owain Glyndwr

6. Echoes of a century-old murder

Many peculiar and unsettling reports of ghostly activity have come out of Newton House in Camarthenshire. In the 1980s a TV crew stayed overnight at this lonely property. At one point a cameraman swears that he felt an invisible pair of hands squeezing his throat.

Legend has it that Lady Elinor was forced to marry a man she didn’t love. After running away to seek refuge with her family at Dinefwr, her enraged suitor followed, burst into the house and strangled his wife to death.

This was in the very room that the cameraman felt the hands around his throat…

Newton House Haunted strangled wife

7. A haunted library at Felbrigg Hall

The ghostly presence of William Windham III at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk is linked to a fire that broke out at Felbrigg. William died trying to save his precious books and has since been sighted as a ghost trying to read all the books he didn’t have time to whilst he was alive.

Felbrigg Hall Haunted by ghost of William Windham III

Photo Credits: National Trust


American photographer Seph Lawless took the following photos of these truly haunted houses. Lawless will be staying in one of these abandoned houses on Halloween night and will live-stream the event. You can vote for which house by following his Instagram!

8. Nova House

Benjamin Albright accidentally shot and killed his son in 1958 in this Nova Ohio house. He later killed himself and his wife.

Nova Ohio Haunted House

Called the Nova House, the home has been abandoned ever since. Some of the family's belongings are still inside.

Nova OHio Haunted House abandoned belongings

9. Haught Mansion

This mansion is located in Brush Park, Michigan. A former upscale brothel in the 40s. Years after it closed, several dead women’s bodies were found in the basement. There were perfectly round circles drawn on the torsos and chests of the victims.

Brush Park Michigan Haunted Brothel

Brush Park Michigan Haunted Brothel inside

10. Downtown McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Lawless shot this 1892-built house the day before it collapsed from a fire - freaky right?!

Haunted House in Pennsylvania burns down

"It's truly frightening and it still gives me chills thinking about it" says Lawless.

Haunted House Pennsylvania burns down inside

11. The Old Hickory Tavern, Pennsylvania

Haunted Tavern Pennsylvania

Lawless heard unexplained, eerie nosies here when he visited…

12. Franklin Castle in Cleveland, Ohio

This is considered one of the most haunted houses in America. According to local legend, there have been numerous murders in the house, in addition to people seeing ghosts and hearing strange noises.

Haunted Castle in Cleveland,Ohio

The three-story mansion was originally built for Frank Knox. It was sold in 1928 and converted into a hotel and restaurant.

Photo Credits: Seph Lawless

Stay updated

Get the latest photographic news and inspiration