10 Most Haunted Places in the World

For centuries people have avoided venturing anywhere near these places for a good reason they’re among the most haunted places in the World. Strange stories of strange events with dark and mysterious pasts, here are the 10 Most Haunted Places in the World.

10. Bhangarh Fort, India

Bhangarh Fort
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Built during the 17th-century Bhangarh Fort is located in the Aravalli hill region of Rajasthan India, which is around 146 miles from Delhi and originally intended as a place of sanctuary for Maho Singh the first. Soon the building became known for strange occurrences though and is by far the most haunted place in India. 

Stories tell of a wizard who once lived there and practiced dark magic, which he used to brew a love potion that he gave to her she rejected it though, and threw it into a rock which became dislodged and fell to crush the wizard.

Today it’s a popular tourist attraction with people visiting from around India to see the ancient monument. But the law states that no one is allowed to enter the grounds after dark.

There have been so many instances of ghostly apparitions and people feeling compelled to behave in unusual ways that even the authorities are sure that it’s cursed, possibly as an act of revenge by the wizard.


9. Glamis Castle, Scotland
Haunted Glamis Castle, Scotland
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For a long time, Glamis had been the location of a hunting lodge, which itself was associated with spooky happenings such as the murder of a Scottish king Malcolm II.

In 1372 a grand palace had been constructed at the site with the hope that it would bring a new spirit and good fortune to the region. It’s in the eastern part of Scotland surrounded by lush countryside but, despite attempts to turn the fate of the place around, it’s remained linked with haunted occurrences to this day.

According to the legend, the family that lived there in the 19th century had a hideously deformed child who became known as the monster of Glamis. While there are some unusual design features, the remains of the beast have yet to found.

Still, there are stories that his ghost walks the halls and attacks unwitting guests, which along with the myths of many other ghosts that suffered similarly fearful faiths make the castle one of the most haunted places in the country.


8. Akershus Fortress, Norway
Haunted Akershus fortress, Norway

Akershus fortress is a foreboding structure that sits next to the fjord in Oslo Norway and was first built in the late 13th century as a secure home for the royal family and a defensive stronghold for the city.

Today it’s used as the residence of the country’s prime minister but has had a variety of uses over the centuries, many of whom believe that this place is ghostly. By the turn of the 20th century, its use as a prison kept some of Norway’s most dangerous criminals and rebels.

Stories abound about what conditions were like there and how terribly the inmates treated each other, let alone the brutality they suffered at the hands of the guards. Visitors reported hearing the clanging of chains and pained groans and even the appearance of ghostly guards standing to attention at their posts.

Despite this risk today, it functions as a cultural center and is used to host foreign dignitaries on behalf of the government.


7. Eastern State Penitentiary, US
Haunted Eastern state penitentiary, US

Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania was first opened in 1829 to house some of America’s most dangerous and violent criminals and designed with new ideas in mind of how incarcerated people should treat.

Most inmates were kept in solitary confinement, and some of those who spent time there included Al Capone and Willie Sutton before the facility was closed in 1971. When it was built it became the most expensive public building to have ever constructed in the US.

During its 142-year history, it saw more than its fair share of murders, suicides, torture, disease, and people losing their minds due to the containment.

It’s no surprise then that some spirits of former prisoners still haunt the former prison. There are dozens of reports of paranormal activity within the walls every year, making it one of America’s most haunted places.

6. Jazeera Al Hamra, United Arab Emirates
Haunted Jazeera Al Hamra, United Arab Emirates
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By 1830 the town of Jazeera al Hamra, which is on the coast of the United Arab Emirates, had a population of around 200 people, most of whom were involved in diving for pearls.

Over the next century, it would become home to 2500 people but, due to disagreements with the rulers of the region, a large contingent was forced to move and relocate to Abu Dhabi.

Those that remain in life started to become very weird with reports of hauntings and paranormal experiences particularly, around the mosque that had been built by those who had to leave.

According to the legend, things got so bad that everyone fled and now stands abandoned as a ghost town. The only people who dare venture into its boundary are ghost hunters and brave tourists.

Very few of them returning without tales of strange noises, creepy cold chills, and the sensation that someone or something was following very closely behind them their entire time there.

5. Hinton Ampner, UK
Haunted Hinton Ampner, UK
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Hinton Ampner is a magnificent home in Hampshire in England that was first built by a wealthy family in 1970 to replace a nearby Tudor house that was plagued with stories of hauntings.

One of the women who lived there at the time, Mary Ricketts, wrote of rattling noises the ground moving beneath her feet strange temperature changes and words of a different language being spoken to her while she slept.         

Despite a new house built, it seems as if the strangeness associated with the place has continued, and all residents have fallen some form of tragedy, some died prematurely. In 1960 a fire badly damaged the structure and meant it had to be wholly constructed.

The last owner died in 1985 without any heirs he, donated the property to the national trust who run regular tours around the place for those wanting to experience a piece of the English countryside and, of course, for visitors wanting their chance to see the ghostly happenings.


4. Banff Springs Hotel, Canada
Haunted Banff Springs Hotel, Canada
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The Banff Springs hotel in Fairmont Canada is one of the most famous haunted places in North America, and there are some stories about this place that attract ghost hunters from around the world.

In 1926 after a small fire that broke out in the hotel, it was discovered that the contractor who had built the hotel had mistakenly included a small room with no windows or doors, and not even the hotel owner knew about it.

If 873 is your lucky number, unfortunately, you won’t be able to stay in this room at the hotel. A story has it that a family brutally murdered in there because subsequent guests experienced such vivid paranormal activity the owners bricked up the door to look like the rest of the hallway.

Other stories include the ghost of a former bellman who often walks through the hotel, strange noises that come from the bridal suite even when it’s empty, and a bartender who occasionally appears when large groups are waiting for drinks.

3. The Stanley Hotel, Colorado
The Huanted Stanley Hotel, Colorado

If you’ve watched or read The Shining and freaked out by the story, then you have the Stanley hotel in Colorado to blame. Built-in a location with stunning views across the rocky mountains, strange occurrences have been reported ever since an accident that happened in 1911.

Despite opening as one of the first hotels in the world to be powered by pure electricity, the power supply had proved to be unreliable, so the decision was made to install gaslighting. 

The day after the work had been completed a gas leak in room 217 ignited when a maid entered it with a lit candle, which resulted in her seriously injured in a large portion of the structure is damaged.

The owner paid for the maid’s medical care and promoted her as a head maid when the hotel reopened after her death in the 1950s, her spirit was haunting the rooms near where the accident happened.

Now known as the Stephen King Suite, it is one of the most famous ghost hunter destinations in the world, and if you are lucky, you can meet the ghost who inspired one of the most famous horror films.


2. Château De Trécesson, France
Haunted Château De Trécesson, France
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The stunning Chateau de Trécesson of the Brittany region of France is believed to have been built sometime in the 14th century. It remained in possession of the same family for the following 400 years before being transferred to new ownership and it was after this happened around the time of the french revolution that a strange story was shared by a local thief that detailed what he saw in the surrounding grounds.

One night a carriage pulled up, and two men jumped out to dig a large hole next they removed a woman in a wedding dress from the carriage and buried her alive in the pit with her bouquet, shouting that she had dishonored her family. The thief ran home and told his wife, who made his return to rescue the woman by that time she was dead.

If there was ever an event that would cause a soul to remain and haunt a place, then it’s this, and sure enough, visitors to the Château often report seeing a mysterious woman dressed in white, walking through the courtyard close to where she’s believed to have buried.


1. Poveglia Island, Italy
Poveglia Island, Italy
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Poveglia Island, which is in the Venetian lagoon in Italy, is widely regarded as one of the most haunted places in Europe thanks to its long and checkered history as a quarantine station and in later years as a mental hospital.

Fears of contracting the plague in the 18th century meant that incoming ships to the region had to moor at the island to make sure no one on board was sick. Often led to completely healthy sailors coming into contact with the infected islanders and ultimately being trapped there themselves.

It’s thought that between 100 and 160 000 people died and were buried there during this time it used for quarantine, many of whom had no signs of illness on arriving in Italy.

The next use of the island as a mental hospital was equally as controversial because it became known as a place where experiments conducted to try and understand certain conditions and supposedly try to cure them.

In reality, in any other setting, the treatments would have considered being torture, cruel, and many patients died as a result of what was done to them. The island was abandoned in the 1960s and has since deteriorated, which means that not only does it feel creepy to walk around. But the ghost-sighting, strange sounds, and overall sense of unease about the place mean that only the hardiest of ghost hunters should ever set foot there.

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