Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the World

From chilling castles in Europe to eerie forts in Asia and legendary haunted houses in the United States, this list covers all the bases. It has places like the infamous Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India, where legends and real-life reports make even skeptics second guess their beliefs. Or how about Edinburgh Castle in Scotland? It's not just its age that makes it spooky; there are also reports of mysterious apparitions and weird sounds that'll make your skin crawl. And let's not leave out classic American haunts like The White House in Washington, D.C., where even past presidents have claimed to have had ghostly encounters.

Now, what makes these places worthy of a visit, aside from their fascinating histories? It's the bone-chilling stories of people who have actually been there. Some folks claim to have seen spirits, others report strange occurrences, and then there are those who won't talk about their experiences at all - makes you wonder, doesn't it?

You might be a skeptic or a firm believer, but there's something intriguing about haunted places that piques our curiosity. Is it the unknown? The challenge to our rational minds? Or perhaps, it's the thrill of experiencing something that defies explanation. Whatever your reason, this list is here for you to explore, ponder, and even disagree with.
The Top Ten
1 Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop Castle Rock. With a history dating back to the 12th century, the castle is steeped in lore and has been the site of numerous battles and sieges. Visitors and staff alike have reported seeing apparitions, feeling sudden cold spots, and hearing mysterious sounds, particularly in the castle's dungeons and old chambers. These accounts have made the castle a popular location for paranormal investigations.

This place is so dang scary. I think they had an episode about it on Ghost Adventures.

Hundreds of tunnels, graves, and secret bunkers.

2 Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India Bhangarh Fort, located in Rajasthan, India, is often cited as one of the most haunted places in the country. Built in the 17th century, the fort is now in ruins and is a popular tourist destination, although visitors are advised not to stay after dark. Local legends claim that the fort is cursed, leading to the prohibition of entering the site between sunset and sunrise. Stories of ghostly apparitions, unexplained noises, and mysterious activities have long been associated with the fort.

Well, I have visited Bhangarh so many times! I think everyone should go and see how beautiful this city is. Really, it's an awesome city! You can even find a market that's about 2000 years old there.

Bhangarh Fort is a bit scary and smelly. There are lots of bats inside it! It is said that one queen, known as Ratnadevi, died there. If anyone stays there after 7 o'clock, they can never come back! You can search for it on YouTube as well!

A girl was observed peering through a window. Scary...

3 The White House, Washington, D.C., USA The White House, situated in Washington, D.C., is not only the residence of the President of the United States but also has a reputation for being haunted. Stories circulate of former presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson making spectral appearances. First Ladies, White House staff, and guests have recounted experiences of hearing footsteps, seeing apparitions, and sensing eerie presences in various rooms of the mansion. Despite its status as a symbol of American governance, the White House remains a subject of paranormal intrigue.

Honestly, I swear that the flag in the picture just moved.

Donald Trump may have seen Abraham Lincoln's ghost there.

4 The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California, USA The Queen Mary, permanently docked in Long Beach, California, was a British ocean liner that also served as a troopship during World War II. The ship is said to be haunted by the spirits of soldiers, crew members, and passengers who died on board. Reports include mysterious knocking, doors closing on their own, and sightings of ghostly figures. Paranormal enthusiasts and investigators frequently visit the ship, further cementing its reputation as a haunted location.

Weren't there reports of a little girl singing in the pool area?

So scary, I'll never go there again!

5 Dominican Hill, Baguio City, Philippines Dominican Hill, located in Baguio City, Philippines, is home to the Diplomat Hotel, a structure originally built as a seminary in the early 20th century. It was later converted into a rest house and eventually a hotel. During World War II, nuns and priests were reportedly beheaded there, and it's said that their spirits still roam the property. Visitors often claim to hear mysterious footsteps, cries, and even see shadowy figures, particularly during the night.

My colleague and I got scared when we suddenly heard unusual sounds.

6 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York, USA 112 Ocean Avenue, located in Amityville, New York, is infamously known as the Amityville Horror House. In 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered six members of his family in this home. A year later, the Lutz family moved in but left after just 28 days, citing a series of terrifying paranormal experiences. Their accounts, which include strange odors, cold drafts, and unsettling visions, have inspired numerous films and books that explore the alleged hauntings.
7 Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totnes, Devon, UK Berry Pomeroy Castle, located in Totnes, Devon, UK, is a ruined castle dating back to the late 15th century. This site is infamous for being one of the most haunted castles in Britain. Legends speak of two female ghosts, the White Lady and the Blue Lady, who are said to roam the ruins and the nearby woodland. Visitors have reported a variety of paranormal activities such as sudden temperature drops, disembodied voices, and eerie apparitions.
8 The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado, USA The Stanley Hotel, located in Estes Park, Colorado, served as the inspiration for Stephen King's famous novel "The Shining." Built by Freelan Oscar Stanley in 1909, the hotel is reputed to be haunted by several spirits, including Stanley himself and his wife, Flora. Guests have reported a range of phenomena, from hearing piano music in empty rooms to seeing apparitions in photographs. The hotel embraces its haunted reputation and even offers ghost tours to visitors.
9 LaLaurie House, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA LaLaurie House, situated in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, is notorious for its dark history. Madame Delphine LaLaurie, a socialite, was revealed to have brutally tortured enslaved people in the mansion during the 1830s. The house has changed hands multiple times and has been used for various purposes, but reports of haunting activities persist. Stories range from hearing cries and moans to seeing apparitions of the mansion’s tortured souls.
10 Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky, USA Waverly Hills Sanatorium, in Louisville, Kentucky, was originally a two-story hospital opened in 1910 to treat patients with tuberculosis. The high number of deaths that occurred at the facility has led to numerous ghost stories and reports of paranormal activity. Accounts include seeing shadow figures, hearing disembodied voices, and witnessing mysterious phenomena like moving objects. This has made the sanatorium a popular destination for ghost hunters and paranormal investigators.

I kept seeing blank faces in my peripheral vision.

The Contenders
11 Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts, USA The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts, is the site where Lizzie Borden allegedly murdered her father and stepmother with an axe in 1892. Although acquitted, Lizzie remains a figure of intrigue and the house a focus of paranormal speculation. Guests who stay at this now-bed-and-breakfast have reported experiencing unsettling phenomena, from hearing footsteps and whispers to witnessing doors closing on their own. The house has been widely covered in media and continues to attract ghost hunters and curious visitors alike.
12 Monte Cristo, Junee, New South Wales, Australia Monte Cristo, located in Junee, New South Wales, Australia, is often referred to as the most haunted house in Australia. Built in 1885 by Christopher William Crawley, the property has been the site of multiple deaths and tragic events, including a young child being dropped down the stairs and a stable boy burning to death. Reports of ghostly activity are numerous and include hearing footsteps, seeing spectral figures, and experiencing sudden cold spots in various rooms.
13 Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, UK Ancient Ram Inn, situated in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, UK, was built in 1145 and is believed to be one of the oldest and most haunted buildings in the country. The inn is reputed to be built on a pagan burial ground and has been the site of alleged witchcraft, demonic activity, and other dark rituals. Visitors and investigators have reported everything from full-bodied apparitions to unsettling feelings of dread and sorrow. The inn has been featured in multiple paranormal TV shows and remains a hotbed for supernatural investigations.
14 Pythian Castle, Springfield, Missouri, USA Pythian Castle in Springfield, Missouri, was built in 1913 by the Knights of Pythias and later used as an orphanage and military hospital. Given its varied history, it’s perhaps not surprising that it is considered one of the most haunted buildings in Missouri. Ghostly sightings include apparitions of children and soldiers, mysterious sounds of footsteps and voices, and the feeling of being watched. The castle now offers guided ghost tours to interested visitors.
15 Tower of London, London, UK The Tower of London, in the heart of London, UK, has a history that spans over a thousand years and includes numerous executions, imprisonments, and tortures. The spirits of Anne Boleyn, Thomas More, and other historical figures are said to haunt the Tower’s grounds. Reports include ghostly sightings, eerie screams, and sudden temperature drops, particularly around the areas where executions took place. The Tower of London remains a popular tourist attraction, not just for its historical significance but also for its haunted reputation.

Henry VIII didn't care about all the people who got executed there.

Ever thought about how many people got executed there?

16 Pennhurst Asylum, Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Pennsylvania, was initially built as a state school for the mentally and physically disabled in 1908. It gained a reputation for its poor living conditions and allegations of patient abuse. Closed in 1987, the dilapidated buildings are said to be haunted by the spirits of former patients. Reports include hearing unexplained screams, seeing ghostly figures, and the sensation of being touched or pushed by invisible hands.

I live only about 1 hour from here. It has always been my dream to explore here and come for Halloween.

17 Highgate Cemetery, North London, UK Highgate Cemetery in North London, UK, is a Victorian burial ground opened in 1839 and is renowned for its elaborate Gothic architecture. Apart from being the final resting place for various notable figures, it is also known for its paranormal activities. Legends of a vampire haunting the cemetery gained traction in the 1970s, and visitors have reported seeing ghostly figures, feeling sudden cold spots, and hearing unexplained footsteps. The cemetery remains an attraction for both history buffs and fans of the supernatural.
18 Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was one of the first modern prisons and operated from 1829 until 1971. Known for its brutal conditions and solitary confinement practices, the penitentiary is reputed to be haunted by the souls of former inmates. Visitors and staff have reported sightings of shadowy figures, hearing wailing and footsteps, and experiencing cold spots. The site has been the subject of numerous paranormal investigations and TV documentaries.
19 Diplomat Hotel, Baguio City, Philippines Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City, Philippines, originally built as a rest house and seminary, gained its haunted reputation following the events of World War II. Reports suggest that priests and nuns were beheaded here, and their spirits are believed to linger. Visitors have claimed to hear footsteps, cries, and even the sounds of a ghostly choir singing hymns, particularly at night. The hotel remains a popular spot for paranormal enthusiasts and investigators.
20 Toys "R" Us, Sunnyvale, California, USA The Toys "R" Us store in Sunnyvale, California, is said to be haunted by the ghost of Johnny Johnson, a farm laborer who died on the property in the late 19th century. Employees and customers have reported toys falling off shelves without explanation, faucets turning on by themselves, and mysterious writing appearing on dusty floors. Multiple investigations have been conducted, and the location has been featured in TV shows dedicated to exploring the paranormal.
21 Screaming Tunnel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada The Screaming Tunnel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, is a small limestone tunnel where legend has it that a young girl was burned alive. It is said that if you light a match in the center of the tunnel, you will hear the girl's agonizing screams. Visitors have reported extinguishing matches without reason, hearing ghostly wails, and feeling an unsettling presence. The tunnel has become a popular destination for those intrigued by paranormal phenomena.
22 The Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth, Northumberland, UK The Schooner Hotel in Alnmouth, Northumberland, UK, dates back to the 1600s and holds the title of "Britain's Most Haunted Hotel," awarded by The Poltergeist Society. Guests have reported a plethora of eerie experiences, including hearing children crying, footsteps in empty hallways, and even witnessing apparitions. The hotel has over 60 individual reports of paranormal activity and continues to draw visitors interested in the supernatural.
23 The Whaley House, San Diego, California, USA The Whaley House, situated in San Diego, California, USA, was built in 1857 and has served multiple purposes, including a courthouse, a theater, and a family residence. It is reputedly haunted by members of the Whaley family and other figures from its varied history. Visitors claim to have seen ghostly apparitions, heard footsteps, and experienced objects moving inexplicably. The house is now a museum and is officially recognized as a haunted house by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
24 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, USA, is often cited as one of the most haunted college campuses in America. From Wilson Hall, which is said to sit on Native American burial grounds, to The Ridges, a former asylum, the campus is rife with tales of hauntings. Students and faculty have reported a range of strange occurrences such as flickering lights, mysterious sounds, and even apparitions. These stories have made Ohio University a focal point for paranormal investigators.
25 Changi Beach, Singapore Changi Beach in Singapore is famous not only for its scenic beauty but also for its dark history. During World War II, it was a site for the Sook Ching Massacre, where many Chinese were executed by Japanese forces. Visitors and locals have reported encountering headless bodies, hearing crying and screaming, and seeing pools of blood appearing and disappearing on the sand. The beach continues to attract both regular tourists and those interested in the paranormal.
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