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1. Sally In The Woods
About: Now this haunted setting isn’t an establishment unlike others below, but for its spooky tales and renowned reputation, it simply had to be included in our list of Bath’s most haunted destinations. Just outside of Bath you will find a road known as Sally in the Wood. But unlike many of the beautiful country roads in and out of our city, this is one that even locals dare not venture down after dark.
Cutting through Brown’s Folly, this stretch of road is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a girl who was murdered in the 18th century with many visiting the area saying that this is a place where birds can’t even sing. Drivers have reportedly heard the screams of a child when driving down the road with some even recording sightings of a young girl running out into the road.
Visit this area at your own peril but we’ll be staying far away this Halloween.
Scare Rating: 5/5
About: Best known for its amazing zoo and famous safari park, Longleat is also one of the areas most haunted destinations. At the heart of the attraction is Longleat House and it is here that the ghost of Lady Louisa wanders the halls of the famous building searching for her long-lost footman lover who was rumoured to have been murdered by her jealous husband before being buried in the cellar. If you fancy a spook and a scare this Halloween then book on to one of Longleat’s ghost tours.
Scare Rating: 3/5
About: Closed in 2013, HMS Shepton Mallet now lies abandoned, or at least of humans it does. Once housing some of Britain’s most notorious criminals including the likes of the infamous Kray Twins in the 1950’s, Shepton Mallet prison is now titled the UK’s most haunted prison. Built in 1610, multiple death sentences were performed there with those that weren’t allowed to be buried in public grounds left to rest in unmarked graves within the prison walls, and tales suggest that some of these very spirits now haunt the prison itself.
The kitchens, general’s office, and exercise yard are said to be the most haunted parts of the prison with Captain Philip William Ryal, the White Lady, and numerous other ghosts all apparently being sighted by previous inmates and visitors to the establishment. Ghost tours of HMS Shepton Mallet now run all year round so if you fancy a scare this Halloween then book your place and prepare yourself.
Scare Rating: 5/5
About: Once a passionate theatre-goer, legend has it that the Grey Lady fell insatiably in love with an actor in the 18th century before hanging herself upon finding out the feeling wasn’t mutual. Ghost stories of old and new now tell of a Grey Lady haunting the Theatre Royal and neighbouring Garrick’s Head pub with many swearing true to their story of seeing a figure dressed in 18th-century evening dress with feathers in her hair.
A strong smell of jasmine is also rumoured to accompany her appearance so next time you're at the famous Bath theatre be sure to keep your wits about you.
Scare Rating: 4/5
About: Located in Queen Square, Francis Hotel is one of Bath’s most luxurious hotels. But it is also home to a ghostly former housekeeper who has apparently haunted the venue ever since she hung herself in the 18th century. Guests to the hotel have reported spooky tales of hearing scratching and tapping from inside their room with one guest even reporting that their hot water bottle was flipped off the table in their bedroom by a spirit. This is certainly one ghostly destination if you’re looking for somewhere spooky to stay in Bath this Halloween.
Scare Rating: 3.5/5