5 of the Most Haunted Places in the World (That You Can Actually Visit)

Alcatraz, San Francisco. Photo by Eric Ward on Unsplash

Are you a sucker for ghost stories? Here are five of the most haunted places in the world that you can actually visit if you’re feeling especially brave.

Alcatraz, San Francisco

The infamous prison is now a popular tourist attraction. There have been countless reports from visitors who have heard screams and cries coming from the cells. There have even been reports of ghostly sightings of former guards and inmates. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, Alcatraz is a great location for anyone who prefers the more sinister side of history.

Easter State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania, USA

This is another prison that is allegedly haunted. Prisoners were kept in isolation and forced to wear sacks over their head, meaning many of them went mad. Many visitors claim to hear cries from the cells. There have also been sightings of ghostly figures wearing sacks over their head.

Mary Kings Close, Edinburgh, UK

In the Old Town of Edinburgh, you will find an abundance of narrow tunnels and alleys which date back to the 1600’s. When the town was hit by the plague, this area was affected particularly badly. The area was abandoned in the 18th century and this is when stories of haunting started to emerge. You can go on a guided tour of the Close now, but the tour guide warns that many of his guests have claimed to experience the chills.


Waverley Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky, USA

After the USA was hit with tuberculosis, this hospital was built. Bodies were disposed of through a chute and there have been many reports of a strange figure and a little child peeking around corners.

Devil’s Pool, Queensland, Australia

Legend has it that the pool is cursed by an Aboriginal woman who drowned herself after she lost her lover. In the last sixty years, around 17 people have drowned here in terrible accidents.