10 Haunted Places In Northern Ireland: Spooky Places To Visit This Autumn And Halloween – And The Stories Behind Them
Home to many spooky and supposedly haunted places, Northern Ireland has plenty of places to offer for Halloween.
We’ve rounded up the 10 most haunted places you can visit this Halloween.
Chateau de Ballygally Hotel, Ballygally
One of Ireland’s most haunted hotels, Ballygally Castle has a dark and disturbing history.
Resident ghost Isabella Shaw, Lord Shaw’s wife who built the hotel, was locked in a room in the castle by her husband after giving birth to their son.
When she tried to escape through a window, rumor has it that she slipped and fell to death.
She is said to walk the hallways at night, knocking on the doors of guests looking for her child.
The hotel even has a ghost room, where the most reported hauntings have taken place.
Crumlin Road Prison, Belfast
One of Belfast’s most haunted places, Crumlin Road Gaol was open from 1846 to 1996 and is a popular spot for ghost tours in Belfast.
Home to infamous criminals, many found themselves in the execution chamber.
There are many stories of spooky apparitions, including a young boy who can be heard crying, shadows walking through cells, and sightings of prison guards still on patrol.
A must-see tourist spot in Belfast, the Crown has regained its Victorian glory.
The Old Gin Palace is home to two resident apparitions, including Michael Flanagan who renovated it in 1885 and Amelia, a woman who mysteriously died after falling down the stairs.
Their shapes were seen in the bar, with views of Amelia unfolding near the staircase in question.
Belvoir Park Hospital, Belfast
Now a luxury development, Belvoir Park Hospital was originally founded as a fever hospital in 1906.
After its doors closed in 2006, security guards frequently reported strange shadows moving around the building and strange noises to which they could never find an answer.
Springhill House, Moneymore
This plantation house outside of Moneymore is said to be haunted by a sympathetic ghost and it’s not Casper!
Former resident Olivia Lenox Conyngham was rumored to have been spotted in the grounds and gardens of the house.
She is supposed to leave a warm and friendly feeling and is said to be happy when people come to visit her.
Bush Brothers Cemetery, Belfast
Located next to the Ulster Museum, this cemetery has been in use since the 5th century.
Home to a mass grave from the 1840 Belfast cholera outbreak, there are haunting tales with ghostly apparitions seen in the graveyard.
But what’s scariest is what’s underneath.
The David Kerr Building at Queens University is opposite the cemetery and has an underground tunnel that connects to the Ashby Building.
There have been reports of people using the tunnel feeling their hands touching them and strangely cold spots.
Dobbins Inn, Carrickfergus
Dating back to the 13th century, this Carrickfergus pub and hotel is said to have a resident ghost called Elizabeth.
She is still said to haunt bedrooms and is even known to stroke guests’ faces while they sleep.
Other guests have also reported seeing black masses in the reception area.
WWT Castle Espie Wetland Center, Comber
A usual spot for a haunt, the Castle Espie Wetland Center is home to Ireland’s largest collection of native and exotic waterfowl, as well as a resident ghost.
Often depicted as a woman in Victorian attire, holding a baby in one hand and a lantern in the other.
Castle Espie’s Head of Learning John McCullough said: “You can hear her screaming for help as she wanders through the woods, looking for shelter and warmth.”
Glenuilin is home to the burial place of Abhartach, who is said to be the vampire king of Ireland.
The Druids said he couldn’t be killed unless he was stabbed with a yew-wood sword, then buried headfirst and a large stone placed on it to keep him from getting up.
Over twenty years ago an attempt was made to cut all three, but the chainsaw broke three times and cut off the hand of one of the workers.
The spot is now on private land, but can be viewed from the side of the road.
Bruce Castle, Rathlin Island
Rathlin Island is home to the ruins of Bruce Castle, where ‘King of Scots’ Bruce and his soldiers hid after being defeated by Edward’s 1st Army in Scotland.
Legend has it that a group of fishermen who spent the night in the ruins saw a mysterious hand with a cup reaching out to reach their table.
Once the cup was filled, the mysterious hand vanished, again into the darkness.