Two Irish locations named among most haunted places in the world

Two Irish locations have been named among the most haunted places in the world, making for the perfect spots to check out with friends this spooky season.

From ancient castles to historic prisons, Ireland boasts a wealth of terrifying locations that are sure to have ghosts and ghouls roaming the halls.

So, if you are on the hunt for some ghosts this Halloween, Ireland is the place to be. Read on to discover more about the Irish locations named among the most haunted places in the world.

A medieval castle with a haunting story ‒ enter if you dare

Two Irish locations have been ranked among the most haunted places in the world.
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Just in time for Halloween, Condé Nast Traveller revealed their ultimate ranking of ’43 Most Haunted Places in the World’.

From spooky castles to underground graveyards and haunted hotels to frightening forests, they revealed some of the world’s most spine-tingling locations.

The international travel publication named two Irish locations among the most haunted places in the world. Therefore, cementing Ireland’s place as one of the world’s most perfect Halloween destinations.

Two Irish locations have been ranked among the most haunted places in the world.
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One such location was Leap Castle in County Offaly. Built between the 13th and 15th centuries, this haunting Irish castle has a horrifying backstory that is sure to make your hairs stand on end.

Condé Nast Traveller writes, “As legend has it, during a struggle for power within the O’Carroll clan (which had a fondness for poisoning dinner guests), one member plunged a sword into his brother, a priest, as he was holding mass in the castle’s chapel.”

Visitors to the castle can now visit this so-called ‘Bloody Chapel’. It is here that the ghost of the priest is said to haunt.

A historic prison ‒ the sight of 17 executions

Heading north, Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast was another one of the Irish locations ranked among the most haunted places in the world.

Opening in the Victorian era, the prison held some of the country’s most notorious prisoners throughout its 150 years of operation. Having been the sight of 17 executions, the ghosts of those hanged onsite are said to haunt the wings of the prison to this day.

Come Halloween, the prison leans into its spooky side with Paranormal Tours and family-friendly Halloween events for all ages.

Most haunted places in the world ‒ spooky destinations all over the world

The Stanley Hotel was made famous by The Shining.
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Joining the Irish locations ranked among the most haunted places in the world are haunted sights from all across the globe.

Hoia-Baciu Forest in Romania is renowned worldwide for its paranormal activity, making it a must-visit for ghost hunters. The iconic Stanley Hotel in Colorado, which inspired Stephen King’s The Shining, was also mentioned on the list.

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland was also named on the list, meaning you won’t have to travel too far. The Tower of London and the Ancient Ram Inn in England were also listed.

So, if you’re planning your Halloween activities, then you’ll be spoilt for choice with the most haunted locations in the world. Where will you be visiting?!

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