What is it about old buildings that make them spooky, and why are so many apparently haunted? Well when it comes to historic houses such as Hampton Court Palace and The Tower of London, it should really be no surprise. There were brutal goings on in them there quarters. With so many orders for 'off with their head', it was a bit like Alice in Wonderland in the Tudor period.
If you are interested in learning more about the unfortunate souls that now haunt these halls, there's no spookier time than Halloween to book a tour. From the 31st October - 29th December, Hampton Court Palace will be running Ghost Tours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Tickets are £27.50 and you can choose starting times of either 7pm, 8pm, or 8.30pm.
To go on the walking tour, you need to be at least fifteen; it includes a trip through the courtyards, cloisters, and some of Henry VIII's apartments. Before the tour, you will get a nice warm drink to get you going.
If you would like to take a tour with a child under fifteen, then the Twilight Tours at the Tower of London are suitable for those twelve and over. These tours are £25, and are led by world famous Yeoman Warders. Take in gruesome sights and hear scary stories as you visit locations such as the Traitors' Gate. This was a water gate built by King Edward I, and where many heads of executed prisoners were put on display. Among those who walked through these gates were Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas More, Catherine Howard. You will also get to visit the Bloody Tower, the infamous site where the 'Princes in the Tower' were allegedly murdered in 1483. Bookings can be made for 3rd, 13th, 24th, 27th November.