8/10 – The Ghosts of the Tower of London, United Kingdom
Grey, grim and impressive, Tower of London has dominated the London landscape and therefore the pages of history since its construction by William the Conqueror in 1078, during the Norman invasion. But it’s also considered the foremost haunted place in London. The historic castle has seen periods of torture, execution, and murder in its nearly 1,000-year history, the sheer number of spirits that haunt its stone passageways attests thereto.
One of the most famous ghostly figures is Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded on Tower Green in 1536 on orders from her husband Henry VIII after childbirth to a stillborn son. Anne’s apparition is especially terrible, she is usually spotted wandering the grounds taking her own severed head.
Visitors to the Tower can also encounter the tormented ghost of the Countess of Salisbury. In 1541, this English peeress refused to put her head on the scaffold and was chased around Tower Green until the executioner trapped together with her and brutally pierced her to death. a couple of Tower of London visitors have even witnessed this bizarre and terrifying scene reenacted by spirits on the green.