The UK’s scariest destinations by train
With Halloween just around the corner, nationalrail.com is looking at some of the UK’s scariest destinations that can be reached easily by train. Why not treat your loved one to a scary weekend and let the train take the strain?
Remember, you can book your train tickets to all of these destinations - plus any other in the UK, from our home page!
Whitby has gained infamy as part of the Dracula legend – Whitby was the destination of the boat that brought the archetypal vampire to Britain. Even without Bram Stoker’s input, though, Whitby Abbey is one of the most atmospheric locations in Britain. Standing proud above the town, looking out to sea, the Abbey is magnificent from every angle – and rumours of hauntings are plentiful.
If that’s all too much for you, Whitby is also home to the best fish and chips around.
Glasgow can be a scary enough city on a normal Friday night – but it comes to life (or death?) at Halloween. The Necropolis is well worth a visit – it is considered to be one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe and walking tours are available.
The Necropolis is the final resting place for around 50,000 Glaswegians – fortunately, it’s only football clubs in Glasgow that come back from the dead. Having said that, it is rumoured to be the home of the Gorbals Vampire, a seven-foot-tall child-eating vampire with metal teeth. There is also rumoured to be a ghostly apparition of a white lady who patrols the grounds.
Even if the Necropolis doesn’t tickle your fancy, Glasgow is one of the world’s great cities and well worth a visit at any time of year. The sheer distance from anywhere on the south side of Hadrian’s Wall means the train is by far the best way to get there. How did you know we were going to say that?!
York is one city that does Halloween very well indeed. It is home to one of the oldest, most haunted pubs in the UK, the Golden Fleece, which was featured on TV’s Most Haunted.
Plus, the famous York Maze is now becoming even more famous for its Halloween offering, the incredible Hallowscream attraction. Not for the faint hearted, it sees visitors working their way around a number of incredibly convincing and hugely scary attractions. The writer of this blog has been, and it was genuinely terrifying.
OK, we’ve cheated slightly here, as the nearest train station to Eyam is in Grindleford, the next village over. However, Eyam is well worth a visit. The Derbyshire village is famous as being the place where the bubonic plague broke out, outside London, in 1665. The plague was carried in a bundle of cloth from the capital, and the village was doomed. The villagers, 260 of whom died, were hugely selfless, shutting themselves off from the world.
Today, Eyam trades well off its heritage, and there are plenty of signs and reminders of what life was like in a plagued-stricken Eyam, not to mention a Plague Museum. There are plenty of reported ghost sightings, at Eyam Hall and the Miner’s Arms. Helpful note to visitors: it’s pronounced ‘Eem’!
Get your train tickets here – and if you can think of anywhere scarier, feel free to let us know!