Whitby is one of the most famous seaside towns in Britain, from its maritime history to the famous Whitby Jet, the town has made it into hundreds of history books. Given how old Whitby is then it is no surprise to anyone when they learn that Whitby is haunted by an array of ghosts that are struggling to cross to the other side. Ghost hunters and paranormal expert from far and wide make sure they put Whitby on their ghost hunt, and you will understand why once you’ve read our list of five haunted places in Whitby.
I can assume it will come as no shock to you to learn that Whitby Abbey his haunted by not just one, but two ghosts. As mentioned in our previous article “five places you must visit on your trip to Whitby” St. Hilda has made an appearance in the Abbey ruins various times throughout the years, it is said that she often appears in what’s left of the windows and comes out during the day to look over her Abbey.
Another ghost that is said to haunt the grounds is Constance De Beverly who died in a very tragic way. Constance was a nun at the Abbey when she fell in love with a handsome knight, she fell in love so deeply that she threw her vows of chastity out of the window, this was to be a grave mistake. When her secret was exposed she was bricked up alive inside the walls of the Abbey by means of punishment, people have recalled being able to hear whimpering and screaming, begging to be let out of the walls where she died.
Want to go ghost hunting in the Abbey yourself? You must be mad!
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In the days where Grape Lane was more lovingly known as ‘Grope Lane’ due to it being the red light district of Whitby (if you can imagine such a place), there stood a bakery where a tragic story happened to the most beautiful of little girls.
The young girl was running an errand for her father, whom she loved dearly, taking his dinner to the bakery to heat up during the summer months, the baker welcomed the young girl he recognised and allowed her to put the dinner in the oven herself. He had his back turned for only a second when he heard a blood-curdling scream. He was horrified to see that the young girl was engulfed in flames after her hair had been set alight by the oven. Unsure of what to do the baker beat the flames from the girl but it was too late, the damage had been done and the girl died upon arrival to the local infirmary, her skin peeling off as she walked. It has been said that her ghost often appears in front of people on Grape Lane with flames surrounding her, and you can still smell the scent of burnt hair when she makes an appearance.
Dare you walk along Grape Lane alone late at night?
How to get there – Grape Lane, Whitby, YO22 4BA
St Mary’s Churchyard
Graveyards are extremely eerie places and St Mary’s Churchyard is no exception, even Dracula spent some time amongst the graves. Because Whitby was once full of sailors there came unfortunate times where sailors would die on dry land would have to be buried in the earth (rather than a traditional sailor’s burial at sea). Widows and families of the lost souls would often find that the graves would be visited on the third night of their burial by the Barguest Coach, witnesses to the haunting sight have said the coach is pulled by headless horses and the passengers on the coach are the skeletal remains of sailors which come to pay their respect to the deceased seaman. After the soul of the dead sailor is aboard the Barguest Coach the coach sets off again, riding through the graveyard and then driving off into the darkness towards the sea.
The graveyard can be an eerie place at night, dare you wonder up the 199 steps and risk catching sight of the Barguest Coach? Be warned, only for the extremely brave!
How to get there – St Mary’s Church, Whitby, YO22 4DW
For 500 years Bagdale Hall has stood proudly in Whitby and in that time has conjured up its own array of spirits that spook the hotel workers as well as guests, but the most prominent ghost is that of Brown Bushell, a pirate that once owned Bagdale Hall. Bushell had a habit of jumping sides during the English Civil War during the seventeenth century, which is a big no in terms of war, whatever side suited him best Brown Bushell would join. The treason got back to the royalists and he was subsequently arrested and then beheaded for his crimes. Since then Brown Bushell has haunted his grounds, his presence is known by the feeling of dread and doom patrons feel when he is around.
Want to test your nerves and brave a night at Bagdale Hall? Good luck, rather you than me!
How to get there – 1 Bagdale, Whitby, YO21 1QL
Phone: +44 1947 602 958
The Western Lighthouse
For years lighthouses have been the subject of many horror stories, we don’t know the reasons why but in Whitby we have our very own haunted lighthouse that saw the demise of an innocent worker who was just trying to make sure sailors were safe. On a stormy night when the rain was howling and the wind was breath-taking the lighthouse keeper at the time noticed the light wasn’t on in the lighthouse, he knew that this could be extremely dangerous for those out at sea and so he set off to do his job. The rain soaked his jacket and dripped whilst he walked up the stairs towards the light, making the steps very slippery and dangerous, but he hadn’t noticed. On his way down the heroic lighthouse keeper slipped, down each step he thumped and by the time he reached the bottom he was dead. Some ghost hunters have witnessed the brave lighthouse keeper making his journey up the pier towards the lighthouse, and some visitors of the lighthouse have even seen the ghostly image of a man laid out on the floor in front of the entrance.
Want to brave the lonely walk along the pier at night? Look out for the lighthouse worker!
How to visit – West Lighthouse, Battery Parade, Whitby
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The Oyster Man of Whitby
The legend of the Saltersgate Inn – Part 1
The legend of the Saltersgate Inn – Part 2
The Whitby Ghost Book
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Do you have your own Whitby ghost story to share?
That wraps up our list of five haunted places in Whitby. If you have heard any more creepy ghost stories, or even if you have had your own paranormal experience in the seaside town, please get in touch using the comments below.