With its long and illustrious history, Dublin has enough haunted sights to keep your hair raised long after Halloween. Ghost tours have become a popular way for visitors to get their kicks. Walking tours take in some of the city’s spookiest sights, like Dublin Castle, where the souls of those beheaded there are said to haunt the hallways, St Michan’s Church, where the remains of 800-year-old bodies lie in the crypt and the ghost-ridden Malahide Castle. Keep a look out for ghosts along the way, like the Green Lady of St. Audeon’s church, the mysterious black ghost cat of Killakee house or the spirit of a little girl who stalks guests at The Shelbourne Hotel.
Ghost bus tours, held at night in a purple double-decker bus, are another option for those seeking a scare. Passing by graveyards, haunted churches and the legendary Dr. Clossey’s school of anatomy, the tour recounts tales of body snatching, gravediggers and the inspirations behind the Dublin-born Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
If you dare to do it alone, take a trip to the notorious Hell Fire Club in the Dublin Mountains, said to have been visited by the devil himself. Visit at your own risk – tourists have reported their necklaces being pulled at by invisible hands and hearing the anguished screams of a woman murdered on the premises. Another of the city’s most haunted places has to be the creepy Kilmainham Gaol, which is now a museum. With a roster of political prisoners occupying its cells until its closure in 1924, it’s unsurprising that the complex is said to be haunted by the ghosts of former inmates and wardens. If you prefer your ghost hunting accompanied by a cool pint, Dublin has a number of pubs that report ghostly sightings. The Gravediggers, so called due to its location next door to a cemetery, is home to an elderly male ghost who allegedly sips a Guinness at the end of the bar. Dublin’s oldest pub, The Brazen Head is said to receive regular visits from the ghost of the hanged “Bold” Robert Emme. And you can’t forget The Bull and Castle, which apparently houses the ghost of poet James Clarence Mangan who was born there.