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Ghostly boy seen by staff at 'spookiest' English Heritage site

Does it look spooky to you? Credit: PA

With mysterious footsteps, cold sensations and a little boy seen holding visitors' hands without them realising, Bolsover Castle has been voted the spookiest English Heritage site.

The Derbyshire castle, built on an ancient burial ground, has topped the poll by 1,800 English Heritage staff, in which they were asked to rate the individual site they work at on a "spooky scale".

Spooky events at the former home of William Cavendish also include muffled voices, slamming doors and being pushed, while security guards have seen unexplained lights and one woman heard a scream as she was locking up only to find no one there when she returned.

Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire is lit up in lights to celebrate Halloween Credit: PA

Also making the top 10 were Whitby Abbey, which was voted 5th and Clifford's Tower in York which was 9th in the list.

Lucy Hutchings, regional director at English Heritage, said: "Our sites are soaked in history and from bloody battles to dark deeds, not all of their stories are sweetness and light.

"Our castles and palaces, especially on these Halloween nights, can be eerie places and some of our team have seen and heard things they can't easily explain.

With Halloween fast approaching, who better then to decide which site is the spookiest of them all than those people who are there from dawn to dusk, who know the sites' history and its ghostly legends inside out?

– Lucy Hutchings

The top 10 spookiest sites, as chosen by English Heritage staff, are:<

  • Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire;
  • Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
  • Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
  • Pendennis Castle, Cornwall
  • Whitby Abbey, North Yorkshire
  • Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Cheshire
  • Dover Castle, Kent
  • Framlingham Castle, Suffolk
  • Clifford's Tower, North Yorkshire
  • Home of Charles Darwin - Down House, Kent.