Here’s 5 spooky places to visit in Hampshire, because even the season can influence your travel choices.
And, you don’t have to go that far from home to get your travel fix, take a look…
I love a good ghost story and Hampshire really does have its fair share of charming little anecdotes. I think these are really fun to share on a walk or visit, bringing a place to life in a completely different way!
Now get ready with your best ‘Once upon a time’ voice…
75 Victoria Rd, Southampton, SO31 5RA
Royal Victoria Country Park is a great place to kick this little list off. This was once the world’s largest military hospital but, now only the chapel remains and it has so many spooky parts to its history. By all means research this one because Google will deliver on this one!
The most popular by far, and the one that terrified me as a kid is… the ‘Grey Lady’.
Apparently the ghost of a Victorian nurse haunts the chapel tower and grounds of the country park. When the full hospital was standing she haunted the wards and corridors. It’s rooted in truth, there was a Victorian nurse who threw herself from the chapel tower.
It’s not known why she killed herself though. There’s so many stories from her love being killed in the war to her going mad with grief. The most circulated story is that she accidentally killed a patient and then took her own life – an act of remorse!
Who knows but, walk around the park at twilight or on a miserable day and there’s such a spooky vibe.
Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, New Forest, SO40 7BQ
Bolton’s Bench is in Lymington and sits right next to Lyndhurst Park Hotel, you can’t miss it.
The hill of Bolton’s Bench is said to have grown from the Blistern Dragon that was slain there by Sir Maurice de Berkeley. The experience drove Sir Maurice mad and he returned to the hill to die, the big yew tree grows in the spot where he passed away. Sir Maurice’s ghost, and his two loyal hounds, now haunt the hill at Bolton’s Bench.
It’s a beautiful spot, often inhabited by the famous New Forest ponies, and there’s a lovely view from the top of the small hill.
Abbey Hill, Netley, SO31 5FB
The Abbey was once home to Cistercian monks, a religious order of monks and nuns that branched off from the Benedictines and follow the role of Saint Benedict.
The Cistercian Monks’ that lived at Netley Abbey had a loyal servant called Blind Peter. When Blind Peter passed away he was given the task of guarding the monk’s treasure. Apparently the monks hid it at the end of a long tunnel in the ruins.
It’s said on Halloween Blind Peter appears, and apparently a man went looking for the treasure once but was frightened to death by what he discovered.
I mean, what did the guy discover? I’ve always been terrified by this story, I love Netley Abbey but, I always think of this story when I go. Will I one day stumble across the ghost of Blind Peter? Will you when you visit? Eek!
Minstead, Lyndhurst, New Forest, SO42 7HD
There’s a car park in Lower Canterton opposite the woodlands by the stone. You’ll need to park up and follow the brown signs along the path to find it. There’s lots of walks to, from and passing by the stone too, so if you like a good forest stomp don’t forget your boots!
On the stone is an inscription, and I remember visiting when I was a child with my Grandad. It’s funny the little things you remember, I’m not sure if it was
Rufus Stone marks the spot King William II, aka William Rufus or Rufus the Red, died on 2 August 1100. The cause of his death is unknown, he was either murdered or it was a hunting accident. Either way, what a horrid way to go!
His ghost is meant to haunt the route his body was dragged from here to Winchester. Some say it’s all year round on the anniversary of his death. Apparently he follows a trail of blood along the track. Gruesome and grizzly, let’s hope you don’t come across his ghost.
Vernham Dean Village, Andover, SP11 0HB
The village is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and also home to another ghost with a horrible historic story. It’s full of quaint thatched cottages and it is excellent for walking.
The ghost story here is a selfish tale. When the Black Death hit the village of Vernham Dean in 1665 the vicar abandoned the villagers. He left them to die. What a scoundrel!
His ghost has been seen along the Chute Causeway struggling to make his way back to the village. That’s one guilty ghost.
5 Spooky Places to Visit in Hampshire
Oh I found this so hard to narrow down to 5 spooky places to visit in Hampshire. There are so, so many in Hampshire. I mean the UK is just one big haunted house basically, once you start looking into it. 😂😂😂
I decided to pick these based on the stories I knew from my childhood and various ghost walks I’ve been on. These places are particularly pretty too, and good for walks.
Thanks to the 2020 pandemic, I made sure these places can be visited easily, with social distancing.
Let me know what you think, and if you’ve been to any of them!
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