How much does it cost to rent in the UK’s most haunted places?

Anna Bibby, 27 October 2021

It’s Halloween season and like everyone else, we at Intus are getting a taste for all things spooky! The UK has something of a dark and bloody history, so it should come as no surprise that some of the most haunted towns and cities in the world can be found on this small island.

We can’t imagine that there are many people out there that are actively looking to rent a place with a grisly past or an unwanted housemate, but since it’s Halloween, we thought we would get into the spirit of things (pun not intended!) and look into how much renting in some of the UK’s most haunted locations would cost you.

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Scottish capital is often regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the country, but it is also one of the most haunted. There have been numerous spooky sightings reported in Edinburgh - from ghostly dogs and a headless drummer being sighted in the city’s world-famous castle, to the many apparitions in the South Bridge Vaults, which are said to be the victims of the infamous Scottish serial killers Burke and Hare. However, despite Edinburgh having such a murky past, it is still regarded as one of the most desirable places to live in the country so expect to fork out a lot of money to rent there – data from Home.co.uk suggests that, on average, a one-bedroom property will set you back £1,159 per calendar month (pcm) and a two-bedroom will set you back an eye-watering £1,685 pcm.

Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Set in the beautiful Lancashire countryside, Pendle Hill is probably most well-known for the Pendle Witch Trials, where twelve people were accused of murder by witchcraft in the 17th century and were subsequently executed on the hill for their apparent crimes. It is now believed that the ghosts of the accused still roam the area, and it has become a big tourist attraction with thousands of visitors every year following the footsteps of the Pendle Witches on the dedicated guided tours. While we obviously cannot get rental data for Pendle Hill itself, renting a one-bedroom property in the nearby town of Nelson will cost you around £451 pcm and a two-bed will set you back about £538 pcm (home.co.uk).

York, North Yorkshire

If you’re looking for paranormal activity, then you won’t need to look very hard in the beautiful Roman city of York – it was even named as one of the most haunted cities in the world by National Geographic in 2008! Some of the ghostly sightings in York include a monk (which is often referred to as the ‘Black Abbott’) roaming the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, the ghost of a young girl appearing in the upstairs window of a house behind York Minster and the ghosts of Roman soldiers in the Treasurer’s House, which is reported to be the most haunted building in the city. Despite the excessive paranormal activity, York is a city on the rise and is also a popular location for renters, so renting there doesn’t come cheap. An average one-bedroom property in the city will cost you around £809 pcm and a two-bedroom will cost you just over £1,000 pcm.

Pluckley, Kent

To the uninitiated, Pluckley might seem like an unassuming yet pleasant village in the Kent countryside, but don’t let the idyllic façade fool you – it holds a Guinness World Record as England’s most haunted village! Spooky sightings in the village include a ‘Red Lady’ wondering the graveyard of the local church, a ghostly horse and carriage frequently being sighted by locals and a ghostly figure that alarms unsuspecting drivers on the main road into the village. Thought that a walk in the local woodlands would be a good way to unwind? Think again! Disembodied screams can be heard throughout the woods that surround the village. It’s difficult to find exact data of how much it will cost to rent in Pluckley itself, but a three-bedroom family home which is three miles outside of the village will set you back around £1000 pcm. The area is close to the London commuter belt and is popular with those looking for a quieter life outside of the city – not sure they’re going to achieve that in this spooky little village though!

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Anna Bibby, 27 October 2021