Ghost stories always hijack our imagination because, let’s be honest, there is nothing quite like a scary story – or, even better, a haunted castle or mansion – to get our hearts pumping. If you’re a fan of Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor or The Haunting of Hill House then you’ll love this list of Britain’s famous haunted palaces and castles that you can also actually visit. Here are our top five planner’s picks for a spine-chilling experience – just in time for Halloween. Kensington Palace Famously home to the late Princess Diana and the queen’s sister Princess Margaret, Kensington Palace is also where William and Kate stay when they’re in London with Prince Louis, Prince George and Princess Charlotte . Prince Harry stayed here before he got married, as did Princess Eugenie and her husband, and several of the queen’s cousins and their families too. Meghan and Harry spoke out, but can the former British royals even vote? Built in 1605, it’s not surprising there are said to be a few ghosts stalking the palace’s halls. One such ghost is said to be that of King George II, who died here in 1760. His spirit is believed to have stuck around, and can occasionally be heard crying out, “Why don’t they come?” – thought to be his final words as he awaited news from Hanoverian troops during the Seven Years’ War. Also during King George’s time, a man named Peter was found walking the narrow hallways of the palace. Peter had a rare disease that caused facial abnormalities and it is said that since Peter’s death, he has haunted the King’s staircase. But nothing says “scary” more than a haunted children’s nursery, and Prince Louis’ nursery is said to be the place most regularly haunted by Peter. In fact, according to royal biographer Andrew Morton, William and Kate’s section of the palace (known as Apartment 1A) is the most “notorious spot for ghost sightings” of all. Queen Victoria was born in Kensington Palace and, as a young girl, grew up in its hallways alongside her aunt, Princess Sophia. As Princess Sophia lived out her final days in the palace, she became fond of using a spinning wheel, which she spun until she went blind. She died in 1848. Stamp collecting to magic tricks: British royals’ curiously everyday hobbies However, according to Kensington Palace’s official Facebook page, “in the 1970s, Princess Margaret’s housekeeper reported that she saw a woman in Regency dress suddenly appear in front of her, then vanish through a wall. Over the next few decades, staff at the palace reported hearing strange sounds around the site. One of the most prevalent reported noises still heard is that of a spinning wheel. Perhaps Sophia never left at all.” Hampton Court Palace London’s Hampton Court Palace was built in 1514 by Cardinal Wolsey, the Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII. The king acquired the palace in 1528 and went to work extending the building and the grounds. Thanks to its blood-curdling history, the palace is said to be packed to its medieval rafters with ghouls and ghosts. The most commonly seen spectres are those of two of King Henry VIII’s wives, Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard. Seymour died giving birth to her son Edward VI here and she is often “sighted” on the anniversary of Edward’s birth, appearing on the Silverstick Stairs which once led up to the room where she expired. Henry’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard, was said to be a spirited woman, and her ghost is also said to be more vocal and seen more regularly than other spectres believed to haunt the palace. Beheaded in 1542, at the age of just 19, she was arrested at Hampton Court and was so terrified, she escaped the guards and ran down to what is now called the Haunted Gallery, screaming out for the king to have mercy on her. She was dragged away by the guards and, to this day, some claim to be able to detect her anguished ghost screaming out to Henry. Cursed gems: the world’s most expensive jewels rumoured to bring bad luck Chillingham Castle Northumberland’s 13th century Chillingham Castle is said to be one of the most haunted castles in Britain. The castle was originally a monastery in the 12th century before it became a home to the Grey and Bennett families between the 1400s and 1980. It is now owned by Sir Humphry Tyrrell Wakefield, whose wife is a member of the original Grey family. The castle has featured on several television programmes as one of the most feared in the UK, the most famous ghost being that of the “blue boy” who haunts the castle’s Pink Room. Guests brave enough to stay here apparently hear loud wails echoing down the corridors at the stroke of midnight, followed by blue flashes or a blue halo above their beds, then a figure of a boy dressed in blue appearing beside them. It is said that the haunting stopped during castle renovations when a boy’s body was found in a three-metre-thick (10 foot) wall. However, when the current owner started letting out the room once more, guests claim they would still see blue flashes emanating from the wall. Another ghostly spectre said to roam the castle is that of Lady Berkeley, the wife of Lord Grey, who reportedly ran off with her sister, leaving Lady Berkeley alone in the castle with her baby daughter. Guests claim to hear the rustling of her dress as she sweeps through the corridors looking for her husband, leaving a cold chill in her ghostly wake. Muncaster Castle Located in Ravenglass, Cumbria, Muncaster Castle dates all the way back to 1258. It is owned by the Pennington family, whose relatives have lived here for 800 years. Until her death in 2011, Phyllida Gordon-Duff-Pennington worked for decades restoring the castle from a “crumbling relic” to a tourism and events destination that would receive up to 90,000 visitors a year. As a result, paranormal researchers regularly flock to the castle to research its rumoured haunting. Many visitors claim to hear a child crying or a woman singing in the tapestry room, while the ghost of Tom Fool (aka the castle’s last jester Thomas Skelton) apparently likes to play tricks on staff and visitors. Then there is the white lady said to be the ghost of Mary Bragg, a young girl who was killed near the castle’s main gate in the early 1800s. The castle runs a Haunted Halloween week each year in the run up to October 31st. Where British royals most loved to chill – before holidays became a no-no Glamis Castle These days better known for being the childhood home of the late queen mother, Queen Elizabeth, Scotland’s Glamis Castle may also have been the setting that inspired the location of Shakespeare’s chilling tragedy Macbeth . The castle is set in the lowlands of Strathmore and has existed in some form or another on this site since 1372. Its estate covers 57 square kilometres (14,000 acres) of gardens, parks and farmlands. However, as picturesque as it is, its dark past has left traces of ghostly apparitions. There is said to be a woman with no tongue who can be seen staring out of a barred window gesturing at her injuries. Then there’s Lady Glamis, aka the Grey Lady, who some claim can be seen around the castle. She met about as horrible an end as could be imagined: she was burned at the stake after being accused of being a witch in 1537. The castle served as the seat of the Strathmore Earls from the 15th century, but by the late 18th century, the family moved out, preferring to live somewhere less isolated, draughty and melancholy. The castle was being looked after by an property agent when a young writer, Walter Scott, applied to stay in one of its rooms for a night in 1790. He noted the oppressive atmosphere of the castle and subsequently wrote: “as I heard door after door shut … I began to consider myself as too far from the living and somewhat too near to the dead.” 3 hunky European princes that are breaking the mould Another infamous ghost said to live here is that of Alexander Lindsay, the fourth Earl of Crawford, aka Earl Beardie, who can be heard stomping around and banging doors. Some even claim to have been touched by the spectre. Another ghost, that of a young African boy thought to have died after being treated unkindly at the castle in the 18th century, supposedly tries to trip people up as they pass by the queen mother’s bedroom. Others who have stayed in the small dressing room next to the main bedroom also claim to have had bedclothes pulled off their beds whilst they slept. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .