6 real-life haunted holiday places
1/6 Hellfire Caves, Buckinghamshire
Even the name is enough to send a shiver down your spine – Hellfire Caves are a network of man-made chalk and flint caverns carved into chalky hillsides in West Wycombe, which extend a quarter of a mile (500 metres) underground. The caves are notorious for their dark, satanic history and are considered one of the most haunted sites in Britain. The caves were once used as the meeting place for the Hellfire Club in the mid eighteenth century, who used secret tunnels and vast chambers to carry out satanic rituals, dabble with the Occult and perform black magic. Devil worship, sacrifice, satanic rituals and a documented death all form part of Hellfire Caves’ dark past. The fact that the huge network only has one way in and one way out also adds to its sinister atmosphere.
Ghost hunts at Hellfire Caves have yielded some scarily impressive results. Entire groups have heard chanting from the Inner Temple and individuals have even reported being touched by ghosts! One famous legend tells of Suki, a young local girl who was tricked into meeting a man she thought she was going to marry, but the encounter ended in her death. Suki’s ghost has been spotted plenty of times in the banqueting hall where she died and several guests have managed to capture photos of a woman of white in the caves’ alcoves. During the late 1940s and 1950s the caves underwent a regeneration and are now a tourist attraction where those who dare are invited to join in with ghost hunts.
Price: From £70pp per night