Haunted places abound in Glasgow, Scotland's most populous city. While it buzzes with life and brims with bars and shops, there's also a darker side to the town. If the hearty pubs of West End and Merchant City don't strike your fancy, why not spend the night exploring Glasgow's morbid past with a ghost tour?

    Lovers of everything ghosts and ghouls can hit old-school theater houses and haunted mansions to uncover spine-tingling tales of the supernatural. There are also half-ruined castles and countryside spots in the surrounding region, where the ominous and the eerie can hardly be denied. Check out our guide to the most haunted places in Glasgow – you might just encounter the city’s dearly departed residents during your visit.


    Theater Royal

    Where ghostly actors have been spotted

    The Theater Royal holds the prestigious title of being the oldest playhouse in Glasgow. It has a history that dates back all the way to the 1860s, along with a prime location down on lively Hope Street. But the years of age have also given rise to some spooky stories…

    Reports of knocking doors and creaking floorboards abound. They are told by the actors who still take to the stage, who spin tales of trapped ghostly thespians and cleaners. There's also an awesome line-up of haunting performances to get stuck into. From Scottish ballet to opera, there's sure to be something to set the spine a-tingling.

    Location: 282 Hope St, Glasgow G2 3QA, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)333 009 6690


    Pollok House

    Watch out for werewolves in the gardens

    Pollok House is run and managed by the National Trust for Scotland. It sits in sprawling grounds near the area of Shawlands on the south side of the River Clyde. Once the home of the powerful Stirling-Maxwell family, it's now open to the public for visits and guided tours.

    Guests can come to see the vintage decoration and paintings by the likes Goya. But they can also delve into the chilling tale of the so-called Witches of Pollock. Back in the 1600s, when a phobia of the dark arts spread across the country, several women accused of black magic were burned on this very site. Will you see their specters?

    Location: Pollok House, Bellahouston, Glasgow G43 1AT, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)141 616 6410


    Scotland Street School Museum

    Mischievous ghouls in old classrooms

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    The Scotland Street School is up there with the finest architectural wonders of Glasgow. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it sports its handsome Scottish Baronial style just a few steps away from the Shields Road underground station. That makes it a particularly accessible spooky spot on the southern edge of the Clyde.

    These days, the building hosts a museum that chronicles life in a Victorian-era schoolhouse. But it's not without its ghouls, because staff have spoken of artifacts shifting on their own, of inexplicable laughter echoing on the upper floors, and footsteps moving in empty hallways. Visit at your own risk.

    Location: 225 Scotland St, Glasgow G5 8QB, UK

    Open: Monday–Thursday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)141 287 0500


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    Tron Theater

    Plenty to get the goosebumps going in this Victorian playhouse

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    The very looks of the Tron Theater should be enough to show that this is one of Glasgow's most haunted spots. Looming above the Trongate Road near Saltmarket, it's a church-style steeple with Gothic carvings that are all stained with age.

    Inside, award-winning panto and dramatic productions regularly take place on the stage. But that's not all. Mediums and experts in the supernatural have also been drawn to the auditorium. They come to investigate reports of apparitions that center on the old Vic Bar and the main playhouse. They've been described as "threatening" presences that’ll send a chill down the spine.

    Location: 63 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)141 552 4267


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    Cathedral House Hotel

    Mysterious voices echo through this old hotel

    The Cathedral House Hotel on charming Cathedral Square of north-east Glasgow might be a stylish boutique accommodations option these days, but that wasn't always the case. Back in the late 1800s, it was a halfway house for prisoners recently released from the notorious Duke Street Penitentiary. That was arguably Scotland's hardest jail, with reports of awful living conditions and many executions.

    Rumor has it that the specters of the old inmates can still be felt in the hotel. Some talk of a paranormal presence that causes the sensation of being touched on the arm. Others have reported hearing the cries of children playing in the attic rooms.

    Location: 28-32 Cathedral Square, Glasgow G4 0XA, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)141 552 3519


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    Glasgow Royal Infirmary

    Sense the supernatural in the city's main hospital

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    The Glasgow Royal Infirmary is still a working university hospital. It serves the city from its sprawling campus grounds just off the junctions of the M8 expressway to the north-east side of the center. It was first built in the 1700s, but has had countless additions and extensions since.

    With more than 2 centuries of history, there's been plenty of time for sightings of the supernatural in the building. They've been varied and strange. Some talk of the whisperer in Ward 27, who's said to converse with sick patients. There's also a reported apparition of a lady wearing gray, and the legend of a spectral nurse who floats through the corridors.

    Location: 84 Castle St, Glasgow G4 0SF, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)141 211 4000


    Kelvin Hall

    Whisperings of an old ghost in this multi-purpose attraction

    Capping off the lovely green spaces of vibrant Woodlands on the west side of Glasgow is the multi-purpose events and recreation venue of Kelvin Hall. Everyone, from students to families, is a regular, thanks to the mix of heritage collections and sports facilities that are now on offer at the complex.

    Kelvin Hall was once the home of the town's transportation museum before it was moved to the Riverside Museum closer to the Clyde. During that time, curators and visitors alike would talk of spooky happenings on the recreated Victorian cobbled street within. And they told of children's laughter echoing from the exhibition spaces when the museum was shut at night.  

    Location: 1445 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AW, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 6.30 am to 10 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)141 276 1450


    Glasgow Necropolis

    Eerie outlines of graves galore

    No list of Glasgow's spookiest spots could overlook the great Glasgow Necropolis. It rolls down a hillside between the Neo-Gothic towers of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Duke Street, forming a sea of tombstones and sepulchres that's surely rife with paranormal activity.

    One of the most prominent tales is that of the Glasgow Necropolis vampire. Back in 1954, children were spotted stalking the gravestones with stakes at the ready. When asked, they said they were hunting a sharp-toothed bloodsucker who's now a central part of local legend. Today, you can join regular walking tours of the site to tread in their footsteps.

    Location: Castle St, Glasgow G4 0UZ, UK

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 4.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)141 287 5064


    The Scotia Bar

    Hauntings in a pub that dates from the 1700s

    Behind the half-timbered façade of The Scotia on Stockwell St, patrons can sip potent Scotch whiskey and frothy beers in one of the most historic pubs in the city. Low-rise ceilings ribbed with authentic beams mingle with a mahogany bar and flapping Saltire flags. It's just about as Glaswegian as you can get.

    The Scotia also offers a side of the supernatural to boot. A 2007 investigation by a team of mediums concluded that there were ghostly presences in the cellar of the bar. Meanwhile, the landlord has reported sightings of the so-called Green Lady, who's said to pace the pub at unearthly hours.

    Location: 112 Stockwell St, Glasgow G1 4LW, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to midnight, Sunday from 12.30 pm to midnight

    Phone: +44 (0)141 552 8681


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    Visit the infamous site of a clansman massacre

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    Okay, so you might need to drive north on the A82 for around 2 hours to reach Glencoe from Glasgow, but it's a trip any true ghost hunter should be sure to make. More than that, it's one of the most stunning drives in Scotland, passing the wild lochs and Munro mountains of the Trossachs National Park.

    But back to the ghosts… Glencoe is famed around the country as the site of a great massacre. It occurred back in 1692, when Clan Macdonald was betrayed in their offer of hospitality to Clan Campbell, who went on to slaughter up to 38 of their hosts. Today, hikers sometimes still claim to hear the cries of the murdered clansmen echoing through the glens.

    Joseph Francis | Contributing Writer

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