Looking for some haunted sites to travel to around Northern Ireland?
Below is a list of places I have visited and can attest first hand that they have a feel of spirits from long ago. Many of these sites have a dark history so it’s not surprising that they are reportedly haunted. To see photographs of these sites visit my website at www.hauntedtraveler.com
Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast
A very creepy Victorian era prison that closed in 1996. It housed political prisoners during the Troubles. Some prisoners were hanged in an execution chamber. Some prisoners were buried at the prison and then later moved. A tunnel under the prison connects to the courthouse across the street. The tunnel was used to transport prisoners back and forth between the buildings. Crumlin Road Gaol is open for tours and offers Halloween and Paranormal tours. For info visit: http://www.crumlinroadgaol.com
Crumlin Road Courthouse, Belfast
Opened in 1850 and is located across the road from the Crumlin Road Gaol. The two buildings are linked by an underground tunnel for moving prisoners. The courthouse closed in 1998. In March 2009, the building caught on fire and was damaged (arson suspected). The building still stands but is not open to the public. It is an eery building perhaps due to the lurking spirits of the condemned souls that never found freedom again.
Belvoir Park Forest, Belfast
A walled gravesite is located in the middle of the park. To enter you have to climb over a high wall with sharp points (not very accessible to the public). Inside is a crypt with unusual, pagan markings on the walls. I believe this is the gravesite of the Stewart family.
Lagan Valley Park, Belfast
Contains remnants of ancient pagan sites
Drum Bridge, Belfast
The Drum bridge crosses over the river Lagan near Drumbeg. A bridge at this site dates back to 1650 but the present bridge is thought to date from 1757. The bridge was the site of hangings. The famous “Maddox Ghost” tale takes place here.
Drumbeg Parish Church Graveyard, Belfast
In this graveyard lies James Haddock who reportedly haunts this area including Drum Bridge. His gravestone lies flat on the ground, resisting all attempts by people to stand it up.
Milltown Cemetery, Belfast
Resting place for many individuals who died during the Troubles. Many famous Irish Republican political graves including Bobby Sands. A very sad place, especially when you read the dates on the headstones and realize how young many of these people were when they died.
Armagh Gaol, Armagh
A victorian era prison for women located in downtown Armagh. This prison housed famous female Irish Republican political prisoners. They were harshly treated while incarcerated in a stone, cold, Victorian prison. The prison is no longer in use.