Myth and folklore, from national beliefs to local superstition and urban legend, are integral in all cultures and societies, both ancient and modern. In this category, we’ll explore a range of mysterious tales and places, from ancient monuments to modern myths – including the alligators of the New York sewers and the big cats of Britain.
Corpse roads are routes that once carried the dead from their old residences to the graveyards in which they were to be buried. Even today, these eerie paths are feared by those who believe they are still used by wraiths and wandering spirits.
Fairies have long played an important role in British and Irish folklore, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden has dedicated a corner of its grounds to an enchanting Fairy Wood.
Ye Olde Cross public house in Alnwick is known locally as “The Dirty Bottles” due to the bottles in the window – thought to be cursed since the landlord dropped dead 200 years ago, and untouched ever since.
Built in 1602 to connect the New Prison to the interrogation rooms of the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs was said to offer convicts one last view of beautiful Venice before imprisonment.
Housing some of the city’s most influential residents, famous and infamous, Toowong Cemetery is a popular tourist destination, said to be haunted by the ghost of a murderous opportunist.
This video shows people in an elevator confronted with the horrifying spectre of a ghostly child holding a doll, who lets out a terrifying scream that sends them into a panic.
Halloween is upon us again, so let’s explore a selection of pumpkin patches and see how some householders have used the colourful squash to decorate their doorsteps.
Myriads of tourists walk past it every day without so much as a second glance. But what looks like nothing more than a tiny lane between two buildings is actually the narrowest street in Paris.
Leicester is one of the oldest cities in the UK, with earliest references from 2,000 year ago. A city with so much history will naturally have its share of spooky tales to tell.
Elevators have the potential for enormous chills: claustrophobic rooms suspended by cables in a large, open shaft which could open upon any situation – some say even ghosts…
At first glance, there would seem to be nothing out of the ordinary about Gortletteragh Wood near Corcam in Ireland’s County Donegal. But venture in and all that changes.
Niagara Falls may be best known as the location of one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, but the city is also home to The Screaming Tunnel, which urban legend says is haunted by the ghost of a girl.
Overlooking the village of Shandwick on the Tarbat peninsula in Easter Ross, Scotland, is a mysterious standing stone encased in modern glass, known as Clach a’ Charridh.
Wikimedia Commons’ Picture of the Day, this stunning photograph has been digitally retouched to add to the already compelling atmosphere of the scene
Rather than just another Halloween article, we thought it would be fun to offer a whole selection of spooky tales drawn from the Urban Ghosts archives, from Jack O’Lantern carvings to haunted hotels and creepy urban legends. Happy Halloween!