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Do you fancy a scary ride this Halloween? Why not visit the Top 10 spooky places around the world...

Paris Catacombs

Paris Catacombs

Situated twenty metres below ground, the ossuary contains the remains of approximately six million Parisians, transferred there gradually between the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries as graveyards were being closed because of the risk they posed to public health. The first of these was the cimetière des Innocents graveyard in 1786 in what is now the district of Les Halle.

In the long maze of dark galleries and narrow passages, visitors can see a tableau of death with bones arranged in a macabre display of high Romantic taste.

Cities of the Dead, New Orleans

cemetery in New Orleans

The above-ground tombs in New Orleans cemeteries are often referred to as "cities of the dead." Enter the cemetery gates, and you will be greeted by rusty decorative ironwork and blinded by sun-bleached tombs. Crosses and statues jutting from tomb surfaces cast contrasting shadows, adding to the sense of mystery. Votive candles line tombs on holidays, reminding you that the dead have living relatives who still care.

The real story behind the tombs is actually a tale of practicality. New Orleans has always had a very high water table, and it was impossible to bury people in standard below-ground graves without having the holes fill with water.

Bran Castle, Romania

Bran Castle in Romania

It is located in the famous region of Transylvania and is sometimes referred to as Dracula's Castle. Some claim that the castle was the setting that inspired Bram Stoker to create his famous fictional vampire. Proponents of this theory say that one of the castle's former residents, Vlad III (better known as Vlad the Impaler), was Stoker's model for Dracula. (Indeed, Vlad's family name was Drăculea.)

Hellfire Caves, England

Hellfire Caves, England

Located in West Wycombe in Southern England, the Hellfire Caves were dug out from the chalk and flint rock that is still common in the area. The tunnels stretch more than 400 yards underground. The original excavation project was carried out by a local baron, Francis Dashwood, in the 18th century. The design — narrow passages interspersed with wider chambers — was based on what Dashwood saw when visiting the Mediterranean and Middle East.

The caves are named for a secretive Hellfire Club, whose meetings were held in the caves. Rumors about the mysterious club, of which Dashwood was the head, include everything from various animist rituals to excessive parties where nothing was off limits. Others say that Dashwood and his friends were merely experimenting with the different religions that he had encountered on his extensive travels.

High Gate Cemetry, London

By night, Highgate Cemetery is like something out of a horror movie. Eerie crooked gravestones, headless angles covered in ivy, dark overgrown passages between the tombs, it’s no wonder this is Britain’s number-one ghost spot. Despite it’s chilling atmosphere, by day Highgate Cemetery showcases some of the Britain’s most spectacular Gothic architecture, offers fascinating guided tours. It’s also the burial place of Karl Marx.

Sculpture Parks

It’s a time-honored tradition to carve a lover’s initials into a tree. It’s a romantic record of love that lasts the ages. With this in mind, we are planning on spending Valentine's Day amongst nature surrounded by other permanent displays of love. Here are our top sculpture parks to visit in the UK where you [...]

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