Dark Tourism

dark tourism
Are you into dark tourism? Do you enjoy visiting sites associated with death, tragedy and dark history? You may be a dark tourist! 


Explore dark tourism locations worldwide, such as the plague village of Eyam or places where innocent men and women were executed as suspected witches. 

Check out all dark history and spooky travel posts listed by country here.


I’m an avid fan of old cemeteries, and Scotland has them in abundance. Edinburgh, Scotland’s compact and hilly capital, is home to magnificent historical cemeteries you shouldn’t miss during your visit. Such as the world’s most haunted graveyard, which inspired the creation of several Harry Potter characters and is known for its connection with one extraordinarily loyal dog. One of

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The medieval English city of York has a dark history. From suffering through the Black Death to being bombed in WWII, to the heads of enemies being displayed on spikes at the entrance to the city. York has everything for fans of history, especially those looking for dark history sites and haunted places in York, England. When I visited York,

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England is drenched in a dark and macabre past. With a history dating back to gruesome events such as the Black Death, cruel Witch Trials to grisly serial killer murders – there is no shortage of places to visit with a dark history in England. Eyam – England’s Plague Village In the English county of Derbyshire sits a village that

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The 17th-century witch trials in England that swept across the country resulted in a wealth of historical witchcraft sites which you can still visit today. What sparked the horrific witch trials and ongoing torture in England? The answer is King James I. He was the initial perpetrator of Scotland’s witch hunts. Following his involvement, witch trials were held throughout the

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Dark history sites you can visit virtually? Yes, please! With more people staying home, tourist sites around the world have been creating virtual tours that you can visit while sitting on your couch. Museums, catacombs and dark tourism sites from around the world are producing online exhibits and tours filled with educational information for everyone who cannot travel right now.

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Follow the trail of Edinburgh’s most notorious serial killing duo and explore the real sites of their murders on a Burke and Hare Edinburgh tour. The infamous duo used to prowl the city’s streets in search of their next victim they could transform into a corpse to sell to anatomy students for their next dissection in exchange for a bit

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Have you ever sauntered around Edinburgh and wondered how old some of the buildings and structures were? What about the seemingly unimportant walls that line Greyfriars Kirkyard? If you’ve explored the ancient gravestones in Greyfriars Kirkyard, you may have happened upon a towering 24ft-tall wall. Known as the Flodden Wall, this structure was a medieval defence that surrounded Old Town

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Fantoft Stave Church was originally built in 1150 in the village of Fortun in western Norway. It was celebrating its 842nd year when it met its doom and was devastated into little more than a pile of ash. This was after the church had already survived the threat of demolition and was ultimately saved by being moved piece-by-piece to Fana,

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Dark history is everywhere at Holyrood Park. If you’ve ever walked around Edinburgh, you’ll know that no matter where you go, you’re going to be walking through history. The Dark History at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh will be all around you. With buildings that have survived the dreadful plague, horrendous wars and terrifying serial killers almost everywhere you look, you

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Scotland is a land of dark history, with some spooky and dark stories from times past. It’s a place where mystical landscapes and abandoned castles have been left to ruin. The country is perfect for a dark history fan and lover of dark tourism in Scotland. If you want a glimpse into the country’s sinister past, want to find haunted

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If you want to embrace dark history and immerse yourself in a spooky atmosphere, the Tolbooth Tavern in Edinburgh is a must-visit. Here you can grab some unique Scottish pub grub like a Warlock Pie or a Tolbooth Haggis Tower and wash it all down with your favourite pint. Built in 1591, the Tolbooth Tavern in Edinburgh was formerly part

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Spend a day reliving medical and surgical history at the Surgeons Hall Museum in Edinburgh. The medical museum is one of the most unusual things to do in Edinburgh. It is filled to the brim with a collection of curiosities, rarities and oddities that will both educate and shock you. The Surgeons’ Hall Museum, owned by the Royal College of

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As the panic of witchcraft swept over Northern Europe, witches in Scotland were not something to be feared. Scotland had its fair share of healers and herbalists, however, these people (who were also known as witches in Scotland) weren’t seen as evil beings working with the devil. Many of them were sought out to help people alleviate their ailments or

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Boston is home to boundless intriguing history, from being the birthplace of the macabre mystery writer Edgar Allan Poe to being a city where so many political events took place that shaped the way America runs today. Because of its fascinating past, there are many interesting archival places to visit, including colonial cemeteries, such as the Central Burying Ground and

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Salem in Massachusetts is famous for the dark history which fell upon the city over 300 years ago when Puritans ruled the land with their strict authoritative rules. The dark tourism that surrounds The Salem Witch Trials has been an intriguing topic of conversation for more than three centuries, due to the intense wave of hysteria they caused throughout the

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The witch city of Salem, Massachusetts holds a piece of history plucked straight out of the 17th century. Visiting The Witch House in Salem Massachusetts is like stepping back into history. Standing on the corner of North Street and Essex Street, the striking black Witch House is the only remaining structure from the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Luckily,

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The Old Burying Point Cemetery also referred to as the Charter Street Cemetery, is located right next to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. Teeming with a history that overflows between the weathered tombstones that are collapsing due to the ravages of time. The Old Burying Point is Salem’s oldest graveyard and one of the three cemeteries with ties to the

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Romania is full of haunted spots and spooky historical places notorious for its creepy vibes and eerie atmospheres. For these reasons, Romania is a haven for lovers of everything supernatural, legendary and folkloristic. Romania has some of the most haunted places in the world. Known for being home to Transylvania, a mysterious place that inspired the creation of monsters such

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“This seems close enough,” I said to Chris, as we got off the bus onto a rural road in Romania. We were searching for Dracula at Bran Castle in Transylvania. I could see the top of what I assumed was Bran Castle, so I thought we must have been close by at that point, right? Always panicking when I travel

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Looking for haunted and spooky things to do in Edinburgh Scotland? The capital of Scotland and Europe’s most haunted city, Edinburgh bears a grim and horrible past just waiting to be discovered. Edinburgh showcases its haunted, scary and spookiest places through gruesome supernatural stories and outright terrifying attractions. With a history burdened by brutal witch trials, the ghastly plague epidemic

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In the late 19th century, Bergen in Norway had the highest concentration of lepers in all of Europe. To deal with the problem, the city constructed three separate houses for the diseased, where they could be cared for by doctors and researchers studying the epidemic in an effort to discover its cause. Now known as Hansen’s Disease, today leprosy is

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Mary King’s Close was a street in Edinburgh sealed off from the world, leaving all the people suffering from the bubonic plague trapped beneath. These people were quarantined and left to die as the residents in the city above went about with their everyday lives. Did they even know there were victims of the plague dying beneath their feet? This

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New Orleans is a place where legends, folklore and scary stories flourish. Here the locals fully embrace the spooky scene, taking their superstitions and dark folklore seriously. In fact, there’s so much weight given to the dark side of the city that it’s common for landlords to mark their properties available for rent as being “Haunted” or “Not Haunted”, so

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Nicolas Cage and I have a few things in common. We both love haunted houses, New Orleans and how The Big Easy is a place unlike any other. Nicolas Cage loves haunted houses so much that he briefly owned the LaLaurie Mansion! More on this below. To quote him in an interview with The Advocate, “New Orleans is not like

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When I think of dark tourism, Canada is the last place that comes to mind. But when I really take a look around, I find there are way more sites historically associated with a tragedy here than I originally thought there were. I always think of Europe as a haven for dark tourists. Especially since this part of the world

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As darkness falls, and as the sparkling lights of the city appear in the distance. I am in the Glasgow Necropolis – exploring the city of the dead. I’m encapsulated by a stunning silhouette of Victorian tombs, monuments, and mausoleums in the Glasgow Necropolis. A crisp winter breeze keeps me company as I quietly make my way through the “City

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