How Haunted? Podcast | Horrible Histories, Real Life Ghost Stories, and Paranormal Investigations from Some of the Most Haunted Places on Earth

Rob Kirkup

Listen to the How Haunted? Podcast, and allow author, ghost hunter, and paranormal historian Rob Kirkup to be your guide. Each episode sees us explore one of the most haunted places across the UK, as well as the occasional trip to some of the scariest places on Planet Earth. We will look in depth at the, often dark and troubled, history of each location, and the chilling ghost stories. There will also be special follow-up episodes where Rob conducts paranormal investigations at some of these terrifying places, as well as BIG Halloween Spook-taculars. Join me, as each episode we ask the question, How Haunted? WARNING: Listener discretion is advised as each episode will gruesome tales, horrific happenings, bloody murder, and ghosts. So many ghosts. Dare you download? For an optimal listening experience, listening through headphones, while clutching a torch hiding under your blankets on a dark, stormy night is recommended. Make sure you’re not in the dark by visiting https://www.how-haunted.com read less

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How Haunted? Podcast | Horrible Histories, Real Life Ghost Stories, and Paranormal Investigations from Some of the Most Haunted Places on Earth tours the scariest places in the UK and beyond.

Host Rob Kirkup has spent two decades investigating more than 50 alleged hauntings. Kirkup researches specters, phantoms, apparitions, ghosts, and poltergeists. He has written more than a dozen books about paranormal activity. His show takes listeners on his harrowing investigations. Kirkup and his team visit locations such as Northumberland and York. Many people consider these the most haunted areas of England.

Kirkup's writing prowess is evident as he describes locales. He helps listeners visualize the setting, the atmosphere, and their fear level. Kirkup describes the team's apparel and equipment, too. Some investigators pack extra underwear in their prep kits for logical reasons.

In one episode of the How Haunted? Podcast, Kirkup and friends visit York's National Railway Museum. They stay at The Bar Convent, established in secrecy in 1686. It's the oldest surviving convent in England, created at a time Catholicism was illegal there.

At the museum, a guide explains how they test visitors before ghost hunts. They inquire about mental health, medications, fear of heights, and balance. That helps guests differentiate between paranormal experiences and other symptoms. Kirkup has a calm demeanor. He's a tae kwon do instructor with excellent balance. Kirkup attended flight school and isn't afraid of heights. These facts make his museum experience compelling.

When crossing a bridge, though, Kirkup panics. The guide takes him below the bridge. He feels an immediate sense of calm. When Kirkup returns to the bridge, he panics again. The guide reveals what once happened on that bridge. It explains Kirkup's reaction. That's only the beginning of a fright-filled night. Their visit was so vivid, one team member decided not to join them on future ghost hunts.

New episodes of How Haunted? Podcast | Horrible Histories, Real Life Ghost Stories, and Paranormal Investigations from Some of the Most Haunted Places on Earth premiered weekly until 2024. Kirkup then changed them to twice a month. Podcast listeners who enjoy haunted adventures won't be easily scared away.

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Episodes

Ep 71 - Shepton Mallet Prison
Feb 2 2024
Ep 71 - Shepton Mallet Prison
This time we head inside the oldest prison in the world. For almost four centuries this place of incarceration in Somerset witnessed disease, violence, and executions. This has created a breeding ground for the spooks and specters that remain here to this day, as it is now a tourist attraction that caters for those with an interest in the paranormal. Let’s step foot inside this 17th century house of correction together as we ask just how haunted is Shepton Mallet Prison? Support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. You can become a Patreon for as little as £1 a month. You can choose from three tiers and get yourself early access to episodes, and exclusive monthly episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night. You can even get yourself some exclusive How Haunted? merch, and join me on a paranormal investigation via livestream. To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com   Music in this episode includes: Darren Curtis – Lurking Evil: https://youtu.be/3i0aVnpeppw   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek"   Music link :https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU || SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ || Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP || Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV
Episode 1 REMASTERED - Greyfriars Kirkyard
Jan 26 2024
Episode 1 REMASTERED - Greyfriars Kirkyard
To celebrate the first birthday of How Haunted? on the 2nd September, I've revisited the first ever episode and added a little over 15 minutes of audio from the investigation I conducted at the Covenanter's Prison, a place so dark and dangerous that no one else has ever been allowed to investigate here.   This was initially only available to Patreons, if you want to get access to Patreon content when it's initially released check out Patreon.com/howhauntedpod    Thank you so much for supporting the podcast!   With ties to Greyfriars' Bobby and Harry Potter, Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh is a fascinating location. In this inaugural episode of How Haunted? let's look at the darker side of the graveyard as we look at the dangerous Mackenzie Poltergeist of the Covenanter's Prison.   We'll delve into the history the ghost stories, and what would happen when Rob was able to spend some time all alone in the Black Mausoleum, the site of over 4000 physical attacks by the violent phantom?   Find out when, together, we ask How Haunted is Greyfriars Kirkyard?   Support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. If you'd like to become a Patreon for £3 a month, and get yourself early access to episodes and exclusive episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night, visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod   Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com     Background music included in this episode includes: Horror Story https://youtu.be/VebaguxUJWE   Music in this episode includes: Darren Curtis – Lurking Evil: https://youtu.be/3i0aVnpeppw   "The Graveyard" composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek" Music link : https://youtu.be/hynSTzexVzg   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek"   Music link :https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV
Ep 70 - Haunted Dolls Part 2
Jan 19 2024
Ep 70 - Haunted Dolls Part 2
This time we continue to delve into the scary world of haunted dolls, as this week includes arguably the most famous haunted doll of them all, possibly even better known than Annabelle, a whole host of dolls resident to the UK, some dolls based on popular children’s television and film characters, and dolls bought from eBay. Let’s find out all about these seemingly harmless toys as we ask once again just how haunted are these dolls? https://shopkwahs.mybigcommerce.com/  – Link to the Robert the Doll store https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNe3tCdKG9o - Video of Mr Fritz Support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. You can become a Patreon for as little as £1 a month. You can choose from three tiers and get yourself early access to episodes, and exclusive monthly episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night. You can even get yourself some exclusive How Haunted? merch, and join me on a paranormal investigation via livestream. To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com   Music in this episode includes: Darren Curtis – Lurking Evil: https://youtu.be/3i0aVnpeppw   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek"   Music link :https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU || SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ || Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP || Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV
Ep 69 - Haunted Dolls Part 1
Jan 5 2024
Ep 69 - Haunted Dolls Part 1
This time we begin a two-part special in which we look at the favourite toy of many children, all over the globe, a delightful companion that provides many years of companionship in those early innocent years of life. However when we grow older their fixed grin and staring vacant eyes of a child’s doll can be the stuff of nightmares. Films such as Child’s Play and the Conjuring have added to the fear that many people have when it comes to dolls. Let’s find out all about these terrifying childhood toys as we ask just how haunted are these dolls? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLI5voqiiVM - Apparition appearing in the Haunted Gang's webcam livestream. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyLNLHOmP-g  - EVP session with Isaac from the Haunted Gang Support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. You can become a Patreon for as little as £1 a month. You can choose from three tiers and get yourself early access to episodes, and exclusive monthly episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night. You can even get yourself some exclusive How Haunted? merch, and join me on a paranormal investigation via livestream. To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com   Music in this episode includes: Darren Curtis – Lurking Evil: https://youtu.be/3i0aVnpeppw   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek"   Music link :https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU || SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ || Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP || Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV
Bonus Episode 8 - The National Railway Museum
Dec 29 2023
Bonus Episode 8 - The National Railway Museum
Originally released for Patreons in April I hope you enjoy this very special episode. A popular railway museum, which opened in 1975, is said to be the haunt of a number of ghosts. Paul, a violent entity who lurks in the ladies toilets, George who remains within the Travelling Post Office, and still takes huge pride in his work, many years following his passing, a tall man in a top hat, a mischievous spirit who likes to mess up the gift shop after dark, the archives has been the scene of terrifying possessions, and a haunted train carriage which was once used as a mobile brother by the Nazis during the second world war. Would I encounter any of these phantoms when my team and I joined another group to investigate this building after dark? Let’s find out together. Tonight, join me for a very special episode, as I once again take on one of the scariest places in York, this time, the National Railway Museum. To get episodes such as this sooner, you can become a Patreon for £3 a month, and get yourself early access to episodes, and more exclusive episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night.  To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod   Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod   Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com   Background music included in this episode includes: Horror Story https://youtu.be/VebaguxUJWE   Music in this episode includes: "Darren Curtis - Demented Nightmare" https://youtu.be/g_O4kS9FP3k   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek" Music link : https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV
The Nightmare Before Christmas 2023
Dec 22 2023
The Nightmare Before Christmas 2023
The second annual Nightmare Before Christmas special is upon us, and in this special episode I will read real ghost stories from listeners. Christmas is intrinsically linked with the telling of ghost stories, so it seems like the perfect time to tell these stories of timeslips, premonitions, gifts from beyond the grave, and frightening encounters with the dead. There’ll also be polterguests dropping by, in the form of authors, podcasters, bloggers and YouTubers, and they’ll tell you of their own scary experiences in their own words. Two of these stories are accompanied by audio recordings which are most definitely not for those of a nervous disposition, as they appear to capture the voices of the dead. You have been warned. Huge thank you to Carole, Dorothy, Karen, Craig, Barney, Jim, and 'Michael' for sending in their stories for me to read.  And an equally enormous thanks to my polterguests, Emma, Rob, Icy and Nicky, who contributed to this Christmas special. You can find Icy Sedgwick's podcast at https://pod.co/fabulous-folklore-with-icy  Her Halloween special, which is a chat with me about ghosts while we sat inside Newcastle's oldest building is at https://pod.co/fabulous-folklore-with-icy/two-ghost-hunters-in-conversation-at-newcastle-castle  And Icy's website is at https://www.icysedgwick.com  Emma's blog is at https://weird-wiltshire.co.uk  Rob's frightfully good YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/@DeadAirTV  And Nicky and Charles Wright's new podcast, The World's Most Haunted, is going to launch in early 2024. You can find out more at their website https://theworldsmosthaunted.com/ or their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/@TheWorldsMostHaunted  Thanks to you for listening to How Haunted? this year. Have a phenomenal Christmas, and all the best for the new year.  You can support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. You can become a Patreon for as little as £1 a month. You can choose from three tiers and get yourself early access to episodes, and exclusive monthly episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night.  To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod  Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, perhaps as a Christmas present to me? :) You can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod  Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com Music in this episode includes: Myuu - Carol of the Bells - Dark Christmas Song (Piano Version) Myuu - Winter Trouble  You can hear all of Myuu's fantastic music at https://www.youtube.com/myuuji
Ep 67 - Woodchester Mansion Part 2
Dec 15 2023
Ep 67 - Woodchester Mansion Part 2
This time I’m joined by Emma from the Weird Wiltshire blog as we continue to explore the mysteries of an unfinished mansion in Gloucestershire. We discuss why it was never finished, we attempt to separate fact from fiction when it comes to some of the darker tales surrounding the building, and Emma will tell us some more of the grand house’s ghost stories. This week we ask once again, how haunted is Woodchester Mansion. Thanks to Emma, and you can check out her blog at weird-wiltshire.co.uk  Support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. You can become a Patreon for as little as £1 a month. You can choose from three tiers and get yourself early access to episodes, and exclusive monthly episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night. You can even get yourself some exclusive How Haunted? merch, and join me on a paranormal investigation via livestream. To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com   Music in this episode includes: Darren Curtis – Lurking Evil: https://youtu.be/3i0aVnpeppw   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek"   Music link :https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU || SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ || Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP || Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV
Ep 66 - Woodchester Mansion Part 1
Dec 8 2023
Ep 66 - Woodchester Mansion Part 1
This time we head to Gloucestershire where we step foot inside a mansion dating from the mid-19th century that was constructed at great cost, but never finished when the builders left refusing the return. It has never been a home, well not for the living anyway, as it appears that the great house which was abandoned from the beginning is home to a number of spirits, some more darker and dangerous than the others. Let’s find out all about this mysterious mansion as we ask just how haunted is Woodchester Mansion? The news story of the door opening and closing can be seen here Support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. You can become a Patreon for as little as £1 a month. You can choose from three tiers and get yourself early access to episodes, and exclusive monthly episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night. You can even get yourself some exclusive How Haunted? merch, and join me on a paranormal investigation via livestream. To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com   Music in this episode includes: Darren Curtis – Lurking Evil: https://youtu.be/3i0aVnpeppw   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek"   Music link :https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU || SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ || Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP || Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV
Ep 65 - The London Underground Part 2
Dec 1 2023
Ep 65 - The London Underground Part 2
We continue our travels through the haunted London Underground, looking at another 15 haunted stations and tunnels with a whole host of spectral characters from the underground’s history – and even further back – just waiting for us in in the darkness offered by the world’s oldest underground railway.  This week we ask once again, just how haunted is the London Underground? Support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. You can become a Patreon for as little as £1 a month. You can choose from three tiers and get yourself early access to episodes, and exclusive monthly episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night. You can even get yourself some exclusive How Haunted? merch, and join me on a paranormal investigation via livestream. To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com   Music in this episode includes: Darren Curtis – Lurking Evil: https://youtu.be/3i0aVnpeppw   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek"   Music link :https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU || SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ || Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP || Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV
Ep 64 - The London Underground Part 1
Nov 24 2023
Ep 64 - The London Underground Part 1
Let's begin a journey beneath the streets of England’s capital city and explore the world’s oldest underground railway. A railway system said to be home to the largest concentration of ghosts anywhere in Britain, and when you consider the thousands of accidental deaths and suicides that have occurred here in the 160 years since it first opened, as well as the cemeteries, plague pits, and crypts disturbed during the construction of the stations, it comes as little wonder. This week, ensure you mind the gap as we ask just how haunted is the London Underground? Support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. You can become a Patreon for as little as £1 a month. You can choose from three tiers and get yourself early access to episodes, and exclusive monthly episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night. You can even get yourself some exclusive How Haunted? merch, and join me on a paranormal investigation via livestream. To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com   Music in this episode includes: Darren Curtis – Lurking Evil: https://youtu.be/3i0aVnpeppw   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek"   Music link :https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU || SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ || Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP || Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV
Ep 62 - Dover Castle
Nov 10 2023
Ep 62 - Dover Castle
Let us head to the south east of England, and in particular to a fortification that has defended the coastline for almost 1000 years. It has witnessed all manner of horrors and as a result is believed to be one of the most haunted castles in Britain. The ghost of a murdered drummer boy is still heard playing his drums on the battlements. The sights and sounds of World War 2 are heard in the secret tunnels that run beneath the castle. And I’ll tell you a terrified listener got the fright of her life following a paranormal investigation here just last year. This week join me as we ask just how haunted is Dover Castle? Support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. You can become a Patreon for as little as £1 a month. You can choose from three tiers and get yourself early access to episodes, and exclusive monthly episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night. You can even get yourself some exclusive How Haunted? merch, and join me on a paranormal investigation via livestream. To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com   Music in this episode includes: Darren Curtis – Lurking Evil: https://youtu.be/3i0aVnpeppw   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek"   Music link :https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU || SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ || Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP || Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV
Ep 61 - The Many Haunts of the Gunpowder Plotter Guy Fawkes
Nov 3 2023
Ep 61 - The Many Haunts of the Gunpowder Plotter Guy Fawkes
With the 5th of November coming this weekend, we are going to look at the short life of a man who has become immortalised in British history for a failed plot in 1605, which has led to the annual celebration of bonfire night, or Guy Fawke’s Night. We will look at the life of Guy Fawkes and those places that he is said to haunt in death over 400 years after he was executed. This week, with the unmistakable smell of bonfires and spent fireworks hanging in the air, let us explore the many haunts of the Gunpowder Plotter Guy Fawkes.  Support How Haunted? by subscribing and leaving a review. You can become a Patreon for as little as £1 a month. You can choose from three tiers and get yourself early access to episodes, and exclusive monthly episodes where Rob will conduct ghost hunts and you'll hear the audio from the night. You can even get yourself some exclusive How Haunted? merch, and join me on a paranormal investigation via livestream. To sign up visit https://patreon.com/HowHauntedPod Perhaps you'd rather buy me a coffee to make a one off donation to support the pod, you can do that at https://www.buymeacoffee.com/HowHauntedPod Find out more about the pod at https://www.how-haunted.com and you can email Rob at Rob@how-haunted.com To take advantage of a reduced rate to stay at the Guy Fawkes Inn in York, use the code BESTBOOKDIRECT.   Music in this episode includes: Darren Curtis – Lurking Evil: https://youtu.be/3i0aVnpeppw   " HORROR PIANO MUSIC " composed and produced by "Vivek Abhishek"   Music link :https://youtu.be/xbjuAGgk5lU || SUBSCRIBE us on YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/DQQmmCl8crQ || Follow on Facebook: https://bit.ly/33RWRtP || Follow on Instagram: https://bit.ly/2ImU2JV