Here Are The 7 Most Haunted Spots In Dublin

We're officially creeped out

St Michans Earls Leitrim

If you're one of those people who loves to scare the absolute bejaysus out of yourself, we've got you covered. 

Dublin is heaving with haunted houses and spooky spots and, if you're feeling brave, these are ones definitely worth checking out for yourself. 

We've got chills just reading about these places...

1. The Hellfire Club 

This whole area, in the Wicklow Mountains, is regarded as one of the most haunted in the country. 

Hill walkers who have complained of feeling a tug at jewellery worn around their necks, especially crucifixes, have said it's thought to be the work of the hill's "invisible hands". 

Then there's the constant reports of the screams of a woman who was murdered by some of the club's young aristocrats by setting her alight and rolling her down the hill in a barrel. 

Most famously, it's said that the Devil himself appeared during a card game here, vanishing when a man spotted that he had cloven hooves instead of feet. Gulp. 

Hell

2. The Brazen Head

Dublin's oldest pub is said to be visited by one of its former customers, "Bold" Robert Emmet, who was hanged in September 1803. 

He's often spotted in the corner of the bar, keeping an eye out for his executioner, who also frequented the pub...

Brazen

3. Kilmainham Gaol

It's no surprise this jail is one of the most haunted spots in the city. 

The first reports of ghostly activity here were recorded by workmen who restored the jail in the 1960s. Lights turning on and off, footsteps following them down deserted corridors, and gusts of wind knocking them over while they worked on the site were just some of the stories told by the men. 

You can visit it today and hear more stories in person, but be wary – strange things tend to happen here... 

Kilmainham Gaol

4. The Grave Diggers and Glasnevin Cemetery 

The clue is in the name here. 

This pub, right next to Glasnevin Cemetery, is a spooky spot for a pint. The resident ghost is regularly spotted at the bar dressed in old-fashioned tweeds... until he disappears without a trace. 

As for the cemetery itself, its history is gruesome. The watchtower was built here so that guards could look out for grave snatchers who regularly dug up freshly buried bodies and sold them for medical use. 

Cemetery gravedigger Jim, otherwise known as the "Ace of Spades”, has some seriously scary stories if you can get a tour with him. 

Glasnevin Cemetery

5. The vaults at Saint Michan’s

Just at the back of the Four Courts you'll find Saint Michan's Church. It's nothing special from the outside, but inside, hidden under the church in the cellar, lies the vaults. 

Bones, skulls and human remains spill out over stacked coffins here, and there are four mummies with their caskets open to view, too. 

You can rub their fingers for good luck, apparently. Fat chance you'll find us in the crypts, not to mention prodding mummified corpses. Shudder. 

St Michans Earls Leitrim

6. 13 Henrietta Street 

The house has been used as a set for films and music videos, but it also has a more sinister reputation. Apparently, the ghost of a woman exorcised in the house still haunts the premise. 

The phantom has been spotted by neighbours and passers-by in old clothing standing by the window, gazing out onto the street. 

Not. Able. 

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7. Collins' Barracks 

The ghosts of soldiers are said to still walk these barracks. 

Visitors have reported sightings of figures in Napoleonic uniforms, believing them to be a reenactment group, only to be told that no such group exist on the grounds. 

Gunshots and horses are often heard by the guards on duty here too. 

Barracks

Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments.

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Jo Linehan

Jo is a writer, stylist and explorer. She loves fashion, knows great style and is interested in people and great stories. She lives in Phibsborough and is in love with Dublin.

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