Dark & Spooky Bristol

Uncover the dark, alternative and spooky secrets of Bristol. There are exciting, fun and ghoulish goings on across the city, meaning it is far from being a Ghost Town. Come and visit if you dare....

Expect plenty of gritty local history, hidden heritage, magical attractions, wonderful walking tours, exciting events, Halloween ideas, underground culture and so much more.

Don't be afraid, there's plenty of frighteningly good activities and events to explore. Browse through our ideas below, or if you want to give yourself an added scare, read our list of 11 of Bristol's Most Haunted Places.

#SpookyBristol Short Breaks

It's close to midnight, and something evil is lurking in the dark, so make a break of it and book a Spooky Bristol weekend break in Bristol.

You could search or full list of accommodation special offers or for that extra bit of magic, book a stay in Wookey Hole Hotel, perfect for witch-hunting!

After you've been out and about in the chilly air chasing ghosts and walking through cemeteries, get cosy and warm up in Bristol's cosiest hotels.

Halloween in Bristol

The ghastliest day in the calendar - Bristol has plenty of super scary ways to celebrate! Winner of the UK’s Best Scream Park (2022 Scare Awards), FEAR at Avon Valley Scream Park is an unmissable experience of terror across several scare mazes and live entertainment.

If you're looking for spooky rather than scary, you'll find everything from picking pumpkins to graveyard tours on our Halloween in Bristol page.

Halloween is a great time of year to book a #SpookyBristol break to Bristol, when the city really shows off it's fun side.

#SpookyBristol Attractions

Explore Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions, home to the infamous Witch of Wookey Hole. Venture through the underground caves and go on a magical adventure.

Arnos Vale Cemetery is the jewel in the #SpookyBristol crown. A beautiful Victorian garden cemetery, it's a tranquil sanctuary where you can connect with nature and wildlife, stroll along sweeping carriage drives and leafy walks. However, as this is a final resting place for over 300,000 souls; gravestones lurk among the greenery, alongside tombs and a crypt. There are many events through the year, some spooky and gruesome, some fun, some calming but all brilliant.

Bristol Film Festival is a year-round celebration of cult (and, indeed, occult) movies shown in unusual places including Redcliffe Caves: a vast network of subterranean chambers and tunnels. Take a seat in a dark, dank cavern and watch spine-chilling horror classics.

Bristol Ghost Walks and Tours

Go hunting for spooks on a Bristol Ghost Tour, see if you can spot a spectre in an old air raid shelter on the St Nicholas Market Walking Tour, or take a self-guided tour of Bristol's macabre and gruesome history with the Dark Bristol Walking Tour.

Delve into Bristol's grisly past on a Blood and Butchery tour of Bedminster or learn more about the city’s pirate past on the Blood, Blackbeard and Buccaneers tour with Show Of Strength Theatre Company.

Escape Rooms in Bristol

Test your wits and your nerve and take on one of Bristol's Escape games.

Escape from a locked room by discovering clues at LockedInARoom or Cheddar Gorge & Caves – Escape Rooms. All perfect places to spook you in Bristol.

Ghoulish experiences

Go hunting for ghosts on a walking tour, or take a self-guided tour of Bristol's macabre and gruesome history. From haunted pubs to bloody murder, wrap up warm and retrace the steps of our city’s darkest days...

Take a Blood and Butchery tour in Bedminster with Show of Strength

Bedminster’s older than Bristol and this 5-star tour takes you to extraordinary places where amazing things happened.  We’ll introduce you to grave robbers and body snatchers; concrete coffins and hanging judges; a man-eating lion; an exotic princess who was one of the world’s great impostors; and a forgotten Victorian murder – or was it? And running through it all, like hot liquid gold, the still missing millions laundered in Bedminster from the Brink’s-Mat robbery, Britain’s biggest ever.  BBC Sounds podcast GANGSTER: The Story of John Palmer…

Blood, Blackbeard and Buccaneers Tour with Show of Strength

“Highly recommend this glorious thing, 2 hours, 3 pubs, tall tales, What’s not to like?” – Kathryn Davis, MD, Visit West “Excellent research…charismatic delivery… comedy…with a little vicarious thrill of terror” – Bristol24/7 Discover the truth about the world’s most notorious pirate in the place where he grew up, exploring dockside hostelries along the way. Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard was the world’s most infamous pirate and until his death in battle 200 years ago, the most feared. While no records of…

Bristol Ghost Tours

Bristol Ghost Tours is an exciting new ghost tour of Bristol, running between March and late December, on Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sunday nights. Brought to you by the same team that runs the highly acclaimed Bath Ghost Tours. Dr Lynch and his team of costumed guides will take you on the only dedicated ghost of Bristol available today. The Bristol Ghost Tour is an exciting blend of haunted tales, theatrics, genuine historical research and genuine reports of paranormal events, as well as a little bit of crowd participation, across up to 17 different haunted locations in the heart of the old…

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