BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Friday, 9 August, 2002, 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK
Ghost capital's tourist hopes
Ghostly appearances in York near St William's College
St William's College in York is said to be haunted
York has been named Europe's most haunted city by a ghost expert.

Parapsychologist Jason Karl, president of the Ghost Research Foundation International (GRFI), said the city has more spooks than any other.

And tourism officials in the city hope the title will help boost the number of visitors to the area.

The organisation was founded by Mr Karl nearly 10 years ago and aims to research alleged ghostly phenomena worldwide.

"We have travelled extensively working on research projects across the globe and nowhere have we found more ghosts than in York," he said.

Haunted buildings in York
Treasurer's House
Theatre Royal
St William's College
King's Manor
Holy Trinity church

The city, which has four million visitors each year, holds regular ghost walks which can attract nearly 150 tourists at a time.

One of the most famous phantom visitors in York is the Grey Lady, who is said to haunt the room behind the dress circle of the Theatre Royal.

She is regarded as a good omen to any performers who see her.

The Grey Lady was a nun who was bricked into the walls as a punishment for becoming the lover of a nobleman.

St William's College, near York Minster, is said to be haunted by a thief who died after robbing a wealthy priest.


We have always had an idea that York is the most haunted city but it's the first time it's been validated

Kay Hyde, of York Tourism Bureau

To mark its paranormal status, York will be hosting GRFI's 10th anniversary celebrations on 6 and 7 September.

Members of the public will be able to take part in real ghost investigations run by psychic investigators and scientists.

Kay Hyde, public relations manager for York Tourism Bureau, said: "It is fantastic for the city.

"We have always had an idea that York is the most haunted city but it's the first time it's been validated."

Gillian Crudas, chief executive of York Tourism Bureau, said: "We are delighted that the Ghost Research Foundation International has decided to hold it's 10th anniversary celebrations in York.

"It's fantastic that visitors and residents will be able to take part in real live investigations and we are sure it's going to create a lot of interest."


Click here to go to BBC North Yorkshire
See also:

05 Apr 02 | England
25 Oct 01 | England
29 Mar 01 | UK
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes