Spooky Escapes for the Long Weekend
19 Oct 2018
Posted in: Loans
With Hallowe’en just around the corner, there’s no better time to book an atmospheric getaway! Luckily, whether you fancy jetting off to foreign shores or staying here for a fun staycation, there are lots of spooky locations worth checking out. Here’s the cream of the crop…
Explore the Home of Dracula
No list of gothic getaways would be complete without Transylvania, the Romanian region that provided the setting for Bram Stoker’s iconic novel, Dracula. Though the famous vampire is fictional, Stoker was inspired by tales of Romania’s haunting landscapes, soaring mountains and dense forestry. You’ll be enchanted too; Transylvania retains a real medieval charm, with its narrow winding lanes, fortified churches and buildings dating back to the 13th century. Be sure to check out Bran Castle during your stay; though not the novel’s actual setting, it’s since taken on an association with the mythic vampire.
Or Stoker’s Dublin
Of course, the story’s author Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, also worth getting to know better! In fact, every October, the city hosts a festival dedicated to Stoker. Expect four days of spooky fun, including talks, screenings and performances set all around the city. Keep the creepy theme going with visits to the mummies in St. Michan’s Church, the atmospheric crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, and of course, Kilmainham Gaol, a former jail that’s steeped in Irish history and said to be haunted by the souls of those who died there…
The Not-So-Sunny Southeast…
That said, there’s another Irish building that’s believed to be even more haunted. Located on the stunning Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford, Loftus Hall is surrounded by a swirl of dark myth and legend. The foreboding country house dates back to 1350, though it was renovated extensively during the 1870s. Following a visit by what’s believed to have been the Devil, the house’s young occupant Anne Tottenham died mysteriously in 1675. Her ghost is said to still wander its halls. While you’re in this beautiful part of the country, be sure to also pay a visit to Hook Lighthouse
If you fancy venturing further afield, Paris is always a fantastic
city break option. Factor in the city’s eerie underground catacombs,
and you’re on to a Hallowe’en winner! During a tour of this winding
network of tunnels, you’ll cover 1.5km of ground – all 20m below
Paris’ bustling streets. Be warned though, this labyrinth isn’t for
the faint of heart… the catacombs are lined with real human skulls,
and supposedly haunted by the ghost of Philibert Aspairt. He died
there in 1793, after getting lost when his candle was blown out.
Ready to Book that Trip?
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