Hospitals can be scary places. They’re sterile and often impersonal, and oh yeah, there are often people dying all around you. And let’s not even get into the fact that they’ve got morgues, too. No one likes to visit the hospital, and let’s not even get started on the terrifying concept of paying a visit to an insane asylum. But do you know what’s even scarier than a brand new, state of the art hospital or mental institution one? A long abandoned hospital or asylum. Amazingly, these things are all around us, and about the only people crazy enough to go inside are people looking for ghosts. Because let’s face it, if there are ghosts, these are places where they’d sure as hell be. 1.
Nocton Hall Hospital – Lincolnshire, England
Nocton Hall was used by the Royal Air Force, and later the US Air Force before closing down for good in the 1990’s, and is believed to be haunted by the spirits of the men who died there.
Old Tooele Hospital – Tooele, Utah
Old Tooele is a supposedly haunted abandoned hospital, and was actually used in the TV miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand.”
Willard Asylum – Willard, New York
The Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane, which is the full name, is a supposedly haunted asylum that is a favorite spot for ghost hunters, and its surrounded by numerous unmarked graves that are the final resting places for its deceased residents.
Severalls Hospital – Colchester, England
Severalls Hospital was an insane asylum where doctors performed experiments on the patients, which already makes it a terrifying place, and then when you factor in its ominous, decrepit state and numerous tales of apparitions being sighted.
Cane Hill Asylum – London, England
One of the few asylums on this list that had a decent reputation when it was open is Cane Hill Asylum, which has been ravaged by arson and decay over the years, leaving the ominous looking hospital far more imposing than it ever was while operational.
Manteno Mental Hospital – Manteno, Illinois
This insane asylum housed more than 8,000 patients over the years, who were subjected to frequent electroshock therapy during their stay.
Beelitz-Heilstatten – Brandenburg, Germany
An enormous hospital complex consisting of 60 buildings, Beelitz-Heilstatten was used extensively during wartime and actually was home to a young Adolf Hitler during World War I, and has been used in movies such as the film The Pianist.
Tranquille Sanitorium – Kamloops, British Columbia
Originally built to house tuberculosis patients, Tranquille Sanitorium has actually been featured in numerous TV shows and movies, while also getting a ton of reports of hauntings within its walls.
Trenton Psychiatric Hospital – Trenton, New Jersey
What was served as a lunatic asylum for the state of New Jersey is home to some terrifying stories of doctors who, in an effort to “cure” patients, began performing unnecessary surgeries, including the removal of organs, without consent.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium – Louisville, Kentucky
Considered one of the most terrifying hospitals in the US, Waverly Hills is an abandoned hospital that held upwards of 150 tuberculosis patients, and rumors include a nurse trying to give herself an abortion before killing herself.