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6 Places to Find a Vampire in Real Life

Judith enjoys disconcerting herself and others with chilling stories from near and far.

Discover six sites around the world where vampires may lurk.

Discover six sites around the world where vampires may lurk.

The Lair of the Undead

Where to find a vampire?

Cynics might suggest between the pages of a book or flickering across the screen in a Hammer Horror film. I can't argue with that; you will definitely find them there. But for centuries, there have been persistent rumours of blood-sucking wraiths, so who's to say that there aren't a few revenants skulking around the globe? If you have an interest in proving the doubters wrong, where might you find a bona fide vampire?

Places With Possible Vampire Sightings

There are, of course, the traditional hunting grounds of Eastern Europe, the birthplace of popular vampire lore. However, vampires can apparently be found throughout the world. Here is a list of places to either avoid or visit, depending on your feelings towards the undead.

  1. The Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania
  2. The Cemeteries of New Orleans
  3. Highgate Cemetery in London
  4. Coventry Street in London
  5. Tower Hamlets in London
  6. The Town of Winsford in Cheshire

1. The Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania

Think of vampires, and you think of Transylvania. Bram Stoker's Dracula was based upon Vlad the Impaler, a medieval prince of Wallachia. Vlad's kingdom, which was located in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania, is now part of Romania. Vlad was a particularly cruel and bloodthirsty ruler whose bloodlust resulted in his being labelled a vampire. In fact, the Romanians, in common with other Slavic peoples, have long believed in the concept of vampires

Although Stoker has fired the imagination of vampire hunters everywhere, and although the Romanians have a great many customs devoted to the detection and destruction of vampires, modern sightings of the nosferatu are either extremely rare or kept very quiet. Perhaps having had centuries of practice, the vampires of Transylvania are simply very accomplished and manage to keep themselves undetected.

If you plan to travel to Transylvania, go on St George's Eve (22 April) as this is traditionally the gathering day for vampires and witches. Stoker chose this day for Jonathan Harker to arrive in Transylvania, and as we know, he was spectacularly successful in finding his vampire!

A New Orleans cemetery—possible home to a vampire?

A New Orleans cemetery—possible home to a vampire?

2. The Cemeteries of New Orleans

It's no wonder that New Orleans provided the inspiration for Anne Rice's vampire novels. From the Spanish Moss dripping from the trees to the breathless steamy nights, the Crescent City oozes a menacing charm. There may be a few vampires lurking in the courtyards of the Vieux Carre, but your best bet for finding a vampire might be in the City's cemeteries.

New Orleans' cemeteries are truly Cities of the Dead. The tombs are above ground due to the high water table; try to bury a body here, and it will simply float to the surface. To overcome the problem, the locals constructed their vaults above ground and placed the coffins inside. The larger tombs look like little houses, so the cemeteries have the feeling of a silent, deserted town.

Local rumours persist that the Cities of the Dead are home to vampires and that it is these creatures who are responsible for a series of suspicious deaths in 1933 and 1984. In each of these cases, bodies were found with their throats torn out, and despite the catastrophic injuries, it was remarked by police and paramedics that there was a lack of blood at the scene.

If you are tempted to visit one of the city's cemeteries, the advice is not to go alone; join an organised tour, of which there are many. Whether this is to protect you from the blood-thirsty attention of the undead or violent theft by the living is unclear; in either case, it remains good advice.

Highgate Cemetery West, Egyptian Avenue

Highgate Cemetery West, Egyptian Avenue

3. Highgate Cemetery in London

Highgate Cemetery is perhaps London's best-known cemetery. It is huge—37 acres containing around 53,000 graves. Some of the occupants are famous, like Karl Marx, whilst others wither away anonymously. There's plenty of scope for a vampire's lair in this fascinating Victorian cemetery. Indeed, Bram Stoker fictionalised the cemetery in Dracula; Lucy Westenra is buried at Kingstead Cemetery, based on Highgate. Small wonder then that vampires are said to reside in this North London cemetery.

The Highgate Vampire

The first modern reports of vampire activity at Highgate were in 1963. Two 16-year-old girls were walking home late one night past the cemetery and were shocked to see bodies emerging from graves. Shortly afterward, a couple walked past the same spot and reported seeing a figure hovering behind the gates. They watched for a few moments, riveted to the spot, and were alarmed at the look of abject horror on the apparition's face. In the following months, the figure was spotted on numerous occasions, floating around the path near the gate. The apparition was dubbed a vampire after the discovery of animal carcasses sucked clean of blood.

The Highgate vampire finally attacked in 1971, if a young woman is to be believed. She was returning home in the early hours of the morning, her journey taking her past the cemetery. She was suddenly thrown to the ground with great force by a tall, dark figure. Fortunately, a car stopped to help her, and her attacker vanished.

Despite a great deal of media interest and investigations by police and paranormal investigators, no one has actually managed to find any evidence of the vampire. You might like to try; organised tours of the West Cemetery run at weekends, whilst you can visit the East Cemetery unaccompanied. Entry fees apply.

4. Coventry Street in London

Perhaps the Highgate Vampire occasionally ventures out across London. Certainly, in 1922 there were suspicions of a vampire in London's West End. A man was found unconscious in the early hours of the morning at a corner on Coventry Street and taken to Charing Cross Hospital. The doctor found a small stab mark on his neck.

The young man, a clerk, said he remembered being pounced on by a man who bit his neck. Remarkably, two more men were brought into the hospital with the same injuries later that day. No attacker was ever found, nor were there any further assaults.

5. Tower Hamlets in London

The East End of London was awash with reports of a vampire prowling amongst the Bangladeshi community in 2005. Despite appeals for calm in mosques, people were gripped by tales of veiled figures grabbing victims, sometimes from their own doorways, and biting them.

Many Bengalis lived in fear for several weeks, locking their doors and staying indoors after dark. Some community leaders reported that the stories had originated in the Bangladeshi community in Birmingham, where there were reports of a man attacking people and tearing at their flesh. No evidence of these attacks was found. Nonetheless, the Police received 17 calls about the predator, but eventually, the threat seemed to have melted away.

6. The Town of Winsford in Cheshire

In the 1970s, two young women were referred to a doctor as they had become lethargic and listless and had the same physical symptoms too; purple marks at their necks and breasts. They both claimed to have had dreams about a tall, dark man entering their bedrooms. One of the girls recognised the man as a local art student. After ruling out any other causes of their conditions, the doctor decided to visit the art student; a young Hungarian named Lazlo.

After his visit to Lazlo, the doctor too began to experience strange phenomena. His cat was killed, and its corpse was left on his doorstep. His fiancée, who knew nothing about the case, awoke feeling icy hands strangling her. Strange disembodied voices threatened the doctor. He decided to forget scientific reason and issued the two girls with crucifixes and Bibles. They gradually regained their former health, and the marks faded. Lazlo faded away too; he quit his lodgings and wasn't seen again. Or was he?

In 1991, a young woman who was staying in the house formerly occupied by one of the assaulted girls reported an apparition of a tall, dark man hovering by her bed. She hid under the covers for some time, emerging to find him gone. Perhaps Lazlo is still fond of Winsford's girls.

A Cautionary Tale for Vampire Hunters

In 1973 Demetrious Myicuria was found dead in his bed at The Villas, Stokeville, Stoke on Trent. His body was surrounded by salt and garlic, apparently in an attempt to ward off vampires, which he feared were in the area.

His cause of death? Initially, it was thought he had choked to death on one of his cloves of garlic; the post-mortem examination revealed that the offending item was less romantic but equally deadly—a pickled onion.


Dickface on February 19, 2017:

Hmm i think I seen one around Grafton NSW Australia not long ago...

Gabama on February 14, 2017:

I found this article very interesting!! I definitely don't believe in this stuff, but you have my mind wondering for sure. Great read!!!

Saduni on November 15, 2016:

Hay is New orleans covered with cute vampire boys ? And by the way your reasurch is best ..

Stacey on October 30, 2016:

Hi I loved reading all the blogs & such on the interest of Vampiric mythical/ true sightings & stories of the prince of darkness , I must say .. I've had this interest, though fasination from a very

early age.. enjoyed your hub.cheers

kenzie on October 30, 2015:

Is the any in mt pleasant mi

Judi Brown (author) from UK on June 15, 2015:

Thanks for the positive feedback!

monalisha on June 13, 2015:

Since childhood I wanted to be a vampire thanks for the info once b4 dying would surely like to meet a vampire. Thanks for the knowledgeable information you gave all vampire fans really appreciate your hard efforts to put this in such a systematic way. Will be waiting to hear something soon. Good job hats off and I to give a positive vote for this :)

Tyler leslie on April 28, 2015:

I want to become a real vampire

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 14, 2014:

Thank you!

GeraldineLust on December 13, 2014:

Keep up the good work.

It's a great and interesting article.

kittyeyes2010 on October 21, 2014:

I would love to become a vampires

marne on October 20, 2014:

hi i find it good and scary but i love to still get to know one of these guys in be apart of there world but still be in mine too i have never been in luck with my own breed and by hanging with them and studing and being friends if able might help me to seek my more i also like to date one too if can i beleave differnet then them so i hope they can see that a not hurt mewould it be able

Judi Brown (author) from UK on September 20, 2014:

Hi Kristina - I blame Bram Stoker :-)

Kristina Pitts from Newry, South Carolina, United States on September 19, 2014:

Why is the world obsessed with vampires? But great article!!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on April 14, 2014:

Not sure who you are trying to get hold of, but good luck!

REGR on April 12, 2014:



Brad S. Muffley from fredericksburg VA on April 11, 2014:

we live everywhere around the world... we hide right in front of you humans... and we are many and our population is still growing

jessica on March 17, 2014:

Hey I love this its gr8 I love vamps I wouldn't mind to see one meet one kiss one or beein bit by one I just don't wane be killed by one

Veronica~ from somewhere im not suppose to be. on July 26, 2013:

Greetings judi

Judi Brown (author) from UK on July 26, 2013:

Hi raven heft!

Veronica~ from somewhere im not suppose to be. on July 26, 2013:

Greetings Judi

Judi Brown (author) from UK on July 26, 2013:

Hi raven heft - and vice versa, I'm sure!

Veronica~ from somewhere im not suppose to be. on July 26, 2013:

Interesting how some human females are so fascinated by male vampires.

asahi on June 10, 2013:

regr,you still want to find your vampire? Why don't you speak with me,don"t be afraid i already said that i don't bite.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on June 10, 2013:

Hi nathaniel - sometimes, but not often.

nathaniel on June 09, 2013:

hi... do you ever get the felying like someone is flowing.

become every time i am out in town i fely like i am being flowing...

every time turn urond no one is thire

regr on May 26, 2013:

thx judibee. well if anyone else knows and can help out im very interested!! plz ill try anything

Judi Brown (author) from UK on May 24, 2013:

Hi regr - sorry, don't know of anywhere in Los Angeles. Good luck!

regr on May 23, 2013:

its very interesting however do you know of any places in Los Angeles area where i can maybe go and checkout and see if i find a real vimpire the legends speak of???

Judi Brown (author) from UK on March 19, 2013:

Hi motimberhead - just found this in the spam folder, thanks for the kind comments, I appreciate them.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on March 08, 2013:

I very much doubt I'll be seeing a vampire either...

mathew smith on March 07, 2013:

were can i fine a vampire i have looked for one my all my life iam 29 now and never seen one see i don't wont to die i want to live for ever i live in Port Angeles, Washington

Judi Brown (author) from UK on February 18, 2013:

Hi Kayden - I took my daughter to see the last Twilight movie and we both enjoyed it. Don't know if there will be another one but if there is, I'm sure I'll watch it. Thanks for your comments, I appreciate them.

Kayden on February 17, 2013:

I love vampires. I hope I bump into one, and they will turn me into one. I also like the movie Twilight!! That's the best movie I had ever seem. I hope they make another one!! They should make it into a show. That would be also me!!

Brittini Spurlock on January 25, 2013:

why can't i get a male vampire judi?

Brittini Spurlock on January 25, 2013:

Do you know a place where i'm going to find a male vampire at judi?

Judi Brown (author) from UK on January 24, 2013:

Hi Brittini - there seems to be debate about that amongst all the lore, books and fantasy. I guess we won't know until we meet one and get bitten...

Brittini Spurlock on January 24, 2013:

Judi i'm just wondering do you think a bite from a vampire will turn a human into a vampire?

Judi Brown (author) from UK on January 24, 2013:

Hi Brittini - you just can't seem to get them these days!

Brittini Spurlock on January 24, 2013:

hi judi when are you going to get more male vampires?

Brittini Spurlock on January 24, 2013:

When are you getting more male vampires then?

Judi Brown (author) from UK on January 23, 2013:

Hi Brittini - sorry, I'm all out of male vampires right now ;)

Brittini Spurlock on January 23, 2013:

Can someone send me a male vampire so that i can be with him?

motimberhead on October 27, 2012:

Wow, what a great hub. Very well written, informative, and well researched. Also I am very pleased to see that this hub is more factual rather than the normal, vampires are real and then not really backing that claim up by anything other than personl experiences. Awesome work I am now a follower!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on October 19, 2012:

Hi sgbrown - I absolutely must update this hub - there's a vampire story very, very near me - I pass the place on my evening dog walk quite often! It gives me the shivers when I think about it. Glad you enjoyed it and, as you say, great for Halloween!

Thanks so much for commenting, I appreciate it.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on October 18, 2012:

I love this hub!!! Halloween just around the corner, perfect timing for me to find this. I was glued to the screen the entire time! I love these types of stories, even if they scare me a little. Voting up and sharing on FB. (My sister-in-law will love this!) Have a great day! :)

Judi Brown (author) from UK on October 18, 2012:

Hi everythingdazzles - glad I managed to spook you out a little!

Hi moonlake - I adore the old Hammer Horror vampire films - I think I like them better than the modern ones too.

Thanks to both of you for your comments, much appreciated.

moonlake from America on October 18, 2012:

When I was a kid I loved the old vampire movies now the new ones I don't care about. You have a very interesting hub here enjoyed reading it and voted up.

Janelle from Houston on October 18, 2012:

Very spooky stories! Very interesting.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on October 18, 2012:

Hi Susan - vampires make for great stories! Like you, I'm pretty happy to admire them from afar ;)

Thanks very much for commenting, always appreciated.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on October 18, 2012:

I've always been fascinated with vampires but not sure if I'm ready to bump into one quite yet. I'll stick to watching them in movies and on one my favorite TV shows "True Blood". Great hub, I really enjoyed it.

angel on October 17, 2012:

cane someone tell me and bring me a vampire to bite me PLEASE,PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on October 14, 2012:

Hi Lani - glad you found this interesting. Where did I find the info - none of it's first hand information - I've yet to meet a vampire!

Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

Lani on October 13, 2012:

Hey quite an interesting read, where did you find your info?

Judi Brown (author) from UK on June 30, 2012:

Hi Vanessa - well, now you know where to go and find some! Take some garlic though :o Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

vanessa on June 30, 2012:

wow i think i really believe on vampires :D

Judi Brown (author) from UK on June 08, 2012:

Hi lil bb - New Orleans is a fantastic place, vampires or not, isn't it? Hope you get to visit some of the other places too. Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it :-)

lil bb ;-) on June 07, 2012:

Love it just came back from new Orleans n dint get to meet a vampire just my tour guy who claim he was..LOL batut Omg so dying to go to these places after wat I just read ..well done

Judi Brown (author) from UK on May 25, 2012:

Hi F.S.- very pleased that you enjoyed reading this hub, thanks for your comments, much appreciated :-)

F.S on May 25, 2012:

Very interesting,i love this.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on May 23, 2012:

Hi catospulse - glad you enjoyed reading this hub - it's one of my favourites!

Thanks for taking the time to comment :-)

catospulse from Night on May 22, 2012:

Splendid article!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on April 27, 2012:

Hi SimeyC - like you, I haven't managed to bump into a vampire yet either. I am going to have to add to this hub though - I've found mention of blood-sucking goings-on in Cornwall, so it could be that my luck is about to change ...

Thanks for your comments, very much appreciated :-)

Simon from NJ, USA on April 27, 2012:

Wow - I've been to a couple of the places you mention in London - I don't recall seeing any vampires though, although it was day time! Must remember not to go to any of these places at night!!!

Great hub - very thorough and enjoyable.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on March 20, 2012:

Hi ananceleste - thanks! New Orleans is an interesting city, vampires or not.

Thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated!

Anan Celeste from California on March 20, 2012:

Very interesting information. New Orleans is indeed the mecca of vampire lore. Voted up!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on January 29, 2012:

Hi Tammy - just eat a lot of garlic this evening, you'll be fine!

Thanks for your comment, much appreciated :-)

Tammy from North Carolina on January 29, 2012:

This is haunting and scary. I will be sleeping with the lights on tonight. Well done!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on January 29, 2012:

Hi Eddy - great to hear from a fellow Brit. I am part Welsh myself, both my Grandmas and my Mum were born in Wales.

I enjoyed researching and writing this hub, so I am delighted that you found it interesting - glad I put it on Hub Hoppers indeed!

It's a bit drizzly out (surprise, surprise!) but I shall do my best to enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Lovely to hear from you, take care :-)

Eiddwen from Wales on January 29, 2012:

Wow a great hub Judi:

I am so glad you decided to post it on Hub Hoppers.

Very interesting and here's that 'up up and away' for sure.

I am now looking forward to reading many more by you.

It is also so nice to meet someone else from the UK on here; I live across the border in Wales.

Take care and have a great Sunday.


Judi Brown (author) from UK on January 28, 2012:

Hi alocsin - I guess these are either must-see places or must-avoid places, depending on your point of view on vampires. Like you, I will probably avoid!

Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated :-)

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on January 28, 2012:

I think I'm going to avoid these places, since I don't want to meet up with a vampire. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on January 28, 2012:

Hi Lotusbud - very sorry, I totally missed your comment! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

Hi Susan - thanks for your kind comment, glad that you enjoyed my hub.

Great to hear from you both :-)

Susan Wendling from Casper on January 27, 2012:

Love your hub!!

Lotusbud101 from Somewhere pa on January 03, 2012:

Very interesting

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 31, 2011:

Hi Sannel - yes, these hubs are great when you are at home, but after I have written one and take the dog out for a late walk in the dark, it gets a bit scary!

Thanks for your comments and a happy new year to you and your family :-)

SanneL from Sweden on December 31, 2011:

Spooky and creepy I love it, as long as I am in the safety of my own home!

Well written and a wonderful great read.

Sharing this with my followers and voted up!

I wish you and yours a happy and wonderful New Year!


Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 17, 2011:

It was the Winsford Vampire that made my hairs stand on end. Don't freak out though, the crucifix seems to work well! That and a big stake. Just don't sleep with garlic in your mouth :-0

NiaG from Louisville, KY on December 17, 2011:

Hey Judi okay, I have read this and you have freaked me out. Ha! In the back of my mind I always wonder about things that go bump in the night. So this has me wondering. Great thought out hub!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 17, 2011:

Hi NiaG - thanks very much!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 17, 2011:

Hi NiaG - thanks very much!

NiaG from Louisville, KY on December 17, 2011:

Oh wow you are Hub of the Day! Congratulations! Yay Judi Bee! :-)

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 17, 2011:

Hi GoodLady - Loved that version of Dracula too. I was very taken with Gary Oldman as the Count, and just about managed to overlook Keanu Reeve's heinous English accent!

Thanks for the comments, great to hear from you :-)

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on December 17, 2011:

Good 'n creepy Gothy Hub. Nice research. Always been bizarrely fascinated with vampires, loved Francis Ford Coppola's movie 'Dracula'.

Voted up and interesting!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 17, 2011:

Hi Mary - vampires are very alluring, aren't they! Glad to know that you found this hub interesting.

Thanks for your kind comments, much appreciated :-)

Mary Craig from New York on December 16, 2011:

I've always loved vampires - the lore, the stories...I knew about Vlad of course but you have provided me with lots more information. Very interesting hub with lots of good information. Job well done Judi. Voted up and interesting.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 16, 2011:

Hi Kitty - lots of Goth clubs in London too, used to frequent them myself. Never met a real vampire though, as far as I know!

Thanks for your comment, I am off to find your hub :-)

Kitty Fields from Summerland on December 16, 2011:

Also, Tampa Florida, believe it or not! :) At a gothic club called The Castle (I wrote a hub about it). Great stuff. Voted up and interesting!

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 08, 2011:

Hi Rednickle - thank you very much for your lovely compliment, pleased to hear that you enjoyed reading this hub :-)

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 08, 2011:

Hello Kate - creepy indeed! Sometimes it's spooky just to write a hub!

Thanks for your comments, always lovely to hear from you


Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 08, 2011:

Hi Crescentmoon - your comments are very kind, so glad you enjoyed this hub.

Judi Brown (author) from UK on December 08, 2011:

Hi LillyG - thank you so much for your kind compliment! Great to hear from you.

rednickle from New Brunswick Canada on December 07, 2011:

so well written that seemed believe at times. thumbs up

gryphin423 from Florida on December 07, 2011:

Creepy stuff! Voted up and interesting as always ;-)

Cresentmoon2007 from Caledonia, MI on December 07, 2011:

Very well written hub you have here. Sparked my interest from the beginning, so I must vote up on it of course.

LillyG on December 07, 2011:

Very well written and spooky. Who knows, vampires may be hiding anywhere :D