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Have you heard of the “Deadman’s Island”?

There is a small, creepy island off the coast of England that legend says may well be the “most haunted place” in the United Kingdom. If that sounds like the amateur Ghostbuster in you would like to go there to see for yourself, if that is true – forget about it. Visitors are forbidden to set foot on the place!

The little-known spot off the coast of Kent is known by locals as Deadman’s Island. It is literally lined with human skulls, bones, and coffins and is said to be one of the most haunted places in the UK. No visitors are permitted on its unnerving shores.

You are no doubt wondering why the place is littered with human remains? According to a reporter for the TV show “Kent Live” more than 200 years ago, the spot was used as a burial ground for convicts who died aboard prisoner ships. As water levels have changed over time, the bodies in the unmarked graves have been uncovered.

Due to coastal erosion and shifting tides, skulls and bone fragments now stick out of the ground from the six feet of mud that once blanketed the area. The island was most recently explored in 2017 by the BBC’s Inside Out South East program. The crew is among some of the only visitors to have set foot on the island in recent times as people are banned from the place. However, there is nothing eerie or supernatural as to why visitors are prohibited. It’s not because of a possible chance encounter with a demonic spirit, but rather because, oddly enough, the island is a protected bird breeding and nesting site.

“Deadman’s Island” is owned by Natural England. The land is out of bounds to the public as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is recognized as being of international importance under the Ramsar convention.

Natalie Graham, who was the segment producer on the Inside Out episode featuring the bizarre island, claims she’ll never be able to forget the terrifying sights she saw on there. Speaking to The Sun, she said, “What I saw there will stay with me forever. This is a really strange sight. I would imagine there can’t be anywhere on earth like this.”

The show’s director, Sam Supple, added, “It is like being on the set of a horror film. It looks so surreal; it’s like an art department has designed it. There are open coffins and bones everywhere.”

As you might imagine, since so few have ever been to the island, a lot of folklore about the godforsaken place has taken hold. Locals have been known to warn travelers of hounds with glaring-red eyes that ate the heads of buried bodies and described a skin-crawling atmosphere exists at the “island solely occupied by the dead.”

If given a chance, would you like to explore “Deadman Island?” Please reply using the comments below.