The abandoned asylum, soaked in tragically crazy ghosts, is a staple of the horror genre. And for good reason. These real-life decaying asylums will give you the shivers.
Cane Hill Asylum, Croydon, London, 1883-1990
Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Trenton and Ewing, New Jersey (founded in 1848)
The director of this psychiatric hospital between 1907 and 1930 named Dr. Henry Cotton had a very progressive attitude toward care for his patients. He developed a dangerous theory about mental illness, one that turned his hospital into a house of horrors.
The Essex County Hospital Center or the Overbrook Asylum (1896-1975)
The Poveglia Island Asylum or the Island of Madness, Venice, Italy (between 1922 and 1968)
Whittingham Asylum, near Preston, England (1869-1995)
Armand Auclerc Weston State Hospital, formerly the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia (1864-1994)
Topeka State Hospital, Topeka, Kansas (1872-1997)
Philadelphia Hospital for Mental Diseases or Byberry State Hospital, Byberry, Pennsylvania (1907-1987)