So-called ‘dark tourism’ sites (for example, the sites of tragedies) are drawing in more and more visitors each year, with holidaymakers looking to learn more about the more mysterious or even harrowing parts of history.
For those looking for dark locations to visit, travel company My Late Deals has compiled a guide to some of the most popular destinations.
5. Murambi Genocide Memorial
This is a highly graphic genocide memorial, with bodies, including babies, having been exhumed and preserved as they appear as they did when the killers struck. This can be extremely overwhelming and not everyone can handle it.
Photo: Murambi Genocide Memorial
This is a notorious former maximum security federal prison that held the likes of Al Capone. Located 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, you'll need to book space on Alcatraz Cruises to access the island.
7. The Ruins of Pompeii
In 79 C.E, Mt Vesuvius erupted and wiped out the whole population of Pompeii. The ash preserved much of the site, allowing insight into the life of a city during Roman times. You are allowed to take pictures for personal use.
Photo: The Ruins of Pompeii
8. The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
Between 1975 and 1978, around 17,000 men, women and children were taken to the extermination camp of Choeung Ek after having been detained and tortured. Visitors are invited to learn the history at the now peaceful site.
Photo: The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek