These are the most haunted places to spend the night in Wales
An ancient land with an often-mysterious past, it stands to reason that Wales has more than its fair share of ghostly goings-on. These are some of the best places in Wales to hear a hauntingly good ghost story or even see a spectre yourself.
Craig Y Nos Castle, Mid Wales by Craig Y Nos Castle & Haunted CastleTruly a sleepover of the sinister variety, this Victorian gothic castle is known as the most haunted castle in Wales and is the former estate of acclaimed 19th century opera singer, Adelina Patti - once one of the world’s most famous women.
Serious ghost-hunters can test their stamina at one of the castle’s overnight paranormal investigation events, where scientific as well as spiritual experiments are carried out throughout the night with the use of investigatory equipment. If all that ghoulish activity becomes thirsty work, rest assured that the castle’s Cross Bar offers warming spirits of a different kind and the tour includes a full breakfast late the next morning.
Prices: Overnight prices available by contacting the organisers
Brave enough to stay the night? You can stay at the castle itself as part of the package
Dead House Steps sign, TenbyWith witches, fairies, strange Pembrokeshire customs, omens, mysteries, murder and, yep, you guessed it, ghosts, this guided evening walk around the historic and atmospheric harbour town of Tenby is a light-hearted option for families and groups looking for some spooky storytelling. Named by The Sunday Times as one of the top five ghost walks in Britain, the 90-minute walk is run by the popular and enthusiastic Guided Tours Wales company.
Walks start outside the Lifeboat Tavern in Tudor Square, Tenby at 8pm, running nightly until November 2nd 2017. Private walks can be booked after this date.
Prices: Adults - £6.00 Children - £3.50
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Conwy, North Wales
This town may be small in size; but it is big on spooks. At the dramatic Conwy Castle, ghost hunters are said to have recorded a spectral voice from beyond the grave, and the Cadw-managed Elizabethan town house of Plas Mawr is said to hold tragic tales of past inhabitants within its walls. A haunted trip to the town should also take in the smallest house in Britain. Measuring 72 inches across, 122 inches high, the house has been declared too small for human habitation, but its current owner has reported strange smells and sightings when she opens it up for visitors.
Prices: Entry fees apply to some attractions
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Llancaiach Fawr, Glamorgan by Nick KayeOriginally built in 1530, the walls of this Grade 1 listed manor house hold centuries of secrets and an extensive list of ghost tours to match its historic pedigree. The house has been restored and furnished to accurately reflect its Tudor heritage, but the authentic atmosphere goes far beyond that, with regular reports of strange experiences in every room of the house. Steel yourself for strong odours of violet, lavender and even roast beef.
Ghost tours include an hour and a half tour of the manor by candlelight to hear true stories of the uncanny things that have happened to staff and visitors over the years, as well as family ghost tours suitable for children age 12-15; a ghost tour with meal option and a full paranormal guide with sensors to detect any uninvited guests.
Prices: Ghost tours start at £16.50 per person.
Brave enough to stay the night? Bryn Meadows Golf and Spa Hotel is an ideal place to unwind nearby after a tense evening.
This 600 year-old castle’s long and grisly history extends to numerous reports of hauntings including disembodied voices and mysterious knocks and bangs in the night.
Guided by the castle’s expert in-house paranormal team, ghost hunts take place from 9pm - 3am and can be booked as a private group event all year round. For a less intense experience, more suitable for children, the castle also offers an evening ghost walk of the historic rooms using dowsing rods, also booked as a private tour.
Prices: Ghost Hunt (age 18+) £43pp Ghost Walk Adult £12 Child (8 +)
Brave enough to stay the night? The adults only Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel is just next door.
Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff by ndallAnother haunted hotspot can be found in the heart of the Welsh capital in the ‘city within a city’ of Llandaff. Join this guided walk for mysterious, sad and terrifying true tales of a mournful white lady, seen for generations near the river and in the woodlands around the village. Expect an atmospheric, walking storytelling event followed by a drink in one of the many cosy village pubs. Walks start at the large stone cross at the Cathedral Green in Llandaff.
Prices: £11 for the two hour walk
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The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Wye Valley by David WilliamsStanding in the shadow of its mountainous namesake, the Skirrid Inn is one of the oldest and reputedly most haunted pubs in Wales. Formerly used as a courtroom, according to local legend more than 180 convicted felons were hanged from an oak beam over the staircase at the inn, and it is said their spirits can still be strongly felt and seen.
The pub hosts regular ghost hunting vigils and séances in small groups as well as leading ghostly experiments including glass divination, table tipping and ouija boards.
Prices: Ghost tours start from £49pp
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