A haunting we will go as ghostly breaks beckon in Shrewsbury

One of the original most haunted towns in the UK, Shrewsbury is the ideal destination for a Halloween break.

With a wealth of history from the 16th century castle to medieval cobbled streets, Shrewsbury has much to offer the seeker of ghostly goings-on from ghost tours to spooky sights and tall tales of the supernatural.

Step on board the Sabrina boat for an evening ghost cruise on the Severn to learn about the eerie tales on the way and why the boat is named after the water nymph said to guard the river. As the tour winds its way ‘round the loop’ you can sit back and enjoy the view as guides tell of strange happenings and spooky tales of the River Severn and a bygone Shrewsbury.

Back on land you can join one of the organised ghost tours of the historic town, led by Shrewsbury Visitor Information Centre, which take place every Thursday night in October and November and on Halloween night itself. Guides will enlighten you on what spirits dwell in some of the interesting haunts around the town.

Stories abound of Shrewsbury’s ghostly characters – some say there are 600 of them – ranging from the milkmaid who wanders Raven Meadows to Lady Sarah who wanders the Hole in the Wall pub after hours.

For a spot of Halloween high jinks, pumpkin carving and chocolate making will commence in the Shrewsbury Shopping Centres on the 30th October.

A zombie party will crank up at the Alb Lounge Bar over Halloween weekend including spooky ‘zombie’ cocktails served with seven different rums and 15 liquors including absinthe, a fortune teller will also be on hand in the ‘snug’ for those wanting to gaze through the crystal ball. 

For great hospitality after a day’s ghost hunting, head to haunted hotel the Prince Rupert at Butcher Row. With its Tudor-style suites and four poster beds, it embodies old world charm and is just the place to spot wandering spirits. Apparitions of a jilted bride and a young man thwarted in love, who both met sad ends, and a ghostly maid are said to be phantom guests there.

Kirsten Henly, Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID) Manager said: “With our wealth of history and listed buildings it is not surprising that stories of ghosts from Shrewsbury’s past are everywhere. For the chance to witness some unexplained sights and sounds of Shrewsbury, visit our spooky streets this Halloween, if you dare.”

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