Shrewsbury set to be spooky this October

If you’re looking for a genuinely spooky Halloween then Shrewsbury has to be on your list - as a medieval market town, it’s one of the most haunted places in the UK.

Newly opened to the public, the famous and feared Dana Prison is launching a Halloween themed zombie chase - ‘Lockdown III – Sanitorium’. Work out the maze of riddles and puzzles within the prison as you are chased by a pack of blood thirsty zombies.

Lockdown III runs from 27th – 29th October with multiple events each day. The chase takes one hour and tickets are priced at £30 each. For more information or to book go to the Facebook event page

Step on board the Sabrina where Ghost cruises take place every Monday night at 7pm. Join the 45 minute cruise for a scary and thrilling trip ‘round the loop’ of the River Severn. The guides will regale you with strange happenings and spooky tales of the river and a bygone Shrewsbury.

Visit or call 01743 369 741 to book.

Ghost Tours in Shrewsbury run throughout October and November. The spine-tingling tours last an hour and a half and travel Shrewsbury’s centuries-old cobbled streets, which are busy with spirits. For more information or to book a place email [email protected] or call 01743 258888.

For little ones try the Halloween Spooktacular – Pumpkin Carving Workshop in the Darwin Shopping Centre on 27th October from 11.00am to 3.00pm. These fun-filled workshops are free of charge and supply all the tools you need to carve a spooky creation. There’s more – join the fancy dress Trek N’ Treat Parade and collect treats along the trail through the Darwin and Pride Hill Shopping Centres. The event is taking place on Friday 28th October.

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If you’re looking for a haunted overnight stay, The Prince Rupert Hotel is one of the most haunted hotels in Shrewsbury, with a number of ghostly guests including a maid, now named Martha wandering the Prince Rupert Suite staircase. As the name suggests, the hotel was once the home of Prince Rupert, the grandson of King James I, and combines old-world charm with modern comforts. Surrounded by cobblestone streets and Tudor buildings, the Prince Rupert is perfectly located to explore the town's main attractions, including its ghost tours. Visit or call 01743 499955 to book.

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