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Top 8 haunted hotspots for Halloween (not for the faint hearted!)

Worcestershire has bags of history but here at Visit Worcestershire we thought we would share with you a few twists and tales from our most infamous haunted locations across the county. Certainly worth checking out this spooky season…

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1. The Commandery

The Commandry is home to one of the County’s most famous ghosts, the Duke of Hamilton. During the Civil War the duke was injured in battle and was brought back to the Commandery where he sadly passed away.

Staff and guests alike have reported hearing groans of pain which they believe is the sound of the Duke in his last moments.

Other stories include a phantom woman crying in the Preacher Room, a hooded monk and the sounds of an armoured sword fight taking place in the garden.

You can hear all these stories and more for yourself by visiting the Commandery for one of their ‘After Dark Tours’ this October:

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2. Worcester Cathedral

Staff have reported seeing an apparition of the Counties emblem – the Spectral Bear - rising up on its hind legs as though its about to attack. Luckily – the apparition disappears just before it attacks!

Other sightings include a hooded monk, that seems to roam around the Cloisters photo-bombing visitors.

The Cathedral is open as normal during the day...

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3. Drakelow Tunnels, Kidderminster

Drakelow Tunnels was a WW2 bunker and these days acts as a museum which recounts its history both during the World War 2 but also during the Cold War. The tunnel is said to be highly haunted with TV’s Evette Fielding even hosting a show at the site.

The activity was said to start during construction when 6 people died when a roof collapsed but other people think the tunnelling activity triggered demonic activity. People have reported hearing wartime music playing through the decommissioned tannoy system and dogs often bark for no apparent reason.

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4. The Fleece Inn

The Fleece Inn is the only pub registered to the National Trust and is a huge part of the Evesham Asparagus Festival. The pub however has an unwanted guest, the spirit of its old landlady, the formidable Lola Taplin who ran the pub for 30 years.

Lola was a force to be reckoned with and only served alcoholic drinks in her pub, food was banned. As time has moved on, the pub now serves food and this is said to anger Lola who has apparently thrown sandwich boxes and plates to the floor in rage.

If you want to join the Fleece for supper and try and meet Lola yourself, they are open for food and often have Folk Music events on, check them out here...

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5. Ghost Tours, Worcester

If we have peaked your paranormal interest, you can check out Worcester Historic Ghost Tours which run all year round and explore the darker history of the city.

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6. Ghostly Steam Trains at Severn Valley Railway

Are you brave enough to climb aboard the Ghost Train? Start your adventure at Kidderminster Station before making your way along the dark platform to find your compartment.

Once aboard the train, hold on tight as the train roars away, passing through haunted stations on the way to Arley – the home of the living dead! But beware, those things that go bump in the night are not just outside the windows…this is really not for the faint-hearted.

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7. The Woman in Black, Malvern Theatres

The legendary production of Susan Hill’s chilling ghost story The Women in Black returns to Malvern Theatre direct from London’s West End. Woman in Black brilliantly delivers atmosphere, illusion and horror!

Experience the thrill and excitement of this critically-acclaimed international theatre event that has been seen by over 7 million people worldwide, and continues to delight and terrify audiences of all generations.

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8. Mug House

Hidden among the consecrated grounds of Claines in Worcester, you find the The Mug House pub – nestled between the stone graves with the church bell tolling on the quarter hour – it certainly sets a spooky scene.

Said to be one of only two pubs in the country built on sacred ground, it's no wonder the numerous ghost sightings at this 'paranormal' spot in Claines has earned it 'the most haunted pub in Worcestershire' nickname.

Open daily, it's certainly a popular spot during Halloween.

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