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Spooky season is upon us as the evenings draw in and autumn turns to winter.

With ghostly tales of headless coachmen, spectral figures and cursed paintings, visit these haunted pubs… if you dare!

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Merseyside

1. Ye Hole in Ye Wall*

Ye Hole in Ye Wall, 4 Hackins Hey, Liverpool L2 2AW
0151 227 3809
yeholeinyewall.com

One of Liverpool’s oldest public houses, dating back to 1726, it is built on an old Quaker burial site and boasts at least two spooks – a cowled ghost, often mistaken for one of the regulars, and that of an 18th century Spanish sailor, supposedly stabbed in the pub for not taking the King’s shilling.

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

Kent

2. Three Daws*

Three Daws, 7 Town Pier, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0BJ *
01474 566869
threedaws.co.uk 

Dating back to 1488, the Three Daws gained its licence in 1565. Situated by the River Thames, it was once a haven for smugglers who used the network of secret passages and tunnels behind the bar area. There are many tales of strange occurrences in this old, rambling building.

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

Cornwall

3. Molesworth Arms Hotel+

Molesworth Arms Hotel, 38 Molesworth Street, Wadebridge, Cornwall, PL27 7DP +
01208 812055
moleswortharms.co.uk

Serving a range of St Austell ales, this 16th-century coaching inn is named after the Molesworth family, who were appointed as auditors to the Duchy of Cornwall by Queen Elizabeth I. At midnight on New Year’s Eve a coach is said to be driven into the courtyard by a headless coachman.

+ Cask Marque accredited

Shropshire

4. Nag’s Head*+

Nags Head, 22 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1XB *+
01743 362455
whatpub.com for Nags Head

This Grade II-listed, timber-framed building is situated on the historic Wyle Cop. Featured in the Shrewsbury Ghost Trail, it houses a creepy and supposedly cursed painting on the back of a cupboard door in one of its storerooms.

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

+ Cask Marque accredited

Photo credit: Philip Davies

Glamorgan

5. Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales, Kenfig, Bridgend, Glamorgan, CF33 4PR *
01656 740356
princeofwalesinn.co.uk

On the outskirts of the small Welsh village of Kenfig, the inn dates back to the 15th century and is thought to be one of the most haunted pubs in Wales with phantom music, ghostly footsteps and even a spectre that smells like rotten fish!

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

Tyne & Wear

6. Old George+

Old George, Old George Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1EZ +
0191 260 3035
oldgeorgeinnnewcastle.co.uk

This historic pub in the heart of Newcastle was apparently frequented by King Charles I. A former coaching inn, it retains the original wooden beams and low ceilings. A number of eerie encounters have been reported over the years including a figure in a chair, ghostly orbs, whispering and footsteps in empty rooms and alarms being tripped with no explanation.

+ Cask Marque accredited

Greater London

7. Viaduct Tavern

Viaduct Tavern, 126 Newgate Street, Smithfield, London, EC1A 7AA
020 7600 1863
viaducttavern.co.uk

In the heart of London, near St Pauls and just across the road from the Old Bailey, this Victorian pub is built on the cells of an old remand prison, which took the overflow from Newgate Prison across the road. Most of its paranormal activity takes place in the cellars, with staff being locked in, weird noises and objects thrown around.

Aberdeen & Grampian

8. Ma Cameron’s*+

Ma Cameron’s, 6-8 Little Belmont Street, AB10 1JG *+
01224 644487
macamerons-aberdeen.co.uk

Known simply as Ma’s, this is one of Aberdeen’s oldest pubs and as is usual with buildings steeped in history, it claims to be haunted. Poltergeist activity reportedly occurs as well as ghostly voices, footsteps and knocking. Known as Bill, Ma’s ghost is certainly an active one and has even turned on a beer tap before!

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

+ Cask Marque accredited

Sussex

9. Brewery Shades*

Brewery Shades, 85 High Street, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1BA
01293 514255
breweryshades.co.uk

One of the oldest buildings in Crawley High Street, this pub offers a huge range of ales and ciders as well as two active ghosts. The haunted upstairs room is even available for meetings – if you’re
brave enough.

* Featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020

Devon

10. Devil’s Stone Inn

Devil’s Stone Inn, Shebbear, Devon, EX21 5RU
01409 281210
devilstoneinn.com

Taking its name from an ancient local tradition whereby villagers turn over the nearby Devil’s Stone to ward off evil spirits, this 17th-century former farmhouse is said to be one of the most haunted pubs in Britain.

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