Spooky season is upon us at Corus Hotels, and even if you don’t believe in ghosts, these frightening locations around the country will be sure to send a shiver down your spine.
1. Liverpool Street Station – 15 minutes from Corus Hotel Hyde Park by tube
The station was rumoured to have been built on a mass burial site, which turned out to be true, following the discovery of the remains of plague victims buried during the black death, during an excavation of the site by Crossrail workers in 2015.
If that’s not unsettling enough, there have been late night sightings from staff and passengers of strange figures on CCTV and a man in overalls pacing up and down Central Line platform.
Why not also spend the day at the home of Halloween, the London Dungeons (Less than 20 minutes away by tube from Corus Hotel Hyde Park) and come face to face with some of the capital’s most dangerous characters, including Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, The Plague Doctor and The Torturer.
2. Windsor Castle – 20 minutes from Burnham Beeches Hotel by car
Discover royalty in the form of ghosts when you visit one of the country’s most iconic royal residences, Windsor Castle.
The ghost of King Henry VIII, who was buried in the castle grounds, is said to have been spotted pacing around while groaning. It’s a ghoulish family affair as legend says that his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I haunts the Royal Library, with claims that her high heels can be heard on the bare floorboards, and a figure dressed in black has been seen passing through the walls.
Other mysterious sightings include King George III’s anguished face peering out of the library’s window, a man leading a horse through the wall of the kitchen and the spirt of a young boy who can be heard screaming: “I don’t want to go riding today!”
3. Liverpool Empire Theatre – Less than 30 minutes from The Hillcrest Hotel, Widnes by car
Originally opened in 1866, the theatre was demolished, re-built and re-opened in 1925. One the ghosts, known as the ‘Black Phantom’ is said to haunt the dressing rooms, with actors and actresses reporting a dark shape reflected in the mirrors. Other ghostly residents include a school boy, a little girl and a smart-looking tall dark man.
4. Bradley Woods – 10 minutes from St. James Hotel, Grimsby by car
Pay a visit (if you dare) to Bradley Woods and you may come face to face with The Black Lady, described as a young pretty lady, 5’6” tall and dressed in a flowing black cloak with a hood obscuring her face and hair. When the hood flows backwards, her pale, tear soaked face is revealed. However, despite claims from eyewitnesses, there are no records of the Black Lady ever hurting anyone.
The story of the Black Lady may just be a cautionary tale, scaring children from entering the woods alone or she may even be a nun or a witch. It is also said that she was attacked and her baby stolen and if one was to utter the words: “Black Lady, Black Lady, I’ve stolen your baby”, she appears to take back her child. We’ll leave you to decide whether you want to try that one for yourself!
5. The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham – 30 minutes away from The Regency Hotel, Solihull by car
More than five ghosts are said to haunt the Alexandra Theatre, which opened in 1901, including former manager Leon Salberg, who took over the venue in 1911 and was found dead in his office in 1937. Other ghouls include the former master of the wardrobe department, a military man in a top hat, a former stage manager who can be heard jangling keys, and a Grey Lady. Power from electrical devices in the theatre is often inexplicably drained, while knocking and tapping noises are often heard, as well as doors mysteriously opening and closing.
What's your favourite spooky tale? Get in the spirit of Hallowe'en with these spooktacular sites to visit, and stay with us at Corus Hotels where you can enjoy FREE breakfast every morning when you book direct!
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