7 Ways to discover the haunted history of Wales this Halloween

The castles and historic sites of Wales will come back to life this October, as Cadw offers a collection of spine-tingling events for all the family.

From an enchanting magic school at Raglan Castle to an out-of-hours evening ghost walk at Denbigh Castle, here are six gruesome goings-on that will uncover Wales’s paranormal past this Halloween.

1.Experience an a‘MAZE’ing medieval Halloween and venture into The Haunted Maze at Caerphilly Castle

Visitors to Caerphilly Castle’s famous maze won’t want to get too lost this Halloween, as a series of ghostly characters await in its secret passageways.

During 27 and 28 October, the Green Lady and the Red Spectre, among several other characters, will spook unsuspecting families as they make their way around Gilbert’s Maze — they may even pose for a spooky selfie or two!

As spooky mazes aren’t for everyone, the castle will also offer a family fun trail and pumpkin carving sessions for visitors of all ages.

And for one night only (27 October), Caerphilly Castle will open its doors after dark as event-goers are invited to brave dark passages of Gilbert’s Maze, encountering ghostly characters and discovering the Castle’s gruesome past.

  • An A’MAZE’ing Medieval Halloween at Caerphilly Castle — Saturday 27 until Sunday 28 October
    11am — 4pm
  • The Haunted Maze at Caerphilly Castle —Saturday 27 October
    5:30pm – 9pm

Tickets for The Haunted Maze are £5 per person, with sessions available at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets must be pre-booked on Eventbrite or by calling the Castle on: 02920 883 134.

Caerphilly Castle

2.Train in a spooky school of magic

This October, thrill seekers can hop on their broomsticks and head to Raglan Castle to experience all things relating to witchcraft and wizardry for an enchanting weekend of supernatural fun.

There will be plenty of games and activities to take part in, plus an array of creepy characters to meet along the way.

  • School of Magic at Raglan Castle — Saturday 27 until Sunday 28 October
    11am — 4pm
Raglan Castle

3.Enjoy a spooky Halloween day and take a haunted history tour of a historic Ironworks

Young visitors Blaenavon Ironworks are challenged to take a spooky trail around the Ironworks this month — with a prize for lucky participants.

And as darkness falls, older guests can delve into the spooky tales and folklore of Blaenavon and Blaenau Gwent, discovering the ancient legends of the Black Mountains.

Plus, ghost-hunting guests who need to warm up after all the chills and thrills can enjoy a hot drink and a Welsh cake – courtesy of the site.

  • Spooky Halloween Day at Blaenavon Ironworks — Sunday 28 October, Monday 29 October and Wednesday 31 October
    10am – 4pm
    Entry to the site is free but there’ll be a £2 charge to take part in the trail.
  • Haunted History and Folklore Evening Tour at Blaenavon Ironworks — Sunday 28 October, Wednesday 31 October and Sunday 4 November
    7pm — 9pm
    Pre-book a place for this event by telephoning Blaenavon Ironworks on 01495 792615.

Tour is suitable for adults only.

Blaenavon Ironworks

To see the full Halloween events programme visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/events or follow @CadwWales or @CadwCymru on Twitter and find Cadw on Facebook.

Or become a Cadw member at cadwmembership.service.gov.wales and gain unlimited access to over 100 historical sites from as little as £1.50 a month.