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Would You Go on a Spooky Weekend Break?


The spookiest time of year is soon upon us, something wicked this way comes!

But how about skipping the same old costume parties and fancy dress pub crawls this year and celebrating All Hallows’ Eve in a more authentic way?

Embrace the ghostly companions and visit some of the most haunted parts of the UK this Halloween. Enjoy ghost tours and haunted walks with your kids or your beloved, then stay in one of our non-haunted hotels afterwards to relax!

Gloucester

If you’re in Gloucester for a Halloween break, you’ll be delighted to know that some of the most famous ghost walks in the UK are right here or nearby.

The Prestbury Ghost Tour’s ‘Historical Haunted Trail’, through the famously haunted Cotswolds village of Prestbury, should be the first destination on your spooky weekend in Gloucester.  The stories you will hear are not for the faint-hearted. You will learn tales of the village’s resident ghosts and their hauntings. By itself, just one the village pubs is home to nine ghosts which haunt its premises!

Further away, you have ‘Creeps, Crimes and Curious Tales’. On this Cheltenham-based ghost tour, you’ll learn all about the gruesome details of the town’s famous murder cases, grizzly disappearances and paranormal activity which have rocked the Cotswolds for centuries. The secrets hidden behind those beautiful regency exteriors will send a shiver down your spine.

After leaving the ghosts behind, head back to the Hallmark Hotel Gloucester and enjoy some spa treatments and a peaceful night’s rest without a nightmare in sight.

London 

London is full of ghosts. In a city so historical it’s hardly a surprise, but it does make it the perfect destination for a spooky weekend!

Start off with a visit to the London Dungeons. This uniquely grisly attraction is home to frights and thrills; see, smell and learn all about London’s murky history through recreations of gory events. Both kids and adults will love this one.

After experiencing the frightening but fun dungeon, you’ll be ready for one of the sinister London Ghost Walks. Tour guide Richard Jones, known as the Master of the Macabre, has an extensive knowledge of the capital’s ghosts, ghouls and supernatural occurrences; after all, he has been taking people on spooky journeys through the ghostly underbelly of the city since 1982. He’ll also be doing his legendary Halloween ghost walks between October 21 and 31, so book your tickets and get ready to soak up the ghoulish atmosphere.

Treat yourselves to a spot of theatre – you’re in London after all. For a truly immersive exploration of terror through intense suspense, try The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre.

Then have a pint in The Ten Bells, a well-known historic pub in the East End. It was one of the busiest places during the era of Jack the Ripper, and many of the murderer’s victims were last seen there. Some historians theorise that the Ripper may have even used the watering hole to pick his victims.

However, it’s Whitechapel where the grizzliest murders in London’s history took place – and remain unsolved to this day. So, head over to test your fortitude on a Jack the Ripper Tour, where you’ll stalk the streets of Whitechapel and hear all the gory details of the case, by guides who have written books on the subject.

After a scare-filled day, head back to the luxurious comfort of the Hallmark Hotel Chigwell Prince Regent – only 30 minutes away from the city and its ghostly tales.

Chester

Unsurprisingly, Chester stands tall on the spooky destinations map thanks to its blood-stained history. Chester is packed with things to do for a weekend getaway but if you’re heading there for a spooky break, you’re in for a treat.

Start off with the Original Ghost Tour of Chester and learn about all the things that go bump in the night in one of the most haunted cities in the UK. Learn about all the unsolved murders and undead souls who stalk the streets, haunting the old shopping quarter. There have been so many supernatural sightings in Chester over the years, you may just meet one of these spirits yourself.

You can also check out the ‘Hidden Halloween’ celebration at the gorgeous Tatton Park, a family-friendly event where you and the kids can play I spy with the ghosts who haunt the Old Hall.

Once you’ve had enough of the ghostly goings-on, retreat to the sumptuous four walls of Hallmark Hotel the Queen, Chester to enjoy an award-winning meal in either the King’s Grill Cocktail Lounge or the Waiting Room. You can relax and unwind in this historic hotel where the likes of Charles Dickens have been entertained in the past.

No ghosts though, we think.

We hope you enjoy your spooky break, if you dare go! Please do ask any of our staff members for information on the local area if you are curious.

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