Haunted pubs

Duke's Arms, Presteigne

Duke's Arms, PresteigneThe Duke’s Arms in Presteigne is one of the oldest public houses in Radnorshire functioning as an inn as early as the 15th century.  Like several of the town’s inns the Duke had its own malthouse producing malt for their own brewing needs. 

The Laughing Dog, Howey

The Laughing Dog, HoweyThe Laughing Dog is located in the small village of Howey just outside Llandrindod Wells and the building dates back to at least the mid 18th century and was then a private house.  The former Bridge End was first licensed in 1872 and comprised a parlour, tap room, kitchen, cellar and three bedrooms.  It also had a stable with four stalls. 

Britannia Inn, near Llangollen

Honnir i’r Britannia ddyddio i’r pedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg.  Fe’i codwyd gan fynachod o Abaty Valle Crucis oedd gerllaw.  Mae’n rhaid bod rhai darnau wedi dod o’r Abaty eu hun.  Saif y dafarn ar waelod Bwlch yr Oernant â chanddi olygfeydd godidog o Ddyffryn Llangollen.

The Blue Lion Inn, Cwm, Dyserth

Located in the Vale of Clwyd the Blue Lion lies in a prime location to view Snowdonia and the Irish Sea.  The inn dates back to the 17th century and originally built to accommodate the monks of the nearby church.  Legend has it, the walls surrounding the snug houses the tombs of former monks. 

The Blue Lion is one of the oldest free houses in Wales and steeped in history and it is generally believed that an underground tunnel leads to the local churchyard. 

The Horse and Jockey, Pontymoel

A 500 year old inn located on the Usk road about a mile from Pontypool.  It is a thatched building standing opposite St Michael church and during the 17th century was used as a vicarage.  Formerly known as the Jockey or the Jockey Pitch.

Tradition has it the Horse and Jockey was a popular haunt for the thirsty ironworkers of nearby Pontypool.

The interior has been much changed over the years and the oldest part of the inn is the lounge, which has a low beamed ceiling and inglenook.

Cross Keys, Usk

The white washed Cross Keys is the oldest pub in Usk dating back to the 1600s and stands on the site of an earlier building.  Thatched in earlier times with the interior consist of two main rooms with a bar in between which has a fireplace.  Stone steps lead down to a cellar from the dining room.  An inglenook is located in the lounge and has a carved oak mantelpiece.

Laleston Inn, Laleston

The Grade II listed building dates back to the 17th century and it is believed to be the only building in Glamorgan from the period to have two serving areas on the lower level. 

Has plain limestone walls and the inn stands on the site of an earlier building whose walls can still be seen today by the car park. 

The Stag, Dolgellau

The Stag is the oldest pub in Dolgellau and dating back to the late 17th century / early 18th century.  At one time a coaching inn constructed from two foot thick walls made from traditional Welsh stone.

The interior consists of an inglenook and beams believed to be original. 

Has separate pool room, beer garden and a real fire in the winter. 

The Stag is believed to be haunted by an old landlord who has been seen coming down the stairs to the pool room during the night.

Cask Marque approved real ale establishment.

Jeffreyston Inn, Jeffreyston

‘The Jeff’ i’r bobl lleol. Churchill Arms oedd yr enw ar un adeg. Ffermdy ydoedd yn wreiddiol ac yn ol y son mae ysbryd Mrs. Herbert, a fu’n byw yno, yn troedio’r lle.

The Black Lion, Babell

A traditional Coaching inn located in Flintshire, not far from the busy A55.  Original building dates back to the 13th century but has been extended and refurbished over the years but thankfully not losing its features and character. 

Steeped in history with many sightings of ghosts.  The North Wales Paranormal Group have been investigating paranormal activity.


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