Haunted pubs

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.

Plough and Harrow, Monknash

A pub hardly changed for centuries located in the Vale of Glamorgan.  Beams of the 17th century Plough and Harrow probably came from shipwrecks from the beach nearby.  The building itself dates from the 12th century with later Tudor style doors.  The pub’s name is apt to its agricultural environment.  Log fires welcome the visitors during the long winter months. 

Believed to be haunted – possibly by shipwrecked souls whose bodies were stored in coffins in the building next door. 

Home to Wick RFC

Wenvoe Arms, Wenvoe

Recently refurbished in 2011.  Cyril the Gamekeeper, once a regular, is believed to haunt the pub whose photo at one time was displayed in the lounge.

Duke of Wellington, Cowbridge

Formerly known as the Black Horse but changed its name owing to the Duke’s stopovers on his way to visit his great friend General Picton in Carmarthen. 

Emlyn Arms, Llanarthne

With the closure of the Golden Grove Hotel the Emlyn Arms became the only pub still open in the village of Llanarthne in the Tywi valley, Carmarthenshire. 

Once the property of Lord Cawdor and previously called the Paxton.  Refurbished in recent years with food being served in the bar or restaurant.  The Emlyn Arms is only a short distance from the National Botanical Gardens of Wales. 

Birchgrove, Cardiff

A Brains pub on Caerphilly road which replaced an original coach house dating back to the 1700s.  Rebuilt in 1923 and designed by Sir Peter Thomas who also designed Swansea Guildhall.   The bar has tried to retain its traditional look. 

Fire destroyed the pub in 1968 and was closed for more than a year but thankfully rebuilt.

The Morning Advertiser voted the Birchgrove Community Pub of Wales winner in 2005. It has a Cask Marque for quality real ale and is in the Good Beer Guide.

The Gower, Cardiff

Built in 1895 and one of the few pubs in Wales that boasts a snooker table which is highly prized by the locals!  A Brains pub off the beaten track and originally opened as part of a railway station building.

During 1950s the Gower sold food and drink to passing trade from the bar.  It is said at one time a bar existed in the snooker room as well. 

Premises apparently haunted by a ghost known as Henry.

Dempseys, Cardiff

Irish themed pub built in the Victorian era.  Previously known as the Globe and the Four Bars.  Changed its name to Dempseys at the turn of the millennium.

Popular with Celtic football club supporters

Reputedly haunted.

Quarry House, Cardiff

Name derives from quarry nearby, stones from which used in construction at the start of the 20th century.  At the top of St Fagans Rise with good views of the surrounding area.

A local pub.

Oaked beam interior with large fireplace.

Believed to be haunted by Grey Lady.

The Clive Arms, Cardiff

Dating back to Victorian times and located on Cowbridge Road East.  A popular public house attracting a wide range of clientele.  Derives its name from Clive of India who reputedly haunts the premises. 

Pool tables and darts board.

Mark Roberts, former songwriter of Catatonia a regular. 

Part of the Canton pub crawl.


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