Take tour of terror

WITH shutters that close themselves, ghostly laughter echoing through the halls and a strange atmosphere that stops visitors in their tracks, centuriesold Newton House is the perfect place for a spooky evening out.

Two History and Hauntings tours, recommended for people over the age of 16, are being held at the National Trust property next Wednesday.

Visitors will hear the house’s scariest tales.

“Throughout the decades there have been countless stories of ghostly goingson, and even today there are new tales to tell,” said Anneliese Parsons, events co-ordinator at Dinefwr Park and estate, in which Newton House is located.

“The latest incident happened only a few months ago. The staff arrived at Newton House early one morning to find that all the shutters had been closed. This was unusual in itself; closing the shutters is not something we usually do.

“But it was particularly unnerving because one pair of shutters closed was on a window that nobody could reach. It had never happened before and the mystery hasn’t been solved.

“This is typical of the tales that are told – things moving by themselves, unexplained noises or sightings. Even some of the people who work here are reluctant to be alone here after dark.

“People often experience strange sensations when visiting the property. We have had visitors who feel a strange atmosphere or even a choking sensation.

“Of course there are plenty of people who don’t believe in the paranormal and who are unaffected. But even those who don’t hold with the idea of ghosts find the tales intriguing.

“The History and Haunting torchlight tours take place on October 31 at 7pm and 8.30pm.

Each tour is recommended for people over the age of 16.

●Booking is essential and tours cost £12; contact Anneliese Parsons on 01558 825918 or email anneliese.parsons@ nationaltrust.org.uk

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