Drakelow Tunnels

Ghosts of Drakelow Tunnels

Who haunts this secret underground factory & cold war bunker?

Drakelow Tunnels, located in Kidderminster, were originally built as a top-secret underground military complex. This mysterious, underground labyrinth is rife with reports of aggressive paranormal activity.

Photo Credit: Flickr – Alex Lomas

Ghosts of Drakelow Tunnels

Many visitors to the tunnels claim to have had strange experiences, with spooky noises, ghostly apparitions and poltergeist activity reported on a regular basis.

The sound of machinery, 1940s music and talking has been heard echoing through the foreboding tunnel complex even when nobody else is present.

The ghosts of the workers killed during excavation have also been seen. A man who died when Tunnel 1 collapsed in 1941 has been seen rolling a cigarette and a wailing woman has been seen near the entrance to the site.

The most unsettling story is that of an angry demonic entity, who has been known to attack visitors. It is believed the evil presence is linked to the ancient hillfort that was disturbed during the excavation of the tunnels and has been described as half man, half dog. A former owner of Drakelow Tunnels, Sid Robinson, believes he was pushed off a ladder by the malevolent spirit and consequently broke his leg in three places.

The tunnels have been featured on several paranormal-themed TV shows including “Most Haunted” and “Paranormal Lockdown UK”. Both investigation teams experienced similar phenomena, including poltergeist activity and loud bangs from deep inside the tunnels.

GhostMag Experience at Drakelow Tunnels

GhostMag team members investigating Drakelow Tunnels

As we approached the Drakelow Tunnels complex, through the dense woodland of the Kingsford Country Park, it became apparent why this remote location was chosen for a secret underground factory in the 1940s.

We arrived with trepidation at a small, makeshift car park nestled deep in the forest.

Just across the road, a tree-lined track bordered by looming sandstone hills leads to the ominous entrance of the Drakelow underground complex, which is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the Midlands. The thought of an overnight stay here was filling me with dread!

We entered the tunnels and set up in base room. It was pretty unsettling to learn that our safe room, a former billiards room, had seen its fair share of paranormal activity.

A candelabra that hangs from the ceiling has also be known move on its own, whilst ghostly voices and music had been heard in the adjoining kitchen. After a quick briefing on the location, we descended into the darkness and into the first of four cavernous tunnels.

It was eerily quiet and almost pitch black. So dark in fact, that your eyes almost began playing tricks. We began calling out to the alleged spirits of Drakelow Tunnels, asking for them to step forward and make their presence known. A few cold breezes began to circle the group. There were no noticeable temperature drops recorded on the laser thermometer, but given the tunnels are sealed the breezes certainly seemed unusual. The tunnels quickly began to feel quite oppressive.

A few people in the group reported seeing a shadow moving in the distance, whilst one gentleman saw flashes of light at the very end of the tunnel. This phenomena is regularly reported, but given how dark the location was it could easily have been a trick of the mind. With Drakelow being such a large location, we split into smaller groups – after all, we had over 200,000 sq ft of location to cover!

A small group of us moved into the medical room. This room is known for its audible phenomena with moans and bangs regularly heard. We didn’t hear anything unusual, but a few people reported feeling uneasy. We also had some really good results with a table tipping experiment.

I am quite sceptical of such experiments since learning of the ideomotor effect, which explains how participants can inadvertently move the table. But this felt different. The table was moving in an really strange way and once the momentum had built, it was vigorously rocking back and forth. Perhaps we really had been joined by a spirit?

In the kitchen, which is supposed to be one of the most active areas, a few members of the group began to use a Ouija board, whilst a spirit box was running. The board spelt out ‘Arthur’. One of Drakelow’s regular paranormal guides admitted that it was a name that they had encountered before and that this particular spirit regularly attempted communication.

It was quite a compelling piece of evidence as nobody in our group had prior knowledge of the name and none of the guides took part in the Ouija board session.

The spirit box was relatively quiet in the kitchen and whilst the sound of the device scanning FM frequencies was a little unsettling, no words were forthcoming and we decided to move on.

With the name ‘Arthur’ firmly in our minds, we shuffled further into the complex and into another dark, derelict, tunnel. This time, we placed some cat balls half way down the tunnel and started to call out to any spirits that may still reside in Drakelow.

It was a very quiet start and for the first half an hour, nothing happened. We were all a bit deflated and close to moving on when another person in the group started calling out -“Arthur, are you here?”.

Almost instantly, the cat balls began to light up and we felt as though we were receiving some intelligent responses. It was quite unnerving as there was nobody stood within 30 metres of the balls and they were lighting up on command. In my opinion it was the best evidence of the night and we were all struggling to debunk the phenomena.

The rest of the night passed quietly, but it had certainly been an interesting investigation with unexplainable moments. Thankfully we did not encounter the darker spirits that are said to reside in the mysterious complex, however we all left in the belief that the Drakelow Tunnels are almost certainly haunted by the ghosts of it’s past.

Related Content: Learn about other Haunted Locations in the UK

Photo Credit: Flickr – Alex Lomas

History of Drakelow Tunnels

The Drakelow Tunnels were constructed between 1941 and 1942 as a Shadow Factory for the Rover car company. During World War Two, parts for aircraft engines were manufactured in the 3.5 miles of tunnels

Following the war, the tunnels were used to produce parts for tank engines until 1958, when they were transferred to the Ministry of Supply and later the Ministry of Works.

In 1961, half of the tunnels were converted into a top-secret facility known as Regional Seat of Government 9 – a national network of classified nuclear bunkers that the British government would use in the event of nuclear war.

With the threat of nuclear war looming large in the 1980s, the facility was re-designated as Regional Government Headquarters and was upgraded to full nuclear bunker status with the addition of blast doors and air locks.

The facility operated secretly throughout the 1980s until the end of the Cold War in 1990, before its decommission in 1993.

Can I visit Drakelow Tunnels?

Drakelow Tunnels now house a small museum that showcases it’s mysterious past. Guided tours are available. Please visit the Drakelow Tunnels Facebook Page for future event listings.
The rest of this huge underground labyrinth is now used for wine storage. Sadly this means that a lot of the tunnels are now off limits and paranormal events have now ceased, but have not been ruled out in the future.

Address: Drakelow Tunnels, Kidderminster DY11 5SW

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