Holywell, Flintshire, Wales

St. Winefride's Well

The Talacre Arms

The Talacre Arms is supposedly haunted, and a number of types of phenomena have been reported.


These include bottles going missing, interference with the optics behind the bar, locked doors being found open, light bulbs falling from their sockets, footsteps heard and dogs would not settle in the pub.


Pictured left is the Talacre Arms courtesy of whatpub.com.

Talacre Arms,

New Road,


CH8 7LS.


For further information, please read The Haunted Pub Guide by Guy Lion Playfair.

St. Winefride’s Well

A chapel surrounds St. Winefride’s Well. It was said to cure withered limbs, failing eyesight, dumbness, lunacy, fever, paralysis, epilepsy, piles, gout, skin diseases and cancer. Interestingly, it is said that the well can detect a thief! The well has been known since at least the Roman period, and has been a site of pilgrimage since approximately 660 when Caradog beheaded Saint Winefride there. When her severed head fell, water gushed from the stones. It is said that the bloodstain still remains today.


The well is classified as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales and the town bills itself as “The Lourdes of Wales”. It is said that many pilgrims from all over the world continue to visit Holywell and the Well.


Visitor Information

Holywell (Welsh: Treffynnon) is the fifth largest town in Flintshire, Wales.

It lies to the west of the estuary of the River Dee.

Pictured is St. Winefride's Well courtesy of Nabokov. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.