The tunnels were built as Drakelow Underground Dispersal Factory. The Rover car company produced engines for the Bristol Aeroplane Company, as well as engines for tanks, during World War II.
In 1961, the British Government obtained the tunnels to form part of a network of secret nuclear bunkers. Drakelow became Regional Seat of Government 9. In 1980, it was upgraded to Regional Government Headquarters 9.2. The site was decommissioned and sold in 1993, when it became a museum. The site is now also used for AirSoft events, as well as paranormal events.
Several deaths were recorded during Drakelow’s working history, which no doubt explains a lot of the paranormal activity that is experienced today.
1940s music is heard playing through the old tannoy system which hasn’t work since the 1950s. Voices, screams and moans heard as well as disembodied footsteps.
A caretaker’s dog was seen growling and barking at an unseen intruder, and later refused to re-enter the area. People report feeling as though they have been touched and pushed, and even that they feel disembodied breath on them.
Drakelow Tunnels isn’t for the faint hearted!
YOUR HOSTS: Haunted Houses Events Ltd
YOUR EVENT: 3.5 miles (285,000 sq ft) of creepy tunnels to explore & investigate; pitch black and only one way in and out. Will you be brave enough to spend 6 hours on a terrifying ghost hunt at Drakelow Tunnels with Haunted Houses? Your ghost hunt at Drakelow Tunnels will see you exploring all areas of the building made available to us, where you will be able to experience glass divination, table tipping and a group human pendulum experiment. Plus, for those comfortable enough – Ouija boards will also be on hand for you to use – all to aid your communication with the dead. Also, you will have a whole host of the most up-to-date ghost hunting gadgets to use whilst you carry out your ghost hunt. Taking part in spirit call-outs and wait to see what happens in the silence that follows. Haunted Houses likes to work in small teams to give you the very best experience possible. For the very brave lone vigils (ghost hunting in a room all alone) are very popular and plenty of opportunities to do so will be given.