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Leave London for a tiny museum about magic

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Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Intrigued by the eerie and unexplained? Head to the tiny Cornish village of Boscastle, where you’ll find the world’s oldest and largest collection of items relating to magic.

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The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic opened in 1960, and survived a devastating flood in 2004 to remain a one-stop shop for anyone who finds themselves inexplicably drawn to the occult.

The unusual artefacts, charting the history of magic in Britain from ancient times to today, are guaranteed to have a powerful effect on even sceptical visitors.

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From creepy mirrors and mummified cats to lucky charms, spell-casting stones and a haunted piskie made out of human hair, you’ll struggle to peruse these grisly objects (or ever look in a mirror again) without feeling a little unsettled.

Visit on selected evenings throughout the year for a candlelit viewing, with ghost stories for extra goosebumps.

Entry is £5. Find out more at museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk.

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