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11 Haunted Hotels in Norfolk (Updated 2017)

11 Haunted Hotels in Norfolk (Updated 2017)

| On 19, Feb 2017

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The Bell Hotel, Thetford

The 15th century grade II listed Bell Hotel on the corner of King Street and Bridge Street in Thetford is said to have the odd ghosts or two rattling around it.

The Bell Hotel is just a five minute walk away from the priory ruins in Thetford.

So you probably won’t be too surprised if I told you that one of the ghosts said to haunt the hotel is that of a hooded monk!

He’s often been witnessed in the main suite bedroom of the Bell.

But, this ghostly apparition isn’t the only one to be seen in this old 15th century hotel…

Elizabeth Radcliffe, or Betty as the locals like to call her, is said to haunt the Bell Hotel too.

She was a former landlady of the Bell who’s believed to have been viciously murdered by her lover in 1750.

She’s said to haunt room 10 and 12 in the hotel.

But strangely, she appears to terrified guests as a younger teenage version of herself.

And nobody really knows why!

The following paranormal activity has all been reported at the hotel…

The unexplainable smell of perfume, the sudden appearance of icy breath, the sound of phantom footsteps and the feeling of being watched!

Other ghostly apparitions which have been reported in the Bell include a pet dog lying in front of what would have been the old original fireplace in the bar and a pair of old-fashioned suede boots hanging through the pub’s ceiling.

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Ffolkes Arms, Hillington

The Ffolkes Arms situated on the A148 in Hillington is said to be haunted by the ghostly apparition of a young nanny.

During the late 19th century, it’s said that she committed suicide by jumping to her death from one of the attic bedroom windows.

It’s said that she landing and embedded herself on some iron railings!

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Maid’s Head Hotel, Norwich

The Grade II listed Maid’s Head Hotel in Tombland is said to be haunted by a ghostly Grey Lady.

She’s said to be a former maid at the hotel.

Terrified witnesses have described her as being an elderly lady dressed all in grey.

They say she’s always accompanied by the strong smell of lavender!

Apparently, she appears from the downstairs bar and enters the main area of the hotel, wanders around a bit and then returns to the bar followed by the cellar where she disappears.

Another spirit said to haunt the hotel is a former Norwich mayor whose ghostly apparition has been seen walking around the courtyard shaking his head.

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Golden Lion Hotel, Hunstanton

Situated on the Green in Hunstanton you’ll find the splendid Grade II listed Golden Lion Hotel.

In 2005, a lady staying at the hotel was rudely awoken one night by the ghostly apparition of a young girl with ringlets…

She was described as wearing an old fashion style blue and white dress.

Apparently, she manifested at the bottom of the shocked witnesses bed and then proceeded to skip over to a wardrobe in the corner of the bedroom before vanishing into thin air!

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The White Hart, King’s Lynn

At one end of St James Street in King’s Lynn you’ll find the White Hart pub.

The present day White Hart is said to date back to the 17th century.

The building is said to be haunted by a ghostly monk who’s thought to originally be from the King’s Lynn Minster which is just across the street from the pub.

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Tudor Rose Hotel, King’s Lynn

Just off Tuesday Market Place in St Nicholas Street you’ll find the Tudor Rose Hotel…

The timber-framed hotel dates back to the 1500s when it started life out as a medieval merchant’s house.

The hotel is said to be haunted by quite a few ghosts!

Room 7, the back bar and the restaurant are all known for their paranormal activity.

Terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of a grey lady in the hotel’s restaurant.

It’s said that she’s the ghost of a bride who was shockingly stabbed to death in the hotel by her newly wedded husband.

Phantom footsteps are also heard throughout the hotel on quiet nights!

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Globe Hotel, King’s Lynn

In the corner of Tuesday Market Place in King’s Lynn you’ll find the historic Globe Hotel which is reputed to be haunted.

On some occasions, guests staying at the Georgian hotel have remarked on the chilly atmosphere…

But, it’s nothing to do with the hotel being draughty!

You see, many say that the cold spots are created by the ghost of a murder victim who was killed in the hotel’s stables.

Today, the stables have now been incorporated within the hotel.

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The Duke’s Head Hotel, King’s Lynn

The Grade II listed Duke’s Head Hotel dates back to 1683 but it actually stands on the site of an ancient inn called the Gryffin.

The hotel is said to be haunted by quite a few ghosts…

In 1531, a maid murdered her mistress by poisoning her.

For her crimes, she was boiled to death in a large pot in front of a baying crowd in the middle of Tuesday Market Place!

Terrified witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a weeping lady in 16th century dress throughout the hotel.

It’s believed that she’s the ghost of the executed maid!

There’s another ghostly female figure which is often seen wandering around the hotel’s corridors and on the staircase…

She’s known as the Red Lady and is believed to be the ghost of a woman who committed suicide over her two lovers.

Keeping to the suicide theme…

A man at the hotel was brought to Room 18 after he tried to kill himself.

For a short time afterwards, it was said that terrified hotel’s guests would flee the room due to the ghostly moans believed to have been caused by the spirit of the suicidal man!

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The Scole Inn, Diss

The Scole Inn is located a stone’s throw away from Diss.

It’s an old coaching inn which dates to 1655. It was built by a wealthy Norwich merchant called John Peck.

Back in 1750, a young woman called Emma was staying at the inn and was violently murdered by her jealous husband.

Her spirit is now said to haunt the old inn…

Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses on the stairs, in the bar area and in one of the inn’s bedrooms.

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The George Hotel, Swaffham

Along Station Street in Swaffham you’ll find the grade II listed George Hotel.

The hotel dates back to the early 18th century.

It’s said to be Swaffham’s most haunted building.

Some people say it’s haunted by up to five ghosts!

The most infamous ghost associated with the hotel is that of the Green Lady.

Both members of staff and terrified guests alike have witnessed her ghostly green apparition on many occasions.

Strangely, she’s often seen holding a pan for some reason!

The other ghosts said to haunt the George are a maid, a night porter, a crying child and the gay ghost.

Many of the hotel’s young male members of staff have reported the feeling of something unknown tugging at their belt or trouser zip…

The phantom culprit is said to be the gay ghost!

Many people at the hotel have reported being tapped on the shoulder or even pushed by an unknown entity.

The most paranormally active rooms in the hotel are said to be the old dry store room and the basement.

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Black Boys Hotel, Aylsham

You’ll find the historic Black Boys Hotel situated in Market Place in the Norfolk market town of Aylsham.

Parts of the Grade II listed hotel date back to 1655.

Famous historic figures such as Daniel Defoe, Horatio Nelson and Princess Victoria are all said to have visited the Black Boys.

The hotel is also said to be haunted…

The hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of its first landlord Richard Andrews.

He was killed by a parliamentarian soldier who was billeted at the inn during a fight.

Local legend says he was buried in the grounds of the hotel and now haunts the premises!

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