12 Haunted Places in Cornwall (Updated 2017)
Stewart | On 25, Apr 2017
Table of Contents
- Haunted Places in Cornwall
- Haunted Hotels in Cornwall
- Haunted Pubs in Cornwall
Haunted Places in Cornwall
Pengersick Castle, Praa Sands
Now the Grade 1 listed Pengersick Castle you see today is actually a fortified tower house.
It dates back to the early 16th century when William Worth replaced an earlier castle at the site in 1510.
For most of its life the castle was the family home to the notorious Pengersick family who have many legends associated with them.
Pengersick Castle is said to be one of the most haunted places in Cornwall.
So much so, that the Most Haunted team investigated the castle back in 2003 for their second series.
It’s said that the castle has a staggering amount of ghosts… some people say up to twenty!
The most common apparition to be seen at the castle is that of a ghostly monk.
He’s ghostly apparition is often witnessed around the small wooded area at the end of the medieval garden.
Unusually, he’s not described as your typical ghostly brown monk, apparently he’s said to be wearing a large brimmed hat!
Now there’s a rumour that a former lady of the house was poisoned…
This may shed light on the next ghost which is often seen by terrified witnesses within the castle.
A ghostly apparition of a woman staring out of the window has been reported by spooked guests who’ve been abruptly woken in the middle of the night by her.
She’s said to walk from their bedroom window and lie down on the bed holding her stomach in agony!
You may be surprised to discover that there’s a couple of child ghosts reported to haunt the castle too…
Be wary if you’re up on the battlements, a ghost of a young thirteen year old girl is known to push anyone she dislikes.
Her ghostly apparition is often seen on the battlements.
It’s said that she tragically plunged to her death after being blown off the tower by a strong gust of wind whilst she was dancing up there!
If you’re a woman, you might feel somebody pull your dress or try to hold your hand whilst you’re walking around the castle…
Don’t worry. It’s just the ghost of a young boy trying to get your attention!
Haunted Hotels in Cornwall
The Wellington Hotel, Boscastle
The Wellington Hotel in Boscastle is one of Cornwall’s oldest coaching inns.
It actually dates back to the 17th century!
Through the ages, terrified members of staff and guests of the hotel have witnessed three different ghosts…
Ghostly apparitions of an old lady, a little girl and a coachman have all been seen at the Wellington Hotel!
If you’re looking for a fright, Room 9 is the room you should stay the night in…
As it’s reported to be the most haunted room of the hotel!Click Here to Stay in the Wellington Hotel
The Finnygook Inn, Crafthole
In the middle of the little Cornish village of Crafthole you’ll find the 15th century Finnygook Inn.
In the 18th century the old coaching inn was the drinking hole for the notorious smuggler Silas Finny.
Gook is the Cornish word for ghost.
And it’s now said that the ghost of Silas Finny haunts the inn.Click Here to Stay in the Finnygook Inn
The Royal Standard, Gwinear
You’ll find the Royal Standard along Churchtown in the small village of Gwinear.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the mid-19th century.
The Royal Standard is reputed to be haunted by a ghost called Clare.
Her ghost is believed to be the source of the phantom footsteps and eerie noises which are often heard within the premises!Click Here to Stay in the Royal Standard
The Angel Hotel, Helston
The 16th century Angel Hotel is situated along Coinagehall Street in the middle of Helston.
Before it became an inn the Angel was the town house of Lord Sidney Godolphin.
The hotel is said to have a resident female ghost called Nelly…
Terrified guest have reported seeing her ghostly apparition wandering along the hotel’s corridor on the top floor!
Headland Hotel, Newquay
You’ll find the Headland Hotel off the Headland Road in a prominent position overlooking Fistral Beach and Towan Head in the Cornish seaside town of Newquay.
The Grade II listed Silvanus Trevail designed building dates back to 1900.
The imposing hotel is reputed to be haunted.
During the Second World War the hotel was used as a RAF hospital.
Witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparitions of men wearing Second World War uniforms wandering the corridors of the hotel.
A ghost of a nurse from the same period has also been reported by spooked guests who’ve been awoken by her stroking their cheeks in the middle of the night!
The ghostly apparition of a former maid of the hotel has been seen disappearing through the wall of the ladies toilet…
Apparently, there was once a doorway there!
The ghost of a little girl is also said to haunt the hotel.
Her apparition has been seen running about the hotel and members of staff have also heard her calling out their names.
Even though the old servant bells of the hotel have been disconnected, spooked members of staff have reported hearing them ring at the same time early Sunday morning whilst they’ve been down in the basement!Click Here to Stay in the Headland Hotel
The Molesworth Arms Hotel, Wadebridge
The Molesworth Arms Hotel in the village of Wadebridge dates back to the 16th century when it was first opened as a coaching inn.
It’s said that every New Year’s Eve, a ghostly apparition of a headless coachman is witnessed by frightened New Year’s revellers driving a coach into the courtyard of the hotel!Click Here to Stay in the Molesworth Arms Hotel
Haunted Pubs in Cornwall
Jamaica Inn, Bodmin Moor
Another spooky Cornish place investigated by Most Haunted is the infamous 18th century Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor.
The Grade II listed Jamaica Inn dates back to 1750 when it was first built as a coaching inn.
Like many coaching inns within the UK it’s said to be haunted.
But, it’s also well known for its past association with smugglers.
Jamaica Inn has become infamous in the world of literature and film thanks to the outstanding 1936 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.
With such a rich history, it’s no wonder that the inn has a reputation for being haunted…
Spooked witnesses have reported hearing the sound of a phantom coach and horses drawing up outside the inn in the middle of the night.
Other ghostly sounds heard at the inn include phantom footsteps walking up and down the corridor outside the rooms.
Frightened members of staff have reported hearing eerie voices in several parts of the building.
Now the weird thing about these spooky voices is that they’re not speaking English!
Shocked visitors to Jamaica Inn have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a man dressed in cloak and a hat.
Apparently, he suddenly appears and then disappears through solid closed doors.
Lots of paranormal groups have investigated Jamaica Inn coming to the conclusion that the most active parts of the inn are the Smugglers Bar, the Restaurant, the Stable Bar and Bedroom 4.
The King’s Head, Five Lanes
You’ll find the King’s Head Hotel situated on Cross Lanes in the middle of the village of Five Lanes.
The Grade II listed hotel dates back to 1623.
It’s said that the building was occupied by both Roundheads and Cavaliers during the English Civil War of 1642.
In the mid-17th century the pub was used as a posting stage for coaches but it was often frequented by smugglers and shadowy characters.
The King’s Head Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former landlady called Peggy Bray who comes back to see if her pub is being run correctly!
Her ghost has been heard walking along the corridor on the first floor.
Some guests have reported that they feel a chill near the doorway half way along the corridor where Peggy is said to walk.
The apparition of a ghostly girl has been seen in the bar area.
Apparently, she looks so life like that many people think she’s a real life person until she suddenly disappears into thin air!
Many guests staying in Room 3 have reported hearing an eerie tapping on the bedroom’s window.
But when they investigated they can’t find the cause of it!Click Here to Stay in the King’s Head
The Ship Inn, Mousehole
On South Cliff overlooking the harbour in the pretty traditional fishing village of Mousehole you’ll find the Ship Inn.
The Ship has a reputation for being haunted…
A terrified witness saw a ghostly apparition of a man staggering along the hotel’s corridor as though he was on board a ship at sea.
A punter who was drinking with his friends was stunned to see his pint and mobile phone move across the table own their own accord!Click Here to Stay in the Ship Inn
The Dolphin Tavern, Penzance
Along Quay Street in Penzance is the historic Dolphin Tavern.
The granite inn dates back five centuries and with such a long history it’s no wonder some say it’s haunted…
An old sea captain nicknamed George is said to haunt the upstairs bedrooms and corridors.
Witnesses have described his ghostly apparition as wearing a tri-cornered hat and a rather splendid jacket.
Back in his time, poor George was said to have been hung for a petty crime.
Startled guests have witnessed the ghostly apparition of a Victorian lady materialise and walk across the main bar and disappear through the stone wall.
The final ghost to show himself at the Dolphin is of a young fair-haired man.
He’s known to appear in the landlord’s bedroom in the middle of the night either sitting on or standing by the bed.
Nobody knows who exactly he is!Click Here to Stay in the Dolphin Tavern
The Weary Friar, Pillaton
Next to the church of St Odulphus in the middle of the village of Pillaton is the Weary Friar.
The Weary Friar is an old inn which dates back to the 12th century.
The inn is said to be haunted by a ghostly friar who has been seen by scared witnesses on the pub’s staircase!Click Here to Stay in the Weary Friar