13 Haunted Places in Dorset (Updated 2017)
Stewart | On 16, Apr 2017
Table of Contents
- Haunted Hotels in Dorset
- Ilchester Arms Hotel, Abbotsbury
- The Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum
- The Langtry Manor Hotel, Bournemouth
- The Bull Hotel, Bridport
- The New Inn, Cerne Abbas
- The Wessex Royale Hotel, Dorchester
- The Acorn Inn, Evershot
- The Spice Ship Inn, Preston
- The Grosvenor Hotel, Shaftesbury
- Plumber Manor, Sturminster Newton
- The Swan Inn, Sturminster Newton
- Haunted Places in Dorset
Haunted Hotels in Dorset
Ilchester Arms Hotel, Abbotsbury
You’ll find the Ilchester Arms Hotel along Market Street in the historic village of Abbotsbury.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the late 18th century when it started life out as a coaching inn named after the Earl of Ilchester.
The Ilchester Arms has some ghostly tales to tell…
Witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a soldier from the English Civil War period roaming around the premises.
They describe him as wearing a Royalist uniform complete with a wide brimmed hat!
Local legend says that he’s the ghost of a Royalist soldier who was once caught by Parliamentarian troops who then proceeded to hang him.
The building is also said to be haunted by the ghost of coin collector called Charles.
On one occasion a witness heard the phantom sound of coins jangling!
The ghost of a phantom woman is said to haunt the toilets.
And a ghostly apparition of a large dog has been seen walking up to the hotel’s windows and peering through them.
Two women staying at the Ilchester Arms were scared witless after one of then was awoken by the sensation of cold hands around her neck.
And the other one saw a ghostly figure standing at the end of her bed!Click Here to Stay in the Ilchester Arms Hotel
The Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum
Along West Street in the Georgian market town of Blandford Forum you’ll find the Crown Hotel.
There’s been an inn on the site of the Crown Hotel since the 15th century but today’s building is a Georgian coaching inn.
The hotel is said to be haunted by a couple of ghosts…
Terrified witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a highwayman in the bar area, restaurant and courtyard.
He’s described as wearing a tricorne hat and cloak.
In the 18th century, a highwayman was actually shot dead in the courtyard whilst trying to rob the hotel!
Another ghost seen wandering around the hotel’s first floor is that of a lady wearing a black crinoline dress.
A maid was spooked one day when she saw a lady in black entering a room she shouldn’t…
Upon investigating the room she found it totally empty!Click Here to Stay in the Crown Hotel
The Langtry Manor Hotel, Bournemouth
The Langtry Manor is a country house hotel in Bournemouth.
The hotel was originally called the Red House and was built in 1877 by the Prince of Wales for his mistress Lillie Langtry.
Members of staff and guests alike have witnessed at a grey shadow wandering about the hotel.
Many believe this shadowy figure is the ghost of Lillie Langtry!
Paranormal activities such as phantom footsteps, eerie voices and cold spots have also been reported to take place at the hotel.Click Here to Stay in the Langtry Manor Hotel
The Bull Hotel, Bridport
You’ll find the Bull Hotel situated along East Street in the market town of Bridport.
The present day Grade II listed hotel dates back to the 17th century but there’s been a Bull Hotel on the site since 1593.
With such a long history you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the Bull Hotel is reputed to be haunted…
During the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685 the Bull Hotel was attacked by three hundred of Monmouth’s men.
The hotel is now said to be haunted by the ghosts of some of the soldiers who died during that attack.
Eerie phantom voices have been heard in the hotel’s cellar.
The Bull is built on an ancient graveyard and many believe the eerie voices belong to the spirits of those buried there.
Witnesses have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a woman sitting in the reception area.
They describe her as wearing old-fashioned tweed clothing!
During the English Civil War a skirmish broke out between Parliamentarians and Royalists forces.
A stray bullet struck a man called Wadham Strangeways who was dining at the Bull killing him.
His ghost is now said to haunt the hotel.
The phantom cries of a small child are often heard coming from the hotel’s ladies toilets but whenever anybody goes to investigate they find the room totally empty!Click Here to Stay in the Bull Hotel
The New Inn, Cerne Abbas
Situated on Long Street in the village of Cerne Abbas you’ll find the 16th century New Inn.
Spooked witnesses have seen the ghostly apparitions of two young girls playing in the hotel’s gardens.
The bar area of the New Inn is said to be haunted by a man dressed in riding gear…
Apparently, witnesses have seen him sitting next to the fireplace!Click Here to Stay in the New Inn
The Wessex Royale Hotel, Dorchester
In the historic county town of Dorchester along the High Street you’ll find the Wessex Royale Hotel.
The Georgian coaching inn dates back to 1756.
It has a reputation for being haunted by a woman wearing a bonnet and a dark coloured long dress.
Terrified witnesses have seen her ghostly apparition from outside the hotel staring out of a ground floor window!Click Here to Stay in the Wessex Royale Hotel
The Acorn Inn, Evershot
Along Fore Street in the village of Evershot you’ll find the historic 16th century Acorn Inn.
The inn started life out as a coaching inn and was first called the Kings Arms.
The Acorn Inn is said to be haunted by a phantom highwayman who was once hung nearby…
Terrified witnesses who’ve seen his ghostly apparition in the Acorn have described him as wearing a long black cloak and tricorne hat!Click Here to Stay in the Acorn Inn
The Spice Ship Inn, Preston
You’ll find the Spice Ship Inn located along the Preston Road in the coastal village of Preston.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the early 19th century.
The former coaching inn is said to be haunted by the ghost a Portuguese sailor who tragically drowned off the Dorset coast a couple of centuries ago.
His washed up body was taken to the inn for the inquest and now his ghost is said to haunt the premises.
Local legend says that his ghost is searching the pub for his shipmates who were all lost at sea.
His ghost has been blamed for the phantom footsteps, eerie night time noises, turning on the beer taps, setting off alarms and even pulling a former landlord from his bed one night!Click Here to Stay in the Spice Ship Inn
The Grosvenor Hotel, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury is the home to the Grosvenor Hotel which has been voted the 5 th most haunted hotel in the UK.
The hotel dates back to the 16th century where it started life out as a coaching inn.
The hotel has a reputation for being very haunted…
In the oldest part of the hotel, the cellar, witnesses have been scared witless by seeing the ghostly apparition of a monk.
If you venture to the upper floors of the hotel, you just might see the ghost of the Grey Lady!
She said to roam along the hotel’s corridors late at night.
It’s believed that she the spirit of a 16th century nun from the local Abbey.
And finally, guests to the hotel have reported their bed sheets being pulled off them whilst they’re asleep in the middle of the night.
The culprit is said to be the ghost of a mischievous little girl!Click Here to Stay in the Grosvenor Hotel
Plumber Manor, Sturminster Newton
You’ll find Plumber Manor in the Dorset countryside to the south of the town of Sturminster Newton.
The former country house dates back to the early 17th century when it was first built as a family home for Charles Brune.
The Jacobean manor house became a hotel in 1972.
It’s said to be haunted by the ghost of a former lord of the manor who was killed and later eaten by his hunting hounds.
Local legend says that his ghostly apparition has been seen running from the manor house with a pack of hounds chasing him!Click Here to Stay in the Plumber Manor
The Swan Inn, Sturminster Newton
In the Market Place of Sturminster Newton is the 18th century Swan Inn.
This old coaching inn is said to be haunted by a former proprietor from 1790 who committed suicide in the cellars by hanging himself.
Terrified witnesses who’ve seen his ghostly apparition at the Swan Inn describe him as wearing dark clothes with an apron and laughing!Click Here to Stay in the Swan Inn
Haunted Places in Dorset
Athelhampton Hall, Athelhampton
The Grade I listed Athelhampton Hall dates back to the 15th century.
The hall is privately owned but the good news is that it’s open to the public if you fancy a look around.
Back in 1493, Sir William Martyn built the Great Hall.
Since then a gatehouse which was sadly demolished in 1862, a west wing and fantastic formal gardens have all been added to the country house.
The hall is said to be one of the most haunted houses in England.
In fact, if you cast your mind back to the very first episode of Most Haunted way back in 2001, you may remember it was Athelhampton Hall they investigated.
One of the most infamous ghostly events to take place at Athelhampton happened in the Great Chamber…
A lady guest to the hall was reading there when all of a sudden two duelling men burst in and continued to have a sword fight.
The lady pulled on the bell rope for assistance but nobody came.
The men eventually left the room when one of them received a cut to his arm.
To this day, nobody knows who exactly the ghostly dualists were!
Owners, members of staff and guests alike have all witnessed the ghostly apparition of the Grey Lady who roams the rooms and corridors of the hall in the middle of the night.
On one occasion she was even seen walking through a wall!
The wine cellar of Athelhampton Hall is said to be haunted by a ghost nicknamed Cooper.
He’s said to make an eerie tapping noise!
One day, a maid at the hall was scared out of her mind when she witnesses a ghostly apparition of a monk walking along the corridor just outside one of the bathrooms.
Apparently, he’s said to be the ghost of the catholic priest to the Martyn family.
One of the strangest hauntings at the hall is that of a pet ape which was said to have been accidently locked in a secret passageway behind the Great Chamber.
Spooked visitors to the Great Chamber have reported hearing an eerie scraping noise coming from behind the chamber’s panelling as if an animal was trying to escape!
Corfe Castle, Corfe
The 11th century Scheduled Monument and Grade I listed Corfe Castle was built by William the Conqueror.
In 1572 it was sold to Sir Christopher Hatton by Elizabeth I.
Later, at the time of the English Civil War, the Royalist Sir John Bankes owned the castle.
His wife famously defended the castle against Parliamentarian forces.
The first unsuccessful siege was in 1643 but the castle was later overcome in 1645 resulting in it being demolished by Parliamentarian forces.
If you fancy visiting the castle, then you’re in luck, as today its run by the National Trust and opened to the public.
Now, with such a long history you probably won’t be too surprised if I told you the castle is said to be haunted.
Spooked witnesses have reported seeing eerie lights on the ramparts in the dead of night.
The unnerving sound of a phantom weeping child has also been heard amongst the ruins of the castle on still dark nights.
Terrified visitors to the castle have reported seeing the gruesome ghostly apparition of a headless woman in white walking near the castle’s gate.
At the bottom of castle hill, shocked people have reported hearing the thundering sound of galloping phantom horses.
And in 2009, a local man was spooked when he witnessed the ghostly apparition of a man wearing a cloak and a big floppy hat…
The apparition just vanished into thin air as soon as he realised the local had spotted him!