9 Haunted Places in Nottinghamshire
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor
You’ll find Ye Olde Bell Hotel along the Great North Road in the Nottinghamshire village of Barnby Moor.
The hotel dates back to the 17th century when it started life out as a farm.
LUMLEY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor.
And a ghostly apparition of a man has been seen sitting at the bar.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!
In the 19th century the Bell became a popular stop for the stagecoaches travelling between London and York.
In 1835 the young Queen Victoria together with her mother the Duchess of Kent stay the night at the Bell.
In the early 20th century when car ownership became popular the Bell changed its name to Ye Olde Bell Hotel.
During the 1980s Ye Olde Bell Hotel gained a reputation for being haunted.
Members of staff and visitors alike have reported seeing an apparition of a Grey Lady in the hotel’s ballroom, on the staircase and gliding along the corridors.
The ghost of a very lifelike man has been seen entering one of the bedrooms.
Guests staying at the hotel have also reported some paranormal activities taking place in their rooms!
RUTHIN CASTLE: One of the Most Haunted Places in Wales!
The town of Ruthin and the castle are said to be some of the most haunted places in Wales.
The Grey Lady is the most infamous of the ghost which are said to haunt the castle.
She’s said to be the spirit of a woman who was married to a steward at the castle in the 15th century.
She discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young peasant girl.
It’s said that she murdered the young girl in revenge but was tried and sentenced to death at the castle for the crime.
Today, terrified witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the castle battlements and in the banqueting hall.
The apparition of a soldier wearing just one glove has also been spotted wandering around the castle grounds.
The Unicorn Hotel, Gunthorpe
A stone’s throw away from the River Trent in the little village of Gunthorpe you’ll find the Unicorn Hotel.
The Unicorn Hotel is a former coaching inn which dates back to the 17th century.
The hotel is said to be haunted…
If you want to experience a night in haunted room then ask to stay in Room 7.
Terrified guests in this room have reported to have been woken in the middle of the night by someone pulling the bed covers off them!
Apparently, if the ghostly little girl who haunts this room takes a dislike to you…
She’ll yank the covers off your bed in the middle of the night!
Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham
Just outside Nottingham is the stunning Grade II* listed Colwick Hall Hotel.
Colwick Hall Hotel is a Palladian style Georgian country house which dates backs to 1775.
It’s famous for being the ancestral home of the English poet Lord Byron.
The hall is stacked in history so you probably won’t be too surprised if I told you it’s reputed to be haunted.
During the Second Reform Bill disturbances in 1832 a mob stormed Colwick Hall setting fire to it and looting it.
Mary Ann Chaworth hid from the mob with her daughter all night in the pouring behind some shrubbery in the grounds of the hall.
This shocking episode was too much for her as she died four months later at Wiverton Hall.
It’s now said that her ghost haunts the hall…
Witnesses have seen her ghostly apparition in the hall’s grounds trying to hide behind trees and bushes!
The hall itself is also said to be haunted…
Members of staff and visitors alike have reported hearing eerie footsteps walking along the hall’s corridors as well as phantom children laughing and strange voices in the servants’ quarters.
The Elms Hotel, Retford
Along the London Road in the market town of Retford is the historic Elms Hotel.
The Elms Hotel is a Grade II listed Georgian house which dates back to 1792.
During the Second World War the house was used by the army.
One day, a soldier on guard duty was scared witless when he witnessed the ghostly apparition of an elderly woman wearing a Victorian dress glide across the grounds of the house before vanishing into thin air!
The West Retford Hotel, Retford
Keeping in Retford, along the North Road is another hotel reputed to be haunted called the West Retford Hotel.
The hotel is a former 18th century Georgian manor house.
The hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a lady who committed suicide due to the scandal of having an affair with the stable boy.
Terrified witnesses have seen her ghostly apparition gliding down the hotel’s corridor and heading towards the courtyard where the stable block once stood!
The Bramley Apple Inn, Southwell
You’ll find the Bramley Apple Inn along Church Street in the town of Southwell.
The inn is named after the first Bramley apple tree grown which dates back to 1809 and is still growing in a garden nearby.
The cellar of the Bramley Apple Inn is said to be haunted by a ghost who occasionally likes to stop the flow of beer from the barrels!
The Lion Hotel, Worksop
Along Bridge Street in Worksop you’ll find the 18th century Lion Hotel.
The Lion Hotel is said to have a residential ghost called Alice…
Back in the early days of the Lion Hotel Alice was employed as a serving wench.
Apparently she committed suicide by hanging herself after being spurned by the owner of the hotel.
Members of staff and guests have been scared witless after Alice has manifested in front of them.
She tends to like the older parts of the hotel especially Room 201!
She’s been blamed for the eerie humming, singing and crying which is often heard by spooked guests whilst they walk along the hotel’s corridors.
Annesley Hall, Annesley
The 13th century hall was the ancestral home of the Chaworth-Musters family for over three hundred and fifty years.
One of the hall’s residents, Mary Chaworth, was the lover of the poet Lord Byron in his younger years.
Mary Chaworth later married John Musters whose son sailed with Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle.
In 1997, the hall was badly damaged by fire and English Heritage has now put it on the ‘Buildings at Risk Register’.
Today the hall is privately owned and unfortunately not opened to the public.
Now, Annesley Hall is said to be very haunted…
A ghostly apparition of a White Lady has been seen in the dining room by terrified witnesses.
And phantom music is often heard playing in the empty room!
In Byron’s bedroom people have reported being physically pushed very hard by unseen hands.
In the laundry room it’s said that a young girl sadly hung herself.
Terrified witnesses have been scared witless by seeing her ghostly apparition in the area where she committed suicide.
People visiting the library room often report smelling old fashioned cigar smoke and hearing phantom voices murmuring.
The Galleries of Justice, Nottingham
The Galleries of Justice courtrooms date back to the 14th century but the site actually goes back to Norman times.
They’re located in a building called the Shire Hall on High Pavement in the Lace Market area of Nottingham.
The Galleries of Justice museum consists of a Victorian courtroom, Jail and Police station.
Many a harsh judgment was dish out at the courtrooms.
A person could be arrested, sentenced and executed at the Galleries of Justice!
With such a long history, it’s not too surprising that the Galleries of Justice are rumoured to be haunted…
In fact that might be an understatement, the paranormal group Fright Nights voted it as one of the most haunted buildings in the UK!
On the subject of most haunted…
If you’re a fan of the TV series Most Haunted, then you’ll know that the team investigated the Galleries of Justice in 2003.
It’s said that the building is haunted by criminals who were executed on site.
Doors opening and closing on their own accord, phantom bangs and crashes, stones being thrown, dark shadows, people being touched and pushed by an unknown entity are just some of the paranormal activity which has been recorded at the Galleries of Justice.
And as recent as 2010, a ghostly apparition of a young girl has been seen running in the building!
FEATURED HAUNTED HOTEL: Amberley Castle
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
The castle started life out as a timber-framed hunting lodge in 1103.
But it upgraded to a fortified manor house in 1377 by the bishop of Chichester.
After the Reformation the castle still belonged to the church but was leased out to the crown.
During the English Civil War part of the castle was destroyed by Parliamentarian forces and it fell into ruin.
The Duke of Norfolk leased Amberley Castle in 1893 and started to renovate it.
Today the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux room!