9 Haunted Places in Wiltshire
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's 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!
The Cross Guns, Avoncliff
You’ll find the Cross Guns pub situated in the picturesque hamlet of Avoncliff.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the late 17th century when it was originally called the Carpenter‘s Arms.
The pub gets its name after the 9th Battalion of the Wiltshire Rifle Volunteers who established a rifle range beside the pub in the 1790s.
The Cross Guns is reputed to be very haunted…
The most frequent witnessed ghost at the pub is that of the Blue Lady.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen in the lady’s toilet and in the pub’s garden looking down at the river.
Witnesses describe her as having wild staring eyes and wearing a Victorian style blue-grey dress with ankle length boots.
They also say that just before the Blue Lady appear the surrounding temperature drops dramatically!
Another ghostly female figure has been seen at the Cross Guns…
Two ladies sitting in the pub’s garden once saw the apparition of an old lady wearing a white bonnet looking and smiling at them from the first floor window of the Cross Guns.
The ghostly old woman then proceeded to disappear into thin air!
The pub’s chef reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a portly woman wearing a Victorian housekeeper’s outfit standing in the doorway of the kitchen on many occasions.
Another member of staff saw the same apparition reflected in the mirror situated in the adjoining room to the kitchen.
Members of staff have also reported seeing the ghostly apparition of an elderly man sitting on one of the settees in the public bar area.
They describe him as looking like an 18th century bargee.
The ghostly apparition of a monk like figure has been seen standing by the inglenook fireplace and also close to the cellar door.
The Chiseldon House Hotel, Chiseldon
You’ll find the Chiseldon House Hotel along New Road in the Wiltshire village of Chiseldon.
The Grade II listed building dates back to 1840 when it was first built as a home by a wealthy farmer called William Ruddle Browne.
The house was used as a home up until 1964.
Today it’s been converted into a country house hotel and restaurant.
And has a ghostly tale to tell…
In 1995 a local newspaper reported that a poltergeist haunted the historic hotel for five years.
Spooked members of staff reported that the ghost moved pictures and created a loud noise in the downstairs kitchen which sounded like a cannon being fired!
The Royal Oak Inn, Corsham
You’ll find the Royal Oak Inn situated along the High Street in the historic market town of Corsham.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the mid-19th century.
In 2007, the landlord of the Royal Oak reported that he saw the ghostly apparition of a woman at the top of the pub’s stairs.
He said that she was wearing a long full length skirt which she was flicking out!
The Black Swan Hotel, Devizes
The 18th century Black Swan is located in the middle of the market town of Devizes.
It’s said to be one of the most haunted pubs in Wiltshire.
But it wasn’t the first pub to be located on the site.
There was in fact another pub before the Black Swan Hotel which was said to have dated back to the 1600s!
The ghostly apparition of an ex-landlord come horse dealer is said to haunt the building.
Room 4 is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young lady…
She’s said to be in a distressed state.
She’s seen staring out of the window in floods of tears and has been witnessed to walk through the room’s wall.
The ghostly apparition of a man in a coat and hat has also been seen sitting in the corner of the restaurant by the landlady.
And, black shadowy figures have been seen the in pub’s cellars by members of staff.
The Black Swan was investigated by the hit paranormal TV show Most Haunted back in 2005.
The Castle Hotel, Devizes
You’ll find the Castle Hotel along New Park Street in the picturesque Wiltshire market town of Devizes.
The Grade II listed building dates back to the late 18th century when it started life off as a coaching inn.
In 2011, members of staff reported ghostly goings-on happening within the hotel…
Spooked members of staff reported seeing a glass fly from its shelf and smashed on the floor all on its own accord.
Objects in the hotel would often go mysteriously missing only to reappear in another part of the building.
Staff members have also reported hearing phantom music coming from the old ballroom!
The Sign of the Angel, Lacock
You’ll find the Sign of the Angel inn situated along Church Street in the village of Lacock.
The Grade II* listed building dates back to the late 15th century when it started life off as a private house for a wealthy wool merchant.
The inn gets its unusual name from the gold ‘Angel’ coin which was in circulation when the building first became a pub.
Over the years a ghostly apparition of an elderly woman has been seen frequently at the inn.
It’s believed that she’s the ghost of a former owner of the pub.
Her ghostly apparition is often seen sitting patiently at one of the tables in the lounge bar by spooked members of staff and diners alike.
It’s said that when she’s spoken too, she smiles and then disappears into thin air.
She’s also been seen in a couple of the inn’s bedrooms.
On one occasion in the late 1960s a carpet fitter got the shock of his life when he saw her ghostly apparition suddenly appear from the entrance of the pub and wander about the premises!
The Bell Hotel, Malmesbury
The Grade I listed Old Bell Hotel in the beautiful market town of Malmesbury is said to be the oldest existing hotel in England.
You see, it’s built on the foundations of the remains of Malmesbury Abbey outbuildings that date back to 1220.
The ghostly apparition of a Grey Lady has been witnessed by terrified members of staff and guests alike in the pub.
She’s often seen in the James Ody Room!
She’s said to be in a forlorn state and local legend says she was a woman who was unhappily married in the nearby Abbey.
Both the Danvers Room and the Foe Room have had spooky goings-on within them.
Frightened guests in the Danvers Room have reported their belongings being thrown across the bedroom by unseen hands…
Their bed sheets were also pulled off of them in the middle of the night by an unknown entity!
On another occasion, guests staying in the Foe Room had a problem entering it because a heavy wardrobe had been jammed up against the door.
On entering the bedroom they found it empty…
Nobody knew or could explain how the wardrobe ended up against the door!
The King’s Arms, Malmesbury
You’ll find the King’s Arms situated along Malmesbury’s High Street.
The historic Grade II listed building dates back to the early 17th century when it started life out as a private house.
It’s said to be the oldest pub in Malmesbury.
During the stage coach era it became a popular coaching inn.
In the early 20th century the much like landlord of the King’s Arms, Harry Jones, sadly died in Room 9 of the inn.
It’s now said that his ghost haunts the room and the bar area of the pub.
Members of staff who’ve seen Harry’s ghostly apparition describe him as being portly with a big smile!
The Harrow Inn, Wanborough
Along the High Street in the village of Wanborough you’ll find the pretty 17th century thatched Harrow Inn.
The building is Grade II listed and dates back to 1637 when it started life out as a coaching inn.
The inn is said to be haunted by a friendly ghost from the time when it was a coaching inn.
A coachman crashed his vehicle outside the Harrow Inn killing himself and his passengers…
His ghostly apparition has been seen by witnesses walking into the inn and also in the dining room.
Many people believe his looking for his missing passengers!