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17 Haunted Places in Yorkshire (Updated 2017)

| On 17, Apr 2017


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Haunted Hotels in Yorkshire

The Crown Hotel, Bawtry

You’ll find the Crown Hotel situated along the High Street in the South Yorkshire market town of Bawtry.

The Grade II listed hotel dates back to the 18th century.

The Crown Hotel is said to be haunted by many ghosts.

The old stables are said to be haunted by the ghost of a monk who died in them many years ago.

Witnesses describe his ghostly apparition as being elderly and wearing a belted habit.

The ghost of a waitress has been seen wandering the hotel’s dining rooms.

It’s said that she once worked at the hotel about a hundred years ago.

And that she was murdered by her jealous lover who was the chef at the hotel after he discovered she was cheating on him!

Witnesses describe her apparition as wearing an old fashioned waitress uniform.

In 2004 the manager of the Crown called in a paranormal investigation group to check out the hotel.

They reported seeing a ghostly woman walking along the upper corridor of the hotel and a ghost of a young child sitting in the corner of the restaurant.

The ghostly apparition of a lady wearing a crinoline dress has been seen in the reception area in the old wing of the hotel.

It’s believed that she’s a ghost of a woman who tragically died in a fire at the hotel many years ago.

One guest reported that she was woken up in the middle of the night by the ghost of a little girl sitting on her bed!

And other guests have reported hearing the sound of phantom horse’s hooves on gravel outside the hotel.

Some people believe that these phantom horse’s hooves belong to Dick Turpin’s horse!

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The Parsonage Country House Hotel, Escrick

The Parsonage Country House Hotel is situated in the village of Escrick which is just south of the historic county town of York.

The hotel dates back to 1840 and has a reputation for being haunted by a female ghost who can only been seen by men…

On many occasions both male members of staff and male guests alike have reported seeing her wandering around the hotel.

At one private event being held in the hotel’s grounds she manifested and floated across the lawn.

All the men at the event stopped and watched her in stunned silence whilst the ladies at the party just carried on chatting oblivious to what the men could see.

Witnesses have described her as being a Victorian lady but they only ever see the top half of her body.

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The Cavendish Hotel, Harrogate

You’ll find the Cavendish Hotel along Valley Drive in the spa town of Harrogate.

The hotel is said to be haunted…

Guests have got the shock of their lives when they have suddenly awoken in the middle of the night to find a ghostly apparition sitting on their bed.

The old looking figure is then said to rise from the edge of the bed and walk towards the window where it disappears into thin air!

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The Old White Lion Hotel, Haworth

You’ll find the Old White Lion Hotel along West Lane in the village of Haworth.

The hotel dates back to the 18th century.

In 1906 the village was holding an annual gala.

The main attraction was a famous aeronaut called Lily Cove.

Her act was going to be a death-defying parachute jump from a balloon.

Lily was staying in Room 7 at the Old White Lion Hotel whilst she was performing at Haworth.

On the day of the jump, Lily for some reason detached herself from her parachute.

She plummeted to the ground and died instantly!

Her body was carried back to her room at the hotel where it remained until a coffin could be made for her.

Room 7 is now said to be haunted by the her ghost.

Spooked guests have reported seeing her ghostly apparition standing at the bottom of their bed!

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The Hazlewood Castle, Hazlewood

The historic Hazlewood Castle in North Yorkshire dates back centuries.

It’s actually mentioned in the Doomsday Book.

Hazlewood Castle is said to be haunted by a number of ghosts…

A ghostly apparition of a black habited monk and an eerie priest are the most common ghosts to be witnessed at Hazlewood Castle.

The Lavender bedroom and the Rose bedroom at the castle are also reported to be haunted…

The phantom sounds of a crying baby have been heard in the Rose bedroom!

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The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley

The historic Black Swan Hotel in Helmsley, Yorkshire is over 500 years old.

Black Swan Hotel is believed to have a couple of ghosts…

The hotel’s members of staff and guests alike have seen the ghostly apparitions of an old well-dressed man and a young blonde woman!

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The Gisborough Hall Hotel, Guisborough

The historic Grade II listed Gisborough Hall Hotel in the market town of Guisborough dates back to 1856.

There’s reported to be three ghosts that haunt the hotel…

A ghostly butler, an old lady and an eerie shadowy figure which has been seen in both the bedrooms and corridors of the hotel!

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The Treebridge Hotel, Middlesbrough

You’ll find the Treebridge Hotel along Stokesley Road in the countryside to the south of Middlesbrough.

Parts of the hotel date back to the Georgian period.

The Treebridge Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Grey Lady who’s been seen wandering around the premises.

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The Unicorn Hotel, Ripon

In the Market Place in the cathedral city of Ripon you’ll find one of the oldest and most historic inns in the town called the Unicorn Hotel.

There’s been an inn on the Unicorn spot since 1379.

The hotel is said to be haunted by a friendly ghost called Old Boots…

Old Boots was a much loved boot boy at the hotel called Tom Crudd who died in 1762.

He had a party trick which involved holding a coin between his chin and tip of his nose!

Spooked guests have reported seeing a ghostly apparition of young boy peering through a window on the top floor of the hotel.

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The Mosborough Hall Hotel, Sheffield

The historic Mosborough Hall Hotel near Sheffield dates back to the 16th Century.

There are couple ghosts which have been reported at the Mosborough Hall Hotel…

Witnesses have seen a ghostly apparition of a white lady.

The White Lady is said to be a former governess of the hall who was murdered back in the late 1600s.

An apparition of a large black dog has also been witnessed at Mosborough Hall Hotel!

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The Bagdale Hall Hotel, Whitby

Bagdale Hall Hotel is located in the heart of the seaside town of Whitby.

The historic hotel is a former Tudor Manor House which dates back to 1516.

Bagdale Hall Hotel has a reputation for being haunted by a former owner…

Browne Bushell was a former owner and legend says that he was also a pirate.

In fact, he was executed on charges related to piracy!

His ghostly apparition has been witnesses by both members of staff and guests alike on the hotel’s staircases.

But if you ever stay at the Bagdale Hall Hotel you’re more likely to hear the clatter of his phantom footsteps on the staircase rather than see him.

Other paranormal activity is also reported to take place at the hotel…

Eerie whispering and children crying have been heard in empty rooms.

Strange shapes have been witnessed moving up and down the stairs.

Terrified witnesses have reported poltergeist activity.

And lights have been mysteriously switched on in a vacant room!

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The Dean Court Hotel, York

You’ll find the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place literally in the shadow of the iconic York Minster.

The historic Dean Court Hotel dates back to 1855.

It was originally three separate houses built for the clergy of the minster.

The main ghost at the Dean Court Hotel is that of the ‘Mad Maid’ who haunts the basement kitchen.

There’s also been paranormal activity reported in Room 36 on the third floor of the Dean Court Hotel!

Reported to walk around the hotel, this phantom may have also been spotted by a trio of guests in their bathroom mirror.

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The Golden Fleece, York

You’ll find the Golden Fleece located along the Pavement in the centre of the historic city of York.

The Grade II listed building you see today dates back to 1840 but a Golden Fleece has been on the spot since 1503.

If you’re a Most Haunted fan you may remember the gang investigated the pub in 2005.

With fifteen alleged ghosts said to haunt the premises, the Golden Fleece is said to be York’s most haunted pub.

The most commonly seen ghost at the inn is that of Lady Alice Peckett, the wife of John Peckett the former owner and Lord Mayor of York.

The ghost of a man called One Eyed Jack is also said to haunt the inn.

Witnesses describe him as being dressed in a 17th century red coat and carrying a pistol.

An upper room of the Golden Fleece is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young boy who was tragically trampled to death by horses in the Victorian times.

Ghostly apparitions of Roman soldiers have been seen in the pub’s cellars.

In 1945 a drunken Canadian airman called Geoff Monroe fell from an upper window of the Golden Fleece and broke his neck!

His ghost is now said to haunt the Room 4 from which he fell.

Frightened guests have awoken in the middle of the night to find his ghostly apparition standing over them.

They describe him as being dressed in his uniform and having an icy touch!

An apparition of a man dressed in 17th century clothing was witnessed by many people during a ghost hunt in 2002.

His ghost walked straight through the wall of the front of the bar and across the corridor into the Shambles bar.

Phantom footsteps have been heard running along the inn’s corridors and walking about the Lady Peckett’s Dining Room.

Spooked guests have also reported having their bedclothes pulled off them in the middle of the night and having their clothes thrown on the floor by someone unknown!

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The Roman Bath, York

You’ll find the Roman Bath inn on St Sampsons Square in the historic city of York.

This former 18th century coaching inn was up until 1930 called the Mail Coach Inn.

In 1930 the remains of an ancient well preserved semi-circular Roman bath was uncovered under the pub and it changed its name to the one it has today.

Today, these remains are said to be haunted…

Spooked visitors to the bath have reported hearing phantom footsteps and the sounds of somebody unseen splashing water whilst bathing!

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Haunted Places in Yorkshire

Bolling Hall, Bradford

Another of Yorkshire’s halls which the Most Haunted gang investigated, this time it was back in 2005 for Series 6, was the 14th century Bolling Hall.

You’ll find the hall situated about a mile from Bradford city centre.

There’s been a manor on the site of Bolling Hall as far back as the Norman era…

It was even mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086!

The de Lacys, the Bollings and the Tempests are just some of the former owners of the manor.

In 1912, Bradford Council took charge of the hall and then opened it as a museum three years later.

Today it’s still run as a museum so you can go and have a walk around this lovely old building if you wish.

Now, with over five hundred years of history you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the hall has a reputation for being haunted…

In 1643, the Earl of Newcastle was sleeping in one of the hall’s bedroom when he awoke to witness a ghostly apparition of a woman standing next to him wringing her hands.

She told him to ‘pity poor Bradford’.

At this time during the English Civil War the Earl was stationed at the hall with his troops and after his ghostly encounter he did indeed spare the lives of the people of Bradford!

Now, at one time, an old man was said to have been murdered in the bedroom.

His elderly ghost is also seen in the room by terrified witnesses.

A lot of paranormal activity has been reported to take place on the hall’s Georgian staircase…

Many witnesses report smelling a foul odour whilst climbing the staircase and others have reported hearing a rattling noise in the middle of the night.

Two ghostly female apparitions are often seen on the staircase by spooked witnesses.

One is the Lady in Pink and the other is the Lady in Grey.

Another female ghost at the hall which has scared to death a many a security guard is that of the Lady in White who haunts the hall’s balcony area.

She’s been seen walking along the balcony whilst wailing out load!

In the Blue Room, scared witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of a menacing gentleman wearing a long black coat.

When the Most Haunted team investigated the hall, they capture on video a child’s crib rocking back and forth of its own accord.


East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley

Yet another of Yorkshire’s grand halls investigated by Most Haunted, this time for Series 8, was East Riddlesden Hall.

East Riddlesden Hall is a National Trust owned 17th-century manor house in Keighley.

The church like hall was built for a local wealthy cloth merchant called James Murgatroyd in 1642.

James Murgatroyd was a loyal Royalist and throughout the house you’ll find Royalist insignia.

Before the National Trust took ownership of the hall in 1934 parts of it were demolished because of its unsafe state leaving some of hall’s grounds looking rather eerie.

Now, East Riddlesden Hall is said to be very haunted…

Terrified witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of a woman walking around the hall.

The female ghost is believed to that of a woman who was imprisoned in the house and starved to death by her husband after he found her in bed with her lover when he returned to the hall one day unexpectedly.

The Great Chamber is said to be haunted too, the bed sheets are constantly being ruffled up by unknown hands and the baby’s cradle has been seen to rock on its own accord.

Visitors to the Great Barn have reported hearing the eerie sounds of phantom children playing whilst others have reported being grabbed by an unknown entity.

The ghostly apparitions of a coachman, soldiers and the Grey Lady have been seen by the edge of the pond in the hall’s grounds.

The ghost of a little five year old boy who drowned in 1880 has also been seen by members of staff and guests alike playing next to the pond.

All in all, East Riddlesden Hall is a very spooky place!


Kiplin Hall, Kiplin

By the River Swale in the Vale of Mowbray stands the Grade I listed Jacobean Kiplin Hall.

The historic country house was first built in 1622 as a hunting lodge for George Calvert who was at that time the Secretary of State to James I.

He later became Lord Baltimore and founded Maryland in the USA.

Since the Calverts, the hall has been owned by the Crowes, the Carpenters and the Turnors and Talbots.

If you fancy having a look around this magnificent building you’ll be pleased to know that the hall is now open to the public.

Now, like many old great country houses with a wealth of history, Kiplin Hall has a reputation for being haunted…

The team from the TV paranormal show Most Haunted even investigated it back in 2009 for Series 14 due to its ghostly reputation.

Paranormal activity such as sudden temperature drops and strange banging noises have been reported in the hall’s library.

There’s an alcove in the library which is the home to a chair once owned by Lord Nelson.

In this alcove, frightened witnesses have seen the ghostly apparition of what they describe as a vicar or priest like figure!

Some visitors to the library have also been shocked to see an apparition of a little girl who seems to be very upset.

The apparition which is most witnessed by visitors to the hall’s library is that of a doctor who’s often seen standing next to the piano.

The servants tunnels is said to be the most haunted area within Kiplin Hall…

Phantom footsteps are often heard in the small hours of the morning walking along the tunnel.

A ghostly female figure, said to be the ghost of a nurse, is regularly seen in the tunnel.

She’s said to be the most witness apparition at the hall.

The most infamous ghost at Kiplin Hall is that of a sad weeping lady who’s often witnessed sitting by the window in the drawing room!