10 Haunted Hotels in Gloucestershire (Updated 2017)
Stewart | On 26, Feb 2017
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- The Black Horse Hotel, Cirencester
- The King’s Head Hotel, Cirencester
- The New Inn, Gloucester
- The Ragged Cot, Minchinhampton
- The Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh
- The Royalist Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold
- The King’s Arms Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold
- The Old Stocks Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold
- The White Hart Inn, Stow-on-the-Wold
- The Tudor House Hotel, Tewkesbury
The Black Horse Hotel, Cirencester
You’ll find the Black Horse Hotel situated along Castle Street in the middle of the market town of Cirencester.
The Grade II listed hotel dates back to the late 17th century.
Visitors to the Black Horse have reported smelling the scent of lavender by the fireplace.
It’s believed the smell is created by the ghost of a former cleaner who used to spayed lavender furniture polish near the fireplace when she was cleaning the premises.
The Black Horse Hotel is famous for a ghostly incident that happened in 1933.
A young woman staying in one of the rooms was awoken in the middle of the night by a greenish lurid light which turned into the apparition of an old angry woman.
The ghostly woman was wearing a long fawn-coloured dress, a white apron and a mop cap from the early 19th century.
The ghostly old woman approached the young woman.
And the girl screamed out in terror which resulted in the phantom woman disappearing through the bedroom wall.
On one of the little panes of glass in the bedroom window an upside-down name was scratched into the glass.
Many said that the ghost scratched her name into the glass but the etched words appeared to be a capital ‘W’ and the name ‘John’ repeated a few times.
Experts who’ve examined the etched words thought they may have been done by a child.
The signature existed up until 1992 when the window was unfortunately smashed and replaced.
Other guests also witnessed the phantom elderly lady wandering about the hotel.
Apparently she would walk into gentlemen’s bedrooms just as they were undressing, appear in front of women on the staircase and startle guests in their locked bedrooms!
In 1933, the local clergyman was called in to exorcise the ghostly woman.
As the ceremony got under way the angry ghostly woman appeared and gesticulated frantically at etched name in the window pane before she disappeared.
In 1999 the ghostly old woman reappeared with guests reporting that they’ve seen her in the upstairs part of the hotel.
Local legend says that she’s the ghost of a rich wool merchant who once hid her treasures in one of the rooms at the Black Horse Hotel.
And is still looking for it to this very day!Click Here to Stay in the Black Horse Hotel
The King’s Head Hotel, Cirencester
You’ll find the King’s Head Hotel along Market Place in the market town of Cirencester.
The Grade II listed hotel dates back to 1860 although there has been a coaching inn on the spot since the mid-14th century.
The King’s Head Hotel is said to be haunted by the ghostly apparition of a monk without a face.
Apparently it manifested in front of one member of staff and scared her so badly that she immediately quit her job!
Members of staff have also reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a Cavalier from the English Civil War period wandering around the hotel.
Spooked guests have reported seeing a ghostly figure wearing armour walking through the ballroom as well as witnessing their bedroom doors opening on their own accord.Click Here to Stay in the King’s Head Hotel
The New Inn, Gloucester
Off Northgate Street in the centre of the county town of Gloucester you’ll find the New Inn.
This splendid Grade I listed medieval courtyard inn dates back to 1455.
It was built as a hostelry for pilgrims by John Twyning who was a monk from the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter.
In 1553, Lady Jane Grey was a guest at the inn when the announcement of her succession to the British throne was made from the Inn gallery.
The New Inn became infamous in 2010 when the CCTV system recorded a pint of beer lift off a table and fall onto the floor on its own accord.
This paranormal event happened during a pub quiz night with many startled witnesses!
Apparently, paranormal activity started to occur at the inn when new managers arrived…
Their young daughter had seen and spoken with a spirit of a young girl.
Phantom footsteps, rattling doors, TVs turning off on their own accord and severe temperature drops are just some of the paranormal activities to be reported by both members of staff and guests alike since the new managers arrived.
Before these events, the building did have a reputation with the locals for being haunted by the ghosts of children who once died in a tragic fire at the site!Click Here to Stay in the New Inn
The Ragged Cot, Minchinhampton
The historic Ragged Cot Inn situated on the Cirencester Road just outside the ancient market town of Minchinhampton dates back to the 17th century when it was first a coaching inn.
There have been a couple of ghosts reported at the Ragged Cot Inn.
In 1760, an ex-landlord of the Ragged Cot Inn called Bill Clavers was hung for the murder of his wife and child.
Some believe that it’s this trio which haunts the Ragged Cot Inn today!Click Here to Stay in the Ragged Cot
The Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh
You’ll find the Manor House Hotel along the High Street in the middle of the Cotswold town of Moreton-in-Marsh.
The Manor House Hotel dates back to the 16th century and is said to be probably the most haunted building in the town.
Before the Second World War it was actually called Creswyke House and was owned by the Creswyke family for well over a hundred years until 1752.
It was then bought at a knock down price by a businessman called Benjamin Busby because it was haunted!
It’s said that at the end of the 17th century Dame Creswyke was murdered in the house and her ghost now haunts the building.
If you want a haunted night at the hotel stay in Room 8 as this is said to be the bedroom which she likes to haunt the most.
Saying that, the last sighting of her ghostly apparition in 1987 was actually outside the hotel!Click Here to Stay in the Manor House Hotel
The Royalist Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold
The Royalist Hotel is situated at the beginning of Digbeth Street in Stow-on-the-Wold.
The hotel is said to be the oldest inn in England with parts of the building dating back to 947AD!
The inn was once known as the Eagle and Child Inn but is now called the Royalist Hotel due to the town’s importance during the English Civil War.
With such a long and eventful history it’s no wonder that the hotel has now got a reputation for being haunted.
In fact, it’s said to have many ghosts roaming around…
Members of staff and guests alike have witnessed the ghostly apparition of a young man standing near the reception area.
Apparently, he just vanishes into thin air right in front of their eyes!
Witnesses have reported hearing eerie tapping noises in the hotel which are believed to be made by the ghosts of two mischievous Victorian children.
The hotel’s staircase seems to be a very paranormally active place as it’s said to be haunted by two ghosts…
A beautiful lady in a long dress and a cavalier from the English Civil War!
The final ghost said to haunt the Royalist Hotel is of a knight clad from head to toe in black armour.Click Here to Stay in the Royalist Hotel
The King’s Arms Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold
On the corner of Stow-on-the-Wold’s historic Market Square you’ll find the King’s Arms Hotel.
The hotel is an old coaching inn which is over five hundred years old.
It’s believed that King Charles I stayed at the inn before the Battle of Naseby in 1645 which ended up being the decisive battle of the English Civil War.
The hotel has a reputation for being haunted…
A ghostly apparition of a Victorian lady is often seen at the hotel.
Apparently, she looks very lifelike until she disappears into thin air!
Terrified members of staff have also witnesses the ghostly figure of a Grey Lady wandering around the first floor of the hotel especially in the restaurant.
Many believe that the Grey Lady and the Victorian lady are the same spirit, but I’ll let you make up your mind on that one!
The ghost of a stable hand who tragically committed suicide by hanging himself is said to haunt the Cottage Rooms in the hotel’s courtyard.
A strange event happened to a couple staying in the larger cottage one winter’s day when a snowball hit the husband whilst he was in the bedroom.
What made it even weirder was once the snowball had melted the couple found the wife’s jewellery wrap inside it.
The jewellery wrap had previously been on the dressing table!
And finally, the hotel’s maid has often reported seeing indents in freshly made beds as though somebody invisible was sitting there.Click Here to Stay the King’s Arms Hotel
The Old Stocks Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold
Keeping in Stow-on-the-Wold’s Square you’ll find another hotel called the Old Stocks Hotel.
The hotel dates back to the 17th century when it was a rather fine townhouse.
The hotel overlooks the green which has some old stocks on it…
I guess that’s where the hotel gets its name from!
The Old Stocks Hotel is said to be haunted by a phantom pianist who has been heard playing eerie 1920s style music in the middle of the night.
The strange this is…
The hotel doesn’t have a piano!
Spooked members of staff and guests alike have witnesses a ghostly apparition of an old man in the bar area.
They describe him as being grey haired and dressed in a black suit with a dog collar but has a kind smile.
Many believe the old man is the spirit of a former vicar from the nearby church!Click Here to Stay in the Old Stocks Hotel
The White Hart Inn, Stow-on-the-Wold
Neighbouring the Old Stocks Hotel is another one of Stow-on-the-Wold’s haunted hotels… the White Hart Inn!
The White Hart Inn is an old coaching inn which dates back to 1698.
The hotel is said to be haunted by a ghost called George.
In the 1990s, the White Hart Inn was undergoing renovation work by its new landlords and it seems that George wasn’t too happy with the disruption.
Electrical items were switch on by their own accord and light bulbs were mysteriously smashed!Click Here to Stay in the White Hart
The Tudor House Hotel, Tewkesbury
The historic Tudor House Hotel in Tewkesbury dates back to the 16th century.
There’s a ghost at the Tudor House Hotel nicknamed the Grey Lady, but some guests have also reported seeing a ghostly apparition of a lady in white…
Some say it’s the same ghost and others say its two separate entities!
If you decide to stay the night at the Tudor House Hotel you may be woken in the middle of the night by the sound of drums…
Sorry, but you’ve just been woken by the ghost of the small drummer boy!
Are you a dog lover?
Then keep an eye on the top of the main staircase in the hotel…
You just might see the ghostly apparition of the phantom black Labrador!Click Here to Stay in the Tudor House Hotel