9 Haunted Hotels in England
Stewart | On 04, Mar 2017
The Swan Hotel, Lavenham
The medieval Swan Hotel in the heart of Lavenham is an old coaching inn which is believed to date back to the 1400s.
And yes, it’s believed to be haunted…
A former housekeeper from the 19th century when the Swan was a coaching inn is said to haunt the hotel.
In particular Room 15!
Local legend says she committed suicide in the Swan.
But there are two stories as to why…
The first story is that she fell pregnant out-of-wedlock.
The father of the unborn child agreed to do the decent thing and marry her.
But when the wedding day came, he got cold feet and left the pregnant bride at the altar.
After this heartbreak and humiliation she became very depressed.
She hung herself in her quarters.
Today, the housekeeper’s quarters are now Room 15!
The second story tells that she was hoping to get a promotion whilst working at the inn but got overlooked for another worker.
This rejection sent her into a deep depression resulting in her committing suicide in Room 15 of the hotel.
Room 15 is said to be so haunted that members of staff don’t like to go in it alone!
It’s said that her ghostly apparition scared witless a poor security guard who was checking the building over in the early hours of one morning.
It’s not only the members of staff of the Swan who have witnessed her ghostly spirit…
Several guests to the hotel have reported seeing her apparition in the middle of the night standing in their room…
Yep, it was again Room 15!
On one occasion, a nun was sleeping in Room 15 and was woken in the middle of the night by the ghostly apparition of the housekeeper tickling her feet.Click Here to Stay at the Swan
The Bear Hotel, Woodstock
Opposite the Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock you’ll find the Bear Hotel.
The historic Bear Hotel in Woodstock dates back to the 13th century when it first started life as a coaching house.
The two ghosts who are said to haunt the Bear Hotel are a lady called Elizabeth Downing and her 8 year old son, Christopher.
Elizabeth Downing died in 1768.
Guests at the hotel have seen a ghostly apparition of a boy walking and playing in the corridors!
Room 16 is one of the two bedrooms which are believed to be haunted by a female ghost.
The hotel’s members of staff also try not to be alone at night in the kitchen and cellar!Click Here to Stay at the Bear Hotel
The Shelley’s Hotel, Lewes
Along Lewes’ High Street you’ll find the historic Shelley’s Hotel.
The oldest part of the hotel dates back to the Tudor times.
Parts of the hotel are said to be haunted, in particular Room 26 which is believed to be haunted by a suicide victim from the 1930s.
In 1978, a QC who was staying in the room was scared witless when his bed levitated three inches off the floor.
Since his stay, poltergeist activity has been reported to take place within the room.
Chairs have move on their own accord whilst ashtrays and coat hangers had been flung across the room by something unknown!Click Here to Stay at the Shelley’s Hotel
Amberley Castle Hotel, Amberley
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!Click Here to Stay at Amberley Castle
The Norfolk Arms Hotel, Arundel
A stone’s throw away from Arundel Castle along the High Street you’ll find the Norfolk Arms Hotel.
The 1780 hotel is a fine example of a Georgian coaching inn with many unique original features.
The hotel is said to be haunted by a playful ghost who’s been blamed for turning electrical items on and off and for pushing items off the work surfaces in the kitchen.
Bemused witnesses have reported seeing the apparition of a semi-naked man running around the hotel!Click Here to Stay at the Norfolk Arms Hotel
The George Hotel, Pangbourne
The George Hotel is situated a stone’s throw away from the River Thames on the Square in the picturesque village of Pangbourne.
The hotel is an old 17th century coaching inn but there’s actually been an inn on the site since the 12th century.
The hotel is said to be haunted by a local witch…
Her name was Betty Price and she was accused of witchcraft.
She was found guilty and executed but before she died she cursed her captors and the George hotel.
She’s now said to haunt the hotel wandering along the hotel’s upstairs corridors!Click Here to Stay at the George Hotel
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 at the Grosvenor
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.Click Here to Stay at the Dean Court Hotel
The White Hart Hotel, St Albans
The stunning 15th century White Hart Hotel is situated on Holywell Hill.
The ancient black and white coaching inn is said to be one of the oldest buildings in the city.
Like many of Britain’s old coaching inns the White Hart has a reputation for being haunted…
Spooked members of staff and guests alike have witnessed shadowy figures throughout the hotel.
Heavy barrels which had been stacked neatly where often heard moving around the cellar on their own accord in the middle of the night.
Upon inspection of the cellar in the morning the heavy barrels were discovered to be scattered all over the place.
These barrels were very heavy which only strong men could move!
The cellar lights would also switch on and off on their own accord.
And the cellar door would constantly lock itself without the use of the key.
The apparition of a little girl has been seen standing by the fireplace in the bar area…
And whilst we’re on the subjects of fireplaces, one witness saw the fireplace in Room 7 engulfed in flames which was really strange because that fireplace has been bricked up for many years!
Terrified members of staff and guests alike have reported seeing the ghostly apparition of a woman believed to be Elizabeth Wilson.
Elizabeth Wilson tragically died at the hotel in 1820.
You see, she was sitting on top of the Northampton coach as it drove through the archway which leads to the stable yard at the back of the building.
She forgot to duck her head and was fatally injured when she hit the archway!
On one occasion a guest staying in Room 8 reported that he saw a ghostly apparition of a man sitting on his bed…
Not only that, but a message suddenly appeared on his bedroom mirror.
It read MEET ME IN ROOM 7 at 7.30!
The guest reported the paranormal writing to the manager downstairs.
The manager inspected the room and wiped the mirror clean whilst the guest was still downstairs.
The manager then went back downstairs and told the guest that she had wiped the mirror clean so he could return to his room.
Within a few minutes of the guest returning to his room he’d came back saying that the writing had reappeared!
Other guests staying in the same room had reported waking up in the morning to find bathroom towels mysteriously strewn across the bedroom floor.Click Here to Stay at the White Hart