9 Haunted Hotels in the UK
Stewart | On 26, Jun 2017
The Red Lion Hotel, Colchester
The 15th century Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel situated along Colchester’s High Street is probably the most infamous hotel in the town.
It’s said to be haunted by not one but three ghosts!
The ghost of a small boy, a monk and a lady called Alice Catherine Millar are said to haunt the Red Lion…
Terrified witnesses have been reporting seeing the ghostly apparition of Alice Catherine Millar as far back as the 1800s.
Alice was believed to been a chambermaid who worked at the Red Lion.
In 1638, she was said to have been brutally murdered by her lover in the hotel.
One of the past owners of the Red Lion was so frightened that the stories of the hotel being haunted by Alice’s ghost would affect trade that he bricked up her old room to try and stop her haunting the building.
Unfortunately for him it didn’t work…
Her ghost is still seen to this very day in the hotel!
Both guests and members of staff have witnessed her ghostly apparition in the hotel’s kitchen and in Rooms 5, 6 and 10.
Her ghost has even been seen by terrified witnesses to disappearing through one of the walls where the old bricked up doorway to her room was once situated.
The assistant manager of the hotel on one occasion even saw her sitting in an old rocking chair rocking backwards and forwards before disappearing.
Other hotel members of staff have been frightened by hearing Alice whispering or even talking to them.
Having their hair pulled by an unseen entity is regularly reported by scared guests staying at the Red Lion.
An unknown woman’s voice was once mysteriously recorded on a video tape shot in one of the hotels rooms by a shocked guest.
Another ghostly apparition seen at the Red Lion is that of a hooded monk…
He’s often witnessed in the early hours of the morning walking along the hotel’s corridors.
Sometimes he magically appears in the Red Lion’s reception area.
He’s sad story dates back a few centuries.
It’s said that he was in charge of some children when a bad fire broke out in the hotel.
He perished in the fire whilst trying to save the children!
And last but by no means least, the final ghost believed to haunt this historic hotel is that of a small boy…
It’s normally children who witness the ghostly apparition of this little boy.
They often see him in the Parliament Restaurant which was once the old Banqueting Hall.
The little boy’s ghost has even been caught on camera by shocked guest when they have taken photos in the Parliament Restaurant!
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!
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!
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!
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!
The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
You’ll find the Grand Central Hotel on Gordon Street in the centre of the Scottish city of Glasgow.
The Category A listed hotel dates back to 1883 when it was first designed in a Queen Anne style by the Scottish architect Robert Rowand Anderson.
A former employee of the hotel reported that he would often walk around the premises in the early hours of the morning closing all the fire doors on the 4th floor.
Soon afterwards the fire doors would then mysteriously open and close themselves on their own accord!
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!
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!
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.