9 Haunted Pubs in the UK

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 White Hart Inn, Coggeshall

The timber-framed 15th century White Hart Hotel situated on Market End in Coggeshall is said to be haunted.

The oldest part of the White Hart Inn was once the Guildhall but is now the resident’s lounge in the hotel.

It’s this area which is said to be the most haunted part of the hotel.

The identity of ghost at the White Hart Hotel is a bit of a mystery…

Nobody really knows who, what or even whether it’s male or female!

One thing for certain, paranormal activity does occur at the hotel.

Sudden unexplained drops in temperature, unknown ghostly sounds, TVs being turned on and off on their own accord, objects being mysteriously moved and the feeling of being watched have all been reported by both members of staff and visitors alike.

Apparently, a lot of paranormal activity is said to take place in room 5 of the hotel!

The Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon

You’ll find the Black Boy Inn situated in Northgate Street within the medieval walls of Caernarfon.

The Black Boy dates back to 1522 and is said to be one of the oldest inns within North Wales.

With such a long history you probably wouldn’t be too surprised if I told you that the inn has a reputation for being haunted…

To the rear of the Black Boy there was once a convent which probably accounts for the many sightings of a ghostly nun seen walking through the building.

Many guests have heard the sound of a phantom child crying in one of the inn’s bedrooms.

Apparently, if you ask whether the child is OK it stops crying!

Members of staff and punters alike have reported seeing a ghostly figure of a man sitting in the bar area of the pub just watching people.

And a senior member of staff was certain they saw a ghostly apparition of a woman in the bar area when they were working late one night.

The Dobbin’s Inn, Carrickfergus

A stone’s throw away from Carrickfergus Castle is a hotel called Dobbin’s Inn.

Back in the 1200s, Reginald D’Aubin was given land close to the castle on which he built a tower house.

The house remained in the family for hundreds of years.

By the 15th century, their family name had morphed into Dobyn.

At this time, Elizabeth the wife of the owner of the house was having a secret affair with a young soldier from the castle.

Under the cover of night, she would creep through a secret tunnel which led to the castle to meet with her soldier lover.

Now, you can probably guess what happened next…

Yep, they were both discovered by her husband who in a jealous rage killed both of them with his sword!

In 1946, the house was converted into a hotel which seemed to awake the spirit of Elizabeth.

She now said to haunt the hotel.

Spooked guests have reported being woken by her in the middle of the night…

Apparently, she wakes them by touching their faces!

Other witnesses at the hotel have sworn to have seen her run from the reception to the stone fireplace were the old tunnel entrance is hidden.

The Ancient Unicorn Inn, Bowes

The Ancient Unicorn Inn in Bowes was once a coaching inn back in the 16th century.

This old coaching inn is rumoured to have the odd ghosts or two knocking about the place…

The ghostly apparition of a twelve year old boy has been seen by startled witnesses in the cellars of the inn.

And a ghost of a bearded man wearing a bowler hat has also been witnessed at the Ancient Unicorn Inn.

Guests at the inn have also reported to have been touched and had tricks played on them by something paranormal!

The Mermaid Inn, Rye

In the ancient town of Rye along Mermaid Street you’ll find the Grade II* listed historical Mermaid Inn.

The inn dates back to 1420 and has a reputation for being haunted…

So much so, that the paranormal TV show Most Haunted investigated it!

Between 1730 and 1740 the Mermaid Inn was used by the notorious Hawkhurst Gang who were a ruthless gang of smugglers.

Some of the dead smugglers are said to have never left the place…

Room 3, 7, 14, 15, 16, and 18 are all said to be haunted.

Room 3 is said to be haunted by the wife of the Hawkhurst gang founder George Gray.

Room 7 is said to be haunted by a man in old-fashioned clothes.

Room 14 is said to be haunted by the ghost of a white lady.

Room 15 is said to be haunted by another lady in white.

Room 16 is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man.

Room 18 is said to be haunted by the ghosts of two duelling men.

And last but by no means least…

The ghost of a maid who was said to be the murdered girlfriend of one of the Hawkhurst Gang has been reported by terrified witnesses throughout the inn!

The Feathers Hotel, Ludlow

The Tudor style Grade I listed Feathers Hotel situated on the Bull Ring in the historic market town of Ludlow was once a coaching inn back in 17th century.

Quite a few of the hotel’s rooms are said to be haunted…

Room 211 is said to be haunted by a jealous woman hating spirit.

The ghostly apparition of a man and his dog are often witnessed walking through Rooms 232 and 233.

And, only appearing to men…

There’s the ghostly apparition of a naked woman wearing clogs who has been witnessed outside the 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!

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!

Ye Olde King’s Head, Chester

You’ll find Ye Olde Kings Head pub along Lower Bridge Street in the centre of Chester.

The three storey timber-framed Grade II* listed building dates back to 1622.

The building first started life out as the town house for Peter the Clerk who was the administrator of Chester Castle.

The pub got its name during the English Civil War when King Charles I stayed at the nearby Gamul House.

It’s said that the pub’s Elizabethan fireplaces and timber was taken from one of Nelson’s sunken ships.

Ye Olde Kings Head is said to be one of the most haunted pubs in the country which is in one of the most haunted cities in the country!

Mentioning Most Haunted…

The team from the hit paranormal TV show investigated the pub recently because of its notoriety for being very haunted.

Ye Olde Kings Head is said to be home to thirteen ghosts.

Paranormal activity has been reported to take place within six of the pub’s eight rooms!

Shocked witnesses have heard phantom children running up and down the pub’s corridors knocking on doors.

For some reason Room 4 seems to be a draw for them.

The spirit children are said to have once been part of a family that lived in the building.

The story goes that the wife was having an affair and the husband found out with horrendous consequences…

He’s said to have drowned the children in the local river and the distraught wife then committed suicide!

Poltergeist activity has been reported throughout the pub…

The poor chef has even had knifes thrown at him by an unknown entity!

Ghostly messages have eerily appeared in the mirror in Room 4 whilst objects have been reported to mysteriously disappear in Room 6.

In fact, Room 6 like Room 4 seems to be very active…

Terrified witnesses have awoken in the night to discover the ghostly apparition of figure watching them from the end of the bed!

I may be wrong, but I think the present landlord is very much open to all things paranormal.

So, if you’re ever on a ghost hunting trip to Chester, why not visit or even stay the night at Ye Olde Kings Head!