As seen on 'Most Haunted'. Request Room 4 or 5 for a spooktacular stay.
Jamaica Inn is now open to all ghost hunters both for weekends and late evenings. Are you brave enough to join?
For years there have been stories of happenings at the Inn. Many people who have stayed have reported strange incidents occurring at night. The popular TV programme ‘Most Haunted’ featured Jamaica Inn in what they said was one of the spookiest episodes they had ever recorded! The British Paranormal Association have made in-depth investigations and compiled a report based on their findings. The areas of substantial interest to the investigation were:- The Smugglers’ Bar, The Stable Bar (now the museum), upstairs in the old bedrooms, and the old generator room that is now the hotel reception.
If you are brave enough, join in one of our ghost hunts – but be warned this is not for the faint hearted! Ghost hunts for 2022 & 2023 now available!. Check out the Paranormal Investigations here! (Paranormal investigation including a 3 course dinner - £85 pp. The evening starts at 7pm and finishes between 2am and 3am. (Book an overnight stay at the Inn and receive a discount on the Investigation ticket price))
Reputedly haunted by murder victims of a former landlord
One of Britain’s oldest inns, dating back to 1106 to when Henry I was on the throne, has a dark history full of murder, highwaymen, and mad Kings.
In the 17th century, the landlord at the time and his wife, had a trap door built in the floor of one of the bedrooms. When a wealthy guest would stay in the room, the bedstead was hinged and they would tip the sleeping victim into a vat of boiling liquid. An interesting but profitable side hustle!
It is also said that Dick Turpin used the inn whilst escaping the Bow Street Runners & King John stopped at the inn on his way to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta.
Today, this historic coaching inn boasts beautiful bedrooms and tasty pub food just a stones throw from Heathrow Airport.
Reputedly haunted a grey lady, often described as an old fashioned housekeeper
In the heart of Old Amersham, surrounded by the Chiltern Hills, stands The Crown Inn, a stunning coaching inn steeped in history dating back to the 16th century. Combining traditional with quirky, the hotel offers modern minimalist bedroom designs alongside an award-winning restaurant. The Crown also has a claim to fame, Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell spent a night in one of the Courtyard Suites in “Four Weddings and a Funeral”.
Some say that there are as many as seven ghosts here. One ghost shouts ‘Get Out Now’, another is an old Victorian housekeeper and another has been seen leaning against one of the old posts in the bar room.
Reputedly haunted by a solid-looking ghost of a nun
Set within 3 acres of countryside, this former 17th century nunnery is now a stunning country hotel and real ale pub.
It is said a nun who was killed by being bricked into the wall at the nearby Vale Royal Abbey. The apparition has been seen by both staff and guests at the hotel and it is thought she is responsible for many of the strange and spooky goings-on.
Reputedly haunted by a man who accidentally stabbed himself
Reputed to be the oldest licensed house in Chester and home to the only microbrewery within the City Walls of Chester, The Pied Bull dates back to 1155 and is now a beautiful boutique inn. Legend has it that the ghost of John Davies who fell down the cellar stairs and accidentally stabbed himself still haunts the building alongside other entities that haunted two of the bedrooms.
Reputedly haunted by the tortured souls of criminals
Built in 1779 by prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars for King George III, Bodmin Jail is the site of 55 prisoner executions dating until 1909. Today, the gaol has been renovated into a luxury boutique hotel.
Visitors and guests have reported tugging on their clothes and the screams of children as well as the apparitions of many souls that lost their lives on the noose including Anne, who was left to starve to death after refusing to admit she was a witch and another ghostly apparition in the bar/restaurant area.
Reputedly haunted by ghostly inhabitants that dislike cricket players...
Lumley Castle has dominated the County Durham landscape for over 600 years – with that amount of history, there is no surprise that countless paranormal experiences have been recorded.
The hotel itself is surrounded by beautiful parkland and boasts luxurious, individually designed bedrooms alongside a restaurant that prides itself on good food made with the finest and freshest ingredients.
Lady Lily Lumley, the 14th century lady of the manor, who was rumoured to be murdered by two priests after she refused to follow the Catholic faith, is said to wander the corridors and rooms of the castle to this day. There is also Black Jack, a mischievous and playful spirit that is said to tease guests by moving belongings etc.
The ghostly inhabitants seem to have a dislike of cricket players… in 2000, the West Indian cricket team checked out of the hotel early due to spooky goings-on and again in 2005, the Australian Cricket team reported strange activity and refused to sleep alone (one team member ended up at reception in just his underwear after a spooky encounter!).
Reputedly haunted by the ghostly nun
This 16th century hotel’s beautiful exterior hides a dark secret from guests who stay in Room 2. A terrified nun was buried alive between two walls following her affair with one of the monks living at the house. During the night bathroom taps are known to turn themselves on at the same time.
Reputedly haunted by the ghosts of monks
Welcome to the 12th century Churston Court Inn, nestling beside the ancient church and farm, just one mile from Brixham harbour on the south coast of Devon. Large inglenook fireplaces, candlelit dining, armour, tapestries, mirrors and original portraits lend a wonderful atmosphere to this ancient inn.
Guests and staff have reported many sightings of ghosts, most commonly monks. The hotel acts as the meeting place for the Torbay Investigators of the Paranormal who meet at the hotel on a Monday night.
Reputedly haunted by a young lady and headless armoured rider!
Conveniently situated with easy access to the M5, The Fisherman's Cot enjoys a superb riverside location on the banks of the River Exe. If you hear the merry laughter of a young lady in the bar of The Fisherman's Cot, it just might be the inn's resident ghost and should a headless armoured rider clatter across the nearby 14th century Bickleigh Bridge it's not necessarily an after-effect of the local ale!
Reputedly haunted by a hooded monk & a nun...
With a vast 1000 year history on this site, this 16th century coaching inn stands in the centre of historic Shaftesbury. Boasting sylish, boutique bedrooms and delicious food, The Grosvenor Arms is a glorious inn in this ancient hilltop Dorset town.
Unsurprisingly, with 1000 years of history on the site, The Grosvenor Arms has oodles of spooky goings-on. A 'Grey Lady' rumoured to be a nun who escaped from a nearby Abbey wonders the upper floors, a hooded monk has given staff and guests a surprise on many occassions and a ghost of a young girl likes to tug on bedsheets during the night.
Too many ghostly tales to tell!
Steeped in history, The Mermaid Inn is famous not only for its connections to the Hawkhurst Gang, a notorious smuggling organisation, but also for its resident ghosts and haunted objects. With foundations dating back from 1156 and rebuilt in 1420, the inn features secret passageways, a Priest's Hole and claims at least 5 haunted bedrooms. Ghostly tales include those of a lady in white or grey, a haunted rocking chair and a pair of duelling gentleman. The Inn was featured in the first season of the TV show 'Most Haunted'.
Reputedly haunted by a young girl, a small boy and a hooded monk
This stunning 15th century coaching inn is home to Alice, a young girl who was murdered in 1638 and is said to haunt rooms 5 and 6 in the hotel and is often seen disappearing into a doorway that was bricked up over two hundred years ago. Other hauntings in the hotel include a monk who sometimes lingers around in the reception area, as well as a young boy who makes his presence felt by appearing in guest's photos!
Reputedly haunted by the wife & child of an ex-landlord
On the edge of 600 acres of National Trust common land, stands The Ragged Cot, a charming inn that dates back to the 17th century. It has a dark history, thanks to a former landlord who made some unfortunate decisions…
In the 1700’s, an ex-landlord, Bill Clavers, decided to rob a coach to London. For a little courage, he drank a bottle of rum. On his way to midnight stagecoach, he came across his wife, child in hand, who was blocking his way in an attempt to stop her husband. They argued and he shoved his wife and child out of his way. On his return, he found the lifeless bodies of his wife and child. In his drunken state, he had killed his family when he shoved them out of the way. He was later found guilty by trial and was sentenced to death by hanging. It is said, his wife and child still haunt The Ragged Cot.
Today, The Ragged Cot offers beautiful accommodation and fresh food.
Reputedly haunted by aa dog! And others…
This 16th century inn is full of character and charm with exposed oak beams, open fireplaces, an original priests hole and even a secret garden, complete with an oak door with axe marks from Oliver Cromwell soldiers. With such a rich history, it is not a surprise that the hotel is reputedly haunted.
Accounts of the grey lady that walks the corridors, vanishing upon reaching a doorway alongside a ghostly apparition of a black Labrador that haunts the top of the main staircase a just some of the sightings that have been reported at the Tudor House Hotel.
Other accounts include guests being tucked into bed by a maid that took her own life by jumping from a top floor window due to the cruel treatment of her mistress and a drummer boy that is known to wake guests from their dreams to the sound of his kettle drum.
Reputedly haunted by a number of ghostly beings
Welcome to the Angel and Blue Pig, a 13th century former coaching inn in the picturesque yachting centre of Lymington. The Angel is full of charm and character with oak beams and cosy corners, and offers beautifully furnished rooms, good food and fine wine - as well as a resident ghost! The Angel is ideally situated in historic Lymington, close to the New Forest.
Upon your visit, you may bump into the shadowy figure of a coach driver, a tall navel gentleman or be entertained by piano music but unable to find the piano nor the player.
Reputedly haunted by the ghost of a WWI soldier
The Trooper Inn is an old coaching inn dating back to the 17th century. During its 400 year history, it is said that the Inn was a recruiting centre for troops during WWI as well as being a busy stopover for those on the road to London along with local hunting parties. The Trooper Inn has kept a part of its war history and is home to a ghost of a World War One soldier. Could this friendly ghost be returning to the place he was recruited or revisiting a place he had visited when based at the nearby Bordon barracks? He has been seen riding across the field opposite the inn.
Reputed to be haunted by a young girl
Welcome to the Feathers Inn, an ivy-clad 17th century former coaching Inn on the A10 Road from London to Cambridge. Original oak beams, exposed brick walls and open fires in the traditional bar and restaurant reflect the age of the building. The comfortable accommodation is all en-suite and includes two rooms with four poster beds. The Inn is situated in the pretty Hertfordshire village of Wadesmill.
Haunted by Dick Turpin
This 14th century coaching inn in the beautiful Smarden, a village blessed with a medieval church and around 150 listed buildings. The inn has had a number of paranormal experiences reported by visitors. Accounts include a man dressed in green velvet and riding boots with a tricorn hat. It is believed to be Dick Turpin, the infamous highwayman and has even been seen riding off on his horse, Black Bess. Another rumoured resident is a soldier from the Napoleonic wars that is thought to have been murdered after being awakened by a thief in the middle of the night.
Reputedly haunted by a servant girl
Originally built in 1890, this traditional old character building is four miles from Maidstone town centre and provides easy access to the M20. Situated close to Maidstone, this hotel’s ghost is nicknamed Charlotte. She was apparently a servant girl, who died shortly after a botched abortion when the building was a manor house in the 18th century. She caused so much disturbance in the mid-1980s that the hotel manager called in a clairvoyant, who discovered Charlotte was just one of a number of spirits in the building. Apparently, gallows were once situated on the site.
Reputedly haunted by : a former maid with a smell of lavender
With a history dating back over 800 years, it is not surprising that the hotel is rumoured to be haunted! One of the spooky sightings at the hotel is of a woman that is seen floating around the corridors with a strong smell of lavender following her, she is rumoured to have been a maid at the hotel. Another sighting is in the courtyard of the hotel, where a former mayor of the city has been seen shaking his head vigorously.
Today, the award-winning Maids Head Hotel, combines modern day comfort with the charm and character of the building. The restaurant produces seasonal and locally sourced mouth-watering food, the Jacobean oak lined bar provides a trip back in time with a wide range of local beer, wine, gin or vodka available and the bedrooms have been beautifully refurbished with comfort and beautiful design in mind.
Reputedly haunted by Mary Queen of Scots!!!
None other than the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots is said to haunt the Talbot Hotel! The hotel features the oak staircase brought from the ruins of Fotheringhay Castle, and it was down these steps that Mary walked to her execution. The Talbot Hotel is full of Elizabethan features and the oak beams, open fires and transom windows enhance the sense of history. The intimate restaurant and cosy bar offer traditional British cuisine, fine wines and real ales.
A ghostly spirit wanders the halls looking for revenge...
This beautiful manor dating from 1710 is set within 15 acres of parkland. The beautiful building hides a darker past and is now home to a number of ghosts, the most famous being the Tartan Lady. It is believed that the Duke of Cumberland acquired a painting whilst pillaging in Scotland of a woman in tartan and brought it to the manor. The painting was lost in a fire but she is still thought to haunt the building seeking revenge for what the Duke of Cumberland and his soldiers did to her family.
Reputedly haunted by the tortured souls of criminals
Dating back to 1071, built by William the Conqueror, Malmaison Oxford started out life as Oxford Castle being demolished, rebuilt and extended during time as a castle and post-14th century when it became a prison and operated as such until 1996 when it closed. Today, the castle has been transformed into a Malmaison luxury hotel.
With many tortured souls meeting their end here alongside being home to many of England’s most infamous criminals at one time of another, it is no surprise that it is believed that Malmaison Oxford is haunted, with rumours a priest was called upon in the 70’s to perform an exorcism of the building but was unsuccessful in his endeavours.
Remember to say ‘hi’ to Mary Blandy who was hanged for poisoning her father in the 1700’s – her ghost is seen walking the area she was hanged, almost 300 years later!
Reputedly haunted by the highwayman, Claude Du Vall
Dating back to 1475, The Holt Hotel has a long and bloody past. A favourite haunt of the notorious highwayman, Claude Du Vall in the mid-17th century, it is said after his hanging in London, The Holt Hotel today is still his favourite haunt. Favouring Room 3, Du Vall has been seen walking around the corridors and in some guest rooms. The hotel is also the site of an unsolved murder in 1754 of the licensee and his wife. Could they also be haunting the hotel? Perhaps Du Vall is not responsible for the heavy footsteps in the middle of the night and the voice in the attic without explanation.
Reputed to have two haunted rooms
One of England's original 13th century coaching inns, The Bear with its ivy clad façade, oak beams, open fireplaces and stone walls exudes warmth and cosiness. The hotel's restaurant boasts 2 A.A. Rosettes for its food. The Hotel has been recently renovated to include 54 en-suite bedrooms and several four-poster suites. Room 16 is reputed to be haunted by a female apparition who is said to turn the lights on and off. The Bear is only 15 minutes from Oxford, handy for the Cotswolds and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Once home to two real grizzlies & reputed to be haunted by a Scandinavian timber merchant...
In the historic village of Hodnet, opposite the Norman church and Hodnet Hall Gardens, stands this 16th century coaching inn. with a rich history and oozing charm, this stunning inn blends history with timeless refinement and comfort.
Hidden below this quintessencial English inn, are ancient tunnels and cellars that hid rebellious monks from church officials, and provided tax-free smuggling routes for thrifty publicans. In the 1970's a bear pit was revived and Madge and Bib, two real grizzlies became residants of the pub.>
With such a vibriant history, it is no surprise that numerous spooky goings-on have been recorded. Including reports of a Scandinavian timber merchant that died of hypothermia after a booze-fuelled tiff with the publican in the late 1500s who has made his presence known to revellers on numerous occasions.
Reputed to be haunted by a jilted bride, a hotel maid named Martha & many more...
Situated in the very heart of medieval (& very haunted) Shrewsbury, the historic Grade II listed Prince Rupert Hotel is the oldest hotel in Shrewsbery. With parts of the hotel dating back to the 12th century, The Prince Rupert Hotel has a wealth of history and got its name after Prince Rupert, the nephew of King Charles and grandson of James I, who briefly resided there.
From a jilted bride who hung herself from the rafters upon learning her groom ran off with another woman on their wedding night to Martha, the phantom maid, The Prince Rupert has many stories of ghostly encounters including an account from one of the directors of “The Christmas Carol” while he stayed at the hotel who witnessed the ghost of a young man vanishing through a wall. A fitting experience for a man filming England’s greatest ghost story.
A naked woman in clogs awaits...
This 17th century Grade I listed coaching inn, located just 450 yards from Ludlow Castle, is just one of approximately 500 listed buildings in Ludlow. The hotel itself has been beautifully refurbished to incorporate a modern day, clean and stylish design with the beautiful Tudor beams and Jacobean furnishings.
With a history dating back to 1619 including being used during the Civil War to lodge Royalist soldiers, it is not surprising that visitors and staff have reported countless experiences of the paranormal. Some of the most reputedly haunted rooms are room 211 where an evil jealous spirit is said to reside and rooms 232 and 233 that is home to a gentleman and his dog - however the hauntings aren’t just within the hotel itself but also in the car park and the road outside that has had reports of a naked woman in clogs wandering around!
A murder that left a mark...
Standing in the heart of Stafford since the 1700's, The Swan combines historic charm with 21st century comfort. Offering tempting menus, a stylish bar and comfortable bedrooms - some boasting period features such as beamed ceilings and open stone fireplaces.
This hotel has a vibrant hisory with a drowning pool once on the site where women accused of witchcraft would meet their end, a priest hole that was found with a skeleton enclosed and a jilted bride who hanged herself in one of the rooms.
Unsurpringly, the inn has had a number of paranormal experiences recorded including poltergeist activity and the ghost of the jilted bride - known as the White Lady that has been sighted by guests and employees.
A murder that left a mark...
Built in 1450, this charming former coaching inn in Long Melford boasts original timber work, including an image of a Wildman or Woodwose carved into one of the beams that is though to ward off evil spirits, and a beautiful Elizabethan fireplace in the lounge. The bedrooms all boast traditional decoration with all modern comforts.
Today, it is rumoured that a murder in 1648 has left its mark on The Bull Hotel. After two gentlemen debated the politics of the day, the discussion got heated and one man ended up stabbing the other, named Richard Evered. His ghost is said to haunt one of the rooms at the inn, Room 4. However, with records dating back to 100BC of a settlement where Long Melford stands today, it may not only be Mr. Evered that’s haunts this inn.
Reputedly haunted by a distraught housekeeper
Dating back to the early 1400s, in the picturesque village of Lavenham stands The Swan Hotel, a stunning Tudor property, one of the best-preserved in Britain (Instagram-worthy!). Maintaining many historic features such as ancient oak beams, large open fireplaces and a minstrel gallery, The Swan has been lovingly restored and renovated into a beautiful hotel and spa.
It is rumoured that one of the housekeepers in the 19th century fell pregnant out of wedlock and then jilted at the altar. She was distraught and hanged herself in the hotel. Room 15 is now the site of her haunts.
Haunted by a 16th century ghost despite an exorcism
Completed in 1857, this Victorian Gothic mansion is haunted by a former resident along with a number of other ghostly beings. 'One-handed Boughton', a former resident who lost his arm during Elizabethan times, used to terrorise locals by racing through the streets in his coach pulled by six horses. After his death, the family enlisted 12 clergymen to attempt an exorcism and trap his spirit in a bottle which they threw in the lake. This seemed to stop the haunting... at least temporarily. In the early 1800's, a boy found a bottle whilst fishing in the lake and returned it to the Brownsover Hall, shortly after the sound of coach and horses was heard once again, 'One-handed Boughton' had returned. He is still thought to be haunting Brownsover Hall Hotel to this day. Stories of conversations in empty rooms, footsteps with nobody there, spooky moans and groans and a Grey Lady who walks the staircase all add to this gothic property, making it one that cannot be miss!
A two-for-the-price-of-one ghost story!
The historic Angel Inn has a rich history with its medieval origins reflected in the original beams, fireplaces and quirky passageways. Today it boasts boutique bedrooms and food crafted from the finest offerings of local farms.
It is said that an elderly lady once slipped and fell down the stairs and sadly passed away. However, it is not her that is said to roam the hotel but instead her friend who, having witnessed the fall, apparently died of shock.
Reputedly haunted with paranormal activity caught on camera
Dating back to the 18th century (although there was an early inn on the site), The Black Swan overlooks the market square in Devizes and has a wealth of history, which may explain the spooky goings-on.
The underground cellar dates back to at least the 1600’s and once included a network of tunnels underneath the town. It is the spookiest part of the inn and has been investigated by paranormal investigators including TV’s Most Haunted. Room 4 is also rumoured to be haunted with a young woman in a flowing dress who keeps an eye on the weary travellers who slumber in this room.
Today, The Black Swan is a charming traditional inn perfect for a Wiltshire getaway.
Many spooky incidents seen by both guests and porters
The Old Bell Hotel, located directly next to the Malmesbury Abbey has foundations dating back to 1220. This historic hotel has a vast history with many stories about mysterious goings on. The east wing is built on part of the former abbey churchyard and it is believed that 8 sarcophagi are located under the bar. Could this be the reason for the spooky goings on at The Old Bell Hotel?
The James Ody room is home to the Grey Lady, as she is known. The Grey Lady has been seen by residents and staff alike. It is thought that she was a victim of a forced and very unhappy marriage which took place at the abbey, although this is just a story and her identify remains a mystery.
The Danvers room also seems to have a lot of activity with levitating glasses that are they hurled at the wall and bedclothes being pulled off guests in the dead of the night.
However, The Foe room is whether the most peculiar incident occurred. A guest was returning to their bedroom but could not enter as the door had been jammed. Staff had to get a ladder and break into the window of the room, where they found that a wardrobe had been moved across the door so people could not get in - but there was no-one in the room at the time.
Guests are not the only ones to report strange happenings. The night porters have told us that when they do their rounds every hour or so, when they walk down the corridor through the salon, it goes stone cold. The hotel has also hosted a visit from paranormal investigators whose machines and readings picked up strange movements around the hotel at night.
Reputedly haunted by a paranormal pirates
Located in the charming seaside village of Whitby that stands on the edge of the North York Moors, Bagdale Hall Hotel comprises of three historical building the earliest dating back to 1516. Browne Bushell, a naval officer that was arrested and executed for piracy in 1651, is rumoured to still haunt his former home. He has been seen and heard walking the stairs. Other strange goings-on include poltergeist activity and the sounds of a crying child.
Reputedly haunted by as many as 15 different spirits!
With records dating back to 1503, The Golden Fleece is one of the earliest coaching inns in York and rumoured to be the most haunted with as many as 15 different spirits spotted! The television series ‘Most Haunted’ featured the inn in a 2005 investigation. Rumoured hauntings include Lady Alice Peckett, the wife of a former major of the city, that wanders the corridors and rearranges the furniture alongside One Eyed Jack who likes the darkened corners of the pub.
With 500 years of history & ghosts of unknown origins
The 15th century timbered Black Swan at Helmsley is an historic inn, right in the heart of one of the North Yorks Moors' prettiest villages. With over 500 years of history it is no surprise that there are spooky goings-on including accounts of a young blonde woman and an older well-dressed gentleman.
Reputedly haunted by a mad maid!
Situated in the shadow York Minster is Dean Court Hotel, a four AA star property with an AA Rosette awarded restaurant. After the refurbishment of the hotel, which was completed in 2007, the paranormal activity started – it seems to have awoken the spirits…
The entity known as the ‘Mad Maid’ is seen rushing around the hotel carrying about her daily chores with an angry grimace on her face. Another spirit is thought to haunted Room 36 that can be aggressive with a mixed bag of paranormal activity taking place.