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Bolventor, Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7TS
At a Glance: Historic, Pet Friendly

Famous for Smugglers

Built in 1750, the world-famous Jamaica Inn, the setting of the Daphne du Maurier’s book of the same name, was once a haven for Smugglers. With around half the brandy and a quarter of all tea being smuggled into the UK being landed along the Cornish and Devon coast, along with wreckers operating along the coast of Cornwall in the early 19th century, it is believed that Jamaica Inn became a stopping point for Smugglers and Wreckers alike whilst using one of the approximate 100 secret routes whilst moving their contraband.

This inn just oozes history and legend. You can even find out more about the 300 years history at the Smugglers Museum at the inn. This is one for any history lover!

From £45/room per night
High Street, Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5TA
At a Glance: Historic, Pet Friendly

Famous for Smugglers

Built in 1345, The Star Inn was originally a religious hostel for monks and pilgrims making their way from Battle Abbey to Chichester Cathedral, however by the 1800s wrecking and smuggling had taken roots in Alfriston and the Star Inn was no exception. The ship figurehead representing a lion that calls the Star Inn home, was once the figurehead of a Dutch ship that was wrecked and raided by Stanton Collins (the leader of the Alfriston gang) and his smugglers.

Today, the inn combines the old with the new with a unique blend of oak beams, open fires alongside all the modern comforts. Perfect for exploring the South Downs.

From £70/room per night
Nr. Steeple Aston, Oxford Road, Oxfordshire OX25 5QQ
At a Glance: Historic, Pet Friendly

Famous for Highwaymen

This coaching inn dating from 1475 oozes history and legend. The infamous highwayman, Claude Duval is reputed to still walk the corridors and is thought to have killed the once landlord of the hotel as well as his wife. For those wanting a spooktaculat stay – request room 3.

Today, The Holt Hotel boasts individually styled rooms alongside the aptly named Du Vall’s restaurant and Highwayman’s Restaurant and Bar.

From £57/room per night
Mermaid Street, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7EY
At a Glance: Historic,2 AA Rosette, By The Sea, Pet Friendly

Famous for Smugglers

Rich in history with the cellars dating back to 1156 and the building rebuilt in 1420, The Mermaid Inn has retained the old-world charm that makes it unique with sloping ceilings, creaking floorboards and secret passageways. Home to the Hawkhurst Gang, a local smuggling group that operated in the 1730’s/1740’s, one of whom is meant to still roam the hotel today.

The Mermaid Inn today boasts a 2 AA Rosette Restaurant and has tastefully combined the old inn charm with todays modern comforts.

From £160/room per night
Bailgate, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN1 3AR
At a Glance: Historic, AA Rosette,Pet Friendly

Famous for Highwaymen

Located between the 11th century cathedral and the Norman castle, The White Hart dates to 1710, although an inn has been located on the site since the 15th century. The Orangery restaurant was once home to some stables where a highwayman was killed by a coachman who thrust a torch into his face. For those interested in the paranormal, the highwayman has been seen on numerous occasions in the restaurant hiding his face with a cloak.

In the heart of Lincoln, The White Hart Hotel has luxurious rooms, some with views on the Cathedral as well as a restaurant, bar and terrace in the shadows of the Cathedral. Perfect for exploring Lincolns historical quarter.

From £77/room per night
High Street, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9AP
At a Glance: Historic, Boutique, By The Sea, Pet Friendly

Famous for Smugglers

The Angel Inn & Blue Pig dates back to the 13th century and now offers beautiful boutique accommodation mixing the original features with the quirkiness of a luxury boutique hotel. One of the oldest hotels in Lymington, The Angel Inn & Blue Pig has a number of passageways and tunnels to and from, thanks to rival gangs of smugglers that operated in the town.

Delicious food, beautifully crafted drinks and quirky accommodation makes The Angel & Blue Pig the perfect base for exploring the New Forest.

From £75/room per night
8 Northumberland Street, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RS
At a Glance: Historic, By The Sea, Pet Friendly

Famous for Smugglers

Built in the 1600s. The Schooner Hotel has a vast history with many notable figures such as Charles Dickens and King George III that have been rumoured to have stayed. However, there is a darker history to the Schooner Hotel that includes murders, suicides and family massacres. Due to its location, The Schooner Hotel was a regular haunt for smugglers with underground tunnels leading for the port to the cellar.

Situated in the quaint harbour village of Alnmouth, The Schooner Hotel offers all modern amenities alongside cosy bars and a restaurant.

From £49/room per night
Harbourside, Lynmouth, Devon EX35 6EG
At a Glance: Historic, By The Sea, Pet Friendly

Famous for Smugglers

The Rising Sun Inn enjoys a superb position by the harbour in picturesque Lynmouth. This 14th century thatched smugglers' inn is steeped in history with its crooked walls and ceilings, and uneven floors. Do not be fooled though: this popular inn also offers smart bedrooms and a restaurant with an excellent reputation.

From £110/room per night
Osmington Mills, Weymouth DT3 6HF
At a Glance: Historic, By The Sea, Pet Friendly

Famous for Smugglers

Welcome to the 13th century Smugglers Inn! This inn is aptly named, as it was the headquarters of the famous French smuggler Pierre Latour, better known locally as French Peter, in the 18th century.

From £80/room per night
Church Lane, Warehorne, Kent TN26 2LL
At a Glance: Historic, Pet Friendly

Famous for Smugglers

This atmospheric 16th century inn enjoys a tranquil setting opposite the village church - but don't let appearances deceive you, this inn has a colourful history of smuggling! The inn simply oozes charm and character with its low beams, inglenook fireplaces and other original features, including apparently a smugglers' tunnel from the pub to the churchyard opposite! The bricked-up entrance lies behind a cupboard in the hall of the inn.

From £90/room per night
High Street, Colnbrook, Slough, Berkshire SL3 0JZ
At a Glance: Historic, Boutique

Famous for Highwaymen

The Ostrich Inn has foundations dating back to 1106 and needless to say a rich history including stories of highwayman that operated in the area. It is rumoured that Dick Turpin had to jump out of the window of the inn to escape capture from the Bow Street Runners (also known as London’s first professional police force).

Today, The Ostrich Inn is a quintessential historic coaching inn with crooked stairs, a cobbled courtyard and cosy fireplaces alongside luxurious boutique style accommodation and a stylish bar/restaurant.

From £60/room per night