Bristol's Most Haunted Pub Closes Its Doors For The Final Time

April 24, 2019 6:00 AM ‐ ParanormalWeird Bristol

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Llandoger Trow
The historic Llandoger Trow, Bristol's most haunted pub, closed its doors for the final time over the Easter weekend after 350 years.

The harbour side pub is without a doubt the most haunted location in Bristol, boasting 15 ghosts, most famously the ghost of a young boy. The  historic pub is located on King Street near the old city centre docks and was named by a sailor who owned the pub. Llandoger is a village in Wales which built a type of flat bottom boat known as a trow.

The pub was legendary in its heyday and is the place where Daniel Defoe was inspired to write Robinson Crusoe and the pub which Robert Louis Stevenson based the the inn on in Treasure Island.

Now the future of the black and white timbered building in doubt after its owner, Whitbread, has closed the inn but hope the property will continue to operate as a pub under new ownership. In a statement, the pub chain said "we understand the Trow is a much-loved Bristol landmark and it is being marketed as a going concern. The sale of course means the site will no longer be owned by Whitbread, but we remain absolutely committed to the Bristol community."

Many staff and guests to the pub have reported seeing the ghost of a young boy, even more have heard his footsteps.  Some say he was murdered in the inn and has been heard wandering around the building ever since.  They hear his footsteps going along the landing and up and down an all staircase in the heart of the old building.  The boy was said to be disabled which made the sound of his feet clomping on the wooden floor boards even more apparent.

On certain occasions the little boy has been seen coming down the staircase carrying a white enamel pale in his hands.

The Llandoger Trow closed its doors on Saturday 20th April, 2019 but there are plenty more haunted locations in Bristol to visit, including the Old Vic Theatre, which is just across the road from the Trow. The theatre is said to be haunted by a young actress called Sarah Siddon's. Sarah's boyfriend hanged himself at this theatre, and her ghost is thought to continue to mourn the loss.

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