The 10 Most Haunted Pubs In The UK

January 31, 2018 6:00 AM ‐ ParanormalGhosts

The ten most famous public houses and inns in the United Kingdom with the reputation for their resident ghosts and spirits. From Cornwall to Scotland, throughout England, Ireland and Wales.

10. The White Hart Inn, Edinburgh

The White Hart Inn, Edinburgh

The historic pub, which is said to be one the oldest in Edinburgh, dated back 1516 and it sells itself as a haunted pub. The pub's name dates back even further to 1128 when King David I encountered a white stag while hunting in the nearby. It was voted the Edinburgh's Most Haunted Pub in 2005.

9. The Red Lion Inn, Wiltshire

The Red Lion Inn, Wiltshire

The 17th century coaching inn stands alongside the ancient stone circle in Avebury and is home to a spirit named Florrie. She's said to be a former landlady who was murdered and pushed down the village well during the civil war.

There's also the tale of the violent murder of a local man in the cellar. So, it's no surprise the pub has its fair share of ghost stories.

8. The Grenadier, London

The Grenadier, London
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The Grenadier is said to be London's most haunted pub and despite its small size, it boasts plenty of ghosts stories and even has a a small crucifix on the wall in the cellar to scare away evil spirits.

The upper floors were once used by service men from a nearby barracks, the cellar was used as a drinking and gambling den by the soldiers. Its said that one of their numbers was caught cheating at cards, he was punished by his peers and died from his injuries.

People have reported seeing dark shadows moving through the building, objects have reportedly disappeared or moved, and tables and chairs are rattled by an unseen force.

7. The Ostrich Inn, Berkshire

The Ostrich Inn, Berkshire

With such a dark past, it's no wonder that The Ostrich Inn in Colnbrook is said to be haunted. The pub has said to have been the site of no less that 60 murders, the most famous being those committed by a former landlord known as Jarman and his wife in the 17th century.

The couple were said to have made a tidy profit from their grim hobby and even had a trapdoor built into the floor of one of the guest rooms. With a specially hinged bed they would simply tip their sleeping victim into a vat of boiling water below.

6. The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire

The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire

Now closed to the public, The Ancient Ram Inn is a Grade II listed building in Wotton-under-Edge. The pub has been investigated by many paranormal researchers, including the television shows 'Ghost Adventures' and 'Most Haunted'.

During 'Most Haunted's' investigation one of the team members claimed to have been attacked. In the episode, Stuart Torevell suddenly fell to the floor and screamed for help saying "I can't move." After the incident he described the attack, "I'd been punched in the chest, I'd been winded. And as I went down, I got punched again then. So, I got winded twice. I was like a young kid in a playground getting picked on and beaten up. When I went down I felt like I was being kick constantly in the stomach."

5. The Fleece, West Yorkshire

The Fleece, West Yorkshire

The Fleece Inn in Elland was built in the early 1600s and is known for its grim legends, with rumours of secret tunnels, deaths and even murders.

The reports range from poltergeist activity like the smashing of glasses, right through to full apparitions, including that of a girl who's been spotted throughout the pub and looking out one of the bedroom windows.

Other paranormal activity includes dark shadows which are seen moving through rooms on a regular basis and a negative entity which does all it can to get people out of the pub.

4. Jamaica Inn, Cornwall

Jamaica Inn, Cornwall

More than 100 years ago a stranger walked into Jamaica Inn, a pub in the middle of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The man sat alone in a corner drinking a mug of ale, until he was called outside. He left his drink of the table, walked out of the inn and was never seen alive again but ever since his ghost has been drawing tourists into the pub.

The traditional pub as built in 1750 and now markets itself as a haunted inn. Due to its history of hosting smugglers the pub has been the subject of books, television shows and an Alfred Hitchcock movie. That unsuspecting stranger sipping on an ale years ago as inadvertently gone on to make the inn one of the most famous pubs in the South of England.

3. The Golden Fleece, Yorkshire

The Golden Fleece, Yorkshire

The Golden Fleece is said to be York's most haunted pub, and is said to be home to fifteen spirits including that of Lady Alice Peckett, the wife of a former mayor of York and also the owner of the inn.

Guests have reported seeing her walking around the building. She's said to move and can often be heard walking on the staircases in the dead of night.

Other ghosts in the property in a Canadian airman who fell to his death from one of the upper windows during World War II, a spirit known as One Eyed Jack, the ghost of a grumpy old man, and by a young Victorian boy who was said to have been trampled to death by horses.

2. The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Monmouthshire

The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Monmouthshire

The Skirrid Inn in Llanvihangel Crucorney was once used as the courtroom of the infamous Judge Jeffreys, and his ghost is still rumoured to walk the upper floors.

The pub has been the site of plenty of ghostly and poltergeist activity. When a former landlady decided to sell the, glasses started mysteriously flying through the building, along with the evil spirit of the judge's hangman.

The pub is also said to be the home to the ghost of a local clergyman, Father Henry Vaughn. As well as the spirit of Fanny Price who worked in the building in the 18th century. Staff and visitors to the pub also report smelling perfume, hearing the rustling of a lady’s dress, the sound of soldiers marching, and even sightings of a White Lady in the courtyard.

1. The Mermaid Inn, East Sussex

The Mermaid Inn, East Sussex
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The Mermaid Inn is a Grade II listed inn in Rye, it dates back to 1420 and has 16th-century additions in the Tudor style. It's clear to see how The Mermaid Inn earned its reputation of the most haunted pub in Britain.

Guests have reported waking to find their clothes wet, others have seen the ghost of a man walking through a wall. There's also been reports of light anomalies, bottles and glasses have fallen and smashed of their own accord, and the ghost of a maid is said to haunt the pub. She was the girlfriend of a member of smuggling gang who used the pub's cellar, she was killed by the gang as they feared she knew too much and would expose them.

There's also the ghost of a lady who's been spotted wearing white while sitting in a chair next to a fireplace, the spirit of a man in period clothing, and the ghost of a man who died during a duel with another man in the building.
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