The 20 Most Haunted Pubs In The UK

January 31, 2018 6:00 AM ‐ ParanormalGhostsTop 10 Most Haunted Lists

The 20 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.

20. The Scotia Bar, Glasgow

 

The Scotia Bar has stood on Stockwell Street since 1792, making it Glasgow's oldest pub. Paranormal investigators, who've investigated the establishment claim to have made contact with the spirit of a woman named Annie, who was allegedly able to move a glass across a table. The landlord has reported seeing the ghosts of a young child playing in a doorway. There's also a lady in a white has been seen sat in part of the bar, and a lady in a green dress who is said to parade up and down the pub.

19. The Jorrocks, Derby

Lafferty's Pub, Derby
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The Jorrocks, another old inn which was formerly known as Lafferty's and before that, The George dates back to 1693 and has been the location of many disturbing paranormal occurrences. In 1994, a team of men working in the pub unearthed a human skull directly under the pub. Ever since the pub is said to have been haunted by poltergeist activity. Visitors have seen glasses slide off bars on their own and even smash in their hands. The bar is also said to be where the ghost of a Victorian lady roams, could the skull belong to the lady?

18. Old George Inn, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Old George Inn, Newcastle

 

This 17th century former coaching inn in the popular Cloth Market is said to be haunted by royal appointment. In 1646, King Charles I was held by the Scots in the nearby Anderson Place, but it's rumoured that he was allowed to leave his prison on numerous times and on these occasions he would visit the Old George for a drink.

A room in the pub is still known as the "Charles I Room" to this day and the actual chair that the monarch is said to have sat in still exists in the room. Many of the pub's visitors believe that they have seen the ghost of the king sat in the chair in the form of a grey mist.

Over the years the pub's staff have also reported lots of strange goings on, including the eerie feeling that they are been watched in empty rooms, the apparition of a phantom man and his dog seen standing at the bar, and the sound of unexplained footsteps.

17. The Ship Isis, Sunderland

The Ship Isis, Sunderland

 

With a reputation as one of the North East's most haunted pubs, the Ship Isis has become a regular haunt for local paranormal investigation teams. The pubs is said to be haunted by the spirit of the infamous serial killer, Mary Ann Cotton and her unfortunate victims. It's said that in the mid 19th-century she killed as many as 21 people, most of which she poisoned with arsenic.

It's said that she buried the bodies of two of her own murdered children in the tunnels lead down to the river Wear from the pub's basement. The spirits make their presences known through disembodied cries, screams and singing and staff, and drinkers have reported seeing the ghost of a woman wearing Victorian-era clothing and a young girl.

16. Dolphin Tavern, Penzance

 

The Dolphin Inn on the harbour at Penzance is a historic English pub reportedly haunted by three ghosts. The spirits who are said to roam here include an old sea captain named George, who is spotted wearing a tricornered hat, lace ruffles and a striking jacket. As well as rare reports of sightings, he is often reportedly heard walking around the upstairs rooms and corridors in the dead of night.

There's also the ghost of a women seen wearing Victorian style clothing, who has been spotted on several occasions in the main bar where she seems to materialised from a wall before gliding across the room. The guest bedrooms are said to be haunted by a young, fair-haired man, who is often spotted standing by or sitting on the bottom of the beds in the rooms.

15. The Flask, London

 

The Flask is one of London's oldest pubs and has plenty of stories to tell. It's said to be one of Dick Turpin's hideouts. He's supposed to have evaded capture by hiding in the inn's stables, but isn't actually said to haunt the pub. Regular paranormal activity here includes sudden and unexplained drops in temperature, swinging lights and moving glasses.

The pub is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a Spanish barmaid, who allegedly hanged herself in the inn's basement after being rejected by the pub's landlord at the time. She's been blamed for moving glasses and blowing on customers' necks.

There's also the ghost of a man seen wearing a Cavalier's uniform, most often seen crossing the bar area before disappearing into a pillar.

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14. Wheatsheaf Inn, Sunderland

 

The Wheatsheaf Inn is said to be haunted by the tormented spirits of children who were tortured and murdered at the pub. Their spirits are said to make their presence known by throwing kitchen utensils around, as well as chairs and lampshades. Staff have also said that a child's handprint once mysteriously appeared in a setting jelly that had been kept in a locked room.

One local medium claims to have been able to make contact with the spirit children of the pub, claiming that there is a total of 37 spirits trapped here, all of which are the victims of a serial killer. One spirit called Jessica made contact with the medium in the basement and said that she was assaulted and murdered in this area of the pub when she was just six years old.

According the the medium, the spirit told her that the murderer was a man called Joseph, a former landlord in his thirties, who buried his victims around the pub.

13. The Three Pilchards, Polperro

 

The Three Pilchards is the oldest pub in the costal village Polperro, it takes its name from the village's tradition of fishing. The paranormal activity at this pub include sightings of the ghost of a woman, who's seen milking a cow in the backyard. Some drinkers have reported the mysterious smell of violets wafting through the pub despite no flowers being present. The pub is also said to be haunted by a family who lived there in the 19th century, plus the ghost of an elderly woman upstairs.

12. The Golden Fleece, York

 

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 a young Victorian boy who was said to have been trampled to death by horses.

11. The Red Lion Hotel, Colchester

 

The Red Lion, dating back to 1465, has such a prolific history of hauntings that for many years the management have enforced a strict preventing staff from mentioning the ghost, fearing the tales might scary away customers. Anyone member of staff caught breaking the rule faced instant dismissal.

The building is said to be haunted by a murder victim by the name of Alice Katherine Millar. She mostly been spotted in rooms five and six, where she's said to have passed through solid walls. Her spirit has also seen been on the stairs and in the hotel's kitchen.

10. The Ostrich Inn, Colnbrook

 

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.

9. The Leopard Inn, Stoke on Trent

The Leopard Inn, Burslem

 

The Leopard Inn pub in Stoke-on-Trent hss entertained guests for at least 300 years, but where there's history, there's haunting. The pubs landlady, Sharon Crisp says she was a skeptic when she moved into the historic inn, located in Burslem, the mother town of the Potteries.

But during her time running the pub, she's seen dark shadowy figures, witnessed doors slamming, glasses being thrown and the last orders bell in the bar is also said to ring on its own. Sharon was even hit in the head by an unseen force on one occasion. One of the bar staff also reported hearing unseen children singing the nursery rhyme, 'ring o' ring o' roses'.

The top floor of the pub, which was once a hotel, is now unused and has fallen into disrepair. In the room which is said to have once used as a children's nursery, lots of people have witnessed the sound of children playing, laughing and running around. A music box in the room is also said to mysteriously play on its own.

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8. The Bate Hall, Macclesfield

Help! My House Is Haunted: The Bate Hall

 

Dating back to the late 16th century, the Bate Hall has become one of the most historically significant buildings in Macclesfield. The paranormal activity in the pub includes staff being touched by unseen hands, glasses flying off of shelves and dark shadowy figures seen around the building. The activity is most commonly reported in the residential space above the pub. According to the owner, her daughter plays hide and seek with the ghost of the young boy called Billy, who is said to haunt the pub.

The ghost of a grey lady has been seen in the inn walking the staircase and the empty rooms. She's thought to be the spirit of a woman who was hanged in the stairwell for being a witch. A poltergeist is said to throw objects around, children have been seen and heard around the building.

On the abandoned upper floor, strange markings are said to appear on the walls before vanishing again without leaving a trace, the ghost of an old lady and a young boy have been seen, as well as a seven-foot-tall shadowy figure that lurks in the dark recesses of this foreboding place.

The pub's cellars are also said to be haunted and it's thought that the activity could be related to a now buried tunnel under the cellar floor, which was once used as a hideout for a priest during the period when Catholics were persecuted by law.

7. The Fleece Inn, Elland

 

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.

6. The Red Lion Inn, Avebury

 

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.

5. The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Abergavenny

 

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.

4. The Llandoger Trow, Bristol

Llandoger Trow

 

The Llandoger Trow 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.

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.

3. The Jamaica Inn, Bolventor

The Jamaica Inn, Cornwall

 

Built in 1750, the Jamaica Inn is historic, atmospheric, welcoming and supposedly very haunted. The traditional coaching inn is setback from the busy A30 in Bolventor, overlooking Brown Willy, the highest point on Bodmin Moor.

Due to its history of hosting smugglers the pub has been the subject of books, television shows and an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

The paranormal activity at the inn includes the disembodied sound of footsteps throughout the building, unexplained tapping, the sound of children playing and babies crying, and most famously the sound of horses and carts moving in the courtyard.

Room 5, which is said to be one of the most haunted rooms is said to be haunted by the ghost of a mother and child. The young girl is often referred to as Hannah. The ghost of a murdered man has been seen in the main bar and sat on a wall outside the inn.

Guests and staff have reported seeing dark shadowy figures moving through corridors, the restaurant and the kitchen and many visitors have reported being touched by unseen hands while sleeping or having their hair pulled.

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2. The Mermaid Inn, Rye

 

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.

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.

1. The Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton under Edge

The Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire
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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."

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