12 UK Haunted Hotels For A Spooky Getaway
Are you ready to run screaming through the halls of a giant haunted manor? Or do you have what it takes to stay the night - without a fright? The UK is home to some of the most haunted hotels in the world, and each one has plenty of horror stories to match. If you are ready to hear the creaks of the floorboard, see ghosts flash before your eyes and, and pack your bags ready to leave before the sun comes up - here is the list for you.
Ah, Stratford-upon-Avon, well known for being the home to the bard himself. With all his poetic ghosts by candlelight, is it any wonder that one of the most haunted hotels in England is in Stratford-upon-Avon? Of course not! Ettington Park is a stunning neo-Gothic building, surrounded by 40 acres of beautiful parkland - sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?
With all of that beauty - you might be wondering where the scare is going to come from! Well, the manor was demolished and rebuilt - but just a little bit smaller. In 1935 Ettington became a nursing home, as well as a camp for prisoners in WW2. Many guests have reported having seen an older woman, in Victorian style clothing, wander around by the conservatory entrance. But that’s not all; you might also bump into a man and his dog strolling through the library - but these two are said to vanish quick.
While this is now a top-rated golf resort, you might be scared out of your wits more than once. Unlike many Scottish castles, you can stay in Castle Stuart - making it even more unique. One of the legends surrounding the castle says that the Earl of Moray inherited the castle and made efforts to rent it out. Unfortunately, he was in for a difficult time since rumours of a headless man tormenting people within the castle walls plagued the area. Once the Earl had had enough of these rumours, he decided to prove them false.
He was offering a reward for people who would sleep in the castle overnight. The first three men who stayed reported blood-spatters and sightings of a dark-figured man in the room. Rob Angus, feeling rather brave (reported he wasn’t scared of anything), was found dead on the ground. A local farmer said he heard screaming and saw the light on in the castle - and that he saw Rob fly through a glass window. To add to the terror, he stated he saw a twisted grinning face staring down at him - who looked to be the Devil himself!
Don’t be tricked by the name; there is a lot more than meets the eye. Once upon a time, this place was a prison, and there are still prison-like refurbished cells available to sleep in. The history of the building means that it held prisoners that were going to be hung. The part of the prison-turned-hotel turned the part of the building that was used for executions into offices.
While the building itself is stunning, it is haunted by some of the many tortured souls that faced hanging and incarceration within its walls, including the reported ghost of Mary Blandy, who was sentenced to death for poisoning her father. Another cool fact is that in 1970 a priest was allegedly called to Malmaison, Oxford, to perform an exorcism - however, it failed, and the spirits still wander the corridors.
The Jamaica Inn is well known for the many scary happenings and is also open to ghost hunters! When you book a Ghost Hunt, you can choose to stay for the weekend or just a night of investigation - it is unlikely you will get a wink of sleep, though!
It is not uncommon for people who stay for the evening to report hearing the footsteps of a strange man sitting on a wall staring without responding. It is said to be the ghost of a murdered stranger who once stood drinking ale in the inn. While his body was found on the moor, no one knew who he was or what happened that night.
This spooktacular castle dates back to 1277; Ruthin Castle was created for King Edward I by Prince Llewelyn ap Gruffydd. In 1960 the castle was sold and converted into a hotel. A common theme in most haunted places in the UK is the Grey lady - usually a wronged lady who remains unsettled. In this case, the Grey Lady killed her husband's mistress and was sentenced to death. She has been seen in multiple areas like the castle battlements and the banqueting hall. There is another figure that can be seen, too: a soldier who appears to walk around with one glove on.
What started as a smaller coach house has been expanded multiple times over the years, but that is what makes this hotel one of the most luxurious places to stay. Originally built back in the 15ht century, it has seen many guests come and go. The Bell Inn has been investigated many times by ghost hunters and paranormal investigators. Some feel that this place is more haunted than the Jamaica Inn! It has 46 en-suite bedrooms, and then it is the main suite bedroom that is said to be haunted by a hooded monk, but if you are hoping for a fright, then don't forget to spend time in the drawing-room, as the old landlady Elizabeth Radcliffe is said to frequent there.
But for The Bell Inn, it’s not just about the sightings; the feeling of the place is allegedly super sinister and spooky. The scent of perfume hangs in the air, icy breath appears at random, the feeling of being watched and hearing footsteps walking by.
The last thing you want at your spa is to be scared out of your wits, but that is what you might get at the Adelphis Hotel & Spa. One of the rooms is a replica of the Titanic’s first-class smoking lounge. There have been reports of three uniformed naval officers. Staff later said that the ghosts were Captain Edward Smith of the Titanic and two other officers.
Several reports also stated that there was a grey lady in Victorian style clothing in the basement, and in another spook instance, hotel stayers reported someone hanging out of the window in the Crosby room - but upon inspection, the window was locked!
The website makes no bones about the fact this place is haunted, and in fact, it enjoys the fame for it. It has a vast 600 years of haunting history! It is reported that The Mermaid Inn was a stronghold for smugglers and their lady friends in 1730 and 1740. It is suggested that 5 of them never left. You can hear bottles smashing in the middle of the night, chairs rocking by themselves, and a slew of other sightings.
The Black Swan are the proud owners of multiple ghosts - who aren’t afraid to come out and say hello. The spirits frequent the landlord quarters and the public area. Some of the most often spotted ghosts are a young woman in a long white dress, she gazes longingly into the fireplace, and the other a fidgeting and fussing workman in a bowler hat. It’s been said he gives the impression he is waiting for someone. But the real crowd-pleaser is the two legs that walk around the property - without a body!
It wouldn’t be fair not to mention the other Black Swan's ghosts! This Black Swan Inn is in Devizes, though. Home to a stunning blonde ghost, who sadly died while giving birth in room four of the hotel. It is said that the spirit remains in the hotel. She is a crowd-pleaser, often seen sitting in a chair, staring out of the window - then abruptly standing and walking directly through the wall!
The name Baskerville itself conjures up images of hounds and hell, and this is the very mansion that is said to have inspired The Hounds of the Baskervilles, the Sherlock Holmes story. At Baskerville Hall, they have a White Lady rather than a grey one, and she is regularly spotted in the rose garden. You are equally likely to see an unknown male on the main staircase. Many guests have heard footsteps roaming the corridor at night and plenty of banging noises.
The Skirrid Mountain has plenty of skeletons in the closet - namely, because it dates back to at least 1100, and plenty of convicts were hanged in the stairwell. This place is one of the oldest surviving pubs in Britain and is featured in many of the Inn Guides for the UK. Perhaps unsurprisingly (unless you bump into them of course!) the halls are walked by a hanged man and a Judge. To balance it out there are also several friendly ghosts like Fanny Price, and the clergyman Father Henry Vaughn.
With so many spooktacular options, the hardest choice will be deciding where you want your fright-night to come from first! What's your first choice for a scaretastic haunted stay around the UK? Let us know on Insta or tweet us @justhooit!