With a history reaching into prehistoric times, the city of York is ripe for the pickings when it comes to paranormal activity. The cobblestone streets, brick buildings, and old pubs are teeming with stories to be told — some of which the ghosts have taken into their own hands. Some ghost hunters will flock to the countryside for spooky asylums or to London for high-brow hauntings, but York is easily one of the top ghost destinations in the U.K.
While there are countless pubs and theatres to find ghosts in York, the city’s hotels offer an especially up-close look at the spectral activity and the unexplained. Stay in one of these hotels or see them on a ghost tour of the city, of which there are plenty to pick from. Here are York’s five most haunted hotels.
1. The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley
Located near North York Moors National Park, this historic inn is a great place to stop to learn more about the history of North York. Black Swan Hotel — not to be mixed up with the also haunted Black Swan Inn — came to be in the 1400s, giving it plenty of fodder for spooky happenings. The bar and hotel are filled with spirits wanting to be seen and heard.
Guests will be graced with the presence of a young blonde lady, known by locals to be a mother who died while she was giving birth in room four. A tragic and too-common tale, the sombre woman is known to don a long white gown while she stares out the window before floating through the wall.Stay at the Black Swan Inn