What better night out than mixing spirits with your spirits? There are plenty of pubs around the UK that are rumoured to be haunted!
The ones below are some of the most haunted, and many of them have rooms you book too! You can have some fun exploring the most haunted pubs in Britain!
1. Ye Olde Salutation Inn, Nottingham
Ye Olde Salutation Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Nottingham. It is built over a system of caves that date back to the 9th century. The six most famous ghosts are Rosie, a young flower seller, three different landlords, a pirate and a highwayman.
Local legend says that four or five-year-old Rosie died when a carriage struck her in the courtyard. She was taken down into the caves to keep cool but died before the doctor could arrive. Soon after her death, customers of the pub began to complain of small mysterious scratches. The attacks stopped, and people have continued to leave presents for her since then. After this had gone on for about two weeks, the pub’s landlord took a doll down to the caves and left it for her. One landlord did not believe in her and took all the toys out. All of his beer went off overnight, and no one has questioned her presence since.
In addition to Rosie, there are tales of three landlords. All of whom are called John, and they all died in the pub. It is believed that one of them hung themselves, another accidentally poisoned himself and his family after handling rat poison, and the third fell down the cellar stairs and broke his neck. One of them is obsessed with the cleanliness of the cellar. If it is messy, he throws things and slams doors.
Other sightings include a pirate who drowned when he fell down a well after hiding in the caves and a highwayman who has been seen drinking at the ground floor bar.
2. The George Hotel and Pilgrims' Inn, Glastonbury, Somerset
This is the oldest purpose-built pub in the South West. It was originally built in the 15th century and called the Pilgrims’ Inn. According to legend, at least two ghosts haunt this building. One is an elegant woman, and the other is a monk from the Glastonbury Abbey nearby.
There are a few versions of the tragedy of these two ghosts. One states that they were in love but unable to consummate their feelings, so they were doomed to wander the building. Another version of the story is that the monk was walled up in the cellar as punishment for breaking his celibacy vow.
3. The Black Bear Inn, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
This inn is the oldest in Gloucestershire and is believed to date back to the 16th century, but possibly older. The resident ghost here is a headless man who drags a chain throughout the rooms and corridors. Some witnesses have seen him wearing an army uniform and perpetuating the theory that he is a defeated Lancastrian soldier who sought shelter after fleeing the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471.
This inn is one of Bristol’s oldest and was built in 1606. It has a sketchy past with hosting dog fighting, cockfighting, bare-knuckle boxing and a rat pit. It is believed that the door and walls are lined with human skin underneath the wood and plaster. Gross!
The Jamaica Inn was originally built as a house in the 18th century. It is located on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, and it harbours several spirits that embolden its claim as one of the most haunted hotels in the UK.
People have heard strange voices and the sounds of wheels and hooves clomping over the cobbles. A man in a tricorn hat has also been spotted walking through doors. One of the spirits is believed to be a man murdered after leaving the inn before finishing his drink. Legend says he returns to the inn to finish that drink.
The Ostrich Inn in Slough, Berkshire, was built in the 16th century, and it has a pretty gruesome history. It was a hideout of highwayman Dick Turpin. It is believed that over 60 murders have been committed at this inn. Many of the victims were murdered by the inn’s landlord and wife. They designed one of the bedrooms with a tipping bed and trapdoor. Travellers would slide out of bed, through the trapdoor and into a vat of boiling liquid. Thomas Cole, their final victim, is believed to haunt the inn.
The Drovers Inn is over 300 years old and is considered one of the most haunted hotels in Scotland.
It has had many ghost sightings during this time. One of the most recent is a spirit named George, a regular at the inn while alive and is still seen in the bar area in death. His ashes are even kept in the bar.
There is also the ghost of Angus the Drover. He was allegedly murdered near the inn and is known to scream through the corridors.
An entire family has also been seen in the upstairs bedrooms. This family died near the inn whilst travelling through harsh weather.
If you are looking for a truly spooky experience, stay in room six. The body of a young girl drowned in the river behind the inn was brought to this room, and guests have experienced an icy, small body crawling into bed beside them. The space is hard to heat, and the icy chill never fully leaves.
The Skirrid Inn is the oldest pub in Wales. Many ghost hunters and other paranormal lovers often visit the in for ghost hunts and paranormal events. On previous visits, guests have experienced strange noises and moving objects.
It is believed that prisoners were brought to the inn and then executed. In total, it’s believed over 180 people were hanged here.
This Yorkshire pub dates back to 1503, and it has a long history of being one of the most haunted places in York. Canadian airman, Geoff Monroe, killed himself in 1945 by jumping out a window. People have reported seeing his ghost in full uniform. Unexplained footsteps have also been heard late at night in the hallways.
An additional 14 ghosts are believed to haunt the inn as well. There is Lady Ann Peckett, who people have seen wandering the hallways and moving objects around.
You may see One-Eyed Jack, who is missing an eye, dressed in a red coat uniform and holding a pistol.
There is also a grumpy older man in the bottom bar area and a young boy in the top bar. People think that the young boy was trampled to death by horses.
The Red Lion Inn in Wiltshire, was originally a farmhouse that was built in the 16th or 17th century. It is rumoured to be home to five ghosts and a phantom carriage that clatters through the yard.
A woman named Florrie is the pub’s most-famous ghost. Her husband and her lover were murdered when he returned from the English Civil War. He then threw her body down the well, which now serves as a table in the bar! No wonder she hangs out there.