Haunted Hotels


Location: St Boswells (Borders) - Dryburgh Abbey Hotel (particularly room 216), and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1900s
Further Comments: Dressed in black clothing, this clergyman was seen several times during the early nineteenth century. He was killed after it was discovered that he and the Lady of the Manor were engaged in a questionable relationship, and it is reported that she took her own life after discovering the preacher's death. She now takes the form of a grey lady seen in the hotel. More recently (?), plainchant has been reported from the former abbey.

Green Lady

Location: St Catherine's (Highland) - Loch Fyne Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A barmaid dropped a tray of drinks and ran screaming from the drinks store after hearing heavy breathing down her neck. The room is said to be the location that a former female employee hanged herself while wearing a green dress, and now her emerald form drifts around the hotel creating mischief.

Green Lady Removes Bedcovers

Location: St Ives (Cambridgeshire) - Golden Lion Hotel, Room 13 (or 14, depending on source)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: With a habit of opening and closing doors and removing sheets from beds, the Green Lady has been seen many times in room 13.

Death Eater

Location: Stansted (Essex) - Kings Arms Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 2012
Further Comments: A photograph taken on a mobile phone revealed a strange looking entity which the photographer described as resembling a 'Death Eater' from the Harry Potter films, although others believe it is nothing more than the back of someone's hooded top.

Murdered Landlord

Location: Steeple Aston (Oxfordshire) - Hopcroft's Holt Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shade seen here is thought to be a former landlord who was murdered on the site, along with his wife. Another story has the highwayman Claude Duval as haunting the site.

Victorian Woman

Location: Stow on the Wold (Gloucestershire) - King's Arms hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s?
Further Comments: This old hotel is said to be haunted by a woman in Victorian clothing who looks quite real. Wailing and crying has also been reported from within the property.


Location: Stow on the Wold (Gloucestershire) - Old Stocks Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The sounds of the piano can sometimes be heard in the building, though the instrument isn't present. The ghost of an aged vicar is also reported here.

Victorian Children

Location: Stow on the Wold (Gloucestershire) - Royalist Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth / early twenty-first century
Further Comments: Several ghosts are reported to haunt this building. A young man has been seen to vanish near the reception area, two children in Victorian clothing may be responsible for the strange tapping sounds, a pretty woman in a long dress and a cavalier both haunt the staircase, and a knight in black armour has also been observed on site.

Lucy and Friend

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire) - Mercure Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Twenty-first century
Further Comments: A number of entities are said to haunt this location. A member of staff claimed to have spotted an old soldier running down a corridor, while Lucy haunts one of the rooms, having committed suicide after an assault.

White Horse

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon (Warwickshire) - Walton Hall Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 09 October, every five years (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This pale riderless horse gallops over the gardens, twice a decade. The hotel itself is haunted by a young man, who some speculate to be the rider of the aforementioned creature.

Running Man

Location: Sturminster Newton (Dorset) - Plumber Manor (currently a hotel)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A former lord of the manor is said to have been killed and eaten by his hunting hounds. His ghost is said to run out of the building, his pack of hounds with a hungry look in their eyes, close behind.

Mummified Feline

Location: Sudbury (Suffolk) - Mill Hotel
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: If removed, this cat is said to bring ill fortune to the building and the occupiers. When the cat was first discovered (before the mill became a hotel), it was sold to a nearby shop. The shop burned down, so the cat came back has stayed ever since.

Headless Man

Location: Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands) - New Hall Hotel and Wylde Green Road
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1820s onwards
Further Comments: This headless figure is thought to have been a local man mistakenly found guilty for being a Jacobite spy. The man was executed and his head left in an oak tree where it remained until the 1820s - the tree was cut down and the skull rediscovered. Since then, the headless phantom is said to walk around the area.

Lillie Langtry

Location: SW1 (Greater London) - Cadogan Hotel, Sloane Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This quiet little spook is said only to come out when the hotel is nearly empty. During life, Lillie was the mistress of the Prince of Wales, who later became Edward VII.

Ringing Bells

Location: SW9 (Greater London) - Gresham Arms Hotel (no longer open)
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 1900
Further Comments: A spiritualist told the occupants of this hotel that the reason bells would ring unaided by human hand was that a spirit had taken up residence there, unable to leave having dropped dead at the bar.

Green Lady

Location: Swaffham (Norfolk) - George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Little is known about the history of the phantom woman in green spotted at the hotel over the years. She is sometimes seen holding a pan, though her manifestations are normally limited to tapping people on their shoulders or backs or appearing as a fleeting shadow from the corner of an eye.

Flying Glasses

Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Clifton Hotel
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: 25 December 1972
Further Comments: For two concurrent nights, a sherry glass was seen to rise from the shelf and fall to the floor without breaking.

Betsy Grimbal

Location: Tavistock (Devon) - Bedford Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: The spectral female form which haunts this hotel is believed to be the same Betsy who haunts another part of the town. Wearing a dark dress and bonnet, she was once spotted by a chef on the ground floor, and other staff have heard the rustling of her clothing.

Andrew Mynarski

Location: Teeside (Durham) - Teeside International Airport (was Middleton St George airfield ), hangers and nearby St George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1950s onwards, Pilot seen in hotel 1982
Further Comments: Mynarski died after trying to save a trapped pilot in a Lancaster bomber as it dived towards earth, and was awarded the VC for his efforts. His restless spirit currently walks the area he was stationed during the war, and was seen outside the control room and hangers in the 1950s. Another version of the story names the phantom as a Canadian pilot named Mullen. In 1982 a pilot reported feeling a weight on his bed which vanished when he told it to go away, and although this could be sleep paralysis, the pilot researched further and found 20 more people who had experienced the same event.

Black Dog

Location: Tewkesbury (Gloucestershire) - Tudor House Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This former pet has been seen on the landing, though it is not known whether the white woman that haunts a bedroom is its mistress.

Landlady Betty Radcliffe

Location: Thetford (Norfolk) - The Bell Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century onwards
Further Comments: Killed in 1750 by her lover, Betty now walks the corridors at night checking guests comfortable; guests may hear her heavy skirt swishing as she passes the doors and spot a flickering light like that of a candle. Other ghosts reported here include a young girl seen looking from the windows of the staff quarters, a dog lying in front of what would have been the original fireplace in the bar, jangling keys, a pair of old fashioned suede boots coming through the ceiling, and a monk.

Bedroom Ghost

Location: Thorpe Market (Norfolk) - Elderton Lodge Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This servant girl committed suicide after being told off - her ghost is now seen standing at the foot of people's beds, and has been blamed for the cold spot on the staircase.


Location: Thorpe Market (Norfolk) - Green Farm Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A regular venue for ghost hunters, this site is said to be home to a phantom maid, a monk and a farm labourer.


Location: Tideswell (Derbyshire) - George Hotel
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Sarah was a fifty-five year old Victorian barmaid whose husband went missing. She continues to search for him. One story suggests that her appearance during a party in the 1930s successfully scared all the guests away!

Not Mother

Location: Tillmouth (Northumberland) - Tillmouth Park Country House Hotel
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century
Further Comments: A guest at this hotel reported seeing the silhouette of a woman standing by the window of her room in the early hours of the morning. She believed the figure to be that of her mother, with whom she shared the room, though after the figure disappeared the witness noticed her mother was still asleep in bed.

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