Top 10 haunted pubs in Britain

Sometimes when you choose a person to share a pint with, it is worth remembering that your companion doesn’t actually have to be, well, alive. These are killer pubs. Sometimes, quite literally

  1. Let’s start with Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. There you have to be wary of two things: dusty galleons and antique chairs. One gives you a certain mysterious death, another a no less certain and mysterious pregnancy. It is situated on some picturesque sand caves. One friend of mine loves to tell a story of her own olde trip to Jerusalem. She avoided said death and pregnancy, surely only by a miracle, and decided to visit the caves before leaving. Her son was playing on his own as she was marvelling the surroundings with the tour group. When she called him to tell to move on, the boy asked pleadingly if they can take that little girl with them. Obviously, there were none little girls in sight.

    Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

  2. Mermaid Inn, Rye, Sussex, prides itself for housing not only frequent residents, but also five ghosts. The most famous is probably the lady in white, who sits by the fireplace. If you happen to forget your clothes in the living room, it is said, you will find it profusely soaked in the morning. Is it from the tears or the lady in white? Can it be that some kind of mermaid dragged her into the depths? Or is it more prosaic and she was fooled by a lover, who dumped her lifeless body into the river? And she sits by that fireplace for centuries, wrapped into someone else’s clothes, all in a desperate attempt to warm herself?

    St Albans, St. Albans, Hertfordshire

  3. The history of the Skirrid Mountain Inn, in Llanvihangel Crucorney, Wales, dates way back to the Roman Conquest. It was used for different purposes and once stood as a courthouse where as many as 180 felons had been convicted to death by the rope. Keep your eyes peeled and you will notice the marking of the rope on the staircase wood – and if you are lucky enough, one or two of the loyal customers might invite you to hang out with them.

    Llanvihangel Crucorney, Abergavenny, Wales

  4. The Golden Fleece Inn, York, Yorkshire, is rightfully called the most haunted pub in the whole Britain, as the ghosts there are probably more hardworking than the staff. They just go with ale they got: the classic creaking doors that open on their own accord, hurrying footsteps in empty corridors, moving chairs and strange whispers. Geoff Monroe doesn’t intend on leaving the room he died in, and even though his payment for the stay is already long overdue, not even new residents persuade this Canadian airman to leave.

    York, Yorkshire

  5. Fancy some spooky Christian tales? Then you definitely need to check out the Devils Stone Inn in Shebbear, Devon. The legend goes that as the Devil has been falling was Heaven to Hell, a stone has fallen out of his pocket – and you would never guess where it has landed. Mixed with the creepy local stories of secret tunnels from the church and the ghostly sightings and sprinkled with a couple of ghosts, such as another little girl that likes to play hide and seek and an elderly coachman, who is still waiting for his order in the dining room.

    Shebbear, Beaworthy, Devon

  6. Spaniards Inn, in Hampstead, North London, is the epitome of horror romance. Bram Stoker mentioned this pub in his Dracula. Landlords here meet a bitter – bitter as the Laughing Dog beer – end. Francesco Porero and Juan Porero are said to have fallen in love with the same woman and in a tragic duel Juan was killed. Juan still mourns his defeat, unable to drink up and forget. Black Dick had been run over by a carriage – if I am allowed to pun again, I would say, he got smashed – and since then he quietly haunts the yard near the place of his burial. His Black Beth (the horse) remained loyal and hovers around the park nearby.

    North London, NW3 7JJ

  7. Another infamous site is, of course, Grenadier in Belgravia, Central London. The perfect time to visit will be at September, when paranormal activities are at their peak. It is, according to the popular belief, due to the fact that in September some young subaltern Cedric has been beaten up to death for cheating in a card game. To coax the ghost, guests have developed a tradition of leaving a ‘tip’ – the ceiling there is covered in a multitude of foreign currency bills.

    Central London, SW1X 7NR

  8. The George, Strand, Central London, at first glance appears to be a rather ordinary pub, with no spooky stories of its own. But the foundation of the building carries some history of its own, unfortunately lost in time. The only thing left from the glorious past of the knights and magic and intrigues is a lone Cavalier in the basement, who occasionally shows himself to workers and landlords.

    Central London, WC2R 1AP

  9. Another Cavalier found his home at the Flask, in Highgate, North London. While he peacefully crosses the room and disappears in the pillar, another local ghost likes to engage with the customers. They feel foreign breath on their necks and the chills – the temperature noticeably drops downstairs. In a fitting addition, lights flicker and objects move without someone touching them. The playful ghost is thought to be of a certain barmaid, who got caught in an affair without the happy end. Her beloved, the landlord, rejected her and in grief she hanged herself in the very pub’s cellar. So be careful, probably it’s not a good idea there to accept a drink from a mysterious girl – the hangover would be nasty.

    North London, N6 6BU

  10. Morpeth Arms, Pimlico, Central London, is a curious place in itself, well-known for the Spy Room upstairs, from which you can comfortably watch the headquarters of the Secret Intelligent Service across the river. However, it is not the only mystery hidden in the building and there is another, much darker secret hidden downstairs. Beneath the pub, in the dimly lit basement there is a corridor of cold holding cells, haunted by the prisoners’ wayward souls.

    Central London, SW1P 4RW

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