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What are the most haunted pubs in Britain ?

By T.K. Randall
June 14, 2014 · Comment icon 24 comments



Is the Skirrid Inn Britain's most haunted pub ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Andy Dolman
A look at some of the best drinking establishments to visit in the UK for a pint... or a good scare.
Britain is well known for its haunted pubs and inns, buildings that have seen hundreds of years of history including everything from accidents and murders to executions and hangings.

A staple of paranormal investigations and TV shows, the Skirrid Inn near Abergavenny in Wales has long been considered to be one of the most haunted places in the British Isles. Its first floor was once used as a courthouse which saw more than 180 felons convicted before being unceremoniously hung from an oak beam over the staircase. A coil of rope still hangs in the same spot to this day.
Another well known haunt is the Jamaica Inn in Cornwall, a building that has long served as a destination for travelers crossing Bodmin Moor. According to the stories of those who have stayed or worked there over the years the Inn is home to a ghostly gentleman who has been seen sitting outside while the voices of the deceased can be heard echoing through its corridors.

Other top haunted destinations include the Mermaid Inn in Sussex where the chambermaids are so terrified they will only clean the rooms while working in pairs, the Marsden Grotto in South Shields which is thought to be haunted by the ghost of a smuggler and The Spaniards Inn in London which is thought to be haunted by the ghost of infamous highwayman Dick Turpin.

Source: Metro | Comments (24)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by bubblykiss 9 years ago
This is why I am glad I live in America, a young land with neither violence or death. Every bar I visit is as pristine and prefect as the Virgin Mary's morning breath and twice as ghost free as OJ Simpson's gloves.
Comment icon #16 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
Is it a violent past history that fosters a haunting? Or, is it a haunting that fosters a recollected violent history? Or, is it shrewdly marketing a haunting with history that fosters greater sales?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Ad hoc 9 years ago
Weatherspoons has a few undead in it at any given time
Comment icon #18 Posted by sinewave 9 years ago
The biggest fright in any pub is the prospect of running out of beer.
Comment icon #19 Posted by smokeycat 9 years ago
Aw hell, I'm not afraid of Pilgrims...I see Pilgrims all the time! I live in Plymouth MA quite near the Plymouth Plantation. http://en.wikipedia....moth_Plantation The pilgrims. Apparently America is England's fault. Sorry...
Comment icon #20 Posted by SaraT 9 years ago
There's every reason a pub should be haunted. After all, they do serve spirits, don't they? [My entry for the Worst Joke of 2014 Award.]
Comment icon #21 Posted by sinewave 9 years ago
There's every reason a pub should be haunted. After all, they do serve spirits, don't they? [My entry for the Worst Joke of 2014 Award.] rim shot
Comment icon #22 Posted by Princess Serenity 9 years ago
I heard about "The Viaduct" on TV one night! All I could remember that it was built on top of an old cell(s). I've been wanting to know the name of it so badly. I even want to visit the tavern.
Comment icon #23 Posted by maryport 8 years ago
the joiners arms ,caldewgate,carlisle has a ghost , the pubs nicknamed the blue lugs after a landlord who had blueish veigns on his ears ( LUGS ) a carlisle name for ears
Comment icon #24 Posted by CatFromHell 8 years ago
The Nags head pub in Shrewsbury (My lovely home town) has a painting which is locked away, Whoever sees it apparantely goes mad and commits suicide. Yikes. It mentions it somewhere in this article http://www.strangeda...shrewsbury.html Oops posted wrong link http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Spooky+Shropshire%3B+Phil+Brown+gets+into+the+Hallowe'en+spirit+by...-a079569022


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