Ghosts & Hauntings
What are the most haunted pubs in Britain ?
By T.K. Randall
June 14, 2014 · 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.
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