Are you brave enough to stay in Britain’s most haunted hotels?

Friday 28 October 2016

With its illustrious history, gruesome tales and magnificently creepy old buildings, Britain must surely be the most haunted isle in the world. So feeling brave? Pack your bags (and maybe your séance kit) and spend a night or 2 in one of Britain’s most haunted hotels...

The ‘Most Haunted Hotel in Britain’

Adelphi Hotel & Spa, Liverpool

If you’re going to stay in a haunted hotel, you might as well stay at the Britannia Adelphi Hotel & Spa in Liverpool, which has been bestowed with that accolade! Paranormal investigator and author Tom Slemen claims to have seen ghosts while giving talks in the hotel’s Sefton Suite, which happens to be an exact copy of the Titanic’s first-class smoking lounge. Slemen says he saw 3 men standing at the far end of the room dressed as naval officers, who he since believes to be Captain Edward Smith of the Titanic and 2 unidentified officers.

Staff have also reported seeing a grey lady in a Victorian-style dress in the basement, and the sighting of somebody hanging out of a window, yet when it was checked, it was locked…

The hotel with the German prince

Langham Hotel, London

If you’re staying at the Langham Hotel, London and notice a change in room temperature, don’t call down to the front desk to have the thermostat adjusted – you’re probably just being haunted by a German prince. Legend has it that the troubled nobleman threw himself out of an upper-storey window at the property many years ago and is still seen wandering around the halls and walking through closed doors...

But that’s not even the most haunted tale in the Langham’s 150-year-plus. Apparently in room 333 a BBC newscaster woke up to see a florescent ball of light, which slowly began to take human shape and hover above the floor…

The smugglers’ hideout

The Mermaid Inn, Rye

The Mermaid Inn in Rye, south-east England, even mentions its creaking floorboards, and 600 years of haunting history as selling points on its website.

According to legend, the inn was used as a stronghold for a band of smugglers (and their mistresses) known as the Hawkhurst Gang between 1730 and 1740. And it seems 5 of them have never left... From bottles shattering in the middle of the night, to rocking chairs swaying on their own, there have been numerous tales of strange, supernatural stories reported over the years...

Will you survive the night?

Castle Stuart, Scotland

Before it was hailed as one of Scotland’s premier golf destinations, Castle Stuart served as home to James Stewart, the Earl of Moray. For unknown reasons the castle was deemed haunted by local residents.

To disprove the theory Stewart offered a reward to anyone willing to spend a night. A local minister accepted the challenge and stayed in a room at the top of the East Tower. The following morning he was found dead in the courtyard with a look of terror on his face...

Watch out for the non-corpse…

Black Swan Inn, Wiltshire

If spotting the ghost of a young woman sitting in a chair and gazing longingly out the window (she reportedly died while giving birth in room 4) isn’t quite terrifying enough, then gear up for the fright of your life.

Numerous guests at the Black Swan Inn in Wiltshire have reported seeing 2 detached legs strutting around the property – without any sign of a body in sight!

Get photobombed by the Grey Lady

Ruthin Castle, Wales

The ghost who inhabits Ruthin Castle hotel in north Wales may have been a cold-blooded killer, but she’s also terribly chic. Dressed head-to-toe in grey, the Grey Lady was the wife of the second in command at the castle when it was a fortress occupied by the armies of Edward I.

The story goes that after discovering that her husband was having an affair with a local woman she murdered her hubby’s lover with an axe. Today she’s often heard stomping around the hallways and even spotted popping up in the background of some guests' photos. Now that’s the ultimate photobomb!

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