October. A time for ghosts, ghouls and pumpkin lattes...
But this year, not only do we have Halloween to contend with, we also have Friday 13th. And the internet is loving it.
Cinemas are bombarding us with horror films, and fear attractions are going all out. To get us in the ‘spirit’, we thought we’d share with you some of the most haunted pubs from around the U.K. if you fancy a fright with your pint...
Jamaica Inn, Cornwall
Okay, Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the U.K. It’s got the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Michael’s Mount - and not to forget plenty of ghouls ( if you’ve ever been to Bodmin Jail then you’ll know exactly what we are talking about). The Jamaica Inn is said to be one of the UK most haunted pubs and was described as ‘one of the scariest episodes’ on Most Haunted. It’s been there for 300 years playing host to visitors passing through and is said to be haunted by a gentlemen who was murdered centuries ago who lingers outside sitting down and not engaging with anyone. Others have reported hearing voices of foreign tongue and the sounds of horse and carriage passing by when no one has been around… The pub has had a few TV appearances including the BBCs adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's Novel, Jamacia Inn. Spooky.
The Mermaid Inn, East Sussex
If you love a good scare, then why not head to The Mermaid Inn in East Sussex? There’s been countless reports of spooky noises from the building that dates back to 1120. One of its most popular ghostly sightings is of a lady dressed in white who sits in a chair by the fireplace. The story goes that this lady was murdered by smugglers and walks across the pub, through the doors and also stands at the bottom of the beds upstairs (imagine waking up to that, we’d be well out the door)! Other guests have spotted a man walking around, bottles flying from shelves and finding their clothes wet when they were dry.
The Spaniard’s Inn
Built in 1585, The Spaniard’s Inn used to be an Inn for those passing by - including the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin who was born here. Report has is that he still roams the pub along with the ghost Juan Porero, a Spaniard who fought with his brother over a woman who was killed. These have been seen outside the inn and heard within it too. The pub has had plenty of coverage from literary geniuses including Bram Stoker who mentioned it in Dracula and John Keats who was inspired to write Ode to a Nightingale one summer afternoon.
We hope we didn’t scare you too much.
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