Spending a night inside a haunted hotel sounds like something out of a scary film, but for those seeking out a spooky stay, there are plenty of options across the UK.
In fact, a number of UK hotels are said to be home to supernatural beings, with guests (and staff) reporting strange incidents and terrifying ghostly sightings.
Then there are the historic houses and castles which have been transformed into modern hotels, but remain surrounded by legends of chilling murders and unsettling tales that, even if you don’t see a ghost while you’re there, can make for a pretty spine-tingling stay.
If this sounds exactly like your kind of thing, the good news is that these hotels are still open for business today.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve picked out the top 10 haunted hotels in the UK to have on your radar…
1. Mercure Telford Madeley Court, Telford
Located in a manor house dating back to the 16th century, Mercure’s Telford hotel has earned a reputation for being one of the most haunted in Britain. In fact, before it was transformed into a hotel, at one point the house was abandoned, with locals refusing to go near it with reports of dark entities residing there.
Nowadays it’s a modern hotel, but it seems that there are some ghostly residents; both guests and staff have reported sightings of various ghosts including monks, Victorian maids and mysterious dark shadows.
Want to stay? Prices start from £55 per room, based on two people sharing. Find out more here.
2. Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool
The Adelphi is regularly tipped to be one of the UK’s most haunted hotels. Paranormal investigator Tom Slemen claims to have seen the ghosts of naval officers wandering around one suite which is an exact replica of the Titanic’s first-class smoking lounge.
Meanwhile, staff members have reported sightings of a ‘Grey Lady’ from the Victorian era, while guests have also claimed to hear a disembodied voice, despite nobody else being around.
Want to stay? Rates available from £28 a night. Find out more here.
3. The Mermaid Inn, Rye
Various rooms at the Mermaid Inn are said to be haunted, with guests reporting sightings of ghosts.
Some of the reported sightings include a lady in grey who sits by the fireplace, a man who walks through walls, and even a smuggler’s wife haunting a rocking chair.
Staff members have also claimed to witness unexplained disruptions such as items being knocked off shelves, strange sounds and icy cold atmospheres.
A smuggler’s wife was also said to haunt a rocking chair, to the point where the chair was removed from the premises because it caused so many disturbances for guests.
Want to stay? Prices start from £140 a night with Hotels.com . Find out more here.
4. Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon
This neo-Gothic hotel is filled with antique furniture, intricate paintings… and ghosts.
Ettington Park is famously haunted by the spirit of an army officer, as well as an elderly lady – guests have reported sightings in the Long Gallery. Other mysterious goings-on include books inexplicably flying off the shelves in the library.
However, ghost hunters will want to try and nab Room 6 – there are so many strange incidents and ghostly sightings, the hotel has installed a red cord for guests to pull in case of any spooky emergencies!
Want to stay? Prices start from £250 a night with Hotels.com. Find out more here.
5. Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh
It’s said that Lady Catherine died of a broken heart in this 13th century fortress, and has haunted the premises ever since.
There are tales of visitors and guests hearing her laments and her rustling skirts – and in some instances, her tapping the door.
Want to stay? Prices start from £94 a night per double room on a bed and breakfast basis. Find out more here.
6. Ballygally Castle, County Antrim
Located along the Causeway Coast, this castle is nearly 400 years old.
Legend has it that the castle is haunted by Lady Isabella Shaw. Her husband wanted a son and, when she delivered his heir, he stole the baby and locked her in a room. As she tried to escape, she fell from a tower window – although sometimes the story goes that her husband pushed her.
Despite the tragic tale, the Lady Isabella’s ghost is said to be a friendly spirit, who can be spotted wandering along the corridors of the castle. Of course, that doesn’t always account for the mysterious sounds or eerie atmosphere some guests have claimed to notice…
Want to stay? Prices start from £90 a night based on two people sharing. Find out more here.
7. The Black Swan Hotel, York
There are several ghosts said to reside here including a gentleman in a bowler hat at the bar, a jilted bride waiting by the fireplace, and a small Victorian boy who can be spotted in the passageways.
Meanwhile, staff have reported seeing the ghost of a highwayman, nicknamed Jack, in the kitchen. Those who claim to have seen Jack say he is dressed in riding gear – interestingly, the kitchen itself was built over the property’s original stable yard.
Want to stay? Prices start from £120 a night based on two adults sharing. Find out more here.
8. Skirrid Mountain Inn, Abergavenny
This haunted pub has everything you could expect from a creepy night’s stay; doors inexplicably slamming shut, loud footsteps and mysterious hushed voices despite nobody else being around.
Guests have reported feeling terrified when entering the property due to a sinister atmosphere that hangs over the pub.
It’s not one for the faint-hearted, but the pub has been known to host overnight ghost hunts for those who do want to seek out the paranormal.
Want to stay? Prices start from £90 a night. Find out more here.
9. The Drovers Inn, Loch Lomond
Heaps of creepy tales surround this hotel near Loch Lomond.
There’s the story of the family who froze to death wandering the land in search of the inn – and guests in room 2 claimed to have woken up once to find the ghosts at the foot of their bed.
Room 6 is said to have flickering lights in the middle of the night, while ghostly residents include a child on the staircase, a murdered cattle drover, and a drowned girl.
There have also been a number of cases where people have snapped photos during their trip, only to find mysterious appearances including a child on a staircase and a couple sleeping in bed – yet they were not there when the photo was taken.
Want to stay? Prices start from £50 a night. Find out more here.
10. Bodelwyddan Castle, Bodelwyddan
Ghostly children, the mysterious ‘Blue Lady’ wandering down the Sculpture Gallery, a soldier and disembodied legs are just some of the spirits which people have claimed to see when visiting the castle.
Members of staff have also shared tales of inexplicable incidents and strange noises.
There are ghost walks available around the castle for those who want to learn more about its fascinating history and mysterious residents.
Want to stay? Prices for two-night breaks start from £218pp. Find out more here.