If it’s a fiendishly memorable minibreak you’re after, check out our run down of the some of the most haunted hostelries in the UK.

1. Mermaid Inn, Rye, Sussex

This coastal inn, which featured on TV show Most Haunted, is thought to be home to around five different ghosts. Guests at the hotel - which has cellars dating back to 1156 and was rebuilt in 1420 after a blaze – can explore a secret passageway, sloping ceilings and a multitude of staircases. 

You can also have a tipple at the Giant’s Fireplace Bar - you might need a stiff drink as night falls in this spooky venue…

2. Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Horror buffs might like to check out this hotel, which featured in The Haunting, the 1963 supernatural film about a paranormal scientist who invites people to a supposedly haunted house.

With more than 900 years of history under its belt, this hotel’s ghosts apparently include a mystery man and his dog, and Lady Emma, a ghostly woman in a white gown.

3. Ballygally Castle Hotel, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

This 17th century castle, located near the famous Giant’s Causeway, is said to be haunted by ghostly former resident Lady Isabella Shaw, who keeps herself entertained by wandering through the corridors of the hotel. Legend has it that Lady Isabella’s husband, Lord Shaw, wanted a son and that when his wife delivered a baby, he snatched it from her and locked her in a room at the top of a castle.

When she tried to escape, Lady Isabella fell to her death from a tower window. Feeling brave? You can visit the ‘ghost room’ in one of the turrets in the oldest part of the castle.
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