Book Haunted Inns and Hotels in Taunton Deane

Castle Hotel

Castle Green, Taunton

That ubiquitous jurist, Judge Jeffreys, stayed at this former castle when he was at his most savage in his findings against the followers of the Duke of Monmouth after the rebellion of 1685. His ghost has been seen in the hotel gnawing on a large bone of meat. From time to time music is heard being played on a violin in the ‘Fiddler's Room’ although nobody is in the room at the time. Witnesses have described the ghostly musician as a lady wearing evening dress from the early twentieth century. Coleridge and Wordsworth walked in the nearby Quantock Hills and it was while in these hills that Coleridge was inspired to write ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ - itself a tale of ghosts!