Book Haunted Inns and Hotels in West Dorset

Royal Lion

60 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset

This hotel is splendid seaside and former coaching inn. It stands near the site of the old town gallows. With such an auspicious neighbour, it is not surprising that it exhibits ghostly manifestations. These include a man who the authorities had executed. He appears, wearing black with a most unhappy visage. He is most frequently seen on the ground floor. This 16th century coaching inn has a history and atmosphere all of its own. While on their way to their bedrooms, residents have, detected footsteps treading close behind them. Coincidentally, they heard heavy breathing with a dramatic drop in temperature. Lyme Regis is well, locals knew, as the setting for The Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles. Prince Edward (later Edward VII) stayed at this hotel when it was given its regal prefix. In the ‘King Edward' room, there is a half-tester bed, maintained to have been used by the king. A half-tester was a popular type of bed in the 19th century when it was difficult to install a four-poster bed into a room.