The Most Haunted Places in York
This post relates to our stay in York. As York abounds with supernatural activity, this post is as relevant now as it would have been at the time of our visit.
Tour bus stops 4th December but starts again in February.
We stayed at two Travelodge hotels for the three days that we visited York:
- Room 213 in the York Central Travelodge
- Room 202 in the York Central Micklegate Travelodge
The York Central Travelodge is seconds away from Clifford Tower.
Clifford Tower: It is said that many Jews committed suicide in the tower. This was preferable to surrendering to the rioting anti-Semitic mobs who were tearing up the town. even after being dug up and replaced after the ground of the tower is said to be stained red. Therefore, shortly after a 0820 fire alarm, we left the hotel shortly to take a closer look. The building has an uneasy feel to it but we did not experience anything supernatural. So, we made our way to the Yorkshire museum.
The Yorkshire Museum: This is not free on entry unlike many museums in York. However, it boasts at least two ghosts. Back in 1954 at the Yorkshire Museum Library, for several weeks a particular book in the library would be found laying on the floor on Sunday evening - the mystery was 'solved' when a caretaker reported seeing an ghostly old man looking through the shelves, as if trying to find reading material. Also, St Mary's Abbey, currently in the Museum Garden, is said to be haunted by the Black Abbot. This character is condemned to drift around the ruins of the abbey, the Black Abbot is only seen at night. The sounds of coins being counted can also be heard - they jangle as if tipped onto a table, before being dropped one by one into a metal box... The only coins I could hear were the ones in my pocket. So, we made our to the National Railway Museum.
The National Railway Museum: Thankfully, this museum is free to all. A sleeping car housed there is said to contain a strange presence, while the darkroom is also reportedly home to a ghostly presence...
The Convent museum: The only other museum that we visited was the Convent museum. This establishment deserves an article on its own. Now for the pubs:
The Belgian Bar on Micklegate: This pub is said to be haunted by an landlord with a turnip shaped head. It looked as if it would be the bees knees. However, the service was noticeably lacking. There was one person taking orders while another sat at the bar with a laptop. This does not constitute a good business model, as it demonstrates an inability to serve prospective customers. Nonetheless, we received a sarcastic and unhealthy condescending attitude as we left once realising that we were not about to be served any time soon: "Thank You! Do come again!" CAMRA keep bleating about pub closures. It is hardly surprising in some cases. My message to these sorts of pubs is that they just have a bit more common-sense and channel their negative efforts into saving their save your pub. In this context, the leaving gesture qualifies for real ale twat comment of the quarter.
The Trafalgar Bay: This pub is said to be haunted by a banshee. The establishment has maritime decorations and colourful customers. It is one of two Sam Smith pubs that we found in York. The prices are better than to be expected. Here, we refer to recent price hikes that we experienced in Stockport. The Trafalgar Bay is particularly child friendly too. There is something for everyone. Typically in a Sam Smith pub, we find its own brand of soft drinks and crisps. Children love this factor. So much so that we revisited this pub on a third day before getting the train home. It is a shame that other Sam Smith pubs do not recognize that children love their products, yet so many of their pubs disallow children.
The Corner Pin: This pub is said to be haunted by an insane chief. We did not investigate as we were famish by the time we arrived. The staff were more than helpful. We could buy a main meal of sizeable portions for £5. We would recommend the steak and ale pie. The scampi is as good as anywhere else too. The Hob Goblin was on form. There was a selection of other real ales but none of these were local ones either. One of the customers asked me to complete his crossword. I was happy enough to oblige, contributing thirty seconds or so of my time. It's child friendly pub; my child hid under my coat and did not each much of his meal but there was nothing wrong with his food. Other customers were family friend enough and probably had recollections of their childhood by these actions.
The Roman Bath public house: From the old baths located below this pub, phantom splashing can sometimes be heard
The York Arms on n Petergate: The phantom nun which haunts this pub was bricked up behind a wall after giving birth. The building in which this occurred no longer stands, but the pub was built on the same spot... This may be the same ghost which haunts the Theatre Royal... A sprightly spook has scared many a guest in the gent's toilet here by suddenly appearing and disappearing, her identity is unknown but it has been suggested that she may be the same ghost that haunts the Theatre Royal nearby. On one occasion a former landlord became so frustrated by the ghost that he threw a loaded paint brush at it, the assault produced no effect but left a paint smear on the wall! There is also a poltergeist that annoyingly locks doors, throws cutlery and kitchen equipment around, and generally makes a nuisance of itself.
The Golden Fleece: Towards the end of World War 2, a drunken Canadian pilot fell from an upstairs window in the building, and broke his neck on the pavement below. Since then, this ghost has reportedly haunted the bedroom from which he fell. Being an ancient building which is mentioned in the York Archives as far back as 1503, the Golden Fleece stands directly opposite York's most historic and picturesque street, the shambles. The rear yard is named after Lady Alice Peckett whose husband, John, owned the premises as well as being Lord Mayor of York around 1702. Many guests have reported seeing the late Lady Peckett wandering the endless corridors and staircases in the wee, small hours and, including ghostly apparitions and moving furniture, hers is just one of the five resident spirits. The most haunted team picked up on many strange happenings including a sinister ghostly laugh with Yvette Fielding's recording equipment.
The Micklegate Bar Museum: The museum is currently home to the ghostly Sarah, who as a young girl lost her father's keys to the city. She dedicated the rest of her life to finding them, and on completion of the task dropped dead of old age. It is reported that her shade wanders the corridors victoriously rattling the keys
The Punch Bowl: Two ghosts are known to haunt this inn that was said to be a house of ill repute in the past. The first ghost dates from more recent times, that of a 19th century landlord who perished in a fire, but the second is a reminder of the building's more colourful past. Legend has it that on a cold winter's night a man seeking company called at the house. After imbibing copious amounts of alcohol, he began to harass one of the girls who rejected his advances. He subsequently pursued her around the building, finally strangling her in a drunken rage, and her desperate spirit is said to re-enact her last moments, still running from room to room, trying to evade her assailant.
Before I sign off, it is noteworthy that there are a few shops that sell pretty inexpensive food. One such shop is the Krunchy Sandwich. Here, we enjoyed a baked potato and a hot salami sandwich.