13 of the world’s most haunted pubs and bars

The Skirrid Inn, Llanvihangel Crucorney, Monmouthshire

The Skirrid Inn

Wales’ oldest pub, The Skirrid Inn dates back to 1110. Named after the mountain that looms over it, the pub has appeared in the TV show Most Haunted and is said to be one of the UK’s spookiest taverns. Glasses fly across the bar by themselves, faces have been seen at the windows, things mysteriously disappear only to turn up weeks later and residents often wake to an ice-cold room and the feeling that they are being watched. It is thought that one of the main spirits at the inn is that of Fanny Price, who worked at the pub in the 18th century and died of consumption aged 35. There have been many sightings of her in room 3.

The first floor of the inn was once used as a courtroom where people who committed serious offences were given capital punishment. In 1685, during an exceptionally bloody period in the inn’s history, 180 insurgents from the Monmouth Rebellion were hanged from an oak beam over the staircase just outside the courtroom. The hangings were ordered by Baron George Jeffreys, who has since been seen walking the upper floors of the inn in search of people to hang.

One felon who was sentenced to death, sheep rustler John Crowther, has been seen several times at the property. Other ghostly occurrences in the house are the powerful scent of perfume; the rustling of a lady’s dress; the sound of soldiers in the courtyard and sightings of a lady in white. Perhaps creepiest of all, many visitors have complained of feeling as if they were being strangled by a noose, which is no surprise given the pub’s history. Some have even reported the appearance of welts on their necks resembling rope burns.

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