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Gory Stories: Meet The Ghosts Of York

York is one of the most ancient cities in the UK, and it’s history is as dark as it is deep.

This Halloween, light a candle, cover your feet with a blanket and indulge in our boutique hotel’s tales of the true horror stories in York.


York Museum

On a chilly night in 1953, Mr. Jonas, the museum caretaker, claimed to see a little man he described as being clothed in Edwardian-era garments. Mr. Jonas and his wife had closed and locked up the Museum one evening and returned to their apartment located in the basement. As the pair settled down for the night, they heard footsteps through the ceiling from the museum floor above. Upon going to check who had trespassed, Mr Jonas saw the mystery man pacing the floor. Assuming he’d somehow been locked inside, Jonas approached him and laid a hand on his shoulder - at which point the mystery man promptly disappeared!



The Golden Fleece

One thing that York isn’t short on is definitely haunted pubs and ale houses! The Golden Fleece is proud to have a reputation of York’s most haunted public house, something which was dismissed as tall tales for tourists by one manager when she was first hired. During her first few months, she witnessed an apparition moving across the bar and through a wall, the sounds of footsteps and - disturbingly - an ice-cold hand running up her spine! Other witness accounts include a ghostly woman believed to be Lady Alice Peckitt; the wife of a former Lord Mayor of York, a Canadian Airman and of course - One Eyed Jack who appears in the bottom bar in a 16th-Century red coat carrying a pistol!



35 Stonegate

35 Stonegate is said to be the most haunted building in York. Soaked in history, the house was built in 1482, although records show that the site has been inhabited for up to 1000 years..

This house is said to have at least 14 different ghosts, however many people believe there to be many more. Supernatural happenings became a regular occurance in the late nineties when the property was heavily renovated, suggesting the work somehow disturbed them. One of the most documented of the spirits is simply known as Tom, who haunts the aptly-named seance room on the second floor of the house. He’s described as a tall man wearing a hat… who is well known to drag visitors around the room…



Nunnington Hall

What’s creepier than the ghostly sounds of children whispering? That and all the other supernatural happenings at Nunnington Hall! Aside from the chilling, child-like whispers coming from the attic, the ghost of Lady Nunnington is said to still roam the halls. Her dress is heard dragging up and down the staircase, doors open and slam in the dead of night, and sounds of weeping are reported on a regular basis. In the panelled room, a dark, shapeless mass has been seen entering the room through a wall, moving over the bed and out of the window - along with the sound of a blood-curdling scream coming from this room alone. Even the ground-floor rooms appear to be haunted, with more child-like voices, books flying across the room and sounds of raging parties in the dead of night.



Mad Alice Lane

Lund’s Court is a small snickleway leading through the city. Around 1824, one of the alley’s houses was inhabited by a woman only known as ‘Mad Alice’; a woman beaten remorselessly by her husband. The beatings eventually became so relentless, Alice finally snapped, attacked her husband and subsequently killed him. According to rumours, the murder caused her to go insane, resulting in Alice being hanged at York Castle in 1825. Though no documents seem to support this, we somehow can’t explain the fact her ghostly face has been seen by multiple people throughout the decades, looking down over the lane below. Even though the myth has been debunked - we still avoid this alley in the dark!


We hope you enjoyed our Gory Stories from the real hauntings of York. A city steeped in this much history doesn’t go without historic - and goulish - baggage.

This Halloween, why not try one of the many Ghost Hunts around York? We hope our 3 for 2 offer can tempt you to fight the fear during the most spine-chilling night in York!



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Hotel Indigo York Reviews



A lovely hotel within walking distance to the centre of York. Very friendly, helpful staff on reception, bar area and dining room. The rooms were immaculately clean and well presented. The bed was absolutely huge and was extremely comfortable. The hotel has a modern, funky feel to it and was very welcoming. The breakfast was superb . Would definitely stay here again.



<p>Conveniently positioned within easy walking distance of the city and Minster. This was our third visit so obviously we’re fans. That said although the previous visits were excellent this time the stay was even better. On check in we were given a complimentary upgrade to a superior room as IHG elite members. The room was spacious, clean and well furnished. Large TV. Massive comfortable bed with high quality bedding. Complimentary snacks with fresh milk and the bonus of a Nespresso coffee machine complete with six “pods”. Decent sized bathroom which was clean and well stocked with quality toiletries. Breakfast on both mornings was excellent. Wide choice of hot and cold items. Plenty of quality juices and smoothies. Service excellent even when busy nothing seems rushed. Very highly recommended.</p>



Excellent hotel. Rooms very nice and extremely clean and quiet. Friendly staff both at reception and restaurant. Breakfast had fantastic choice. Location was really good lots of nice bars and restaurants just minutes away. Short walk to the Shambles and they offered parking just 2 minutes away for a small daily charge. Would definitely stay again. 5 Stars.


Perth, Australia

We have found that it’s the little things that make a huge difference when you’re travelling. They’ve nailed the little things here! You’re always warmly greeted when you pass reception. Comfortable bed, soft towels, immaculate room and free chocolate in the fridge! Breakfast is delicious and finally a coffee I enjoyed. Location is fabulous and parking was easy. Well done to the Team at Hotel Indigo.



We stayed at the Indigo for my birthday recently. It was very modern with quirky room features. The breakfast was world class - such a great variety of treats, including a good selection of gluten and dairy free food. The staff were very helpful and attentive.


Milton Keynes

Stayed for 2 nights, very good quality modern hotel with good sized rooms and breakfast. Cold buffet and hot food freshly cooked to order . Great location within a 5/10 minute walk of York center. Would highly recommend.



<p>My partner, daughter and I stayed for 3 nights on a city break in April 2018. The room was great, Fresh milk in the complimentary mini fridge, fantastic big bed, really really clean, excellent room service and thick black out curtains. The service was excellent from all the staff at all times - reception staff were helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast was also fantastic, so much choice on offer and again, nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is really well located for the city. It was excellent value for money and we would definitely stay there again. Absolutely 10/10 all round.</p>


South Ayrshire

This is a nice hotel in a quiet area of York, but still within easy walking distance of the city centre / shambles walls etc. Lovely continental breakfast and a quiet bar area. Ideal if you want a bit of peace in a busy city.



Stayed one night in this hotel ,was very impressed. A warm welcome on arrival from the receptionist and the room was ready ahead of check in time. The room was lovely, very luxurious with lots of nice touche. Biscuits, chocolate and drinks in fridge. Very close to main town and York Minster. Had a lovely evening meal in the hotel restaurant, very reasonable priced and a nice breakfast in the morning before leaving. Would definitely stay here again.



Lovely hotel close to York centre and near all the main sites. Within 5 minutes walk to the Shambles. Excellent staff and facilities. On arrival complimentary mini treats in room due to it being my Birthday. Complimentary water and chocolate and biscuits in room together with tea making facilities. Made the 2 night stay in York most enjoyable. Would definitely stay there again and recommend.


Greater Manchester

We had a very pleasant stay on a Saturday night when visiting York. The hotel is only a few minutes walk from the Shambles and central York area. The staff were all good and friendly with good check in service and also in the bar. The breakfast choice and service was also very good. The room and the hotel was decorated very well. We stay here again if staying in York.

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