Haunted Hotels – The Schooner Hotel
Where is the most haunted place in Britain? According to the Poltergeist Society it is The Schooner Hotel. This historic hotel was built in the 17th century and sits in the pleasant village of Alnmouth on the River Aln. When you consider the fact that the hotel was not only a coaching inn, which means that it was part of the inland travelers route, but it was also in a village that was an active seaport. As you can imagine over the years the hotel would have offered accommodations to a vast array of clientele. And. according to staff, visitors and locals, some of these guests never left.
There have been more than 3000 reported ghost sightings in this Inn just in the past couple of years, and there are reputed to be at least 60 ghosts who make their home at the inn.
One of the resident ghosts is that of a young boy who enjoys riding his tricycle, up and down the halls of the inn. Many people have seen the young boy and the staff have noticed scratches among the walls for which they have no explanation. He also enjoys knocking on the doors of hotel guests.
Ghost seekers at the Schooner Hotel
One team of investigators reported seeing a young girl in one of the hallways. When a physic used a type of Ouija board and tried to establish communications with the spectre, the name Abigail was spelled out on the board and when asked her age, the pointer shifted to the number six.
One of the most active rooms in the hotel is number 28. This room is said to have been the scene of a murder. An entire family was killed in this room while they were staying in the hotel. Screams and crying are often heard coming from this room, although no one is in them.
Other strange phenomenon occur within the hotel on a regular basis. Clocks begin to flash and show random numbers. Knocking and banging is also a frequent occurrence. Strange footsteps are heard throughout the building, as well as whisperings and other unaccounted for noises. Many rooms are said to have cold spots and cause extreme feelings of dread and nausea. Paranormal sightings have also included soldiers, a maid and even a chicken.
There is little actual documentation about the history of the hotel and its many guests, but rumors and legends are abundant. Its colorful history includes tales of suicides, murders and fires.
If you plan to visit this old hotel, be prepared. You might just find yourself sharing your room with more than you bargained for.
8 Northumberland Street
Alnmouth, Alnwick NE66 2RS, United Kingdom
01665 830 216