Bed, breakfast and a bone-chilling stay — do you dare spend the night in one of Yorkshire's most haunted hotels?
A peaceful night's sleep may not be guaranteed but a hair-raising experience for thrill seekers and ghost hunters could be on the cards!
From friendly spooks to poltergeists, the ghosts of former ladies of the manor and even 'mad maids' — there's been lots of ghostly-goings on at these hotels.
Would you brave an overnight stay? Take your pick from one of these spooky sleepovers...
Yorkshire's most haunted hotels
Gisborough Hall Hotel, Guisborough, North Yorkshire
This beautiful hotel was built in 1856 and has its own peaceful, private grounds — but after dark it may not be so tranquil! The hotel is said to have three ghosts — including a former butler that patrols the lobby and an old woman who has been spotted in some of the rooms and corridors.
It was once the home of Lord Gisborough, Richard Chaloner, who decided to spell his name differently to the neighbouring town.
Bagdale Hall Hotel, Whitby
This Tudor manor house is thought to be the oldest building still standing in Whitby, North Yorkshire — and former owner Browne Bushell is said to still roam its corridors.
Bushell was executed for charges relating to piracy and allegedly returned to Bagdale after his death. He's been spied walking up and down staircases, while poltergeist activity and the sounds of whispering voices and a crying child have also been heard. Sleep well!
The Golden Fleece, York
York's rich history and atmospheric narrow lanes have made it a favourite spot for ghost hunters and tours over the years, and the Golden Fleece is believed to be the city's most haunted pub. It's alleged that the pub is home to no less than 15 spectres, including the ghost of Lady Alice Peckett.
Lady Peckett, a former mayor of York, apparently roams the corridors of the hotel, moves furniture around and spends the early hours wandering up and down the staircases. Other notable spooks include a World War Two Canadian airman who fell from one of the upper windows of the hotel and died, pistol-carrying One Eyed Jack and a young Victorian boy. You might even spot the ghost of a Roman soldier. You may be in for a lively night!
The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley, York
This hotel is actually made up of three buildings — a black and white timber house, a Georgian house and an Elizabethan home — and has a history dating back more than 500 years. So it's unsuprising there's a few resident spooks too.
Keep an eye out for an old, well dressed gentleman and a young blonde woman during your stay.
Dean Court Hotel, York
Sat in the shadow of York Minster, Dean Court Hotel, a Best Western property, was built in 1855 across three buildings, and housed the Clergy of the Minster. It's one of York's most popular boutique hotels — but if you do book a room, try to avoid room 36! That's where most of the paranormal activity has occurred, according to reports, including slamming doors, guests feeling pressure on their chests as they lay in bed, objects moving around and unusual cold spots.
There's also the ghost known as the Mad Maid — who has reportedly told mediums she used to clean the guesthouse next door, that later became part of Dean Court Hotel.
Mosborough Hall Hotel, Sheffield
This hotel, also run by Best Western, dates back to the 16th century, when it was a Manor House. Resident ghosts include the White Lady, a governess at the hall who found herself pregnant with the squire's baby. He had promised to care for her and provide her with a small cottage to live in, but went back on his word — and it's said you sometimes hear their final argument. Thegoverness' threatened to tell the squire's wife, and he slit her throat. Gulp.
There's also the story of Dr Pilcher, a doctor who treated the army detachment who stayed at the hall at the turn of the 20th century. Dismissing the story of the White Lady, he braved a night in the room where she died. The next morning an attendant came in with a cup of tea, and he and Doctor were horrified to turn and see the sheets and pillowcase dripping with blood. He resigned from his role and never set foot in Mosborough Hall again. Don't blame him.
Hazlewood Castle, Tadcaster
Historic Hazlewood Castle gets a mention in the Doomsday Book — so it's no wonder there's a few reminders of its past lurking about! Suspected spooks include a monk in a black habit walking across St Margaret's courtyard, a priest wandering from the Great Hall to the library, strange shadows in the bedrooms and more. Do you dare explore?