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Have a Spooktacular Halloween in Oxford

We may be home to one of the world’s top universities, but not all of our residents are scholars…some are a little more on the paranormal side! With lots of strange sightings and peculiar goings on, Oxford is largely believed to be one of the most haunted places in the UK. In the spirit of the most spooktacular month of the year, our boutique hotel in Oxford thought we’d share Oxford’s most haunted places for those who are brave enough to read on…

St Johns College

You may think you’d be safe in the tranquillity of a library, but not in Oxford.  Many students have claimed to see the headless ghost of Archbishop Willian Laud kicking his head along the floor of the library in St John’s College. Laud was a student of St John’s who then became its president and chancellor. He was beheaded in 1645 for an impeachment of the Long Parliament, although his guilt was never proven.

Oxford Castle

As you may have guessed, former prison Oxford Castle certainly makes it onto Oxford, and even the UK’s, most haunted list due to its long, dark history. There has been plenty of spooky activity reported, notably the ghost of Mary Blandy, who was executed at the castle in 1752 for killing her father. She has since been seen wandering the Castle Mound where she was hung for her crime. More recently, during the 1970s, a group carrying out a séance accidently invited poltergeist activity. Things became so chaotic that a priest had to be called to exorcise the demons.

Trout Inn

Fancy a pint with a touch of the paranormal? Head to the Trout Inn, one of Oxford’s famed haunted inns. Along with Godstow Nunnery across the river, the inn is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Rosamund the Fair, also known as Rosamund Clifford, who was a nun and mistress of King Henry II. The story claims that Rosamund died from drinking poison given to her to Queen Eleanor, after she discovered her husband’s affair. Today Rosamund’s ghost haunts the inn and has been seen throwing bottles from tables and creating a smell of heather whenever she appears. Eerily she was buried holding a sprig of heather…

If this has peaked for passion for the paranormal then why not experience Bill Spectre’s famous Ghost Trails this Autumn to truly get you into the Halloween spirit!

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