1 February 2012

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Visit the Most Haunted Pub in England and Many More…

The Golden Fleece Inn in York, England
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One of the great attractions of visiting York is the change to see some of the many historical pubs in the city. They provide a fascinating experience for those interested in York's rich and varied past, as well as being ideal places for a relaxing and enjoyable drink or meal. In some of them, there could be a surprise in store for visitors, in the form of ghostly presences from history.

The Golden Fleece
The Golden Fleece is renowned for being the most haunted pub in York. There has been an inhabited dwelling in the location since 1503 but the building was first recorded as a licensed pub in 1668. The name comes from the wool trade, which was the foremost business in York from the 13th through to the 17th century. The building itself has architecture from the 16th century at the back, while the front of the property was built in the 19th century. The original parts of the building were once a courtyard for coaches, as the inn was a large coach house during the 18th and 19th centuries. The pub gets its name as the most haunted pub in England from a number of mysterious occurrences witnessed by customers. Apparently, it is haunted by Lady Peckett, who lived in the building during her husband's reign as Lord Mayor of York in 1702. She is reported to wander through the building and is resident along with four other ghosts. One of these is Geoff Morne, who killed himself in 1945 by falling from a window in the property.

The accommodation in the Golden Fleece comes in the form of four different suites. The suites are called the Shambles, St Catherine, Lady Pickett's Yard and the Minster Suite. All rooms have en-suite facilities and they come at a range of prices. One thing that other York hotels cannot offer you is opportunity to stay in the country's most haunted pub.

There are many other historic pubs in the centre of York, ranging from the Olde Starr, licensed in 1644, to the youngest of the historic pubs, the Windmill, licensed in 1770.

The Olde Starr Inn
The Olde Starr Inn dates from the mid-16th century. The pub is thought to be named after the Star of Bethlehem, which was thought to guide travelling people to York Minster. It might also be named after the innkeeper's crest, which was a star with 16 points. The original building had a coaching yard to the front of the property. However, when the railroad came to York there was no longer a need for coaching yards and the front yard was sold off to be used as a shop.

The Red Lion
Built on the foundations of a 13th-century dwelling, the Red Lion has a bread oven in its main bar, which gives it a claim to be the oldest pub in the city although it was only licensed as a pub in the 19th century. The pub's second floor is home to a priest hole, which is located between bedrooms, with the chimney serving as access. It is said that Dick Turpin once hid there.

Wherever you choose to stay in York, the historic pubs are as much a visitor attraction as York Minster itself. There are guided tours and walks around the city centre that go from pub to pub, along with ghost walks that will take you to the pubs that are reported to be haunted.

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