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Bath’s most famous haunts

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If you’re looking for something spooky this Halloween while staying in Bath, then staying with one of our independent guesthouses or B&Bs is a great choice, as all of them are run by people who are local to the city, who have lived and worked in the area for years. You can be sure that they can share some pretty interesting ghost stories. If you want to go out on a paranormal investigation of your own, here are just a few of the reported ghostly sightings made in Bath over the years.

The Grey Lady

There is a rumour that a lady dressed in grey haunts the Theatre Royal and the streets around it, apparently, she can be spotted in the early evening in 18th century evening wear and feathers in her hair.

The Bath Monks

Head to the Abbey and see if you can spot the group of monks that supposedly haunts the area. There have been several sighting s of phantom monks in and around the abbey’s main doors.

Tiny the dog

Beckford’s Tower on Lansdown Hill is said to be haunted by William Beckford’s pet dog, Tiny, who was buried in the tower. Reports of seeing the dog began after his remains were moved.

The Duellers of Victoria Park

Victoria Park was once a duelling ground in the days when disputes were settled with swords rather than calm discussion. The park is said to be haunted by a dueller with a sword. There have also been reports of whispers from the bushes that are supposedly from the fighters that didn’t return home.

The Romans

Being a significant place in the Roman occupation, you might expect a few ghostly sightings of Romans wondering around near the Baths. There are legends of apparitions appearing on the grounds of the baths and of figures in Roman uniforms walking around the streets nearby.

Sally in the woods

More of a local legend than anything else, a stretch of road by Folly Woods near Bathford is said to be haunted by a young girl who runs out into the road to cause accidents. Locals will have you believe that the birds don’t even sing along one part of the road. Guess you’ll just have to take a trip to the woods to find out for certain. It is definitely a creepy place to be.

The hanging tree

Not so much a spirit but a place you might want to include in your tour if you like the macabre. Head to Abbey Green where you will spot a huge, ancient plane tree in the centre. The centre of Abbey Green was once used for hanging so the tree was historically known as The Hanging Tree.

Want to find out more? Join one of Bath’s ghost walks and tours through the city. There’s several guided tours around Bath that will take you to all the places where paranormal activity has been reported. Or you could always ask your hosts to tell you some of the creepy stories they’ve heard. Then go on a ghost hunt yourself…


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