White Hart Hotel in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, is a haunted hotel brimming with ghosts, says RICK HALE
White Hart Hotel
Bailgate, Lincoln, LN1 3AR, UK
Located in the heart of historic Lincoln, Lincolnshire is the White Hart Hotel a lovely hotel that mixes the old with the new.
According to the many reports, this hotel is haunted by a number of very active ghosts.
Including a villianous highwayman who made the fatal error of messing with the wrong coachman.
White Hart Hotel History
The White Hart Hotel can be found situated between an 11th century cathedral and a Norman castle.
Although the hotel itself was built in 1710, it sits on the foundation of a 15th century Inn and has incorporated some parts of this much older building.
Over the years, a number of notable people have stayed at the hotel. The Prince of Wales stayed there in 1925.
And the Yeoman of the guard resided at the hotel during the Maundy Thursday celebration.
The town of Lincoln may be fun to explore due to its historical significance, however, it is the ghosts of The White Hart Hotel that keeps its rooms full.
Spectral Inhabitants Of The White Hart Hotel
The popular Orangery Restaurant in the hotel had a much different purpose centuries earlier.
The stables for the hotel were kept in this part of the building. And it’s considered to be one of the most haunted areas of the hotel.
In the 18th century, a highwayman attempted to rob a coach that had just arrived with wealthy passengers.
When the cutthroat thief pounced, the coachman fought back by shoving a torch into the highwayman’s face.
The highwayman went up in flames and eventually perished from his wounds.
Since his death, the apparition of the highwayman has been reported by both staff and guests.
He is said to run through the restaurant hiding his scarred face with his cloak before vanishing through a wall.
The restaurant is also reported to be unnaturally cold even on hot summer days.
Highwayman, young maid ghost and unnaturally cold restaurant
A spirit known as the ‘Mobcap girl’ is seen frequently in the hotel.
It is believed she was a young maid who attracted the unwanted attention of a local ratchatcher.
When she spurned his overtures of love he became enraged and brutally murdered the girl.
Her spirit has been seen sobbing and cowering in a corner on the first floor. Perhaps reliving the final moments of her young life.
In the 1960s, a distraught man checked into the hotel late one night. And moments after entering his room he committed the desperate of suicide.
There has never been any reports of a ghost encountered in the room.
However, the room is typically avoided by staff and rarely assigned to a guest due to the sound of sobbing and an overwhelming sense of dread.
Lastly, staff have reported seeing the apparition of a frail, elderly woman aimlessly wandering the corridors of the lower levels.
Believing she may be lost, they attempt to help only to be shocked when she vanishes before their eyes.
Why stay at the White Hart Hotel in Lincoln?
The very haunted White Hart Hotel offers several en-suite rooms that are classically decorated and well appointed.
Some of the rooms even offer a wonderful view of the nearby cathedral and castle.
The Orangery Restaurant is open for both guests and the public where the chef has a flair for Mediterranean cuisine.
The hotel also has facilities for hosting wedding receptions and business conferences.
If you should stay at this haunted Lincoln hotspot, be sure to explore the historic town and it’s many shops and boutiques.
The White Hart Hotel will not disappoint as a first rate hotel. And a location known for its many ghosts.
Tell us about your experience at the White Hart Hotel in the comments section below!
When staying at the hotel last night in a first floor room, I heard the distressed cry, a young female voice, twice in my sleep and woke intermittently feeling uneasy. Reading this page since did give the slight shivers! Elizabeth, from Lincolnshire.
Wow, Elizabeth, thanks for sharing that. What time did it happen – did anyone else hear it?
I stayed there in 2015. my room was on the lower levels of the hotel. For the 5 night I was in, there was loud noises coming from the corridor. Like -If I can explain it right- teenagers or young people running so fast. Later I learned I was the only one in this floor. still shaking.
Melina, what an amazing experience – I would have been shaking too!
I stayed in that hotel for a week in 2010 and had to get to my room via stairs at the back of the lounge. Half way in the stairs they was a landing with a window and chair underneath it. Every time I passed the chair I felt shiver down my spine, it gave me the creeps. When I was checking out on my last day I walked past the chair with my suitcase and laptop bag and as I turned to go down the last flight of stairs I said “I’m glad to see the back of that creepy chair!”
As soon as I said it I felt a hard shove in my back and went tumbling down the stairs. There was nobody else around when this happened. As I checked out, I told the staff what had happened and they didn’t seem surprised, they just asked if I was hurt.
Thanks for sharing that Matt, hope you were okay. People need to be careful when visiting the White Hart Hotel obviously!