A fun evening of spooky tales with the Nottingham Ghost Walk
You may remember Gwen, from Eat Travel Love, visited the Nottingham Winter Wonderland a few weeks ago and shared her love for the festive market. Next up, she joins one of Nottingham’s most popular walks on a chilly winter evening . . . here is her review on the Nottingham Ghost Walk.
‘Twas a cold night in Nottingham. . . Wrapped up in our scarves and hats, we made our way to the Ye Olde Salutation Inn pub – one of the country’s oldest public houses and the perfect place to start an evening ghost walk.
Greeted by Gary, our guide for the night, we were also joined by 70 other people (adults and children) who wanted to take part in this legendary walk. Did you know that the Nottingham Ghost Walk has been running for over 20 years – every Saturday at 7pm?
Once everyone had purchased their tickets (£6 for adults and £3 for kids), a theatrical Gary began our walk down the road and into the graveyard of St Nic’s Church, and here Gary began to play his flute and tell us the tale of the grey lady – but you’ll have to book on to discover more!
Next up, we made our way to the oldest street in Nottingham. Huddled together under the light of a street lamp, Gary drew our attention to an old council building – which had something of a more seedy history – dating back over 300 years.
The building used to be a brothel and council staff who worked in the middle room of the building always felt overwhelming senses of emotion – from grief to being physically sick. It wasn’t until one day, behind a plaster board wall, the troubling truth was revealed to why all these workers had been experiencing such emotion.
Next, we made our way to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – aka the oldest inn in England. Gary gathered the group to tell us the story of Mortimer and the screams that can be heard here by his lover, Queen Isabella. As Roger Mortimer was dragged from Nottingham Castle, Isabella screamed to her son and capturers, ‘My son, be kind to the fair Mortimer’.
Heading back up the road, the group followed the tunes of the flute to the famous Robin Hood statue, located near Nottingham Castle. Here Gary told us the tale of old King John, who took 20 boys hostage so that their fathers did not rebel. When their rebellion eventually came, the young boys were hung outside of Nottingham castle and their bodies were left to rot.
When arriving here I had an overwhelming smell of something pretty nasty, which no one else seemed to notice. It was later revealed by Gary that some ‘sensitive’ people can smell the rotting bodies when visiting this location. Now, I’m not saying that I have super natural powers – but that’s pretty spooky right?!
Our final destination was the Ye Olde Salutation Inn, the place we began our ghost walk and a place that I’ve heard numerous spooky stories of over the years. Walking into the pub we made a trip down the steps and into the caves situated below the pub. Crowded together, Gary concluded the night with a few stories. The one that spooked me out the most was the story of the little girl called Rosie, who likes to cause mischief in the pub. . .
What an end to a great experience! Gary is a fantastic guide with so much enthusiasm for what he does and for the bargain price of £6 for an hour and 30 minutes, the Nottingham Ghost Walk is a must-see.
The Nottingham Ghost Walk runs every Saturday. There’s no need to book – simply turn up prior 7pm.