Information on current Bristol’s Haunted and Hidden Ghost walk:
reveals the darker side to Bristol’s history and is a very entertaining and informative way to spend an evening.
The route of the tour takes in some of Bristol darker and creepier historical locations along with film and TV locations. The tour delivers historical fact and TV and film trivia with a good dose of humour.
The tour won the 2014 Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and was voted No.1 on GWR FM’S ‘Top 20 Things to do in Bristol’.
The tour has been featured on Living TV’s Most Haunted and the Source and has been entreating punters for the last 10 years.
There are a number of Haunted and Hidden Ghost walk documentaries on YouTube.
The Haunted and Hidden Ghost walk features include:
• Hear about Clifton’s ghostly Dwarf Highwayman
• See Bristol’s famous Haunted Cinema
• Visit a 16th Century Haunted House
• Hear about a Church and it’s ghostly Monk
• See where a cook chased a Ghost
• Visit TV and Film locations and many fun and interesting sites!!!
Departs Bristol Cathedral, College Green – Every Friday night at 8pm
• Place 1
All Saints Church, Clifton
In the 1840s, local Bristol newspapers reported a haunting at a house joined to the All Saints Church in Clifton.
The ghost was said to be that of a an old man, and the family living in the house, the Jones’s, were terrified by his presence, so much so that Mrs Jones reportedly felt the urge to jump out of a window.
The couple reported seeing a light flickering on one of the walls in the house, and Mr. Jones was said to be so scared that he was reduced to a trembling ball on the floor.
The church and grounds are also believed to be haunted by a monk in black who is said to have returned to watch over treasure he had hidden in the grounds.
• Place 2
Arnos Manor Hotel
Arnos Manor Hotel was originally a large private home, complete with its own chapel run by nuns from a local school.
Legend has it that one of the nuns fell pregnant and took her own life, and the other nuns bricked her up in a wall to try to keep the scandal under wraps.
The hotel was damaged by a bomb during the Second World War, and when repair works got underway the nun’s skeleton was reportedly discovered and moved by workmen.
There have multiple reports of a figure in brown at the hotel, and some people are said to have heard a soft female voice calling them by name. Most of the activity has been reported in room 160.
• Place 3
Arnos Vale Cemetery
Two female figures supposedly haunt the cemetery, and many people who visit have reported feeling an overwhelming sense of sadness.
A black female figure is said to have been spotted crying over the death of her husband who was killed in WW1.
Another female figure has been reported at the cemetery, crying and panicked after supposedly being buried alive there.
• Place 4
The Dower House, situated in Stoke Park, is one of Bristol’s most recognisable buildings as it overlooks the M32 on the way in to the city.
Both the house and grounds of Stoke Park are believed to be haunted by one its former residents. Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Somerset fell from her horse in 1760 and broke her neck. Her ghost is said to still ride around the park.
Walkers in the park often report hearing the sound of horses’ hooves in the woodland, but no horses have had access to the land for decades.
Oldbury Court Estate/Vassals Park
There used to be a building on the land at Vassals Park, and legend has it a Catholic Monk used it as a place to hold mass at a time when it was illegal to do so.
When visitors came to the building, the monk was hidden away in a “priest hole” in the house, so as not to be discovered.
But it is rumoured that he was once left in the priest hole, where he starved to death.
There have been multiple reported sightings of a monk walking through solid objects and there have also been sightings of a hooded figure floating on a footbridge in the park.
• Place 6
Clifton Suspension Bridge
The spirit of the famous bridge’s designer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel is said to haunt the sight surrounding Clifton Suspension Bridge. Walkers have reported seeing the spirit of a man admiring the bridge, which was completed after Brunel’s death.
Motorists driving across the bridge have also reportedly seeing dark figures and shadows near the bridge’s edges, said to be the spirit of people who have taken their own lives there.
• Place 7
The SS Great Britain
The SS Great Britain has a long history and throughout its illustrious voyages on the waves it has witnessed some tragic events. Many ghosts have made their home aboard this ship. Captain John Gray is said to be the most famous and his hobnail boots are heard scratching on the ship’s deck. It is rumoured that Captain Gray committed suicide by jumping out of his cabin window.
Days before the ship was re-launched in 2005 several workers on the Promenade Deck saw the ghostly figure of a woman and when she was approached she merely vanished. The voices and crying of children have been heard echoing through the ship and people have seen the ghostly visions of a young sailor, who apparently fell from the rigging to his death, and Mr and Mrs Cohen, a couple who died during their voyage to Alaska.