Haunted Pub in Kapunda: Sir John Franklin Hotel

Haunted Pub in Kapunda: Sir John Franklin Hotel

The Sir John Franklin Hotel, Kapunda

Often claimed to be one of the most haunted towns in Australia, Kapunda has gained quite a strong reputation within the paranormal field. The former mining town is known for its haunted cemetery and the infamous North Kapunda Hotel. However, there is another hotel that sits along the main street of town that could give these better known Kapunda-haunts a run for their money where ghost stories are concerned.

Outside a haunted hotel in Kapunda, South Australia.
The exterior of the haunted Sir John Franklin Hotel, Kapunda.

The Sir John Franklin Hotel is one of the area’s most popular pubs and has been licensed since 1849. There are said to have been a few deaths within the historic building and many have reported experiencing the paranormal within its aging walls.

Haunted Kapunda Hotel.
Hallway inside the haunted Sir John Franklin Hotel.

Ghosts of the Sir John Franklin Hotel

A man, a woman and even a couple of children are said to haunt the Sir John Franklin Hotel. Over the years, many people have claimed to feel, sight or even hear these spirits. One of these ghosts has been described as a tall gentleman dressed in Victorian-era clothing, even completing his look with a black top hat. He has been sighted downstairs walking into the male toilets and even captured in a photograph on the pub’s iconic balcony. This picture was taken by one of the pub owners who was photographing the building from the other side of the street. Upon reviewing these photographs she found a man standing on the balcony, wearing a top hat in one of her shots. This was scarily interesting, considering the building was empty when the photos were taken, and no one in the area would have been dressed in this manner.

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One of the many rooms inside the haunted hotel.

Others have seen a woman in white gliding along the upstairs hallways of the building. She has been seen walking down a hall past hotel rooms, before turning to enter the ladies’ bathroom and disappearing.

Ghost lady haunts pub.
The exact location where a ghostly woman in white has been seen in the upper area of the pub.

Finally, some have claimed that the spirits of children may even haunt the building. They have been reported in and around Room 20, which is also considered by staff to be one of the most unnerving places to enter in the building. Some have described the room as having a strange and unpleasant feeling to it, which could be why it is now used as a simple place of storage and for no other purpose.

Room 20 Sir John Franklin Hotel.
Room 20 has given many people a strange feeling.

Visiting the Sir John Franklin Hotel

The Sir John Franklin Hotel is a magnificent place to visit. It holds much of Kapunda’s early history within its walls and is also an excellent pub. The staff are friendly, the bar is welcoming and the food is great. You are even able to spend the night for a nominal fee.

Haunted Sir John Franklin Hotel.
Looking for the ghosts of one of South Australia’s most haunted pubs.

If you enjoyed this article and are interested in other haunted South Australian pubs, check out the Old Spot Hotel in Salisbury.

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Comments (4)

  • Debra Dean Salts

    Posted by Debra Dean Salts on December 17, 2020

    This is one of the best episodes ever. And I love your editing! Thanks Jared for sharing. You got a lot of responses. I never brought cat balls before. I will definitely bring them now. And I have your ghost tube and SLS downloaded. Great job. Loved the figure on the stairs the best. Keep up the good work. I love it that you try so many things and don’t go berserk like some do. You have natural reactions and that is fantastic. Love you guys


      Posted by Amy on December 25, 2020

      Thank you so much for reading and watching Debra. Glad you enjoyed learning about the haunted Sir John Franklin Hotel in Kapunda. Glad you also enjoyed the captures.

  • Skye Rogerson

    Posted by Skye Rogerson on April 1, 2021

    This is also one of my favourite episodes. I’m a believer in the paranormal have been since childhood. I’m an empath and very sensitive to ghosts and spirits. I love your YouTube vids. Keep up the good work Amy and Jared.


      Posted by Amy on April 2, 2021

      Hi Skye! Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate that a lot!

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