Ghosts of Ye Olde Starre Inne: Haunted Pub in York, England

Ghosts of Ye Olde Starre Inne: Haunted Pub in York, England

Ye Olde Starre Inne

The Ye Olde Starre Inne is one of the most prominent drinking establishments in York, England. The bustling pub is also one of the oldest in town, being established back in 1644 and containing some areas, such as its cellar, which date back even further. This cellar boasts almost as much history, if not more, than the pub built above it. It dates back to the 10th century and was even used as a military hospital and mortuary during the brunt of the English Civil War.

Sign of haunted pub Ye Olde Starre Inne.
The famous sign advertising Ye Olde Starre Inne.

Although the pub has changed ownership numerous times during its long history and slowly been hidden away by buildings now surrounding it, it remains a popular destination for those seeking a cold pint. Today, visitors are directed down a small alley via a sign that has hung above Stonegate since the 1700s to visit the Ye Olde Starre Inne. While the pub has changed over the years, somethings remain in place, with one of these being the pub’s many ghosts.

Ghosts of Ye Olde Starre Inne

A number of ghosts are said to have taken up residence within the Ye Olde Starre Inne over the years, with many considering it to be one of the most haunted places in York. One of the most active areas of the building is said to be its cellar. This makes sense considering its history of being used as a makeshift wartime hospital. One of the most common and chilling paranormal occurrences happening within the cellar is the sounds of people crying out in pain. These sounds are completely unexplainable as they occur even when the cellar is empty, leading many to speculate they could only be caused by the spirits of dying soldiers treated down there during the Civil War.

Historic haunted pub in York, England.
Artwork displayed within the haunted pub tells small snippets of the history this again building has survived through.

Plenty of other spirits are said to dwell in the pub with one more of these seeming to be connected to the pub’s history with the war. Plenty of people claim to have sighted the spirit of a Royalist Officer roaming around the premises, still decked out in wartime apparel.

Another spirit, that of an elderly lady wearing black, has also been spotted within Ye Olde Starre Inne. She is typically sighted moving up the staircase in the old pub though her origins and background remain a mystery. Interestingly, her spirit has only reportedly been sighted by children.

Haunted bar inside pub of York, England.
Ye Olde Starre Inne’s haunted bar.

Finally, people have also claimed to sight the ghosts of two black felines. These ghostly cats are typically spotted around the bar, which is where their bodies are said to exist. These cats were supposedly encased behind a wall near the bar, fitting with superstitions of the time and area to bring luck to a new building.

Visiting the Haunted Ye Olde Starre Inne, York

Visiting Ye Olde Starre Inn while in York is a must. You’ll find the old pub at the end of a narrow walkway leading to a charming courtyard just off the ever-popular Stonegate, York’s first paved road. The pub is open daily for drinks and offers a large selection of food and English beers on tap.

Ghosts of haunted pub in York.
Paying the ghosts of York’s Ye Olde Starre Inne a visit.

If you enjoyed this article you may also like reading about the Golden Fleece Inn, another haunted pub in York, England.

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Comments (2)

  • dannypb32

    Posted by dannypb32 on September 11, 2020

    Just read the article on the Starre Inn York updating a book on York covering the city and the history which the buildings and former and present guests have all forged over time great article thanks for posting from a frequent visitor to York since the eighties the Starre Inn as always been a very atmospheric place alongside so many in the city of York..


      Posted by Amy on October 13, 2020

      Thanks for sharing Danny – I love York. Hope to return one day. So many amazing haunted places.

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