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Ghosts

Many people who have stayed at the Inn have reported strange incidents occurring at night. Popular TV programme ‘Most Haunted’ featured Jamaica Inn in what they said was one of the spookiest episodes they had ever recorded!

For years there have been stories of hauntings at Jamaica Inn and the Ghost Society have made in-depth investigations and compiled a report based on their findings. The areas of substantial interest to the investigation were, The Smugglers’ Bar, The Stable Bar (now the museum), upstairs in the old bedrooms, and the old generator room that is now the hotel reception.

During the early 1900s the Inn was used as a temperance house, but there have always been spirits of a different kind at Jamaica Inn. Previous managers of Jamaica Inn have heard conversations uttered in a foreign tongue. Some have suggested this ‘foreign’ language could in fact be old world Cornish.

On a moonlit night, when all is still, the sound of horses' hooves and the metal rims of wheels turning on the rough cobbles can be heard in the courtyard. Yet there is nothing to be seen! Who can explain the uneasy footsteps heard pacing the corridors in the dead of night? Who is the strange man in a tricorne hat and cloak who appears and then walks through solid doors?




Murder at the Inn

Many years ago a stranger stood at the bar enjoying a tankard of ale. Upon being summoned outside, he left the half-finished ale and stepped out into the night. That was the last time he was seen alive. The next morning his corpse was found on the bleak moor, but the manner of his death and the identity of his assailant still remain a mystery.

Previous landlords, upon hearing footsteps tramping along the passage to the bar, believe it is the dead man's spirit returning to finish his drink.

In 1911 there was much interest and correspondence in the press concerning a strange man who had been seen by many people, sitting on the wall outside the Inn. He neither spoke nor moved nor acknowledged a greeting, but his appearance was uncannily like the murdered stranger. Could this be the dead man's ghost? And what strange compulsion drove it to return to the same spot so often?

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Pirates of St Piran – Saturday 2nd August

Ever wanted to come face to face with Pirates? Well, we are pleased to announce on Saturday 2nd August, Pirates of St Piran will bring you a real blast from the past at the Inn! This famous 18th Century re-enactment group … Continue reading

Murder Mystery Events

Jamaica Inn is now holding Murder Mystery evenings every month. The world famous Inn is the perfect setting for an evening of exciting entertainment solving a mystery, portrayed dramatically by actors, whilst enjoying a fine 3 course meal. Why not … Continue reading

Haunted Happenings at Jamaica Inn on 12th July 2014

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Stay at the Inn

Stay at the Inn

Stay in one of our romantic, four-poster en-suite rooms with Wi-Fi and Sky channels including Sports and Movies. Who knows, you may even be visited by one of our resident ghosts!
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Dining

Dining at the Inn

Stop for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a cream tea, snack or coffee... Jamaica Inn has an excellent selection of home cooked food available in the Smugglers Bar and the Peddlars Bar. Read more

Bar

The Bar

Drop in to sample a local Cornish brew or simply for a rest after your adventures on the moor. Read more

Smugglers Museum

Smugglers Museum

Probably the finest collection of smuggling artefacts in the country, featuring 'The History Of Jamaica Inn' an educational and historical theatre show that recounts many of the myths and legends associated with Jamaica Inn. Read more