The Red Lion was built in 1465 in Colchester Essex, Britain's oldest recorded town. The Inn itself is one of the oldest Inns In Colchester and has the original Tudor features and wooden beams throughout, as well as the original rooms. Such is the historical importance, the Inn is now a Grade 1 listed building. As with most old Coaching Inns the Red Lion has a strong presence of the Paranormal, with centuries of being the centre of all the hustle and bustle around Colchester and many characters who chose to stay behind and still make their presence known.
In very recent times there have been 3 main sightings in the hotel. The most prominent being the ghost of Alice Catherine Miller, who was murdered in the hotel in 1638. There have been many reports of her ghost as far back as the 1800's, her ghost was so terrifying to the owner of the Inn back then he had the door to her old room bricked up. It may have also been the room in which she was murdered. He had hoped by blocking the door way to her old room would put a stop to the hauntings, but he failed and made the hauntings worse.
Alice continues to haunt the Inn frequently these days, and in a more menacing way. Alice's apparition mostly appears in rooms 5,6, and 10. She has also been seen in the kitchen and walking in her old room and passing through the wall. On one occasion the assistant manager was asleep in his room when he was suddenly awoken in the middle of the night from what he said felt like a strong bolt of electricity through his body. As he gazed around the room he saw an old rocking chair begin to rock back and forth, to his amazement he witnessed a woman slowly appear in the chair. She then spoke to him and asked if he was alright. When he answered yes, she disappeared.
The figure of a hooded Monk has been seen mostly in the early hours, often witnessed around the reception area and the corridors, he's believed to be the ghost of a Monk who died in a fire at the Inn several hundred years ago. He is reported to have been trying to save some children that were in his care when he himself perished.
The ghost of a small boy roams the hotel, he has been seen on numerous occasions in the Parliament Room, and mostly by children. He has been caught several times appearing in photos taken by guests too.