Golden Fleece Inn, York

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The Golden Fleece, York

The Golden Fleece is an inn in York, England, which has a free house pub on the ground floor and four guest bedrooms above.


The Golden Fleece was mentioned in the York City Archives as far back as 1503.[1] The back yard of the inn is named "Lady Peckett's Yard" after Alice Peckett, the wife of John Peckett who owned the premises as well as being Lord Mayor of York around 1702.[2]

The inn was rebuilt in the 19th century. In 1983, it was designated as a grade II listed building by English Heritage.[3]


The pub is situated on The Pavement in the centre of York. It is next to the Herbert House, a Grade I listed building which has a first floor jetty incorporated into a side passage of the Golden Fleece. It is opposite the historic street called The Shambles.

The pub has a recognisable large golden fleece hanging above the door. Whilst the pub has a narrow frontage, it is very deep, with a front bar, a corridor containing staircases and toilets leading to second bar, and past that a space with dining tables. There is further dining space upstairs, in an old-fashioned room complete with a set of armour.


The pub's menu is modern, with options for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.


The inn claims to be the most haunted public house in the City of York.[4] In 2005, the pub was featured in an episode of the British TV programme Most Haunted. Fifteen ghosts have been reported. The most commonly encountered is Lady Alice Peckett, wife of former owner and Lord Mayor John Peckett.

There is also a ghost called "One Eyed Jack", a man in a 16th–17th century red coat, armed with a pistol, and a Victorian boy who was trampled to death by horses frequents the upper room. The most recent ghost appears to be a Canadian airman who fell to his death from an upper window during the Second World War. There have also been Roman soldiers reported in the cellars.

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  1. ^ Garrison, Gordon G. (5 May 2002). "Travel: Step back in time in York". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lady's Peckett's Yard, Pavement". York Conservation Trust. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "The Golden Fleece Public House and attached outbuildings at rear (1256915)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Casey, Vinny (14 May 2003). "York Guide". Telegraph. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 

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Coordinates: 53°57′31″N 1°04′47″W / 53.958712°N 1.079675°W / 53.958712; -1.079675