Vampire Rabbit Newcsatle

Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle

The Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle is a mysterious addition to the city.  Perched above an ornate rear door in an alleyway, you need to know that it’s there. It’s not really something you stumble across. However, It has been here for over a hundred years and even has its own Facebook page.  

What is the meaning of this rabbit?

Vampire Rabbit Newcsatle

vampire rabbit newcastle

Vampire Rabbit Newcastle

We’ve no idea! It has been said that the rabbit is opposite what was once the graveyard for the Cathedral and used to scare off grave robbers. Another theory is that the rabbit is actually a hare and was added to the building as a homage to Sir George Hare Phipson a friend of the cathedral’s architect.

vampire rabbit newcastle

The real story seems to have disappeared over the mists of time.  What we do know is that the rabbit/hare was originally the same sandy colour of the surrounding stonework.  The more scary paintwork coming in recent times. 


St Nicholas Churchyard
Newcastle upon Tyne

Vampire rabbit newcastle

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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