Cardiff is officially the most haunted place in Wales, it boasts a higher number of reports of paranormal events than any other place throughout the whole of Wales. If you're feeling brave then below are the ten most haunted places in Cardiff.
10. The Corporation
The Corporation is a Grade II heritage listed pub, which originally opened in 1889. It looks a little spooky with its dark grey sandstone finish and a four storey tower above the main entrance. Regulars have said they've seen a ghost wandering around the two pool tables. Sadly you won't be able to go ghost hunting in The Corp any time soon, as the pub closed in March 2016, locals are hoping this will just be a temporary closure.
9. Millennium Centre
The iconic Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay may be the newest building on this list of haunted locations, but that doesn't mean that people visiting the building don't experience unusual occurrences. The Millennium Centre is situated in part of Old Cardiff, an area of the city which is steeped in history.
Reports claim that experts were asked to help examine some mysterious footage taken in the former Victorian docklands in which the Millennium Centre stands in 2009. The video showed a woman dressed in a long skirt, blouse, bow tie, hat and scarf gliding above the pavement. The experts drew a blank, perhaps they should ask Torchwood for some help.
8. University Hospital Llandough
The first of two hospitals to make it on to the list of the ten most haunted places in Cardiff. Originally known as the Llandough Hospital when it opened in 1933, five miles outside of Cardiff, in Penarth.
A staff member on duty at the hospital talked about her experience of seeing her own dead body lying on a bed, the nurse died just one week later of typhoid fever. Her body was placed in the exact location that she had seen in her vision.
On another occasion a pregnant woman claims she was woken up in the night to find a nurse in a Victorian uniform reassuring her that everything would be OK.
7. Miskin Manor Hotel
Miskin Manor was built in the outskirts of Cardiff in the 10th century, today only the external walls of the original manor remain but a hotel exists on the site. Many guests have reported seeing the spirit of a lady that haunts the bar and drawing room, usually between midnight and 1am.
The Oak Room is also said the be the location of many hauntings within the hotel, a ghostly figure believed to be the lord of the original manor is often spotted here.
From time to time previous residents of the manor make an appearance too. Staff have claimed to have seen a family of ten ghosts sat around a dinner table and the ghost of a little girl playing in the garden.
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6. Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Llancaiach Fawr Manor is a Tudor manor house near the village of Nelson, north of Cardiff. The manor has been ranked one of the top ten most haunted locations in the whole of the UK, so it's no surprise that it features in Cardiff's most haunted places.
The house is thought to have been built in around 1530 and is considered to be one of the most important gentry houses to have survived from the 16th and 17th century period.
The manor is now open to visitors as a living history museum and at certain times of the year the staff run ghost tours so you can experience some of its spooky goings on for yourself.
5. Cardiff Castle
A medieval castle located right in the heart of Cardiff city centre. There's been a castle of some form on the site going right back to the 11th century. The castle is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.
Like most castles, Cardiff Castle has its share of resident ghosts, most of which can be found in an area known as "the palace" in the south-west corner of the castle grounds. Visitors to this part of the castle have reported seeing a strange mist, which takes the form of a faceless woman in a grey dress. The ghost is said to move things around in the early hours of the morning in the stock room. The ghost has also been blamed from opening and closing doors, causing lights to flicker and rearranging furniture.
The Second Marquess of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart and six generations of his family lived at the castle. The Marquess died in the castle and is said to have been seen walking through walls and fireplaces as well as in the chapel where he died. His wife, Lady Sophia Rawdon-Hastings has also been spotted floating through the castle grounds at night.
4. The National Museum of Wales
The museum and art gallery was founded in 1905 but shared a building with Cardiff Library until its dedicated, present home was completed in Cathays Park in 1922. The museum houses collections of archaeology, botany, fine and applied art, geology and zoology.
As well as the 7.5 million items and exhibits stored within the museum, the building is also home to two ghosts.
The first of the two ghosts is the spirit of the Unionist MP Lord Ninian Edward Crichton-Stuart, his statue stands in Gorsedd Gardens. Lord Ninian tragically died in action during the Great War in 1915. Visitors to the museum claim to have felt his presence around the statue, usually on election nights.
The second ghost that frequents the museum is Arnold Dunbar Smith, an architect who designed the building along with Cecil Brewer. Following Smith's death in 1933, the museum inherited his ashes and they were placed on display in the museum until a few years later when they were moved to make way for new public toilets.
It's believed these renovations and the relocation of his ashes angered Smith and he now haunts the corridors of the museum at night. The haunting has been described as poltergeist-like with reports of furniture and other objects moving.
In the 1960s a paranormal investigator claimed to have made contact with Smith's spirit in the museum's basement, Smith reportedly said "the wrong place," which can only refer to the fact that his ashes were moved.
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3. Castel Coch
I remember being in the back of the car, driving along the M4 as a kid and looking up at Castle Coch in the forest on the hillside, it looked like a fairytale castle. My older brother told me that the castle was haunted by thirteen ghosts.
The 19th-century gothic revival castle was built above the village of Tongwynlais, surrounded by protected beech woodland containing rare plant species and unusual geological features and even today. It does look like something out of a fairytale, although 30 years on, I'm not sure if the claim of 13 ghosts was an exaggeration or a forgotten local myth but either way the castle is clearly home to many ghosts.
Castell Coch was designed by the architect William Burgess as a country retreat for the Third Marquis of Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart and his family but none of these haunt the building, in fact after the the Marquis died, his widow, Lady Gwendolyn was quick to leave the castle after complaining about a ghostly woman in white. She is said to be a servant who lived in the castle and has been haunting the building since the death of her son. He drowned in the castle grounds in a pond.
Another regularly sighted ghost at the castle is the spirit of a man dressed in cavalier uniform. It's believed that the man had been lucky enough to lay his hand on a large amount of treasure, which he buried somewhere in the grounds of Castle Coch.
It's said that even to this day he comes back to the castle from beyond the grave to check that his hidden riches are safe. The treasure is also watched over by three ghostly eagles.
Not just a building but a whole village which is known for its hauntings. To the north of Cardiff is Llandaff, home of a cathedral and the ruins of not one, but two castles.
A road once existed behind the cathedral which was known locally as "the road of the dead" and it's claimed that dead bodies were carried along the road to the nearby River Taf, the bodies were buried in a graveyard, which is now abandoned and overgrown.
At one time Llandaff was said to be a suicide hotspot with a stream of people coming to the area to take their own lives at the cathedral and an 1880s cholera outbreak claimed the lives of many local children.
So, it no surprise that so many locals claim to have seen ghosts in the village, often the spirits of soldiers, monks or priests. There's also many reports of the ghosts of children being seen in a graveyard where cholera victims were buried in mass graves.
There's also the local legend of the "frog woman" who's said to be the deformed daughter of a local rich family. She was said to have been hidden away from the other villagers but those who saw her said she moved and croaked like a frog. Rumour has it she fell into the Taf and died but she can still be heard croaking and screaming for help.
1. Cardiff Royal Infirmary
Cardiff Royal Infirmary dates back to 1822 and is located in central Cardiff. The buildings became the Albion Hospital in a 2005 episode of Dr Who, entitled 'Aliens of London' but it's not just fictional aliens that have created scares in this hospital, there are also plenty of ghost stories to come from its wards.
The list of reports of paranormal activity include a disappearing matron who was spotted in one of hospital's corridors by a plumber, and sightings of a woman in grey, apparently if she appears and offers you a drink, you shouldn't take it, if you do you will die within a week.
Staff have complained about being pushed by unseen forces, seeing a female figure on security camera, and witnessing figures in an office, one throttling the other but this isn't the only gruesome haunting to happen here. It's claimed that things ones got so bad that an exorcism had to be performed in the pathology department.
Haunted Cardiff and the Valleys
With a history going back before Roman times, Cardiff was a small town until early in the nineteenth century. Filled with tales of ghostly cars and ships, mysterious policemen, figures in country lanes and even two eerie toilets, this book relates to the spooky sightings and ghostly goings-on in Cardiff and the Welsh Valleys.
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