10 Most Haunted Places In Liverpool
The list of haunted buildings in the city of Liverpool includes historic libraries, iconic theatres, hotels, homes and even a cemetery, but are you brave enough to visit any of these paranormal hotspots?
10. Central Library
Liverpool Central Library is the largest of the 22 libraries in the city and has its fair share of ghost stories, including reports of shadows moving in the dark corners of rooms. There's also claims of some unusual haunting such as a demonic rat and even a phantom black cat with glowing eyes. It is often heard at night throughout the building and occasionally seen in the International Room.
9. The Slaughter House
The Slaughter House, a well-known pub in the centre of Liverpool, is known for its reports of ghostly goings-on, which range from a little boy laughing, pint glasses smashing and staff heave reported having their hair pulled and encountered dark figures and heard footsteps on the stairs.
8. The Gaumont Cinema
The oddly shaped cinema with its unique curved frontage is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who died of a heart attack while paying an exciting game of bingo at the venue before it became a cinema. It's claimed that she still wanders the building in search of her unclaimed winnings.
The cinema is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a man who hanged himself behind the screen, his ghost is blamed for reports of shadowy figures and unexplained light anomalies.
7. Speke Hall
Speke Hall is a wood-framed Tudor manor house that is said to be haunted by the ghost of a former heiress, Lady Mary Norris. She married Lord Sidney Beauclerk, a man nicknamed "Worthless Sidney" who gambled away the family fortune. It's said that Lady Mary, so distraught by this took her baby son from his cradle and threw him from the window of the tapestry room into the moat below, before taking her own life in the great hall.
As well as the ghost of Lady Mary, the building is said to be home to plenty of paranormal activity, including a general feeling of unease, the sound of unexplained footsteps and children crying, as well as sightings of dark shadowy figures, including one figure that is said to whisper the words "get out".
6. St. James' Cemetery
St. James' Cemetery, situated behind Liverpool Cathedral, is a Grade I Historic Park and urban burial site that dates back to 1936 and has made the news in recent years after reports of ghostly sightings. A video was recently posted on Facebook which appears to show a silvery white figure on a path running through the gardens. The ghostly figure seems to appear and disappear.
Others have seen the ghost of MP William Huskisson leaving his grand mausoleum where he was laid to rest in 1830, after he was run over by George Stephenson's Rocket locomotive. There's also said to be a woman in black who's been seen gliding towards a tomb that was ransacked by grave-robbers in the 1970s.
5. Liverpool Empire Theatre
The first of two of Liverpool's theatres that make it on to our list. The Empire's resident spooks include the ghost of a tearful young girl seen wearing Victorian era clothing. She's been spotted by staff on many occasions, usually late at night in one of the bar areas. Some have reported seeing her being dragged away by a man.
The theatre is also said to be haunted by a handyman called Les, he was a painter at the theatre and is said to have come back to his former place of work after his death. There's also been reports of a dark apparition seen in one of the dressing rooms. The apparition was most often seen as a dark shape in the mirror and was been blamed for temperature drops in the room. The dressing room has now been converted into a store room, which seems to have put an end to the haunting.
4. Newsham Park Hospital
Newsham Park is a former seaman's orphanage and hospital and over the years has been the site of many reports of paranormal activity. Dating back to its operational days, a female nurse reported seeing an unexplained apparition, soon after she was found dead on the main corridor.
Many patients witness seeing the ghost of children over the years, as well as seeing dark shadowy figures, and hearing disembodied voices, as well as reports of moving objects.
More recently ghost hunters at the hospital have reported hearing banging sounds coming from inside a row of cupboards in an upper floor corridor. It's said that these were the cupboards where badly behaved children were sent during Victorian times. This area is said to be haunted by a little boy who died while locked in a cupboard.
3. Croxteth Hall
Nestled within a modern estate, just five miles outside of Liverpool city centre, is a 210 roomed mansion that is said to be haunted by its previous occupants. The building doesn't have the grim or negative stories that are normally associated with haunted houses, but none the less, it is said to be haunted by visions of its past.
In the kitchens the sounds of servants can be heard busying themselves and the ghostly vision of a house maid has been seen. In the billiard room, dark figures have been seen sitting in non-existent chairs and the smell of tobacco has been smelt. Motion detectors continuously go off for know apparent reason in the breakfast room. The former servants quarters in the building's attic is also said to be a very active paranormal hotspot.
2. Britannia Adelphi Hotel
The Adelphi in Liverpool is actually the third hotel on the site and the Grade II listed building is easily one of the most haunted in the country. Guests have reported seeing multiple spirits in naval attire. Staff have seen someone hanging out of a window in the Crosby Room, but upon investigation found that the room was empty and the window was locked.
Other guests have claimed to have seen the ghostly figure of a man known as George standing next to their bed at night. While others have reported feeling inexplicably ill, or like they are being watched. Most of the reports are focussed on the hotel's third floor, where there has also been reports of a demon.
1. Royal Court Theatre
This historic theatre is said to have several resident spooks, one of which coincidentally shares a name and occupation with a ghost who haunts the Empire Theatre. Les was a former caretaker at the theatre and it's a matter of record that he died after a fall while working on the building's roof in the 1970s, but the staff of the building still feel his presence.
The theatre is also said to be haunted by a crying usher dressed in 1920s style clothing, she has been seen by several visitors. Others have reported seeing an apparition of a lady in red and the ghost of a man wearing a Cavalier costume, and two cleaners reported seeing an apparition that they described as looking like the Grim Reaper.
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