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Cardiff the ‘most haunted’ place in Wales according to paranormal database

10 Oct 2021 2 minute read
Cardiff Royal Infirmary. Picture by Steve Chapple (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Cardiff is the most haunted place in Wales, according to a database that collects the locations of paranormal sightings and experiences.

The Paranormal Database is an ongoing project to document locations with folkloric, paranormal and cryptozoological connections in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Location data for the paranormal experiences collected was broken down by location by a campervan rental platform, PaulCamper, in order to encourage tourism to those locations.

But it found that Cardiff has almost double the locations where paranormal activity had been reported – 23 – as Monmouth in second place on 14.

In third place was Conwy with 12, while Swansea had 10, Newport had nine, Llangollen had eight, and Aberystwyth, Pembroke, Barmouth and Trellech seven.

Wales’ most haunted locations

In terms of Wales’ historic counties, however, the number of haunted locations was:

  1. Gwent – 143
  2. Dyfed – 140
  3. Clwyd – 132
  4. Gwynedd – 125
  5. Powys – 66
  6. South Glamorgan – 60
  7. West Glamorgan – 50
  8. Mid Glamorgan – 40

The single most haunted location in Wales, according to the database, was Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

“Over the years there have been various accounts of vanishing matrons, wounded soldiers and playful children who tap visitors on the shoulder or ankles as they walk up the stairs,” PaulCamper said.

“The hauntings got so bad that at one point the Pathology ward doctors and nurses had to have an exorcism.”

In Monmouth, the Shire Hall is said to be particularly rife with paranormal activity, including a judge seen in his wig and robes and a pair of disembodies legs.

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Ann Corkett
Ann Corkett
2 years ago

Is Anglesey still counted / county-ed as a part of Gwynedd?

GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
2 years ago

I saw ghosts a few times and even felt something holding me down while in bed and then I properly looked into it through a science perspective and found out I was getting pareidolia in low light and sleep paralysis. Knowing that they don’t exist hasn’t stopped the occasional pareidolia but I now know what is happening. Also there is zero studies being able to prove the existence of ghosts and thinking about it, if we can read how planets are composed hundreds of billions of miles away, then how can we not read a ghosts right next to us?… Read more »

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
2 years ago
Reply to  GW Atkinson

I expect by now some people have decided that ghosts must pass over into the dark matter of the universe. This stuff can’t be seen, heard, weighed, touched etc etc but clever scientists still know dark matter is there in huge amounts. All sounds like impossible nonsense but the best brains on the planet believe it exists. One day we’ll all know what happens to us after death. I’m in no hurry to find out!

Steve George
Steve George
2 years ago

1. Ghosts don’t exist so please stop this sort of nonsense reporting. (Ooh! There are twice as many non existent things here than there ffs).

2. South, West and Mid Glamorgan are *not* historic counties. They were only established in 1974 (by the 1972 LG Act). 3Glamorgan (Morgannwg) on the other hand *is* an historic county as were:

Ceredigion, Caerfyrddin, Penfro,
Mynwy, Mon, Caernarfon, Dinbych,, Trefaldwyn, Fflint, Meirionydd, Maesyfed, Brycheiniog

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