Cardiff the ‘most haunted’ place in Wales according to paranormal database
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.
In terms of Wales’ historic counties, however, the number of haunted locations was:
- Gwent – 143
- Dyfed – 140
- Clwyd – 132
- Gwynedd – 125
- Powys – 66
- South Glamorgan – 60
- West Glamorgan – 50
- 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.