There are plenty of spooky tales to be told about places in Plymouth, with the Barbican being a particularly haunted area of the city.
The cobbled streets are drenched in history and there has been plenty of paranormal activity witnessed by people over the years.
However, on a list of the 100 most haunted locations in the United Kingdom, Plymouth does not feature.
But if you are a fan of exploring spooky locations don’t be too sad, as there are a number of places on the list that are just a short drive away.
There are four locations in Cornwall that have made it onto the list, which was published by Higgy Pop , and there is one Exeter location.
The locations make it onto the list based on longevity of the haunting, numbers of reports, the type of paranormal activity and credibility of witnesses.
The website gives an example of that by saying an independent member of the public witnessing a paranormal incident would score more than if a pub landlord saw it as the landlord could have a vested interest in selling the business to people as a haunted venue.
So here is a look at those five places and where they feature on the list:
100 – WELLINGTON HOTEL, BOSCASTLE
Wellington Hotel in Boscastle is a new entry on the list and just about scrapes in at number 100.
Boscastle will be known to the wider audience for the awful flooding that hit the village in 2004 but it is also known to those into paranormal activity because of the hotel.
“One of the oldest coaching hotels in Cornwall, it dates back to the 17th century but was sadly damaged in the flood which devastated the village in 2004, but has since been restored to its former glory,” the website says.
“As well opening its doors to thousands of guests over the year, the hotel has also played host to plenty of spooked.
“Guests have reported seeing the ghost of a coachman walking the corridors. There’s also the ghost of a little girl, and a spirit of an old lady has also been spotted walking through solid walls.
“Room nine is said to be the most haunted part of the hotel, many guests have reported icy blasts, shadowy figures and even a presence stood over their bed in the dead of night.”
71 – PENGERSICK CASTLE, PENZANCE
Pengersick Castle has featured on this list before but at a much higher ranking.
This time around it has dropped 29 places into 71st place but should still be added to your list of haunted locations to visit.
The website says of the castle: “This fortified Manor House located between the villages of Germoe and Praa Sands is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Cornwall.
“It’s been occupied by the Pengersick family since the 12th century and boasts quite a haunted past with over 20 resident spooks.
“Sightings include the ghost of a monk who has been seen wandering around the medieval gardens, guests have reported seeing a woman standing at one of the windows staring out at night.
“There’s also the ghost of a young girl who haunts the basement, strange light anomalies have been caught on camera, electrical equipment inexplicably fails, and there’s even said to be the ghost of a cat and a dog.”
37 – BODMIN JAIL, BODMIN
With the history of Bodmin Jail it is no surprise that there are plenty of spooky goings on at the place.
A number of paranormal groups offer ghost experiences at the venue, which has risen 25 places on this list since the last time it was published.
“Today Bodmin Jail is a tourist attraction, but for almost 150 years it was prison, in which time it saw over 50 public hangings,” the website says.
“The jail is a popular location for paranormal researchers, including the Most Haunted team who visited in their sixth series.
“This was the location of the legendary incident that involved the show’s producers feeding medium Derek Acorah false information, which saw him get possessed by a named Kreed Kafer.
“It came to light after the show that the spirit was fictionally and was in fact an anagram of the phrase ‘Derek Faker’.”
Selina Wadge was hanged at Bodmin Jail for the murder of her child and her ghost is said to haunt the prison and tries to reach out to small children and instil feelings of guilt and remorse on pregnant women.
In November, 32-year-old ghost hunter, Tony Ferguson, a man who claims he can “communicate with the other side”, decided to put the creepy jail’s haunting activities to a test.
The man from Southampton and his wife Bev brought their camera and other ghost hunting devices to Cornwall’s prison where notorious criminals used to be executed.
While the couple made sure they were the only visitors in the famous attraction, they captured many supernatural incidents including faint voices, strange electronic voice phenomena and light orbs flying around the rooms.
They also caught the full figure of William Hampton, a jealous man who strangled to death his young lover after she dumped him.
27 – GREAT FULFORD MANOR, EXETER
The only Devon location on the list is Great Fulford Manor in Exeter.
It is a new entry to the list and is only beaten by Bodmin’s Jamaica Inn on the list from across Devon and Cornwall.
“The Tudor mansion has been the residence of the Fulford family since the reign of King Richard I making them Devon’s oldest recorded family still in their original seat,” the list states.
“The house and land was gifted to the family as a gesture of gratitude for the their sacrifice during the English Civil War.
“With notable members of the family being killed at the Siege of Exeter during the war in 1643, and so many years as a place of birth, life and death, it’s no surprise the grand building boasts so many ghosts stories.
“The family hear unexplained noises, witness doors banging and have even seen apparitions and ghostly figures.
“The family’s dog also seems to frequently react to things that no one else can see.”
26 – JAMAICA INN, BODMIN
Possibly the most famous of the haunted locations in Cornwall, Jamaica Inn was the setting of Daphne du Maurier’s 1936 novel of the same name and that was then turned into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939.
There have also been two TV series based on the venue, the first starring Jane Seymour in 1983 and the second starring Jessica Brown Findlay in 2014.
Despite the haunted goings-on recorded at the inn, it has dropped five places since the last time the list was published.
The website says of the pub: “More than 100 years ago a stranger walked into Jamaica Inn, a pub in the middle of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.
“The man sat alone in a corner drinking a mug of ale, until he was called outside. He left his drink of the table, walked out of the inn and was never seen alive again but ever since his ghost has been drawing tourists into the pub.
“The traditional pub was built in 1750 and now markets itself as a haunted inn. Due to its history of hosting smugglers the pub has been the subject of books, television shows and an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
“That unsuspecting stranger sipping on an ale years ago has inadvertently gone on to make the inn one of the most famous pubs in the South of England.”
There are plenty of tales of paranormal activity happening at the pub, with plenty of groups visiting to witness it for themselves.
Urban Ghosts have spoken of a mirror ghost that can be found in room five of the pub.
“Located in room 5 of the building, the ghost is said to be that of a small child trapped behind the glass,” their blog reads.
“Sometimes, the spectre appears with its anguished young mother.”
In January 2007, ghost-hunters said they believed sightings of a mysterious figure walking along the A30 at night may be the first glimpses recorded in Cornwall of a phantom hitch-hiker.
Two taxi drivers returning to South Wales from Cornwall Airport Newquay separately reported such a sighting on the dual carriageway between Bodmin and Launceston not far from the inn.
THE FULL LIST
100. Wellington Hotel, Boscastle
99. Llanfyllin Union Workhouse, Llanfyllin
98. Margam Castle, Port Talbot
97. Hack Green Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich
96. 39 De Grey Street, Hull
95. Birkwood Castle, Lesmahagow
94. Derby Gaol, Derby
93. Fleur De Lys, Pilley
92. St. James Cemetery, Liverpool
91. The Royal Oak, Winchester
90. Ragged School, London
89. Castell Coch, Cardiff
88. The Queen’s Oak, Wokingham
87. Pembrey Woods, Pembrey
86. Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham
85. 284 Green Street, Enfield
84. Fyvie Castle, Turriff
83. Clink Prison, London
82. Croxteth Hall, Liverpool
81. Denbigh Asylum, Denbigh
80. The Dolphin, Littlehampton
79. Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Manchester
78. Epping Forest, London
77. Ashwell Prison, Burley
76. The Tower Of London, London
75. The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames
74. Warwick Castle, Warwick
73. St. Catherine’s Hospital, Doncaster
72. Kelham Hall, Newark
71. Pengersick Castle, Penzance
70. Ruthin Castle, Ruthin
69. British Museum, London
68. Cannock Chase, Cannock
67. Hampton Court Palace, London
66. The Ostrich Inn, Colnbrook
65. Skaill House, Sandwick
64. HMP Gloucester, Gloucester
63. The Old Nick Theatre, Gainsborough
62. The Llandoger Trow, Bristol
61. Aldwych Underground Station, London
60. The Hellfire Caves, West Wycombe
59. Langham Hotel, London
58. Dering Woods, Pluckley
57. Elvey Farm, Pluckley
56. Eden Camp Museum, Malton
55. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh
54. Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff
53. Muncaster Castle, Aberaeron
52. Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds
51. Codnor Castle Ruins & Cottage, Codnor
50. Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood
49. The Fleece, Elland
48. Woodchester Mansion, Stroud
47. Clapham Woods, Clapham
46. Lyceum Theatre, London
45. Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry
44. 50 Berkeley Square, London
43. The Royal Court Theatre, Bacup
42. Edinburgh Vaults, Edinburgh
41. The Golden Fleece, York
40. The Village, Mansfield
39. Dover Castle, Dover
38. Treasurer’s House, York
37. Bodmin Jail, Bodmin
36. Dudley Castle, Dudley
35. HMP Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury
34. The Skegness Hell House, Skegness
33. Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
32. Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool
31. SS Great Britain, Bristol
30. Armley Mills, Leeds
29. The Haunted Museum, Nottingham
28. Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
27. Great Fulford Manor, Exeter
26. Jamaica Inn, Bodmin
25. Ham House, Richmon-upon-Thames
24. Guy’s Cliffe House, Warwick
23. Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth
22. The Leopard Inn, Stoke on Trent
21. The Mill Street Barracks, St Helens
20. Hell’s House, Middlesbrough
19. Windsor Castle, Windsor
18. Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre, Hinckley
17. Balgonie Castle, Glenrothes
16. The Ancient High House, Stafford
15. Glamis Castle, Glamis
14. The Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton under Edge
13. Drakelow Tunnels, Kidderminster
12. 30 East Drive, Pontefract
11. The Mermaid Inn, Rye
10. Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon
9. Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford upon Avon
8. The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Abergavenny
7. The Park Hotel, Morecambe
6. Newsham Park Hospital, Liverpool
5. The Cage, St Osyth
4. HMP Shepton Mallet, Shepton Mallet
3. The Bate Hall, Macclesfield
2. Hodroyd Hall, Barnsley
1. Chillingham Castle, Alnwick
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