Cheshire is an area with a long history that includes Roman soldiers and the English Civil War. It is no surprise that there are plenty of ghosts still hanging around.

Let’s take a look at the 11 most haunted places in Cheshire!

1. The Old Hall Hotel, Sandbach

Old Hall Hotel Sandbach Cheshire
Old Hall, High Street, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1AL

Cheshire’s Old Hall Hotel dates back to around 1656 and is a Grade I listed building. You may recognise it from appearances on paranormal television shows. This is without a doubt, one of the most haunted places in Cheshire with a total of 14 different spirits said to haunt the building!

It is very common for guests at the hotel to feel themselves being pushed under the water while taking a bath while others report waking up at 3 am convinced that the room is on fire!

One of the most frequently spotted ghosts at The Old Hall Hotel is that of Sir John Radclyffe who was the original owner. He is seen as a tall man in 17th-century attire.

There is also a grey lady who is said to be searching for her child – something that ties in with the house since a baby’s skeleton was found inside the wall during renovations. Some of the other spirits present include a cat, a dog, several children, an old lady in rocking chair and a figure in a beekeeping uniform!

2. Rowton Moor, Rowton

During the English Civil War, thousands of English soldiers met brutal ends. One site that saw some of the highest death tolls during that time was Rowton Moor, so it is no surprise that it is one of the must-see spots if you are planning a tour of haunted Cheshire.

The Battle of Rowton Moor took place on September 14, 1645. Lord Bernard Stewart and  Marmaduke Langdale led King Charles’ Royalist Army against Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians (led by Colonel Michael Jones). During the brutal battle, more than 600 Royalists were slaughtered including Lord Bernard Stewart.

If you pay a visit to Rowton Moor around the anniversary of the battle, you may catch a glimpse of his ghost riding on horseback across the moor. There are also reports of music echoing in the distance which is thought to be played by King Charles’ court musician William Lawes who also died on the battlefield.

3. Hartford Hall Hotel, Northwich

Hartford Hall on School Lane
Hartford Hall Hotel, 81 School Ln, Hartford, Northwich CW8 1PW

Hartford Hall Hotel dates back to the 17th century and has formerly served as a nunnery and a manor house. It is also said to be haunted!

Guests and staff have reported seeing the ghost of a nun. She is supposed to have been killed when she was bricked into a wall at a nearby abbey.

The nun is held responsible for all sorts of unexplained happenings around the Hartford Hall Hotel.


4. Tatton Park Mansion, Knutsford

Tatton Park Mansion, Cheshire
Tatton Park Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6SG

Tatton Park Mansion is a beautiful Grade I listed country house that is currently run by the National Trust. Originally, Tatton Old Hall was the original manor in Tatton Park, but the much grander Tatton Park Mansion was built in 1716 to replace it.

The new building is said to be haunted and visitors often report being touched by invisible hands and hearing phantom footsteps. There have also been reports of a dark ghostly figure in not only the house but also the gardens.

5. The Pied Bull, Chester

The Pied Bull Chester
The Pied Bull, 57 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HQ

The Pied Bull is a historic hotel in Chester which dates all the way back to the 11th century. It is believed to be the oldest continuously licensed premises in Chester. It seems only natural then, that it is also one of the most haunted places in Cheshire.

The cellar is a focal point for the haunting, so much so that the staff do not like to go downstairs on their own!

The story goes that a man named John Davies fell down the stairs of the cellar in 1609 while holding a knife and tragically died as a result of the accident. It is thought to be his ghost that still haunts the cellar.

There are also said to be the spirits of former chambermaids present in the upstairs bedrooms as well!


6. Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield

Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield
Capesthorne Hall, Congleton Rd, Siddington, Macclesfield SK11 9JY

Capesthorne hall has been standing for close to 1000 years, so as you might imagine it has plenty of history surrounding it and of course, more than its fair share of ghosts!

There are various spirits that call Capesthorne Hall home, but one of the most commonly reported is an apparition of a grey lady who is spotted in the west wing of the building.

There is also a grouping of shadow figures seen walking down the stairs that lead to the chapel.

Perhaps the most frightening experience that visitors have reported is an experience with a disembodied arm!

The story goes that one of the younger members of the Bromley family was in bed when a banging on the bedroom window. When he went to check it out he saw a disembodied arm attempting to open the window!

Naturally, he froze in terror and then watched as it disappeared into thin air.

7. The George and The Dragon, Chester

It is no surprise that The George and The Dragon hotel is haunted when you consider the fact that it sits just outside of the notorious Northgate Arch which is also known for its paranormal activity!

The George and The Dragon is a stunning Victorian building that occupies ground that straddles the old Roman Road. That is likely why it is said to be haunted by the spirits of Roman Soldiers.

Roman military law meant that legionaries were not allowed to be buried inside the fortress, so memorials instead lined the road. These have been moved to Chester’s Grosvenor Museum, but it seems that the spirits of those soldiers have remained!

Staff and customers at The George and The Dragon have reported hearing marching feet beneath the floors following the same route that the Roman Road would have taken.

The noise is loudest in the cellars which are closer to where the original level of the road would have been since the current road is several feet higher.

[CLOSED AS OF 17/01/23]

8. Shrigley Hall Hotel, Macclesfield

Shrigley Hall Hotel and Spa
Shrigley Hall Hotel and Spa, Pott Shrigley, Nr Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 5SB

Shrigley Hall Hotel is a beautiful manor set in the picturesque Cheshire countryside. However, it is not the luxury features that attract many visitors, but rather the resident ghost who call the building home!

There is not too much information out there about the ghosts other than a handful of reports from guests and it is not known who the spirits might be.

Reports from guests mention a spirit walking into the bathroom, unexplained noises and cold spots.

Noted mediums have visited the building and said that it is very active, which is probably why there are regular ghost hunts in the property.


9. Hack Green Nuclear Bunker, Nantwich

Hack Green Nuclear Bunker
Hack Green Nuclear Bunker, French Ln, Nantwich CW5 8BL

Nuclear bunkers can be pretty creepy at the best of times, never mind when there are some residents spooks hanging around! Hack Green Nuclear Bunker has actually been featured on television series ‘Most Haunted’ on two separate occasions thanks to the high volume of paranormal activity!

The secret bunker was opened to the general public in 1998 to serve as a museum and since then both staff and visitors alike have experienced a range of strange happenings.

These include a full apparition of a man dressed in uniform walking down the bunker’s main corridor.

There have also been two other apparitions reported in the same corridor and staff say that there is a very menacing feel to the area. Several visitors have fainted in this area as a result of the negative energy!

10. Walton Hall, Warrington

Walton Hall, Warrington
Walton Hall, Walton Lea Rd, Higher Walton, Warrington WA4 6SN

Walton Hall in Warrington, was built in 1836 by Sir Gilbert Greenhall, the grandson of Thomas Greenall, the famous brewer from St Helens.

It served as a family home up until 1941 when the grounds were purchased by Warrington Bourough Council to house officers during World War II.

The ghosts of former residents are believed to walk its halls to this day. The most common sighting is of a female apparition, believed to be Lady Daresbury, the wife of the former owner of the hall, Gilbert Greenhall.

Her spirit has been seen around the main staircase area, completely unaware of any person around her.

The spirit of a little girl is also keen to make herself known to female guests in particular. Wanting to hold their hands for comfort as she wanders aimlessly, looking for her mother.

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11. Stanley Palace, Chester

Stanley Palace Chester
Stanley Palace, 83 Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LF

Built in 1591 on the site of an old priory dating back hundreds of years prior, Stanley Palace has a vast history stretching back to Medieval times. With such a long and storied past, it’s little surprise this place garners so much interest in the paranormal world.

The stories of paranormal activity inside this World Heritage Site are as vast as its history. Locals and volunteers have reported a significant amount of strange happenings over the years.

The disembodied sounds of children laughing and singing are a frequent occurrence, often accompanied by the sound of them running room to room.

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