If you’re looking for ghosts in Staffordshire, you’re not going to be disappointed. There’s an incredibly high concentration of haunted locations in Staffordshire, from the well-known and very haunted Alton Towers to the lesser-known and equally haunted Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke.

Paranormal investigators travel across the country to experience what Staffordshire’s paranormal scene has to offer. But where are the best places to see ghosts?

Read on to see our list of the most haunted places in Staffordshire.

The Most Haunted Places in Staffordshire Revealed

1. Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke on Trent

the haunted gladstone pottery museum
The Gladstone Pottery Museum – One of the most haunted places in Stoke upon Trent

Gladstone Pottery Museum originally opened in 1787, and since then, it has been plagued by tales of death due to industrial hazards.

Just some of the ghostly apparitions that have been reported over the years include children in cloth caps playing ring-a-ing-a-roses in the courtyard, a bare-knuckle fighter near the kilns who shouts at anyone getting too close, and a lady in Victorian clothing who smells of Lavender.

2. Tamworth Castle

Haunted Tamworth Castle
Lady Bank, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA

Over 900 years old, and home to 11 families, there have been countless lives lived and subsequent deaths here.

The most prominent ghosts that haunt Tamworth Castle are both a Lady in Black and the White Lady. Their apparitions have been seen throughout the castle.

The Lady in black is the ghost of a nun called Editha, who was awoken from her grave one night in 1139 by nuns at a local convent. Editha attacked Robert de Marmion and prophesied that he would die a gruesome untimely death unless he reinstated the nuns at their convent.

Her spirit struck Robert with the point of her crosier, and his terrified screams were heard all around the castle. The pain only subsided once he permitted the nuns to return to their convent. Editha still haunts the castle to this day.

Learn more about the ghosts of Tamworth Castle

3. Tutbury Castle

the haunted tutbury castle
Castle St, Burton upon Trent, Tutbury DE13 9JF

Tutbury Castle has been around since about 1071, or possibly even earlier. It was built by the Normans and played a significant role in English history!

One of the things that the castle is most well known for – aside from the ghosts – is that it was the place where Mary Queen of Scots was held captive not once but on four separate occasions. It was also where the plot that led to her eventual death was conceived.

Several ghosts are said to haunt Tutbury Castle, making it one of the most haunted places in Staffordshire. As you might expect, Mary Queen of Scots is said to be among them. She must have hated Tutbury Castle since it served as her prison so often, but she appeared to a group of 40 men in 2004 standing atop the South Tower.

This was not the first time she had been seen in the castle. In the 1980s, a serving Marine reported seeing her walking across the grass.

She has been seen by archaeologists participating in a dig at the castle and by a senior member of the castle staff who has previously denied all paranormal activity! The credibility of the witnesses that have seen her give weight to the claim that Mary Queen of Scots is indeed haunting Tutbury Castle.

The castle also plays host to various other ghosts, including a mysterious man in a full suit of armour, the White Lady in the North Tower, a little boy in a white shirt, and a little girl named Ellie who is trying to pull rings from visitors’ fingers!

The Ghosts of Tutbury Castle

4. The Four Crosses, Cannock

haunted four crosses cannock
Watling St, Four Crosses, Cannock WS11 1RX

The Four Crosses was built in 1636 using old shipping timbers that are now almost 1000 years old! Over the years, several secret passages have been uncovered within the building, and it is believed that there could be many more that have yet to be found.

One of the most remarkable finds was that of an old Coachman’s uniform that was preserved perfectly behind a chimney for more than 150 years!

The history of The Four Crosses is peppered with intrigue, mystery and tragedy. The most recent death happened in the nineteen-eighties when a young boy ran into the road outside and was killed instantly when struck by a passing car.

There is also a story of a young baby who died after falling from a table in the 1800s and reports of several suicides in the building. Now you can see why The Four Crosses is an essential stop on any tour of haunted Staffordshire!

Reports of the paranormal come in regularly at The Four Crosses from staff and visitors alike! The most common occurrences include children crying, glasses smashing and phantom footsteps.

The ladies toilet is a focal point for paranormal activity, and the apparition of a young girl is often seen there. The reports of crying children and shadow figures are equally common by day as they are by night.

One particular experience occurred when the manager opened up one morning in 2005. She found two flowers crossed on top of the toilet and just assumed someone from the previous night had done it and went about her business as usual.

However, the next time she passed the toilets, a heavy candlestick from the fireplace had been moved and placed in front of the door! Since she was on her own at the time, she was understandably freaked out!

Other common reports of ghosts in The Four Crosses include an apparition of a Roundhead soldier in the men’s toilets, a ragged, unkempt teenage girl in the kitchen and a man in a long cloak in the car park on rainy nights!

The Ghosts of The Four Crosses, Cannock

5. Alton Towers, Stoke on Trent

The haunted alton towers
Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB

When most people hear the name Alton Towers, they immediately think of the famous theme park, but most of them do not realise that the theme park is named after the mansion that stands on the grounds to this day.

The site where the Alton Towers mansion stands has a history that can be traced back to 1000BC when there was an Iron Age fort on the site.

The site was handed to King Ceolred of Merica in 700AD, but he had gone insane within seven years, leading many to say that the land was cursed. This belief was strengthened in the 19th century with the legend of the old oak tree!

The current Alton Towers mansion was transformed in the 1800s by Charles Talbot, 15th Earl of Shrewsbury.

In 1821 Charles was headed home to the mansion at night when his coach came upon an old beggar woman.

He refused her request for help, and she pointed to a nearby oak tree and told him that one of the Talbot family would die for every branch that fell. That same night, during a storm, one of the family members did die due to a sudden illness.

The following morning he checked the tree and found that a branch had broken off. He attempted to ward off the curse by chaining up the tree – the chains are still visible today!

In terms of ghosts, the most haunted area of Alton Towers is the appropriately named Hex ride! It is located in the old armoury of the mansion, and those queuing up have often reported seeing children dressed in Victorian clothing and have had stones and other objects thrown at them! In the main house, a large man has been spotted, and there have been phantom footsteps and a feeling of great anger in the area.

The most common sighting is of a woman in a long dress who strolls the mansion’s corridors accompanied by a strong smell of perfume! It has been suggested that should have been a governess at the mansion.

Read more about the ghosts of Alton Towers.

6. Cannock Chase

Haunted Cannock Chase
Cannock Chase – famous for sightings of ghostly black eyed children, mythical beasts, and UFO’s.

The hauntings at Cannock Chase are world-renowned, with sightings of black-eyed children, the lady of the chase, vicious beasts, and even UFO’s.

If you’re local, there’s a good chance you’ve heard some of the haunted history surrounding Cannock Chase, as the reports of strange happenings have been featured in the press many times over the years.

The Lady of the Chase is a legend that stretches back decades, with people often seeing the tall thin apparition of a woman dressed in black. The black emptiness of her eyes accentuated her pale skin.

The ‘Black Eyed Children’ are also another common ghost sighting at Cannock Chase, with a sighting as recent as October 2021. Could these children be the victims of the Staffordshire murderer, Raymond Leslie Morris? They seem to fit the age profile of 5-7, and Cannock Chase is the area where Raymond buried the young bodies of his victims.

The Cannock Chase beast is another legend that goes back a long time. This large black cat with red glowing eyes has been seen over 2000 times.

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