Whether you’re a sceptic or a firm believer, everyone is intrigued by supposed spooky sightings or paranormal apparitions.
There are so many claims of ghostly sightings, but some of them are definitely more believable than others.
And to celebrate Halloween, we’ve decided to dig out some of the most believable and bone-chilling ghost sightings in our city.
The ‘elephant ghost’ at Central Park
It might be work taking a closer look around when you next take a trip to Central Park, you never know what you might see.
Ghost hunter Lee Chapman claims he caught a glimpse of a gigantic creature in the much-loved family park.
“I caught this image behind Central Park where the old Plymouth Zoo used to be.”
“I took three images in burst mode – the first one is clear, the second shows the elephant and the third is clear again.
“People pass it off as smoke, but I can swear down that it was a clear night and none of us smoke.”
After making the discovery, Lee and his team did some research and found out that an elephant did, in fact, die at the old zoo.
“We believe it is Tamara, or Tammy, who died at the zoo in the ’70s due to a fire at the elephant house.”
Ghost at Palace Theatre
In 2019, Plymouth Lee Chapman saw another spooky sighting.
During a visit to the now derelict Palace Theatre, Lee photographed what he believed to be a ghost.
“I was actually on an investigation with about 20 people. I believe this photo to be the side profile of Mary Hoyle, the Palace Theatre’s proprietor in 1932.”
He compared the picture to a photo of Mrs Hoyle taken at the theatre.
“They look identical to the lady that I caught on camera even to what she is wearing. She is wearing a white collar, she has a hat on and looking over onto the bottom.”
Lee also claims to have spotted the ghost of a little boy at the same location.
“The photo looks like a Victorian boy as of what he was wearing.
“I’m unsure who he is but I’ve done some research and both Thomas and Mary Hoyle had lost two sons in the war, so I’m trying to make that connection.
“After I took the photo I decided to go through my photos. I shouted to a friend ‘How do you zoom in on photos?’, he showed me and that’s when we noticed the little boy.
“I shouted to the group and they witnessed the photo. Then I said ‘I need to go up there, where the little boy was captured’.
“Once we had reached the middle tier we asked out for him and all we could hear was someone running beside us on the broken tiles but there was no one there.”
Haunted Mickey Mouse
We’ve all heard of Chucky and Anabelle, those spooky toys that come to life while no-one’s watching.
But do you know about the haunted Mickey Mouse doll?
It all started in 2012 when Michael Pomeroy, owner of Something Different, on Barbican’s New Street, bought a regular 1960s soft Mickey Mouse doll.
It was a seven inch tall soft toy made of foam with a metal inner frame and no mechanical parts at all.
He placed it in a corner against a cabinet as it would not stand by itself – but one day when he returned and turned all the lights on, he noticed Mickey was on the floor about 16 inches from where he had left him.
He went and checked the CCTV footage for that night; which incredibly shows at 03.52am Mickey WALKING about eight inches and falling off the plinth the cabinet stands on. Watch it for yourself in the video above – spooky!
“My first reaction was utter amazement,” stated Pomeroy in an interview, “that a soft toy, with no moving parts moved 16 inches by itself.”
While Haunted Mickey has become a paranormal phenomenon in itself, Michael asserts that the foam doll is not actually possessed but rather that the paranormal activity comes from whatever spirits occupy the building.
The spirits have shown no interest in any of the other vintage toys so why they fancy the 1964 reincarnation of Mickey Mouse is another mystery on its own.
Albertha Ward in the old Greenbank Hospital, where housing now stands, was said to be haunted by the ‘shade of Lady Albertha’ who would appear beside the cots of sick children.
The legend states that no matter how ill the child was, after lady Albertha had appeared they would recover.
Mount Gould Hospital
And Mount Gould Hospital is also said to have guests outside of visiting hours.
The geriatric wards are reputed to be built over a battlefield, and there have been reports of a white lady appearing and disappearing shortly before the death of a patient.
Dartmoor window has a ghost
Can you see the ghostly figure lurking in the background of this spooky photo?
The terrifying apparition was captured by a couple in 2017 as they wandered through Dartmoor.
When the photograph was taken the pair didn’t realise they were being watched by ghostly eyes.
The figure was not seen by the couple until they looked back at the picture hours later and a friend pointed it out.
Later they said that their dog had been acting strangely, becoming all shifty and scared.
Admiral MacBride pub
The much-loved pub on the Barbican may be haunted, according to some.
One legend, the events of which were said to have occurred hundreds of years ago, suggested a woman was pursued into the cellar where she was murdered.
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But myths suggest her spirit remains, and some say they can see a fleeting shadow seen in the kitchen which could be her.
The disused cinema at Derrys Cross, which now has plans to be revamped, is said to be haunted by a woman in white.
It is not known why this phantom woman in white chose to haunt the cinema, and legend has it she particularly likes Screen Two.
MegaBowl Plympton was a mash up of bowling alleys, arcades, wimpy burger and a Quasar Zone – this doesn’t sound like a ghost’s favourite place to haunt.
But if you ever played a game of Quasar, you’ll inevitably have heard the story about the ‘ghost boy’ who haunted it.
The legend goes that he died from being decapitated, but there is nothing to confirm or deny this.
Local medium Mark Cheetham was asked to hold a ‘clairvoyant evening’ at the bowling alley in 2007 after staff reported seeing strange figures and experiencing poltergeist like activity.
The Megabowl was shut down in 2014 to make way for Lidl – maybe he’s haunting the Lidl bakery now?
Plymouth’s oldest pub, The Minerva, is also reported to be its most haunted – with four different ghosts having been seen. As well as two female spirits the pub is said to be home to a spectral smuggler and a ghostly child.
Royal William Yard
One of the city’s most prevalent tourist destinations, Royal William Yard offers spectacular views and a good selection of restaurants.
It’s also a place full of paranormal activity.
An example of this was in 2010, when, in the Old Police House, a man saw another gentleman with a handlebar moustache dressed in an old style Police Officers uniform. But when he looked again, he was gone.
Despite the venue being Her Majesties Naval Base, it certainly hasn’t avoided poltergeist activity over the years according to some ghost spotters.
In addition to people hearing phantom footsteps in floors above them, there are also stories of furniture moving and even being overturned – creepy!
Ghost moves door hinge
A spooked mum from St Budeaux claims she has caught an out-of-this-world sighting on camera.
Natalie Carette, a mum from St Budeaux who now lives in St Austell, shared with PlymouthLive a haunting video of a hinge on her door which appears to move on its own.
She also captured footage where she says she has encountered a paranormal being, and in the video she asks the apparition to ‘come closer’.
Natalie says she ‘didn’t feel scared’ when she encountered the unexplained happenings, as she has grown up with strange and paranormal activities.
She said: “I didn’t feel scared, this is what was so bizarre about the situation. My whole family deal with the paranormal and they talk me through what to do when something happens. And I believe it worked, as all of this happened.
“My mum always says to speak to them like people and ask for signs, as I was in the video. I’ve learnt to live with it but sometimes I get a feeling so deeply scary that I can’t move.
“I don’t think it’s Casper the ghost – it’s energy that’s working together to move and make noises. The scientific side to this is so interesting too.
“I’ve just moved in and there are boxes everywhere but whenever I start to sort unpacking, things happen. It’s so strange.”
The ghost-spotter explains what she believes to be the science behind the odd things she has witnessed.
She said: “Everything works on its own magnetic level, everything produces energy. When a magnetic field is distributed it blows off energy like a firework, which is what orbs are for, but there is also the fact that these ‘orbs’ actually are the deceased and when welcomed into your home they stay and they play about with you.
“I believe more that kinetic energy is what causes things to move and makes noises, but then other things just cannot be explained.”
It’s probably apt that the building is home to a spirit-making distillery, as its past is full of paranormal activity.
This place has a rich history dating back as far as the 14th Century, the Barbican building was previously monastery inhabited by the Black Friars, and has also been a debtor’s prison in its time.
A young girl by the name of Lucy is believed to lurk freely around the building, while a ghost called Charles haunts the Still room.
There have also been sightings of a prostitute called Elizabeth.
Radstock Park in Plymstock is said to be haunted by a figure wearing a hood, close to the lodge gates, as well as a white lady who drowned in the park lake. There have also been reported of a strange animal with very large eyes.
Annabel’s Cabaret and Discotheque
While staff were clearing up after a busy night at the venue, they all heard a number of footsteps running on the top floor.
But when they went up to check, there was nobody there.
There are also regular sounds of feet running up and down the stairs, but no-one has been seen.