York - 18-20 Stonegate (currently Jack Wills)
A local report says that a teenage girl using the changing room looked in the mirror and spotted another young girl. Believing that the girl had accidently walked into the changing room, the teenager turned and asked the girl to leave. The girl turned and walked through the wall. Staff later found out that a doorway once existed in the wall where the girl disappeared.
A building along Stonegate, York
York - 41 Stonegate
A six-year-old Victorian girl who fell to her death on the staircase was said to have haunted this building during the twentieth century. The girl could be heard ascending the staircase and was reputedly seen sitting upon a shop counter when a tearoom operated on the site. One story says the ghost is a doctor's daughter and dates to when the building was a private residence. During one of the doctor's dinner parties, the curious girl emerged from her top floor bedroom and tried to peer over the banister to see who was in attendance. She lost her balance.
Number 5 College Street, York
York - 5 College Street
During one of the outbreaks of plague in the city, a married couple contracted the disease and died. Their only child, a young daughter, remained uninfected. She shouted to passersby for help, but no one would believe that she was clear of the disease; the doorway was bricked up to prevent the plague from spreading, with the young girl and her dead parents still inside. The girl's crying could be heard for days, until the house grew quiet - the girl had eventually starved to death. Now she can be seen looking from the window, and the cries of a young girl heard emerging from the building, even though it is empty.
York - A64 Malton Road
Weather Dependent: Misty evenings
This tragic figure, possibly murdered by her highwayman boyfriend, now appears on misty or foggy evenings.
All Saint's Church, York
York - All Saint's Church, Pavement
This pale young lass with long curly hair was seen a few times, always observing funerals from the church door. She vanished suddenly if anyone approached. Another description of the entry says she is dressed in black with a swollen red face.
York - Area of Bishopthorpe
A wealthy woman was murdered for her money, and her body hidden a short distance from her house in Bishopthorpe. It was several days before the corpse was discovered, and it is said that the state of decay was so bad that her head had become separate from her torso. Her headless ghost haunted the area where her body lay for years after the event.
Bedern Arch, York
York - Bedern Arch
The story goes that several orphans died in the nearby Industrial Ragged School during the mid-nineteenth century, due to the negligence of the alcoholic schoolmaster; now, on cold nights, people have reported walking by the arch only to feel a small child take them by the hand... Childish giggling and terrible screaming has also been reported.
Black Swan Inn, York
York - Black Swan Inn
Seen descending a staircase in the building, only the lower part of this male body appears. Two other spirits can be found in the bar area; that of a workman wearing a bowler hat (dressed in Victorian clothing) and a lady in a white dress who watches the fireplace.
York - Castlegate House (or Lodge)
This shadowy feminine figure has been seen on the staircase of the building.
Church of the Holy Trinity, York
York - Church of the Holy Trinity, Micklegate
Late nineteenth century onwards (?) at morning service
These three figures are reported to be a mother, her child, and a nanny - the story is that mother and child were buried many miles apart, and now the nanny reunites the child with mother. Another story says that the women have no connection; the mother and child were united in death after the infant died of plague, and she slowly pined away, while the second woman is an abbess murdered trying to prevent Henry VIII's men from storming her church.
The Davygate area of York
York - Church Street & Davygate area
Two women walking in the area claimed to have seen a large battle taking place around them, between Roman troops and barbarians. As a van drove by, the scene vanished.
Clifford Tower, York
York - Clifford Tower
Unknown Ghost Type
Many Jews committed suicide in the tower rather than surrender to the rioting anti-Semitic mobs tearing up the town. The ground of the tower is said to be stained red, even after being dug up and replaced.
York - Clifton Lodge
This building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a servant who killed her child who had been born outside of wedlock.
Cock and Bottle Inn, York
York - Cock and Bottle Inn, Skeldergate
Thought to be the Royalist and alchemist George Villiers, Second Duke of Buckingham, this ghostly figure, with black wavy hair and a large nose, has been spotted in the public house. The building was built on the top of a site once owned by Villiers, which would explain his reluctance to leave.
York - Coppergate shops, those built on site of old Craven's Sweet factory (includes the Bodyshop)
This entity was known to cause trouble when the factory stood. In more recent years, it has been blamed for setting off the fire alarms in these buildings.
York - Dance school attached to St Mary's Church, Bishop Hill Junior
The sounds of coins being poured onto a table and into a metal box have been reported coming from this building.
Dean Court Hotel, York
York - Dean Court Hotel, Duncombe Place
Reported to walk around the hotel, this phantom may have also been spotted by a trio of guests in their bathroom mirror.
York - Drake's Fish and Chip Restaurant
A phantom woman was reported to haunt the third floor of this building. The local press reported that the ghost was consulted when redevelopment work was carried out on the site in 2021.
York - Dun Cow public house
31 August 1977
While on honeymoon, a woman awoke to see the shape of a tall person by the window. The shape appeared to be made up of small pulsating balls of light. The figure suddenly disappeared.
York - Earl Grey Tea Rooms, Shambles
One visitor reported on Trip Advisor that they had felt a child's hand grab them while in the lady's toilet, although nothing was there. Another story says a phantom older man sits at a corner table.
The River Ouse running through York
York - Edge of the River Ouse
01 May (reoccurring) (legend), ghost unknown
Thought to be the shade of a drowned person, this figure drifts around the banks of the river. Another piece of folklore says that a person drops five white pebbles into the river when the Minster clock chimes one in the morning during the first of May, they see their past, present and future.
First Hussar pub, York
York - First Hussar public house, North Street
Unknown Ghost Type
A small team of men working through the night to complete a painting and decorating job all reported seeing a ghostly man dressed in a cape, who vanished through a wall.
Five Lions pub, York
York - Five Lions public house (now Watergate Inn)
Early twentieth century
This figure has not been seen for many years, and her history is all but forgotten.
York - Fordington Lodge, outside of the city
Haunted by an unknown entity, the sounds of footsteps were often heard crossing the living room floor. Doors sometimes opened themselves, and once a sofa moved itself away from the wall, before moving back a few seconds later.
York - Former toy shop just inside Roman Gate
Late at night, a woman approached the toy shop window to look at a teddy bear. At the window, the woman entered a dream-like state - she 'became' a large male baker covered in flour working within the shop and looking out she could see Roman soldiers walking past.