As Halloween approaches and many places start to see more paranormal activity, we have looked at which are the top ghost-hunting spots across Burton and South Derbyshire for anyone hoping to spot a spirit for themselves.

There are plenty of places in the area which are rumoured to be home to ghosts, from hotels and pubs to castles and bridges.

So here are our top places to spot a ghost yourself - and you don't have to wait until October 31 to check them out.

Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle

The castle has been host to hundreds of paranormal investigations over the years including the Most Haunted TV series and it is believed many ghosts call the castle walls their home. These include ghosts in the Kings Bedroom, Mary Queen of Scots and 'The Keeper' - seen wearing a full suit of armour and behaving in a manner that might best be described as authoritative. This ghostly figure has been seen stepping out in John of Gaunt's Gateway and bellowing "Get thee hence!" and has been spotted in broad daylight.

Moira Furnace and woodland

Spirits have been said to have been seen drifting through the woodland around Moira Furnace and in the buildings themselves.

Station Street, Burton. On the pavement outside the former Bass site (now Molson Coors)

In the late 1990s, witnesses heard mysterious footsteps behind them but when they halted to check who was following them, no-one could be seen.

Former Appleby Pub, Green Street, Burton

Now flats, this former pub in Green Street, Burton, is rumoured to be home to several ghosts. However, the flat owners have yet to report any spooky happenings.

Sinai House, Shobnall, Burton

Sinai House, in Shobnall, is believed to be one of the most haunted venues in Burton

Well known locally for being the site of ghostly activity, visitors to have reported a phantom horse-drawn coach, a hanged witch, and a hooded monk who appears at the foot of the bed in a bedroom. Sir Henry Paget, who was Wellington's second in command at the battle of Waterloo, is also said to still roam the grounds as well as the grey lady seen on the bridge over the moat looking for her lost love. Apparently, during ghost walks, people have been pulled and thrown across the room, electrical items have gone wrong for no reason, and people have also heard the whispering of the dead.

Branston Bridge

According to the Paranormal Database, in 2011, a driver reported seeing a white figure pass over the middle of the bridge. The light from his headlights appeared to go through the figure, and once it reached the far side of the bridge, the figure vanished.

Burton Market Place

Two teenage lads reported seeing a girl in the market place. The pair said she glanced and smiled at them before vanishing into thin air.

Bretby Business Park

Several people including security guards reported seeing a woman in a floral dress

Sometime in the 2000's a security guard at the park encountered car headlights which vanished without a trace, another guard was have said to have been approached by a mysterious woman in a floral summer dress, but when the CCTV was checked there was no trace of her. After running an article in the Mail, three readers contacted us to report that they had seen the woman in the dress too.

Newton Park Hotel, Newton Solney

The hotel in Newton Solney has previously been on ITV as part of paranormal investigations as it is reportedly haunted. The property dates back to the 18th century and was once home to brewing giants the Ratcliff family

Former Burton Mail newspaper offices, High Street, Burton

Reported in the 1990s, the former Burton Mail office, situated in High Street, Burton, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a printer and by the sound of mysterious feet running down the main staircase. It is also believed that ghosts of a maid and a young boy walk the corridors. Reporters were never keen to stay late on their own.

Derelict site along Shobnall Street, Burton

In 2004, two young boys reported a mysterious 'large man' on a derelict site in Shobnall Street, who vanished into a gap in the fence which he could not possibly have fitted through.

Harper Avenue, Horninglow, Burton

A teenager in the 1950s was returning home when he was greeted by his neighbour Mr Dykes, when he arrived home two days away his mother informed him that his neighbour has passed away that morning!

Outside St Chad's Church, Hunter Street, Burton

In 2012, more experienced bell ringers heard the peeling of eight bells, all churches in the area with a set of eight bells denied they had been operating them

The Last Heretic, Station Street, Burton

Although this is a new pub in Burton, the ghost of Edward Wrightman is said to be very old

The new micro-pub The Last Heretic was named after Edward Wrightman, the last christian martyr to be burned alive in Lichfield. He died on April 11, 1612. Mr Wrightman was from Burton and his ghost is reported to still reside in the town.

King Edward Place, heading towards corner of Rangemore Street, Burton

In 2012, two experienced bell ringers heard phantom peels which sounded as if they could have come from the Holy Trinity Church which was situated in Horninglow Street, Burton. The church closed in 1969 with parishioners uniting with St Modwen's, in Burton Market Place. Holy Trinity was demolished in the first half of 1971 and site is now occupied by Aldi.

Leopard Inn, Lichfield Street, Burton

In the 1970s the sound of a rustling skirt was heard in several parts of the pub and doors mysteriously opened and shut. The building dates back to the 19th century.

Gresley Old Hall, Church Gresley

A regular spot for ghost hunters, Gresley Old Hall is believed to be one of the buildings in the area with the most paranormal activity. The 16th century, Grade II listed building reputed to have been built in 1556 for Sir Christopher Alleyn out of the materials of the demolished Gresley Priory which date back to the 1100s.

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