Leicester is reputed to be one of the UK's most haunted cities, with over 100 reported ghost sightings. You are invited to try to meet some of them.
Belgrave Hall and Gardens
Belgrave Hall and Gardens is our best known haunted house thanks to appearances on Most Haunted and on the Sci-Fi Channel.
Built in 1709-1713 as a residential house by Edmund Cradock, it was the home of the Ellis family for many years. In one of the ground floor rooms two gentlemen have made their presence felt and female night-time visitors have claimed of feeling unwell.
What is the connection?
People have experienced being touched or prodded throughout the building, but mainly in the old dining room. A shy, sad young girl (who may be one of the seven Ellis daughters) has been identified in the old nursery. Owners John Ellis and Edmund Cradock have both been sensed, the latter a not entirely welcoming host.
You can begin your vigils with an informal tour of the hall with one of our assistants (please let us know in advance). The stable block provides a safe room where refreshments are available.
Get in touch
For further information or to make a booking, call Belgrave Hall and Gardens on 0116 229 8181.
The Guildhall has a long and varied history in its 600 years and has witnessed many traumatic moments.
Fight your fears as the shadows close in within the ancient rooms of this haunted building, and spend the evening looking for the ghosts. Characters reported to have manifested themselves include a powerfully-built surgeon; a child, Sarah, accused of stealing apples; a dog; a man in the library (with its moving bible); and a Victorian prostitute, Lucy.
You can begin your vigil with an informal tour of the hall with one of our assistants (please let us know in advance). There are several interesting rooms to investigate at the Guildhall: the Victorian cells, the great hall, the Mayor’s parlour, the jury room and the library. The reception can be used as a safe room and refreshments are served in this area.
Get in touch
For further information or to make a booking, call the Guildhall on 0116 253 2569.
Abbey Pumping Station
Abbey Pumping Station is reputed to be haunted by Robert Richardson, the Ghostly Engineer. Groups can spend the evening here looking for evidence of his spirit.
The three-storeyed beam engine house, with its four magnificently restored Gimson beam engines, provides a unique atmosphere in which to conduct your investigation. Unfortunately, the basement is not accessible.
Abbey Pumping Station is a monument to Victorian industrial engineering and architecture. It now tells the story of the city’s industrial, technological and scientific heritage, focusing on light and optics, transport and public health. Do the displays still carry the presence of those who made and used them? Dare you explore the grounds after dark in the shadows of the city’s industrial past?
The Education Room can be used as a safe room and refreshments are available in this area.
Get in touch
For further information or to make a booking, call Abbey Pumping Station on 0116 299 5111. Please note that this site closes to the public during November-February, but bookings are welcome throughout the year.
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
Joseph Hansom’s original, classical building of 1836 for the New Walk Proprietary School. became New Walk Museum & Gallery in 1849. Since then, it has developed several times to display the growing collections.
Highlights are a significant dinosaur and fossil collection, worldwide culture including Ancient Egypt, important German Expressionist and Picasso ceramic works.
Over the years millions of people have visited, studied and worked in the building. Are some of their spirits reluctant to leave? We have many reports of mysterious footsteps being heard in the old school area, late at night when the building is being locked and no one else is in the museum. Members of the public say that they have seen the ghost of a man with restricted growth wandering the stairs and parlour near the Lord Mayor’s Room.
Dare you explore this museum at night?
We know that our Ancient Egyptian exhibition may be of special interest. However, due to Museum Association ethics we are unable to allow paranormal investigation groups access to any human remains. The rest of the museum building remains accessible.
Get in touch
For further information or to make a booking, call New Walk Museum and Art Gallery on 0116 225 4900.
Newarke Houses Museum
The Newarke area has a long and rich history and Newarke Houses Museum is right at the centre. William Wygston’s Chantry House (c.1511) was originally built for the chantry priests of the nearby collegiate church and Thomas Skeffington’s House (1560-83, extended c.1600) is the only surviving Elizabethan urban gentry house in the county.
Are soldiers from the Civil War still lurking in the shadows of the garden wall?
Will you see the Elizabethan gentleman who seems to appear from the wooden panelling in the Gimson Room then disappears through an adjacent wall? Dare you inspect the Jacobean fireplace on your own and perhaps see the small boy dressed in a Victorian sailor suit? At the top of the staircase a figure in a long, dark, clerical cloak has been seen walking towards the window.
Or will you encounter the mysterious shadow which is said to hover nearby on the Chantry House side of a connecting doorway? Perhaps this was responsible for a postcard holder spinning by itself and scattering cards on the floor during more recent renovations.
Access to the Regimental Museum is not permitted.
Get in touch
For further information or to make a booking, call Newarke Houses Museum on 0116 225 4980.