Ghost nights

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.

Further information

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

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.

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