Halloween 2015: Ghost Tours at Hampton Court Palace!

Halloween 2015: Ghost Tours at Hampton Court Palace!

The Haunted Gallery

22 September 2015

Meet by lamplight to unearth 500 years of spooky stories and haunted happenings in the palace after dark

Selected dates from 31 October 2015, from 18.30

As the nights draw in this winter, discover the terrifying tales of Hampton Court Palace’s past, brought to life on a spine-chilling after-hours Ghost Tour. Held in the atmospheric palace after nightfall, when all of the visitors have gone home, the tours conjure up supernatural stories spanning five centuries of royal tragedy and drama.

Beginning on Halloween (when else?!), and continuing throughout the winter season, join a tour and explore the palace’s deserted courtyards and eerie state apartments after dark.  Hear tales of countless spooky sightings across the centuries, guided by the State Apartment Warders, keepers of Hampton Court Palace’s darkest and most mysterious secrets.

Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive ‘Skeletor’ who was captured on CCTV in 2003, see if you encounter the spirit of Jane Seymour in Clock Court and visit the site of a mysterious shallow grave that was uncovered in the 1870s – if you dare.  As we celebrate the palace’s 500th birthday, there’s no shortage of horrible history to uncover.

For one night only, on Halloween a special late night tour will delve even further into the most gruesome and grisly tales of residents past, on a route taking in areas of the palace usually closed to visitors. From empty former Grace and Favour apartments to disused stairwells, where will you find yourself when the clock strikes twelve?

A number of family ghost tours will also take place on selected dates from Halloween, offering a chance to experience some of the spooky goings-on of the adult tours, but tailored to a family audience.

Wrap up warm – we can guarantee shivers whatever the weather…

Notes to Editors

For more information about the Ghost Tours and Family Ghost Tours please contact Jocelyn Murdoch in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: jocelyn.murdoch@hrp.org.uk or 020 3166 6354.

Booking information
Phone booking only on 0844 482 7777.

[Please note dates and prices are only applicable to 2015]

Ghost Tours
Adult: £27.50 (minimum age 15)
105 - 120 minutes duration.
Tours include external courtyards, cloisters and some apartment interiors. Tickets include a warm drink on arrival.
31 October 2015, 19.30
1/6/7/8/13/15/20/21/22/27/28/29 November 2015, 19.00
4/5/6/12/13/20 December 2015, 19.00
3/15/16/17/22/23/24/29/31 January 2016, 19.00
5/6/7/12/14/19/21/26/27/28 February 2016, 19.00

Special late night tour
Adults: £35.00 (minimum age 18)
31st October 2015, 22.30
Tickets include glass of champagne on arrival.

Family Ghost Tours
Child (aged 8-14 years): £7 / Adult: £14
75 - 90 minutes duration.
Tours include external courtyards, cloisters and some apartment interiors. Minimum age for this tour is 8.
31 October 2015, 18.30
19 December 2015, 18.30
2 January 2016, 18.30
13 February 2016, 18.30
20 February 2016, 18.30

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Registered charity number 1068852.

For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk.

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