Halloween 2015: Eerie Evening Tours at Kensington Palace
When all the gates are locked and the lights are out, are the memories of royal heartbreak and tragedy still echoing through the empty rooms of Kensington Palace? Find out for yourself this winter on an Eerie Evening Tour and uncover the dark tales that lurk behind the palace’s regal exterior…
Guided by an expert Explainer, explore the historic palace by lamplight, from empty staircases and hidden passageways to the gloomy splendour of the shadowy State Apartments where former monarchs lived, died and - some say – haunt.
Hear about the gruesome medical maladies of residents past, from William III’s fatal horse-riding accident to Queen Caroline’s horrific final hours, and see the Privy Chamber where, on blustery October nights, it is said George II can be seen staring out at the weathervane as he did in the lonely days just before his death, waiting for the wind to change and bring news of his beloved German homeland. Elsewhere in the palace, the gentle rhythmic creaking of thread and wool is often heard echoing through the courtyards and corridors after dark, reputedly the sound of Princess Sophia’s spinning wheel – this Georgian princess was banished to Kensington in disgrace following an illicit pregnancy, and spent the rest of her life in solitude with just her spinning wheel for company.
As well as these sorrowful tales, delve into the Victorian obsession with life after death and discover how so many people of all ranks and backgrounds became convinced that conversing with the dead was possible. Did Queen Victoria herself attempt to contact the spirit of her beloved husband Albert? You’ll have to join the tour to find out!
Notes to Editors
For more information about the Eerie Evening Tours please contact Jocelyn Murdoch in the Historic Royal Palaces Press Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 3166 6166.
[Please note dates and prices are only applicable to 2015]
Eerie Evening Tours, 18.45 – 20.15
Adult: £27.50 (minimum age 16) - 10% discount for members
Advance booking is essential, on 0844 482 7777 or www.hrp.org.uk.
29 / 31 / 31 October 2015
12 December 2015 (includes glass of mulled wine and a mince pie)
8 / 15/ 22 January 2016
The tour includes several flights of stairs and low light levels.
Please note that, due to winter closing hours, attendees will access and leave the park via Studio Gate, onto Palace Avenue and then Kensington High Street.
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.