Scare yourselves silly this Halloween at Historic Royal Palaces

20 August 2018

20 August 2018

Get set for Halloween goosebumps at Historic Royal Palaces, with a variety of themed events at Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London. Step back in time and speed up the pulse by uncovering the macabre mysteries of these two iconic landmarks after dark.

Hampton Court Palace sees the return of the spine tingling Ghost Tours, including family-friendly ghost tours, at the palace on selected dates in November, January and February. Discover stories of mystery and paranormal activity, from the tale of the Tudor royal nurse whose spirit is said to stalk her former apartments, to the peculiar tale of the mysterious figure caught on CCTV in the palace in the dead of night. Not for the fainthearted, the night of Halloween will see a Special Late Night Ghost Tour take in some of the palace’s most ghoulish locations.

For those feeling really brave, ‘Dusk ‘til Dawn’ at the palace on 3 November allows visitors to bed down in the King’s State Apartments for the night. This spooky sleepover like no other will catapult plucky participants back to the height of the witchcraft and sorcery craze, beginning with a hearty 3-course dinner.

Meanwhile, at the Tower of London the popular Twilight Tours return on selected Sundays between November and April. Follow the Tower’s iconic Yeoman Warders as they lead an atmospheric tour after hours, taking in world famous sites including Traitors’ Gate, the scaffold site and the Bloody Tower. Over its thousand-year history the Tower has been host to many significant events such as the alleged murder of the two boy princes, the execution of Tudor queens, the torture of traitors and countless stories of ghostly apparitions. Visitors will be appalled and amazed by the tales of prisoners and past residents and the secrets kept within these ancient walls, making this a truly unforgettable tour for those who dare.

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Tickets for the Hampton Court Palace ghost tours go on sale in early September, and can be booked here:  

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Ghost Tours

Selected dates in November, January and February, 18.30 – 20.30 and 19.15 - 21.15

Hampton Court Palace

Tickets: £27.50 (must be aged 12 or over)


Family Ghost Tour

31 October, 4 November & 6 January

Hampton Court Palace

Tickets: £14 adults / £7 children (minimum age 8 years old)


Halloween Ghost Tour Late Night Special

31 October

Hampton Court Palace

Tickets: £35 (must be aged 18 or over)


Dusk ‘til Dawn

3 November

Hampton Court Palace

Tickets: £145 (must be aged 18 or over)


Twilight Tours

Selected Sundays from 4 November to 7 April

Tower of London

Tickets: £27.50 / £25 HRP members


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.