Ghost Hunt Abington Museum | Old Asylum Northampton


Ghost Hunt Abington Museum | Northampton

Event Date | TBC
Event Price | £40.00 per person
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Haunted Evenings are delighted to gain access to this haunted gem in the heart of Northampton. Join the team as we split you down into small groups to explore the many areas this location has to offer, from the Great Hall and ground floor reception rooms (Oak Room and Drawing Room), to the several rooms upstairs including the usually out of bounds East Wing and former bedrooms now used to display Egyptian and Shakespeare artefacts.  This building was once used as the local Asylum amongst being a former grand residence. Haunted Evenings are proud to gain overnight entry to this very historic Northampton building that has some strange paranormal activity reported…….

Original photo courtesy of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery

 History of the Abington Manor House (Museum)

Abington Manor House, located within Abington Park, Northampton, dates back over 500 years . Having been a former residential property for many years, the oldest parts of the original structure that remain today are the Great Hall and Oak Room which date back to 1530, when records show it was owned by the Barnard family.

In 1642, John Barnard married  the granddaughter of Shakespeare  (Elizabeth Nash), Shakespeare’s last surviving descendent and, on the upper floor a former bedroom is now dedicated to the life and works of William Shakespeare.

In 1669, vast parts of the original Manor House were demolished to make way for a larger, more lavish extension, retaining of course, the Great Hall and Oak Room.

In 1845, Abington Manor was sold to a Londoner who leased out the Manor to Dr Octavius Pritchard who used the property as a mental asylum. It remained as an asylum until 1892. The property further exchanged hands in 1897 when it was given to the people of Northampton. It has remained as a museum until present day

Paranormal activity at Abington Museum….

This former Asylum has rarely been investigated over recent years but it’s little wonder that it’s a paranormal place of interest due to its varied past. Courtesy of the museum staff, some of the accounts of  strange occurrences are as follows; Footsteps have been heard in the attic, rose perfume odours smelt on the top floor , high pitched screams of a female heard by the staff at night and by the staircase, several museum staff have heard them creak as if someone was walking down them towards the kitchen!.

Your Investigation…

Join Haunted Evenings on an overnight ghost hunt which will take you into all areas of this atmospheric location with its ongoing maze of rooms to explore in the dark. We’ll be splitting you off into small groups to see what you can unearth. Will you experience the many encounters of the paranormal that other visitors before you have experienced?.  All guests will have the chance to get hands-on “Ghost Adventures” style with full access to all the very latest equipment, a long with more traditional style vigils. Join the team and truly experience what it is like to investigate this eerie location after dark!

What’s Included on this event?

  • Access to the Great Hall, Drawing Room, Oak Room, Upper floors, including the East Wing, former bedrooms, stairwells and corridors.
  • Orientation walk around with the lights on before the fun begins!
  • Jam packed night of ghost hunting in all areas listed using different techniques (see “What’s Included” tab below for full details)
  • Full use of all the latest paranormal equipment
  • Complimentary Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and soft drinks
  • Complimentary light snacks
  • Fully Insured Event

Event Dates


Event times | 7.30pm-Midnight
Arrival times | From 7.30pm

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Full Price: £40.00


Ghost Hunt Abington Museum | Northampton


*Guests must be 18+ (please contact for 16+)
*Deposits are strictly non-refundable / non-transferable
*Remaining balances refundable up until 1 month before
*No alcohol / illegal substances allowed prior to or during the event
*Guests must bring a torch and wear sensible shoes
*Some parts of the location may not be suitable for people with mobility difficulties


What happens after I’ve booked my place?

You will receive an order confirmation email once you have successfully placed your order. This is your proof of purchase as we do not send tickets out for our events, instead we operate a Guest List system. On receiving your order you will be automatically added to our guest list. If choosing to place down a deposit, please ensure you pay your remaining balances in no later than 4 weeks prior to the event. The week of your event, further welcome information will be listed under the “MY EVENT” section, in the meantime most information to plan your event is listed on this page

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What's Included

*Welcome Meeting with complimentary refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks)

*Walk round of the location with the lights on, pointing out places of interest.

*Guests will then be split into smaller groups to carry out small vigils

*Equipment Vigil. Guests will investigate an area using all the latest paranormal equipment. We will show you how to use all the devices, from thermal imaging cameras to listening devices. We will also see what we capture using voice and video recorders.

* Communication Boards. Guests will move on to another area and use techniques on the Ouija board, Yes|No boards. Equipment will also be available for guests to use during the session.

* Victorian Vigil. Guests will move on to another area and will have a go at using old and new techniques such as Table Tipping, Human Pendulums. We will also carry out EVP experiments, alongside these more traditional style investigations.

* Lone Vigils. Guests brave enough will be given time to re-visit areas of the location unaccompanied. Armed with walkie talkie contact with the team, guests can take any available equipment and conduct their own vigils.

*Group Vigil. Guests wanting to stay close to the team, will finish off the night carrying out a final vigil in the most active part of the location, using the technique that had the best response.

*Complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks will be available throughout the event.

Location / Map

Abington Park Museum
Abington Park

Free parking available onsite

Event Summary / Spoiler!



It was great to be back out again investigating last night and we were joined by a fabulous bunch of masked up and raring to go guests!
Our home for the (Haunted) evening was Abington House Museum, once an old Manor dating back to the 1500’s, by the late Victorian era it was used as the city’s mental asylum. It’s historic layers certainly lend itself nicely for a paranormal gathering, albeit a socially distanced gathering of course!

The investigation brought together a line of subtle yet constant flow of unexplained/paranormal activity for all groups, many EVP’s were captured as well as equipment triggering and personal experiences reported.


One member had her hair touched in the upper east area and knocking could be heard by all the group in the back room. A female mental patient and a guy that worked there came through on the human pendulum.
EVP captured in the Oakroom saying hello. EVP “get out of here” caught in upper east area.

During another pendulum – 4 out of 6 ladies moved, some responses to early questions indicated young boy under 12, linked to a guest on another group. Lot of K2 flashes up to  the third light which confirmed spirit standing by the table, the spirit confirmed they lived and died there. 
During a trigger vigil, one guest felt sick in several areas. Music box went off in two separate places, vibe pod flashed and quite a few k2 spikes.  During one EVP session, we got a clear response to the question asking how many women were in the room- the response heard on playback was a clear 7, confirming they were not alone!

A few cold breezes reported by guests during a few of the vigils which were unexplainable. 
During a dowsing rod experiment, activity suggested the location of a spirits. EVP’s were strong and constant with a class A “Francis Drake” heard on playback in the Upper West quarters. Spirit of a woman took a liking to the guest.s Guest reported feeling pain on the neck when that spirit was asked to touch somebody, like a burning feeling. 

First vigil, music box and vibe pod triggering, guest picked up the name Steven or Gregory. Shouty EVP. Second vigil, lots of EVPs, number 53 sounds like an elderly gentleman, that one was caught in the small room with the soldiers names on the wall. Third vigil, quite quiet, few muffled EVPs, then got shouted which startled a few of the guests! (good)!!

To all the guests who attended last night, on behalf of the team, thank you for being so involved with the vigils, it was a real pleasure to investigate with you all.


A grade I listed 15th century manor house situated in Abington Park (Northampton) was our “home” for the evening and it’s fair to say we would move in permanently if we could! A fantastic building with an abundance of rooms to investigate, layered in history, from once a grand Manor to becoming a mental institution in the 1800’s, to its present day use as a museum.

Original photo courtesy of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery

Activity seemed to be apparent in all areas we investigated and some fascinating paranormal evidence was reported after each vigil conducted. Here are some of last nights findings :

Ouija board (Oak Panel Room + adjacent room):
Tim, youngest in his family of 7 came through on the ouija board. Spelt out H-I. Next door, simultaneously a group got Lim and the letters H-I. Tim had connections to World War 1.
Alfred 12 came through on the board, connected to Binny (25) who we believe both had connections to a spirit named George. Every time George was mentioned, the glass stopped suggesting George had caused both a wrong doing.
Eugenie, aged 9 also came through during a session as well as a personal connection for one of the guests.

East Wing :
Our spiritual team members picked up on the name Allan, Jessica (7 or 8 years old) and Elizabeth Bardon with a further surname Nee picked up on a later vigil. Names confirmed to be connected to the building. Another team member independently picked up on the same female spirit and was able to sketch out a chilling portrait of her.
An angry spirit sensed along the East Wing corridor with an EVP which we believe says “Yes I am”.
A guest felt her jumper was tugged from behind and felt shivers. Headaches felt in the side room near to the East Wing by 2 seperate people (unbeknownst to each other).
Music box triggered suggesting an unexplained movement detected.

A Child came through during one of the human pendulums who was shot. In a later pendulum a John Watkins (or Hopkins) was sensed by the team member and through the pendulum, discovered to have wartime connections, poisoned 1859 (aged 25-30)

Ground Floor:
A cabinet door in the Oak Panel room opened of its own accord and could not be replicated by walking passed.
2 guests who braved going off on their own came swiftly back after hearing a heavy breath. Team member went back with them and connected with a Chaplin or Vicar who he sensed was grounded at the Manor House in his quest to help the sick.

I’m sure lots have been missed but it’s fair to say we certainly came away buzzing from such a paranormally filled night!

Thank you to all the guests who attended last night, you were all such a pleasure to investigate alongside and we’re thrilled you chose to investigate with Haunted Evenings.

Guest Testimonials


“Had a great night, thank you so much” G. Jones 26.09.20 Source:facebook

“Such a good night 😊” R.Hutchinson 11.01.20 Source:facebook

“Amazing time last night. Had such an insight to how it all worked x” E.Duckett 11.01.20 Source:facebook