Ghost Hunt Thackray Museum | Leeds


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Event Price | £59.00 per person
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Ghost Hunt Thackray Museum

Join Haunted Evenings as we enter this former Leeds Union Workhouse, built originally as a pauper house for over 700 destitute refuges from 1861 onwards. This magnificent imposing Grade II listed Victorian building dominates the area. The history and past energies held within these walls from when it was a workhouse and later, as part of a Hospital, sets this location up as being one of the most foreboding and haunted places in the area, the perfect place to investigate!

Life in a Workhouse was deliberately tough going. Harsh working conditions, which consisted of spending long days working repetitive tasks, were rewarded with basic food and accommodation. Workhouse inmates did however at least have the advantage of access to free medical care and education, not yet readily mainstream to the struggling classes of the general population. At the turn of the century, the Workhouse had by now seen building expansion. A main block, infirmary, chapel and wards for the mentally ill were now part of the development. By World War I, The Leeds Union Workhouse was now the East Leeds War Hospital providing care for the armed services, continuing as part of a Hospital until the 1990’s, when the building was deemed unfit for purpose. In 1997, this old Victorian building took on it’s current role as the Award Winning  Thackray Medical Museum, which now displays countless  scenes from early Victorian slum life, eerie enough during usual visiting hours!

Ghost Hunting at The Thackray Museum

Your ghost hunting experience with Haunted Evenings will see you locked in for the night, in small groups, investigating all accessible areas of this former workhouse. We’ll start with a mini tour of the location with the lights on before we split you off into vulnerable numbers to investigate the many reported hauntings here.  Disembodied cries, visitors being touched, items being moved and full apparitions have all been experienced here by previous visitors. Taking part in an array of both traditional and modern ghost hunting experiments, you will get to experience first hand, what it’s like to be locked in after dark in one of Yorkshires most haunted buildings!

What’s Included | Ghost Hunt Thackray Museum

  • Brief History/ Guided tour/access all available areas
  • Jam packed night of ghost hunting using different techniques – try your hand at the traditional methods, such as Ouija boards, table tipping, dowsing rods and human pendulums
  • Full use of all the latest paranormal equipment during our high tech experiments.  An opportunity for you to use the equipment yourself
  • A chance to “go it alone!”
  • Complimentary Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and soft drinks
  • Complimentary light snacks

Event Dates


Event times | 8.00pm-02.00am
Arrival times | From 8.00pm

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Full Price: £59.00



*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 a variety of ghost hunting 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. A real opportunity to get hands on and use as much kit as you wish. 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.

*Trigger Vigil. Camp out in an area using an array of trigger objects to see what paranormal evidence may come to light.

* 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

Thackray Medical Museum
141 Beckett Street
Leeds, LS9 7LN

Event Summary / Spoiler!



If you’re into imposing Victorian buildings then you would have felt right at home with Haunted Evenings last night as we returned to the Leeds former Workhouse (opened in 1861) now known as the award winning Thackray Museum. As your jaw can’t help but drop at the sight of this grade II listed building, the grand entrance and staircase gives those that enter an instant sense of the history that is encased within its walls ….this building is quite simply a magnet for paranormal investigators!

Last night guests were certainly all up for the challenge of discovering what paranormal activity this magnificent building had to offer and were soon split down into small groups to investigate all corners of this former workhouse and hospital.

Results from the evening certainly indicate that activity was experienced in all areas with some fascinating similarities amongst the groups (unbeknownst to anyone at the time). The name Peter it seems was picked up independently by 2 groups (one via an EVP, the other sensed by a guest), cold spots (and I mean cold spots!) were felt by 3 groups during human pendulum experiments that could not be debunked and during 2 ouija board sessions, one group were contstantly being given the confusing message “6A-6A” and another group later in the evening were given “6F-6F”!! K2’s were going off in response to questions asked to spirit in the “street” area with a voice over the spirit box believed to be saying “help me” which, on analysing voice recordings, was also captured by the same group! (listen below)

On listening back to all EVP’s today it appears we are spoiled for choice! With some amazing captures, there are just too many to upload so here is a list of them all “help me”, “All of them”, “Help Nobody”, ” Peter”, “Nobody Can”, “listen (to) the heartbeat”, “help me get out of here”, “The women let me go”….listen in to “HELP NOBODY”

Thank you to all who attended last nights investigation, you gave it your all from start to finish and were a delight to investigate with.


Our return visit last night to this old Leeds Workhouse had some amazing moments of spirit validation as guests worked their way around the building taking part in a variety of vigils.
Downstairs most activity occurred during controlled trigger experiments. Initially for one group the spirit box appeared to be tapping out morse code and as the group moved area, similar taps came through via a REMPOD, believed to be a spirit called Michael who had military connections.
During an energy circle, 2 guests both experienced a strong sudden sense of feeling sick and had to step back from the vigil. Neither guest had met each other before and both felt fine once they’d stepped out of the experiment. A further human pendulum downstairs brought forward a spirit who was believed to be a 30 year old supervisor. Significant cold spots were also felt during this vigil.
For one group the Ouija board took some time to get going but eventually turned into a personal and emotional experience. For another group the ouija experiment connected with a 5 year old boy named Jonathan, date given was 1925. Crew member Neil saw a vision of Jon and his description was later confirmed by Thackray staff as being a spirit seen often by visitors. Amazing!
So many accounts of activity to report them all but one highlight was a Class A EVP which when asked “Can you tell us what this building was used for?” Replied “HOS-PI-TAL”
All in all a fascinating investigation overall so thank you to all the guests who got stuck in to the various vigils planned around this historic building.
We’ll be back again next April for a further investigation before the museum closes for a refurbishment so if you fancy joining us please head over to our website for more details!

Guest Testimonials


“Thank you Haunted Evenings team for an amazing night can’t wait to book again 👍” 07.04.19 D.Chandler Source:facebook

“Thanks for a great night. Just to mention, on the way out, one of the security guards told me that when I went off on my own at the end, on the camera she saw a large orb come right up to my face in one of the upstairs rooms!” 07.04.19 L.HewisonSource:facebook

“Fantastic night” 07.04.19 J.Wolverton Source:facebook