Lancaster Castle Ghost Hunts Lancashire | Saturday 24th June 2017
£20.00 – £59.00
Lancaster Castle Ghost Hunts
Join Haunted Evenings for a ghost hunt at the once brutal Lancaster Castle. Lancaster Castle has strong historical ties to the Pendle Witches and “boasts” over 200 executions in its time as a serving prison. Ghost Hunting at Lancaster Castle will likely leave you quaking in your boots but rest assured you’ll be left wanting more!. This location is rarely investigated and with such a long history of housing criminals and the long suffering of so many wrongly accused, it’s no wonder that Lancaster Castle is a place on most ghost hunters bucket lists!
You’ll be one of just a few ghost hunters for the evening, exploring and investigating the Witches Dungeon, Hanging Yard, Prison Wings and domestic areas. You will have the chance to use all the latest ghost hunting gadgets, take part in modern and more traditional ghost hunting vigils and really get a feel for what it is like to go ghost hunting at one of the UK’s premium haunted locations!.
Paranormal Activity at Lancaster Castle
With such a tragic and gruesome history, it is little wonder that Lancaster Castle has extensive reports of ghostly activity. It is believed that the staff at Lancaster Castle are so used to paranormal activity, that when visitors claim to be shoved and pushed, the tour guides are no longer surprised. The ghost of a monk has been seen at the castle, believed to have been hanged at the prison. The monk has been seen on the ground floor of the castle after dark, often with the presence of an icy chill. Whilst used as a prison in more recent times, prisoners had reported hearing a young girl, other accounts suggest that she has been seen running along the corridors of the castle.
History of Lancaster Castle
Lancaster Castle’s history stretches as far back as the 11th Century where it is believed it was founded on a Roman fort. The Castle was first used as a prison in 1196 around the time records suggest, Castles like Lancaster, were rebuilt in stone. Records show that between 1402 – 1422, a large sum was spent strengthening the Castles defences, mainly to the Castles Keep and gatehouse.
In 1570 Elizabeth I retaliated by declaring Roman Catholic priests guilty of high treason and any in the vicinity were taken to Lancaster Castle for trial as were the Pendle Witches in 1612.
The Castle was used intentionally to house prisoners for short periods of time immediately before trial, however in the 18th Century, it became more common place for prisons such as Lancaster Castle to hold longer-term prisoners, which led to severe overcrowding. It was a visit from John Howard in 1776 to Lancaster Castle, who noted the condition of the prison, that instigated that jails throughout the country be separated by gender and category.
In recent times, Lancaster Castle served as a Cat C prison and a crown court from 1955 to it’s closure, due to government costs, in March 2011. It is only recently that the castle is now open to the public
Pendle Witch Trials
Whilst the famous alleged witchcraft of The Pendle Witches took place on Pendle Hill where the witches lived in surrounding villages, the most significant part of their tragic story occurs at Lancaster Castle. It was at Lancaster Castle where five of the unfortunate people were imprisoned, found guilty and subsequently sentenced to suffer death. “Old Demdike” died before execution from the poor condition within the prison cell in which she was kept. One of just a few miserable and dark tales of execution at Lancaster Castle. The Pendle Witch trials took place between 17th-19th August 1612, the prisoners were not allowed to have defence counsel plead for them nor could they call upon any witnesses. At the end of the three day trial, a total of 10 people were found guilty of witchcraft, sentenced to death and hanged on the moor above the town.
What’s Included on the Ghost Hunts Lancaster Castle?
- Guided tour/access all areas at Lancaster Castle, including prison blocks and condemned mans cell, children’s dungeon, witches dungeon and prison courtyards.
- Jam packed night of ghost hunting 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
Saturday 24th June 2017
Event times | 8.00pm-02.00am
Arrival times | From 7.45pm
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 1 month prior to the event (24th June). The week of the event you the welcome information will be listed on the “YOUR EVENT” page. This will tell you where to park, what to bring with you and what time to arrive from.
Lancaster Castle Ghost Hunts
The Pendle Witches resided in villages surrounding Pendle Hill and it was on Pendle Hill that they practiced witch craft. Whilst many believe the Witches had a strong connection with Clitheroe Castle (which sits at the foot of Pendle Hill), it is in fact Lancaster Castle which holds the strongest connections to the Witches. It is here at Lancaster Castle that the witches were trialed and from there executed. Join Haunted Evenings on a quest of the Pendle Witches. Lancaster Castle Ghost Hunts with Haunted Evenings are ghost hunting events with a difference. Use all the very latest paranormal equipment and take part in some unique experiments. The team use a combination of traditional with modern ghost hunting techniques to increase the chances of experiencing paranormal activities.
*Walk around / orientation tour of the various accessible areas of Lancaster Castle, including womens prison block, children’s dungeon, Male wings, gym, exercise yard and witches dungeon.
*Groups will be split down into smaller sized groups to cover all areas and will carry out a variety of activities to include…
*Handheld Equipment Vigil. A chance for all guests to explore the vastness that is Lancaster Castle armed with some pretty cool equipment. Think Ghost Adventures!
*Group vigils using high tech equipment including rare EVP devices
*Please note, at the locations request, no Ouija Board/Glass Divination, Table Tipping or Human Pendulums can be conducted.
*Dowsing Rods and Crystal Pendulums are allowed on this location
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