Paranormal investigations have been a strong feature in the castle calendar for fifteen years but traditions about ghosts at the castle, stretch back many centuries. It is hardly surprising as the castle has a bloody past of siege, torture and death before being destroyed by Act of Parliament in 1647 as a Royalist base. Some of the buildings have stayed intact whilst the ruins on a moonlit night have an extraordinary atmosphere. The famous King’s Bedroom (made famous by ghost hunters) is said to be one of the most haunted rooms in Great Britain. It has certainly attracted investigators from far and wide with one group travelling from Paris just to spend a night in the room. The castle has been the subject of five TV programmes about ghostly matters with crews from Japan, Australia and France as well as Great Britain recording with us.
For some time the castle has been closed to ghost hunts but now we are re-opening but only by arrangement and not to commercial organisations with the exception of Derby Gaol who run joint events with us.
There are various forms of event you can book with us such as a meal followed by an overnight stay with hot drinks provided or just an overnight stay. There are additional offers available such as a talk by castle curator, Lesley Smith as Mary Queen of Scots – seen frequently on TV, or a Medium can be provided to spend part of the event with you. Some guests chose a grand meal in our Great Hall followed by a ghost hunt which is two cases formed the wedding reception! Just think about what you would like to do ideally and call 01283 812129 to find out more.