Dare to explore the eerie corridors of Ashbourne Town Hall, a place where history and hauntings intertwine, creating an atmosphere ripe for paranormal investigation. Built in 1861 on the foundations of the notorious 17th Century Talbot Inn, Ashbourne Town Hall in Derbyshire is not just a stunning example of Victorian architecture but also a hotbed of ghostly activity.

Event Time: 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Event Price: £40 per person

Address: 22 Market Pl, Market Place, Ashbourne DE6 1ES

Your Ghost Hunt at Ashbourne Town Hall

Join Haunted Rooms for a full night of ghost hunting at one of the most haunted buildings in Derbyshire!

As you step into the grandeur of Ashbourne Town Hall, prepare to be transported into a world where the past lingers in every corner. From the echoing ballroom to the mysterious council chambers, each room tells a story of centuries past. The attic and cellar, with their dark corners and hidden spaces, are particularly known for unexplained occurrences.

The Spirits of Ashbourne Town Hall

The Town Hall is steeped in tales of the paranormal. The spirit of Tom Fearn, who tragically lost his life in a freak accident involving a fire bell in the 1930s, is said to linger here. His presence is often felt in the form of unexplained footsteps and a foreboding atmosphere near the memorial plaque dedicated to him.

But Tom Fearn is not the only spirit believed to roam these halls. The echoes of the past are heard in the disembodied voices in the ballroom, the slamming doors, and the sightings of tall, dark shadow figures. Some even whisper of the presence of Bonnie Prince Charlie, whose troops were once billeted in Ashbourne.

Your Ghost Hunt Experience

Our ghost hunt at Ashbourne Town Hall offers you a unique opportunity to delve into the unknown. You’ll have exclusive night-time access to this historic building, where you can engage in various ghost hunting techniques. From using scientific equipment to traditional methods like Ouija boards and table tipping, you’ll be fully immersed in the ghost hunting experience.

Why Choose Ashbourne Town Hall?

  • Historic Significance: The Town Hall’s rich history provides a perfect backdrop for paranormal investigations.
  • Variety of Haunted Spaces: From the attic to the cellars, each area of the Town Hall offers a different experience.
  • Documented Paranormal Activity: Numerous reports of strange occurrences make it a prime location for ghost hunters.
  • Experienced Team: Our knowledgeable hosts will guide you through the night, ensuring a memorable experience.



Deposits are available for just £20.

Ashbourne Town Hall History

In the heart of Derbyshire, Ashbourne Town Hall stands as a beacon of history, its foundations deeply embedded in the past. Erected in 1861, this architectural marvel replaced the 17th Century Talbot Inn, a place rich in stories and social significance.

The Talbot Inn was more than just a lodging; it was a pivotal part of Ashbourne’s social and historical landscape. Featured in Izaak Walton’s and Charles Cotton’s “The Compleat Angler,” it was a popular spot for travellers and locals, known for its Derbyshire ale and warm atmosphere. It also played a role in the legal history of the 17th century, hosting important legal examinations.

Ashbourne’s resilience is epitomized in its recovery from a devastating fire in 1252, which ravaged the town. The Market Place, once lined with timber-framed buildings, was reborn from the ashes with new structures, including the Talbot Inn, symbolizing the town’s enduring spirit.

The site of the Town Hall is steeped in historical significance, including the 1745 arrival of Bonnie Prince Charlie. His declaration outside the Talbot Inn left a lasting mark on Ashbourne’s history.

However, the site is also remembered for the tragic death of Tom Fearn in 1930, a casualty of a falling balance bar from a fire bell during a false alarm. This event is commemorated by a memorial plaque, a sombre reminder of the past.

With the construction of the Town Hall, the Talbot Inn gave way to progress. The Town Hall, with its ashlar stone and Victorian design, reflects the architectural preferences of the mid-19th century. Initially a Market Hall, it evolved into a hub for urban administration and community events.

Today, Ashbourne Town Hall is more than a building; it’s a living chronicle of the town’s history. Each element of its structure holds stories of joy, tragedy, and the daily lives of those who have traversed its halls. It stands as a place where history is palpably felt, a testament to the town’s journey through time.

What's Included?

For just £40 per person you will enjoy:

  • Use of our equipment which includes, ghost hunting gadgets and mediumship tools,
  • Expert advice and discussion about the paranormal,
  • Taking part in spiritual experiments including séances and glass divination,
  • Ghost hunting vigils in the dark,
  • Exclusive access to the location, including all the most haunted areas,
  • Friendly and experienced team offering help and advice,
  • Your chance to ghost hunt in a haunted location at night!

Event Location: 22 Market Pl, Market Place, Ashbourne DE6 1ES

Time: 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM (Arrive from earliest 8:30 PM)

Parking: There is free onsite parking.

Accessibility: Due to the historic nature of the venue, the location is unfortunately not wheelchair friendly. The location is also not suitable for those with mobility issues.

Please Note: All guests must be 18 years or older. Not suitable for those who are heavily pregnant. Guests are strongly advised to wear comfortable shoes and warm layered clothing on colder nights.

What to Bring?

You’re welcome to bring your own equipment, though we will be providing paranormal equipment to use.

The investigation will be in darkness so please bring a torch with you.

Although snacks and drinks are provided, you’re welcome to bring your own. There are also facilities to make both hot and cold drinks, which are provided also.

And of course, bring your phone/camera with you, the more pictures we have the better chance we have of capturing something!

Other than that, just yourself and an open mind!

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