With a dark history dating back over 600 years, Leicester’s Guildhall is also one of the country’s most haunted locations!

Join Haunted Rooms for a thrilling evening of paranormal investigation, where the ghosts of Leicester’s brutal past still reside!

Event Time: 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Event Price: £55 per person

*Includes exclusive access to the most haunted areas, full evening investigating with the Haunted Rooms team, use of paranormal equipment, snacks and refreshments, 

Address: The Guildhall Museum, Guildhall Ln, Leicester LE1 5FQ

Ghost Hunts at Leicester Guildhall

Welcome to Leicester Guildhall – a location with a long and colourful past dating back to 1390 and regarded as one of the most haunted buildings in England!

Part of this quaint timber-framed building dates back to 1390, making the Leicester Guildhall the oldest structure in the city. It’s also quickly earning a reputation as the city’s most haunted location!

A one-time haunt for William Shakespeare and Oliver Cromwell, the Guildhall has served many uses over the years, including as a theatre, feast room, courtroom, and police station.

It’s said that as many as five ghosts haunt the Guildhall, including a groaning civil war soldier and an inquisitive policeman. Paranormal occurrences inside the building include unexplained footsteps in empty rooms and a copy of the Bible repeatedly opening to a verse concerning witchcraft…

Reports of manifestations, shadow figures, and disembodied screams are common here, and guests regularly report being overcome by an intense feeling of fear or sickness. Immediately upon leaving the affected area, people’s state of mind returns to normal.

The apparition of a Victorian woman is also known to frequent the area surrounding the old jail cells. It’s believed she’s the ghost of a former prostitute that died in her cell.

There are countless paranormal reports here, which only increase with every visit.

Do you have what it takes to spend a lone vigil in one of the old cells or where the dark male presence is known to lurk?

Spots will fill up quickly for this one, so hurry and book now!

Deposits are available for just £20 per person.

What's Included?

For just £55 per person, you can enjoy the following:

  • Exclusive access to the most haunted areas,
  • Full evening investigating with the Haunted Rooms team,
  • Group Vigils including table tipping, Séance, and more, (all optional)
  • Lone Vigils,
  • Use of Paranormal Equipment,
  • Psychic Medium, (*availability permitting – we do endeavour to have a psychic medium at every event, however sometimes circumstances can prevail),
  • Snacks and refreshments.

Leicester’s Guildhall has a vibrant and varied history, dating all the back to 1390 when its great hall was first built as a meeting place for the Guild of Corpus Christi – a group of wealthy local businessmen who had strong religious beliefs and were revered throughout Medieval Leicester.

Now a Grade I listed building, it’s the oldest building in the city and one of the last remaining timber-framed buildings in England.

Given its local importance and tendency to put on extravagant banquets and celebrations, it would be safe to assume that King Richard III would have been hosted here. In fact, his remains were discovered underneath a carpark just a short walk away.

Used as a theatre, history tells us that William Shakespeare performed here, and it may have been the inspiration for his creation of the play King Leir.

During the English Civil War, the guildhall would have been an important meeting point for the town’s decision makers at the time. Here, the Mayor of Leicester received word of an impending attack from Prince Rupert and his Royalist Army.

Prince Rupert made a demand of £2000 to the Mayor and Leicester. However, the Mayor appealed to King Charles and offered just £500 to leave the town.

However, On 30th May 1645, the King’s Army captured and sacked the city, entering the guildhall and looting the town’s archives, mace, and seal.

The third oldest library in the country was also established here in 1632 when the town library was relocated to the east wing of the building.

The first police station in Leicester was also opened here in 1836, with police cells being constructed on the ground floor of the east wing.

It would also serve as a school later, and by the 1920s, it was fast becoming unfit for purpose, with plans developed to demolish the building due to its poor state.

However, plans were stopped by the Leicestershire Archaeological Society, and the restoration work began and was completed by 1926 when the guildhall reopened as a museum.

Event Location: The Guildhall Museum, Guildhall Ln, Leicester LE1 5FQ

Time: 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM (Arrive from earliest 7:30 PM)

Parking: There is no onsite parking, though plenty of local on-street parking exists in the surrounding area, free after 6pm. Several car parks are nearby, all within walking distance of the guildhall.

Accessibility: Due to the historic nature of the venue, the location is unfortunately only wheelchair accessible on the ground floor. The entrance leading to the Museum is also cobbled. The location is somewhat 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.

You are spoilt for choice when booking a hotel in Leicester. There are hotels to suit any budget, all within walking distance of the Guildhall.

See below for those closest, and with the price listed per night!


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