Elizabethan House Museum Ghost Hunt, Great Yarmouth – Saturday 13th July 2024


Haunted Rooms invites you on a thrilling night of ghost hunting at the Elizabethan House in Great Yarmouth. A historic location with ties to Oliver Cromwell, it is here where the fate of King Charles I was sealed!

Event time: 8 PM – 2 AM

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Ghost Hunts at The Elizabethan House Museum

Welcome to Elizabethan House  – one of the country’s most historic and haunted locations!

Built in 1596 by local merchant Benjamin Cawper on the quayside of Great Yarmouth is the historic home made famous by its connections to Oliver Cromwell.

Cromwell regularly visited his friend here, John Carter, a prominent local merchant and town bailiff who purchased the property from Benjamin Cawper in 1635.

In fact, the home was used as a regular meeting place for the Parliamentarians during the Civil War, and it’s believed this is where the execution of King Charles I was decided in November 1648.

In addition to such a remarkable history, the building has been home to fourteen different families over three centuries until 1949, when the last surviving member of the Aldred family passed away, bequeathing it to the National Trust.

With such a long history and so many families living their last days here, it’s little wonder remnants of its past still wonder its interior to this day.

An interior that is so pleasing on the eye during the day, takes on a whole new and creepy feeling at night. It’s a real test to the most hardened ghost hunter, as this historic home is known for its incredible paranormal activity.

Perhaps most unnerving is the shocking sighting of period-dressed full-bodied apparitions that are witnessed walking through its dark and imposing rooms.

Disembodied footsteps are common throughout the building, and poltergeist activity has been witnessed several times.

A ghost hunt at the Elizabethan House Museum is certainly a test of your nerves. The constant feeling of being watched adds to the occasionally overwhelming sense of being unwelcome in the home. A strong male spirit makes his presence known through bangs, gusts of wind, and sudden temperature drops.

Many spirits are wandering this historic home. Some are happy you’re there, some are oblivious, and a few are particularly upset you’re intruding in their abode!

Do you think you can handle the imposing Elizabethan House for an evening of real paranormal investigation?

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

Deposits are available for just £20.

What's Included

What's Included

For just £49 per person, you’ll enjoy the following:

  • Full night investigating with the Haunted Rooms team,
  • Excluisve access to the most haunted areas, otherwise off-limits to visitors,
  • Free time to investigate on your own at the end,
  • Group Vigils including table tipping, Séance, and more,
  • 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.
Elizabethan House History

Elizabethan House History

The Elizabethan House Museum is a former merchant’s house built in 1596, and located on Great Yarmouth’s Quayside. 

In the hands of the National Trust since 1949, it was converted into a living history museum showcasing the home lives of those living in the 16th century. 

The house was built by the successful local merchant Benjamin Cowper, who purchased the property, which then extended numbers 1-4 South Quay.

The original mansion building extended from 1-3 South Quay, and there’s believed to have been a monastery situated here which was torn down and reused to build the mansion. 

Past Owners

Benjamin Cowper – Cowper built the home after purchasing the land in 1596, and as his wealth increased, so did the size of the mansion, with major additions coming in 1603 and later in 1610.

Benjamin Cowper, or Cauper, was a wealthy merchant from Great Yarmouth whose rising status saw him being appointed as town bailiff (1609, 1618, and 1628) and a member of parliament in 1620 and 1623. 

John Carter – Carter was a successful local merchant and town bailiff (1641 and 1651) who purchased the home from Cowper in 1635, along with his brother-in-law Thomas Manthorpe. 

Carter was a leader of the Yarmouth Presbyterians and was good friends with Oliver Cromwell, who would regularly visit. The visits would become more frequent before and during the Civil War, as the home became a meeting place for Parliamentarians.

In 1644, John Carter was commissioned by the Earl of Manchester to be joint Commander-in-chief of the town’s militia and was made responsible for implementing Martial Law. 

It was during Carter’s ownership that a meeting took place in what is now the Conspiracy Room, where the fate of King Charles I was allegedly decided!

The elder son of John Carter also called John, inherited the house after his father’s death in 1667. He lived in the house until he died in 1700, and it then passed to his younger brother, Nathaniel. 

Nathaniel lived in the home with his wife, Mary Fleetwood, until he died in 1722, aged 88. 

Upon his death, Nathaniel bequeathed the house to his cousin, Captain John Davall. Davall split the home into two buildings in 1722, which today are nos. 3 and 4 South Quay. 

In 1753 the house was owned by David Mason and his wife, Mary. Mason installed the water pump in the scullery as a wedding gift for his wife, only one of a few properties in Yarmouth to have an indoor supply. 

David died shortly after marriage, and Mary only lived there until 1757.  Mary’s brother-in-law, Thomas Adkin, inherited the property after her death. 

In 1771 the house was purchased by Samuel Tover, who died just a year later. The house was passed on to his youngest son, Thomas Tover, who lived there until 1774, when it was sold to William Taylor, the Mayor of Yarmouth, in 1775, 1783, and 1794).

In 1780, the house was sold to John Ives (father of John, the antiquarian), who lived there until he died in 1793. His widow later married Thomas Fowler, who inherited the house but didn’t live there. 

It was then passed to William Steward and later Thomas Prince, the town surgeon. 

In 1809, the property was purchased by John Dany Palmer, who added the large sash windows and the wrought iron balconies, as you can see today. After John’s death in 1841, the house was passed to his son, Charles John Palmer, who lived in the home until 1867. 

Charles was a famous local historian and former mayor of the town, and his time at the home is celebrated with a blue plaque on the exterior of the building. 

Charles sold the home in 1867 at auction, including all fixtures, fireplaces, and lighting. In 1870 the Aldred family were the owners, and Samuel Aldred (an auctioneer) converted the front breakfast room into offices. When Samuel died, the home was passed onto Edward Robert Aldred and later Edward’s sister, Mary Aldred.

Mary Aldred died in 1943, and the home was bequeathed to the National Trust. However, her sister Blanche remained a tenant until she died in 1949. Norfolk Museums now look after the Elizabethan House on behalf of the National Trust. 

Access & Parking

Access & Parking

Event Location: Elizabethan House Museum, 4 S Quay, Great Yarmouth NR30 2QH

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

Parking:  Parking at the rear of the museum, operated by Borough Council, is available at weekends (pay and display). Other parking is available near the museum, town centre and historic quayside.

Accessibility: Due to the historic nature of the venue, the location is unfortunately not wheelchair friendly. There is a Level entrance. The Ground floor has 1 step to the kitchen and 1 step to the back garden. Stairs to other floors.

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

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!

What to Expect

What to Expect

On your ghost hunt with Haunted Rooms, you will have full exclusive access to the most haunted areas of this historic location. Together with our friendly team of investigators, you will join others on structured vigils, where you’ll have the chance to use some paranormal equipment and join in on group vigils such as Ouija board sessions, and seance.

Our event starts at 8.00 pm but you can arrive at the earliest 7.45 pm. Structured investigations will end around 12-1 am, at which point you will have the opportunity to investigate this location on your own using the techniques and information you have been provided with.

You will have the chance to look around the building before the event to familiarise yourself with its layout. Shortly before the event kicks off, we’ll run you through a quick induction and safety briefing, followed by a short talk and introduction from our team. You’ll then split into smaller groups with your family and/or friends if you’ve come together, and we’ll begin our vigils for the night!

If you have your own paranormal equipment we encourage you to bring it, if not we can provide them free of charge. Snacks, refreshments, and treats will be provided at intervals throughout the night, and we’ll have facilities to make hot and cold drinks too.

We do endeavour to have mediums and sensitives with us for every event, although circumstances out of our control can sometimes prevent this. Anybody that has sensitive abilities we encourage you to come forward, as it only increases the energy and enjoyment for all in attendance.

To get the most from the evening we encourage you to try your hand at as many things as you can, and if you’re feeling particularly brave you should give a lone vigil a try, as well as joining in with our table tipping experiments as we try to commune with the spirits and ghosts of the building.

Please dress weather appropriately, with extra layers of clothing if it’s cold, plus comfortable shoes and a torch if you need one.

Hotels Nearby

Hotels Nearby

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