Newstead Abbey lies at the heart of Nottingham’s many ghost stories. Formerly an Augustinian Priory and home to 13 monks, Newstead Abbey was converted into this beautiful historic mansion following the dissolution of the monastries in the late 13th Century. One of its most famous residents is Lord Byron, England’s most well known poet. Newstead Abbey holds many fascinating yet dark and foreboding secrets involving greed and murder. The ghosts that have been seen here over the centuries are numerous, in fact Lord Byron himself reports sighting of ghosts whilst sleeping. Many of the ghosts and spirits encountered in this vast mansion are female, yet there is also the presence of a strong male entity who is thought to have unfinished business. With so much history and so many areas to explore, this ghost hunt is set to be unique in so many ways.
During our ghost hunt we have permission to explore Lord Byron’s private appartments, the old kitchens, servants quarters, tunnels and so much more. This is set to be an intense night of discovery in so many ways.
Ghosts of Newstead Abbey
The ghost sightings at Newstead Abbey in Nottingham are too numerous to mention. This ancestral home of Lord Byron is a haven for spirit and ghostly activity. However, there are one or two ghosts that seem to really stand out. We have the ghost of The Rose Lady. This spectre has been encountered by so many people on their visits to Newstead Abbey and can usually be found at the foot of the main staircase. There is also the ghost of the Lady In White who has been seen in the Abbey’s gardens by day and by night.
Visitors have also reported a very heavy male prescence in the chapel area of the Abbey. They can smell cigar smoke and often hear the sound of heavy footsteps. In the nursery those that have worked in the Abbey get a sense of children running and on one occasion a tablecloth came off the table and was found folded on the floor after the visitor had made a brief exit from the room. Lord Byron himself had a ghostly encounter when he was sleeping in the a room called The Rook Cell. He felt something or somebody get into bed with him and as he sat bolt upright he saw what he describes as glowing red eyes staring back at him. The entity then completely disappeared.
History of Newstead Abbey
After the dissolution of the monastries in the 13th Century Newstead Priory was rebuilt into a beautiful historic house set in a magnificent landscape of gardens and parklands and in the heart of Nottingham. It is famous for its resident, famous poet, Lord Byron who resided at Newstead Abbey from 1808 to 1814. With its extensive rooms this Abbey was definitely built to impress and still does to this day. It has many visitors who flock to this beautiful monastic building to absorb its wealth of history. As big as it is Newstead Abbey is much loved by all those who work here and care for this magnificent building.
- Ghost hunting vigils and séances in small groups
- Workshop/separate vigils for returning guests
- Experiments including glass divination, table tipping and Ouija Boards
- Use of ghost hunting equipment including EMF Meters, K2 Meters etc
- Refreshments and light snacks included such as teas and coffees
- Not suitable for people with mobility issues or walking difficulties
- Parking is on site and free