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Go on a Ghost Hunt at the Haunted Abbey House Museum

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

With more than 900 years of history, Abbey House Museum is ripe for a ghost hunt.

Abbey House Museum

Discover the spirits that remain within Kirkstall Abbey’s old gatehouse as UK Ghost Nights takeover Abbey House Museum.

This February, you can go on an after-dark exploration of Abbey House Museum, as renowned ghost hunters, UK Ghost Nights, are coming to the Leeds landmark on Saturday 18th February 2017 for a night of chilling adventures.

Abbey House Museum

Credit: Daria Wszolek

Abbey House Museum was originally built in the 12th century, and it served as the gatehouse for Kirkstall Abbey until it was ravaged by Henry VIII’s forces after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1541. In the years since, Abbey House Museum has changed considerably, but it still sits on the original site.

It became a museum back in 1927, and that’s when they noticed the mysterious happenings. Live-in caretaker, Kate Hatfield, experienced a number of disturbing occurrences around the building between midnight and 2am in the winter of 1929/30. She heard doors opening and closing on the first floor, even though they were bolted shut, and heard the sound of a cloak swishing along the corridors.

That’s not all though – in 1944, Mrs Hatfield’s niece visited with three friends who all reported seeing a frightened monk in a brown habit. It’s since been claimed that the monk was, in fact, John Ripley, known as the last Abbott of Kirkstall, who moved into Abbey House after the Abbey was torched, and was eventually buried in its precincts.

Abbey House Museum

Credit: Daria Wszolek

You’ll have a chance to find out if it’s fact or fiction this February as UK Ghost Nights take over the venue. Over the course of five hours, you’ll explore the venue after dark, with their mediums and investigators as your guide. You’ll hold vigils in different parts of the venue, and you might even have a chance to try séances, table tipping and spirit boards. What’s more, they’ll supply you with the latest ghost hunting technology, as well as night vision cameras, to help you see what’s going on around you (including anything that the naked eye wouldn’t catch on its own).

This is a very different experience of one of the city’s most popular museums, and it might well give you a glimpse of the past in the present, but are you up for it?

The UK Ghost Night at Abbey House Museum starts at 9pm on Saturday 18th February 2017. Tickets are £45 and are available now.

Feature image copyright Daria Wszolek.