There’s a new ghost hunting tour opened up not far from Manchester and it lets you explore a haunted abandoned hospital and orphanage overnight.
This one’s not for the faint-hearted.
Newsham Park in Liverpool has been known for hosting an array of music events over recent years, but now – just like everything else in 2020 – it’s been switched-up and is used for ghost hunting instead. Between 9.30pm and 3.30am, those who feel they’re brave enough are invited to explore the grounds of this “haunted” building.
Not only will you will have access to the whole of the site, but the organisers will even throw in some ghost-hunting vigils and small group séances too, just in case it wasn’t scary enough already.
So, what is Newsham Park Hospital then? And what makes it so “haunted”?
Dating back to 1874, the ominous looking Grade II listed building was initially opened as an orphanage to help educate and support orphans of British sailors, and by 1899, there was 321 children housed under the strict supervision of strict Victorian matrons.
More residents were brought in during the First World War and by the end of it in 1918, there were more than 1,000 orphans housed in the building.
It was finally closed down in 1951 and then became a hospital in 1988.
The whole institution has a bunch of other creepy-sounding areas too, including a morgue, a ‘psyche cinema’, a hallway known as the ‘naughty boys corridor’, and a myriad of hidden passageways.
As described on the Haunted Happenings website: “The abandoned hospital has a massive array of spooky rooms, corridors and basements, including a School House, hospital wards, nurses accommodation, Bell Tower, Chapel and Mortuary.
“There is an instant feeling of uneasiness as you enter and begin your journey into this frightening location.
“On a Haunted Happenings overnight ghost hunt at Newsham Hospital, you will not fail to sense the torment of those who belong to its long and torrid history. Wheelchairs sit empty in corridors and the mortuary fridges exist as a cold reminder of the lives that passed over in this place, giving this location a unique and frightening atmosphere.
“Although the building has laid empty for many years, during our overnight ghost hunts here there have been numerous reports of paranormal activity here from security staff and workmen alike.
“Distant voices have been heard from within the empty building, shadowy figures have been seen darting down the stairwells and workmen’s tools have disappeared only to turn up in a completely different part of the building. Could this be the work of mischievous children from the Orphanage coming forward to make themselves known?”
You’ll have to find out for yourself.
Think you’ve got what it takes?
Tickets to the Haunted Happenings Ghost Hunting Tour of Newsham Hospital start from £65 per person, and you can book your trip in advance here.