Cheshire's Most Haunted? | Knutsford Times

Cheshire’s Most Haunted?

By on October 19, 2009

This Tudor manor house is fast gaining a ghoulish reputation as one of the spookiest film locations in the North West. 

In the last couple of years the Old Hall ghouls have been frightfully busy putting in a number of appearances on Living TV’s Most Haunted. If you’re looking for a spine-chilling setting, there’s none better!

Paranormal investigators have (allegedly; though the dead don’t sue) found nearly a dozen active ghosts at this historic hall.  Legend has it that the Victorian parlour is haunted by a dour nineteenth century gamekeeper; another spectral squatter has been ‘seen’ cleaning his gun, a faithful dog at his feet.  In the Great Hall several people have felt their hair being tugged and a cord or ribbon slowly tightening around their necks.

And these spooks are loving the limelight!  During a ‘Screaming Banshees’ show for Most Haunted this year , Mick Ricketts, Old Hall Steward, said the ghosts had “transparent enthusiasm for getting on film.  They practically all made an appearance – what a hunger for celebrity… we could see right through them!”

We challenge you, brave visitor, to see or feel it for yourselves at our Half Term Hauntings.

Walk or tremble your way through the haunted house, especially spectrally dressed for Hallowe’en and prepare to have your rafters rattled!  Braver souls can get up close and personal and help solve the Horrible History Mystery.

Skittish (mostly Tatton staff) and younger visitors will be able to calm their nerves by taking part in Monstrous Mask Making and Frightful Face Painting or by enjoying the Kiddies’ Funfair.

Old Hall staff are advising visitors to come in large numbers and to make sure they are not left at the back.  As Morbid Mick Ricketts commented “we do recommend safety in numbers, but there is also one sure-fire way to put scaring off the spectres – do as we do and come dressed in your most terrifying costumes”.

Half Term Hauntings take place at the Old Hall from Tuesday 27th to Sunday 1st November 12-5pm (last entry 4pm).  Admission Prices: Adults £4.50, Child £2.50 (under 4s free of charge), Family £11.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children).  Normal Park entry charges of £4.50 per car apply.  All prices include National Trust Members.  There are small, additional charges for face painting and mask making.  Call 01625 374400 for more information.

During half term the Mansion, Farm and Gardens are also open from Saturday 24th to Sunday 1st November except Monday 26th October. Mansion 1pm to 4pm. Gardens 11am to 4pm. Farm 11am to 4pm. Last entry  is one hour before close. Separate entry charges apply.

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