Join Haunted Discoveries UK as we carry out a ghost hunt and investigate the spectacular Victorian Gin House style Viaduct Tavern in London on Friday 7th December 2018.
Start Times: 9pm until 2am
Food & Catering: Hot drinks are supplied where possible. Food/Snacks will be only occasionally where permitted.
Toilets: There are toilets onsite
Alcohol Allowance: Limited**
Priced at just £45pp
** Should you so choose, guests will be permitted to have one or two alcoholic beverages from the bar although we would encourage you to be aware of your limits as we do not allow guests under the influence to participate in our investigations for health and safety reasons and you may be asked to leave.
We at Haunted Discoveries UK like to employ both traditional and scientific methods of paranormal investigation. As a guest we will invite you to take part in active experiments including group and lone vigils,table tipping, pendulums. You will also get the chance to investigate using some of our equipment, which include: spirit boxes, temperature guns, rem pods, dowsing rods, Alice software, spirit boards and Mel meters etc.
Please Note – All bookings are bound by our Terms and Conditions. You will be required to stay awake on this event. NO Sleeping areas available.
The Viaduct Tavern is a Grade II listed public house and opened in 1869; the same year construction of the Holborn Viaduct was completed. It was styled as a Victorian Gin Palace with ornate fittings and an elaborate decor. Gin Palaces were popular during the early 19th Century when gin was believed to have medicinal purposes, they evolved from small ‘dram shops’ and chemists to these truly spectacular buildings, which didn’t survive but the style itself did. The Viaduct Tavern is a shining example of this.
There have been many claims over the years that the cellar of the Viaduct Tavern contains 5 old cells from the Newgate Prison, or perhaps have been merely modified to look this way, but are more likely to have been storage areas. The Newgate used to stand where the Old Bailey does today, right across the road from the Tavern. It is more generally believed that the Viaduct Tavern stands on the ground of the Giltspur Compter, a debtors’ prison that was demolished before the building we see today was built.
The street the Tavern stands on was actually where public hangings took place until 1868 and a small water feature across the street is believed to be where the hangings took place. There are those that believe some of the condemned prisoners were buried underneath ‘Dead Man’s Walk’, which was a caged walkway between the prison and the court and has led to some of the hauntings in the Tavern.
Employees and visitors have reported a variety of activity throughout the Viaduct Tavern. Lights turn themselves off, doors close and appear to be locked but are easily opened from the other side and strange noises are often heard. People have reported being touched by unseen hands, poltergeist activity has been witnessed and ghostly figures have been seen.