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National Civil War Museum Ghost Hunts


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National Civil War Museum & Centre
Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire


The English Civil War was one of England's most bloodiest series of battles, stretching across the whole of England and Wales and lasting just over 9 years between 1642 and 1652. Located in the historic market town of Newark-on-Trent is the National Civil War Centre, a museum dedicated to the histories, tragedies and hard-fought battles of the English Civil War, with exhibitions on King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Thomas Fairfax and many others. It's here where history and ghosts come to life, from the apparition of a Cavalier to a haunted painting that's said to cry.


The English Civil War was one of England's most bloodiest series of battles stretching across the whole of England and Wales between 1642 and 1652.

Newark is a bustling market town sat next to the River Trent in Nottinghamshire, and was one of the key locations during the Civil War where it was besieged by Royalists, and then by Parliamentarians.

Over 80,000 soldiers died in battle, with a further 40,000 civilians dying in that period too. In fact, there were so many deaths at that time, that roughly 5% of the English population died.

In May 2015, Newark and Sherwood District Council opened up a brand new museum centre which told the story of the English Civil War, and the involvement Newark had within it. The Museum is split into three different buildings. The first is a Grade II listed Tudor Hall known as the Old Magnus Building, which was first built in 1529 as a boys grammar school. The second is a Georgian town house which houses many of the exhibition rooms. And the third is a modern building which features the Main Civil War Gallery, and joins up with the Palace Theatre next door.

Today the Museum showcases hundreds of Civil War artefacts, clothing, historic items, weaponry, armour, and even a blood-soaked handkerchief of King Charles I himself which was collected just minutes after his execution in London. It's an important location to not just Newark's heritage, but to the learning and understanding of this troubled time in our English history.


The National Civil War Museum has certainly spooked its staff and our team in the past, with paranormal activity that can't be explained.

Some staff members and visitors have reported seeing apparitions of Civil War Soldiers wandering the rooms and corridors, with a ghostly Cavalier seen pondering in the Civil War Gallery, as if he's looking for something belonging to him. Staff have also heard voices of men shouting in pain, as well as musket fire and cannon shots from different directions of the building, with no one being around.

There is also a mysterious story regarding the Museum's most infamous painting, an 1884 Portrait of Lady Ossington. Workers were doing renovation work in the building for a couple of weeks. One day they were in the same room as the painting and left for lunch. When they returned back to work, they heard the sounds of a woman crying in the room. They were confused as to who was crying in there, so they opened the door and were shocked and spooked with what they saw. The room was found completely empty with nobody inside, but that wasn't the bizarre part. They noticed the painting on the floor facing up, which terrified these men from continuing their job. The painting was screwed into the wall, leaving no possible or logical reason as to how it had magically become unscrewed, let alone lying on the floor face up with Lady Ossington's eyes watching you. Since that day, the painting is heavily regarded as being haunted.

The Cellar is not accessible to the general public during the day, and that's probably a good thing. A dark, negative spirit is felt lurking down there, with a guest on one of our past events here actually photographing an accidental selfie, with what appeared to be a male face staring at the back of her head.

The Tudor Hall may look exceptional with the lights on, but when all is dark, the presence of spirit children seem to come into our ether.

Poltergeist activity happens throughout the many exhibition rooms, with artefacts moving behind glass casing and doors slamming shut. And in the upstairs Galleries, footsteps and disembodied voices are often heard, with no explanation.



Your night of ghost hunting with Brookes Paranormal is guaranteed a fun, safe and spooky one. Experience this historic location with exclusive access after dark, as you explore the eerie rooms and areas in search for the ghostly spirits that haunt here. Here at the National Civil War Museum, you will get to investigate the Main Civil War Gallery, the Cinema Room, the Ground Floor Exhibition Rooms which feature the Lady Ossington Painting, the First Floor Exhibition Rooms, the Second Floor Exhibition Rooms, the Cellar, and the Tudor Hall which is sometimes accessible.

Our team are friendly, professional, approachable and knowledgeable with paranormal investigating, and we will guide and support you to make sure you get the most out of your investigation. We welcome everyone from all walks of life, as our events are a safe space for all who love and enjoy the thrill of ghost hunting. Whether you're a paranormal novice or an experienced investigator, you'll be well-looked after and treated like family.

This is an honest ghost hunting experience, so there won't be any fakery or trickery during the night. We believe that if activity happens, it happens for real.

On your ghost hunt, you will be split into smaller groups to give you the best, personal experience possible. You will also get hands on with various pieces of ghost hunting equipment and participate in interesting paranormal experiments.
​ While we encourage everyone
to get involved in the night's vigils, you don't have to partake in experiments like Ouija Boards and the Estes Method if you don't
want to, we have plenty of other equipment for you to use.

You will also have a couple of breaks throughout the night, where we provide you with unlimited refreshments and snacks.



  • Group photo of all guests which gets published to our page

  • Small group extended vigils

  • Refreshments and snacks like teas, coffees, hot chocolates,
    bottles of water, biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars

  • Full use of ghost hunting equipment like K2s, EMF Meters,
    REM Pods, Mel Meters, Spirit Boxes, Motion Detectors,
    Dowsing Rods, Laser Grid Pens, ITC Apps and SLS Cameras

  • Paranormal experiments like Ouija Boards, Glass Divination,
    Table Tipping, S
    éances, Estes Method and Human Pendulum

  • An introduction to ghost hunting equipment and techniques
    for guests new to the paranormal



  • All attendees MUST be 18 years or older

  • Heavily pregnant women are NOT allowed on these events

  • This location is NOT wheelchair accessible

  • This location has NO sleepover facilities

  • We operate a STRICT No Alcohol/Drugs Policy on our events, and if caught or believed to be under the influence of any alcohol or drugs, you will be removed from the event immediately and banned from all future events - No refunds

  • All attendees MUST bring a torch to the event, as we will be investigating in dark areas and low light conditions

  • Sensible footwear is required for the location's environmental conditions

  • In the colder months we advise to wear warm layered clothing, and bring a warm coat with you as the night will get cooler as the event progresses

  • History tours are NOT provided at this location, but we will talk briefly on the location's past

  • Ouija Boards are brought to events at this location, however we don't force you to take part in them

  • Please ensure you are able to attend this event; deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and full payments and remaining balances are non-refundable and non-transferable
    four weeks prior to the event date


ADDRESS: National Civil War Centre, 14 Appleton Gate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1JY

EVENT TIMES: 7:00pm - Midnight (arrive at 6:45pm)


  • Rear Car Park Onsite

  • Appleton Gate Car Park

  • Local Street Parking

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