Tonbridge Castle Kent Ghost Hunt
Tonbridge Castle Ghost Hunts with Paranormal Eye UK
Tonbridge Castle, located in Kent, is an ancient fortress with a history dating back to the 11th century. It is well-known for its haunted past, which is believed to be the result of numerous incidents of violence, battle, death, and public execution that occurred on the grounds over the years. If you're looking for a spine-chilling experience, you can take part in a ghost hunt after dark. However, be warned that this is not an activity for the faint of heart.
Tonbridge Castle is known as one of the spookiest spots in Kent, and our overnight ghost hunts have revealed much activity that supports this claim. During past ghost nights, people have reported seeing dark, ghostly apparitions and hearing eerie screams. If you're up for a spine-chilling adventure, you can now join the team at Paranormal Eye UK for a ghost-hunting night at Tonbridge Castle. Spend the night in this enormous, haunted castle and become a ghost hunter for the evening! Participate in vigils, seances, and other activities as we open the doors to one of Kent's most haunted spots. Get ready for a supernatural experience that will leave you with no doubts that this is indeed a haunted location.
History of Tonbridge Castle
Tonbridge’s first castle was a simple fort of earth and timber, thrown up – like hundreds of others – by Norman invaders for self-protection soon after they arrived in 1066. It stood on land overlooking the Medway crossing, which William the Conqueror had given to his kinsman Richard Fitz gilbert. Local labour would have been used to shift the 30,000 tonnes of earth required to form the moat and the motte – the ’castle mound’ which still survives. A wooden keep would have been built on top of the motte, with an adjacent area, the bailey (now the Castle Lawn), protected by a fence of stakes.
The wooden castle probably only survived about twenty years. Descendants of Richard Fitz gilbert gradually replaced the earth and timber structure with stone, repairing the effects of decay, fire and warfare and reinforcing their stronghold against improved attack methods. Their final castle had a noble gatehouse encircled by massive curtain walls connecting great towers at each corner, while a high shell crowned the motte. In places, the castle walls were almost three metres thick, with sandstone facings from nearby quarries. Kings fought and were entertained at Tonbridge Castle, archbishops quarrelled over its guardianship, and Henry III’s niece and Edward I’s daughter were mistresses of the castle. During Henry VIII’s reign, the gatehouse was "as strong a fortress as few be in England". During the Civil War, the Castle was strengthened and garrisoned. Thomas Weller, who owned it at that time, was a Parliamentarian. He joined other West Kent gentlemen in opposing local unrest at Sevenoaks in 1643, and there was a three-hour skirmish on the outskirts of Tonbridge at Hilden Brook. The river crossing was fought over but not; it seems, the castle itself – though the Roundhead garrison wreaked havoc on the grounds. Later Weller was ordered to put the castle beyond military use by dismantling its defences.
Later owner, John Hooker, sold stone from the castle to build locks on the river Medway, and in 1791 his son Thomas took more rock from the ruined walls to make the residence that now adjoins the Gatehouse. What was left of the once-proud fortress became, in turn, a private home, a military academy and a prep school until, in 1899, it was purchased by the Town Council. The residence became the Council Chamber and offices, and the grounds were opened to the public.
Nearly 900 years after its first construction, Tonbridge Castle saw military service once more as part of a defensive line against the possible German invasion in World War 2. Anti-tank defences and a machine-gun emplacement were constructed, and two pillboxes were built into the 13th-century walls.
This Event Includes
Access to the location after dark
Working in Small Groups, Using an array of different equipment and techniques
Spiritual Medium during the investigation
Complimentary Tea, Coffee,
Complimentary light snacks
Requirements For This Paranormal Event
All attendees must be 18 years or older.
Not suitable for pregnant ladies.
Anyone under or suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances will not be permitted.
This is an old and dark location, all attendees must bring a torch with them.
All attendees are expected to wear sensible shoes no heels or sandals etc.
We advise that you wear warm clothing, as this locations can be very cold after dark (even during the summer months)
This location is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues.
This is not a sleepover event.
Complimentary hot and drinks are provided along with light snacks, We do not cater for dietary requirements. However guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks.
We operate a ticketless event. sign in on arrival.
Arrival time is 15 minutes before the event start time.
There is onsite parking at this location. This located at the side of the gatehouse which is a pay and display area.
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