On the surface, Ely appears to be a thriving, peaceful and tranquil city but every year on the approach to All Hallow’s Eve, stories of murder, lost souls and mournful victims seep out from its haunted streets.
To understand the spooky going-ons and ghostly appearances – those who are brave enough are invited to join a guide to be taken on a blood curdling tour of the medieval city.
The ghost tours begin at Oliver Cromwell’s House, the walk will take visitors along ancient paths to meet characters from the past such as a body snatcher, the pale nurse from the old militia hospital and other ghostly spirits taken before their time.
On Halloween itself, there will be a Ghostly Tales Tour at Oliver Cromwell House itself at 4pm. The tour of the House at dusk will involve the telling of stories of mysterious shadows and strange voices from previous residents, visitors and staff – as well as the chance to experience the ‘chill’ of the Lord Protector’s bedroom.
Also on Halloween evening is there will be a Riverside Ghost Tour starting at 7.30pm. People will hear of the superstitions of the fens to the witches’ trials by water before taking a boat trip on the Liberty Belle to experience the eerie river at night whilst hearing about further ghostly tales of the river Great Ouse.
Tracey Harding, Team Leader Town Centre Services at East Cambridgeshire District Council said: “As the swirling mists of autumn descend upon Ely – the city becomes the perfect location for the telling of tales of grisly murders and foul deeds. Our special Ghost Tours of Ely, the Riverside and Oliver Cromwell House are incredibly popular and often leave me wondering if there are any buildings in Ely which aren’t haunted. From eerie noises to ghostly sightings and the chance to learn about the mysterious ‘Black Shuck’ – the infamous one eyed dog from Saxon times – our Guides are experts in identifying the spots where the spirits hang out.
“This Halloween, Ely really is the best place to come to finding out about the slightly spooky side of a place which lays claims to being the most haunted small city in Europe. Even if you don’t believe in the supernatural you can still be entertained by coming down to Oliver Cromwell House this October if you think you are brave enough?”
To book places on the walks please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062