Kensington Place is opening its doors after dark to lead us on a spooky tour through the shadowy world of Kensington Palace after dark, by lamplight. When all the gates are locked and the lights are out, are the memories of royal heartbreak and tragedy still echoing through the empty rooms of Kensington Palace? Death, disease, love and loss – explore 300 years of secrets led by one of the Palace Explainers (guides to you and me).
Here’s what the Palace says: ‘Explore empty staircases and hidden passageways to the gloomy splendour of the shadowy State Apartments where former monarchs lived, died and – some say – haunt. Hear about the gruesome medical maladies of residents past, from William III’s fatal horse-riding accident to Queen Caroline’s horrific final hours, and see the Privy Chamber where, on blustery October nights, it is said George II can be seen staring out at the weathervane as he did in the lonely days just before his death, waiting for the wind to change and bring news of his beloved German homeland. Elsewhere in the palace, the gentle rhythmic creaking of thread and wool is often heard echoing through the courtyards and corridors after dark, reputedly the sound of Princess Sophia’s spinning wheel – this Georgian princess was banished to Kensington in disgrace following an illicit pregnancy, and spent the rest of her life in solitude with just her spinning wheel for company.’
As well as these sorrowful tales, delve into the Victorian obsession with life after death and discover how so many people of all ranks and backgrounds became convinced that conversing with the dead was possible. Did Queen Victoria herself attempt to contact the spirit of her beloved husband Albert?
Eerie Evening Tours on 29th, 31st October, 12th December 2015 (includes glass of mulled wine and a mince pie) and 8th, 15th and 22nd January. 6.45pm – 8.15pm, £27.50 (minimum age 16) and you’ll need to buy tickets before you go at KensingtonPalace