The most haunting tour this Halloween at Shankill Castle

The most haunting tour at Shankill Castle

ScareFest takes a break!

Sadly we will not be running our ghost tours this year. After 7 terrifying years in a row (we are very superstitious), this year we are taking some time out. All witches need holidays too!  Be sure to check back in 2019, as we will be DYING to frighten you all senseless again!


Our Halloween Festival of ghastly proportions. ScareFest is not for the faint hearted!

We have a great line up of ghost tours for the brave and bold, as well as a range of activities for children and all the family. See below for all the ScareFest events. Groups, parties and corporate bookings available on request.

Ghost Tour     Teen Twilight Tour    Children’s Ghost Tour     Wand and Quill Making

The ghost tour is a nighttime, candle-lit tour led by the castle residents through the most haunted areas of the 300 year old castle and the 11th century churchyard. Recounting the ghostly tales of past residents of the castle, your guide, a member of the Cope family will also relate accounts of recently recorded paranormal experiences at the castle. This tour is not for the faint hearted, or for those under the age of 15. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The tours have sold out the last 5 years so make sure to book early to avoid disappointment for 2016.

WARNING: This tour is genuinely frightening and is not suitable for young children, the infirm, or those with health related concerns. The owners of Shankill Castle do not accept responsibility for the cause or aggravation of a health related issue as a result of taking part in the tour. Take this tour at your own risk. Unfortunately, this venue is not very wheelchair friendly. Should you wish to organise a wheelchair accessible tour please contact us.

Shankill Castle ghost tour

Murder Mystery Dinner

Murder Mystery Dinners can be arranged for groups of up over 15 people. An incredible fright to remember, the Murder mystery evenings are like live ‘cluedo’ where guests are encouraged to join in on the drama and solve the night’s murder, all while enjoy delicious food fresh from our walled gardens and farm. It is an ideal evening for family reunions, team building, hen parties or stags. For more information please contact us directly.

Wand and Quill Workshop

Visit the impressive champion trees of Shankill Castle as well as meet the Minister for Wands who provides them with their very own wand, wand licence and ink quill, not to mention a few handy spells. The most charming workshop that harks back to quills and Harry Potter, evoking magic and imagination.

Children’s Ghost Tour

A daytime candle-lit tour led by the castle’s resident friendly wizardess. Children take a magical journey through the spooky 300 year old castle and the old church yard, casting spells to ward away the evil ghosts and gremlins.  Suitable for toddlers to young teens. Parents and guardians must accompany children. We advise wearing outdoor shoes, raincoats and warm clothes.

Family tickets available. Don’t see your dates/times available? Let us know what day suits you and we will see what we can do. Group bookings, birthday parties and school tours welcome.


 Teen Twilight Tour

Let us terrify your teens with this twilight tour at dusk. Candle-lit and creepy, the castle residents take you on a tour in the half light of the castle’s most haunted rooms, creaky corridors and ancient graveyard. It is like being in a horror movie, only worse. This tour is best suited for 10-15 year olds and scaredy cats only.
The owners and inhabitants of Shankill Castle take no responsibility for the loss, damage or theft of your belongings or your vehicles. The owners of Shankill Castle reserve the right to refuse admission.