SOMETHING DARK HAS BEEN UNCOVERED AT ALNWICK CASTLE
The Lost Cellars
On Friday 6th April, a brand new unique attraction within the walls of Alnwick Castle will open its doors.
Locked and undisturbed for decades, the old cellars are hidden deep beneath the Castle’s walls. Over the last 6 months, this abandoned space has been transformed into a brand new attraction, The Lost Cellars – unique to the North of England.
Catherine Neil, Programme Manager at Alnwick Castle and the leader on the development of this project, said:
‘Someone once asked me, “Where do ghosts go in the day?” It was enough to set my imagination racing. I was very clear about the setting I wanted to create: a scare that would appeal to an older audience. I wanted it to be unique, with high production values and for it to live up to the magnificent surroundings of the Castle.
Developing a piece of theatre was a natural choice for me and worked from an artistic and operational perspective. I had an excellent team to work with from Paragon Creative to build the attraction, as well as very talented staff who are excited to be performing in such a unique location.’
Visitors can expect to be led in small groups by a costumed guide – the Keeper of the Lost Souls – on a journey down deep into the mysteries of the Cellars.
There’ll be tales of terrible fates and grisly folklore combined with character holograms, hair-raising lighting and the very latest audio technology, keeping the sounds of the past lingering on.
The Lost Cellars were an significant 6 figure investment and a major milestone in the continued development of Alnwick Castle, intended to offer a range of attractions and features that will appeal to all ages. David Hawke, Commercial Director, said:
‘The Lost Cellars are the first stage of a major three year investment plan to expand an already amazing day out into one of the UK’s must-see visitor attractions. The combination of historical State Rooms, a magnificent setting and leading attractions is unique in terms of a compelling visitor experience. I believe that The Lost Cellars are a fantastic addition to our offer, widening the Castle’s appeal to a broader audience.’
Entrance to The Lost Cellars will be included in admission prices to Alnwick Castle for a limited period this season. Demand is expected to be high, but with the introduction of the new Alnwick Castle Unlocked ticket – where visitors pay for the day and can visit for free for the whole season – there will be plenty of opportunities to take a tour and discover what lies below Alnwick Castle.
The experience will be restricted to visitors aged 13 years and over.