Dare to be scared at Ireland’s most haunted house
Loftus Hall, Ireland’s most haunted house, is an 1870’s abandoned house set against the beautiful but barren backdrop of the Hook Peninsula and has a troubled and dark history. It is said to be haunted by the devil, along with the ghost of a young woman.
Loftus Hall was built by the Redmond family in 1350 during the Black Death. The Loftus Family confiscated the property in the 1650’s during the Cromwellian period. The sister of Providence bought Loftus Hall in 1917 and it was turned into a convent and school. Michael Deveraux bought the property in 1983 and opened it as Loftus Hall Hotel which closed in the early 1990’s when the building then fell into disrepair. The building was finally sold to the current owners, the Quigley family, in 2011 and opened its doors to the public for the first time in 30 years in 2012. Loftus Hall is now a premier Wexford tourist attraction as a “haunted house” with guided tours, paranormal lockdowns and special Halloween events.
A guided interactive tour of the ground floor of Loftus Hall lasts approximately 45 minutes and allows you to experience all the history and legends of Loftus Hall. The house itself is amazing and the centrepiece staircase is one of only 3 in the world, 1 of them being on the Titanic and lost forever. Legend has it that the master carpenters who built the staircase had their hands cut off when they finished so they could not recreate its magnificence elsewhere. When the house fell into disrepair in the latter half of the 20th century, even the leaking roof could not ruin the magnificence of this amazing staircase, said to still be intact only thanks to the methodical daily waxing of the stairs by the religious orders who called Loftus Hall home during the earlier part of the 20th century. While not scary, the wonderful staircase has a long and storied history and is a must see on any visit.
The ghostly tours are based on the story of Anne Tottenham and a visitor to the house in the 18th century whose body, during a game of cards, went ‘through the roof’, leaving a hole in the ceiling which is visible to this day, and left young Anne in a state of terror. The family believed that in had been the devil who had visited them. The family then locked Anne away in the 22-bedroom period mansion’s Tapestry Room until she died. Legend has it that she stayed completely silent until her death in 1775. Both her spirit and that of the devil are said to haunt the ancient hall, with generations of servants and visitors to the house claiming to have seen ghostly occurrences. The cost of the house tour is €10 for adults and €5 for children aged 4-11 years.
Take a tour at Halloween, if you dare! Halloween tours begin three weeks before All Hallows’ Eve at Loftus Hall in order to accommodate the huge demand to tour Ireland’s most haunted house at this spooky time of year. It’s a spine tingling, nerve racking, unbelievable experience to share with friends and family. Book early to avoid disappointment.
The historic Loftus Hall is celebrating its 666th Anniversary in 2016 and will see six members of the public along with Paranormal Investigators probe the dark secrets of the hall at various times during the year. Paranormal lockdowns must be pre-booked online. A must for any believer or sceptic for that matter as you won’t be after this!LESS INFORMATION