Haunted History Tours


   People and the nitty gritty of their past experiences,

behaviour and choices are endlessly fascinating.

    I share with you the history of the often grubby, depraved,

sometime hilarious and always true, social underbelly of old Barum and other towns and villages local to North Devon.


 True tales of ghostly experiences local people have had in various buildings,

the history of the building, who was murdered or died there and how and why.

   The stories and characters I tell you about are fascinating and will give you 

a new perspective on the streets you walk along or buildings you work in or visit very day. 

These are real people who lived, loved and died, many have no headstone so it is hoped they are remembered here.


Followed by a hot drink and cake and an opportunity to ask questions,

peruse old photos and documents from the time. 


There are Five Barnstaple Ghostwalks to choose from, each one a different route

Haunted History Tales, Exmoor​

At centuries olf Caffyns farm, Lynton North Devon.

Tales of the lives, deaths and ghosts of an ancient farming landscape.


Friday 16th August 7.30pm - 9.30pm Friday 13th September 7.30pm - 9.30pm


Tickets £12 each from The Plough Box Office 01805 624624

or online at


Tawstock Court Tour, Barnstaple

A fascinating true stories from an ancient aristorcratic landscape, its people, ghosts, murder and more... 

followed by refreshments.


Thursday 8th August 7.30pm. Thursday 10th October 7.30pm. Thursday 7th November 7.30pm


Tickets £12 each from The Plough Box Office 01805 624624

or online at


Haunted History Cruise, Ilfracombe

~please note that these cruises are not suitable for younger children due to the content.​~


A cruise around the stunning Ilfracombe coastline hearing tales of real people, how they lived and died, often in tragic and unexplained ways. The ghosts, murders, harlots and witches ways.

Sunday 7th July 7-8pm.  Sunday 21st July 7-8pm.  Sunday 4th August 7-8pm.  Wednessday 21st August 10-11am.

Tickets £17 each from

The Plough Box Office

01805 624624

or online at


Please ring The llfracombe Princess 24 hours before sailing on 07837569667 for weather updates.

We would ask that if you have not booked you turn up about one hour before the scheduled trip to ensure you have a place.

If you have booked we would ask that you turn up about half an hour before the vessel is to sail. This is to allow us to confirm your booking and direct you to the appropriate landing within the harbour.

The Ilfracombe Princess, Kiosk 1, The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ

  • Ilfracombe's largest passenger vessel

  • Large, comfortable catamaran with open deck and undercoveer seating

  • Upper deck seating area

  • Toilet, cold drinks and snacks available on board

  • Excellent commentary on all trips

  • Dogs welcome (lower deck only)       



BARNSTAPLE Haunted History Tours

Thursday evenings



Ghostwalk 1. A loop of the Town centre. 15th Aug


Ghostwalk 2. River/Park/Prison. 26th Sept


Ghostwalk 3. Derby area/Workhouse.  17th Oct


Ghostwalk 4. High St/Rolle Quay/Castle St.  30th May. 28th Nov  


Ghostwalk 5. Old Railway and River Taw.  11th July. 12th Dec


Tickets £10 

The Plough Arts Centre 01805 624624 


or online from www.theploughartscentre.org.uk


Tours start and end at St Anne's Chapel, Barnstaple

Daytime Haunted History Tours (Barnstaple)

Saturday 6th July £10

Saturday 3rd Aug £12 Saturday 7th Sept £12

11.30-1pm Tickets from 01805 624624

Tours start and end at St Anne's Chapel,

Barnstaple and includes refreshments.

Bygone Brothel Tours


 Illuminating stories of the money making and personal histories of Barnstaple's past working girls.

Where the Brothels were, why they chose this life. All stories are true and are told with sympathy for their plight as well as humour in their ingenuity.  Please be aware that some details are gritty to say the least.


6th June.  5th sept.  14th Nov


Tickets £10

and includes refreshments

01805 624624


or online from www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Tours start and end at St Anne's Chapel, Barnstaple

Bideford Ghostwalks

with Chris Mead.

A Walking tour of Old Bideford sharing with you, fascinating and true stories

of the ghosts seen and felt here, the murders, crimes and characters of Victorian Bideford


Fridays 12th July.  16th Aug.  18th oct


Tickets 10.00 Only from Billy's Country Bakery 2 Broad Quay Bideford 01237 473622

South Molton Haunted History Tours

with Sue Pengelly  4th July. 29th Aug. 3rd Oct.


Ghostwalks start and end at The George Hotel Broad Street, South Molton

 and includes a cuppa and cake on return and the chance to ask questions

and see old photos and documents from the time.


Tickets 10.00 01805 624622

Torrington Haunted History Tours

18th July. 12th September.


Tickets 10.00 01805 624624

Instow Haunted History Tours

with Sue Pengelly

1st August. 7.30-9.30pm

Meeting at the old Railway Signal box near the Yacht Club.

Tickets 10.00 01805 624624

Lynton Ghostwalks

with Clare Hartgen

A walking tour of Old Lynton sharing with you the true stories of Victorian Murder, witches, criminals and ghosts seen and felt in the village.

25th May.  15th June.  20th July. 28th Aug.  21st Sept.  26th Oct. 


Tickets 10.00 Only from The Queens, Queen St, Lynton 01598 752075

Private Tours can be Arranged

With Sue Pengelly

E-Mail: spengelly60@gmail.com

Tel: 07855 402410

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