Lamplight tours of Kensington Palace exploring 300 years of death, disease, love and loss are being held during Halloween.

The Eerie Evening Winter Tours will uncover the dark tales that lurk behind the palace’s regal exterior and look at whether memories of royal heartbreak and tragedy still echo through its empty rooms.

A guide will show take brave visitors from empty staircases and hidden passageways to the gloomy splendour of the shadowy State Apartments where former monarchs lived, died and some say haunt.

Guests will also hear about 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.

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.

The tours run from October 29-31, December 12 and January 8, 15 and 22, from 6.45pm-8.15pm.

Guests must be over 16, and tickets cost £27.50 (10% discount for members).

To book go to or call 0844 482 7777.