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A chilling new visitor experience has been unveiled at Alnwick Castle.
In the darkness, an eerie, supernatural attraction, suitable for those aged 13 and over, awaits only the brave.
Ghostly sounds, creepy lighting effects and frighteningly-realistic actors, it is an atmospheric journey beneath the iconic Northumberland destination.
Bringing tales of the dead to life, The Lost Cellars opens to the public on Saturday.
This haunting underground tour, which has cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to create, offers a unique experience for the region. And it’s a scream.
Catherine Neil, programme manager for the Castle and leader on the development of the project, said: “We wanted something chilling – a scare that would appeal to an older audience.
“It had to be different and unique, with high-production values, and it had to live up to the magnificent surroundings of the Castle.”
Locked and undisturbed for decades, the Castle’s old cellars have been transformed into this new experience.
Visitors will be led in small groups by a costumed guide – the Keeper of the Lost Souls – on a journey deep below.
Here, in the darkness, they will hear terrible tales and grisly folklore combined with character holograms, hair-raising lighting and the latest audio technology.
Paragon Creative – which boasts a client list including the likes of Warner Bros and York’s Jorvik Viking Centre – designed and fitted out the set while Tim Neil wrote the script.
Actors with a range of experience – some of whom were already Castle staff – play their part in this spooky new attraction.
David Hawke, commercial director, said the new experience is a ‘fantastic addition’ to what is on offer at the Castle, widening its appeal to a ‘broader audience’.
“The Lost Cellars are the first stage of a major three-year investment plan to expand an already amazing day out at the Castle,” he said.
Entrance to The Lost Cellars will be included in admission prices to Alnwick Castle for a limited period this season.
Tickets are available at the Castle on the day of visit.
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