Haunting Nights Ghost Adventures continues as we take you on a ghost hunt to the True Crime Museum in Hastings

New for 2024 and probably the most strangest location to date for a Haunting Nights Ghost Adventure in Hastings East Sussex

On the seafront in the fashionable Victorian seaside town of Hastings East Sussex is the chilling home of  The True CRIME Museum

This hidden gem of paranormal activity is housed in a series of caves accessed via Palace Avenue Arcade at White Rock on the Hastings Seafront.

With a history of suicide, accidental deaths and druid ceremonies this is sure to be a ghost hunt like no other and certainly not for the feint hearted

Dont say we didnt warn you!

The Arcade and caves formed part of the Palace Court Hotel, built in 1885 by architect Arthur Wells on the site of a former brewery. You will see that Cave 1 of the Museum is brick paved at a slight inclination to facilitate the rolling of beer barrels down tracks towards the bricked over entrance

The caves were created by extending existing fissures in the sandstone cliff face. Miners from Cornwall who were working on local railway tunnels at the time were drafted in to do the work. Their pick axe marks are still visible on the surfaces of Caves 1, 3 and 4.

Built to profit from the popularity of the new Hastings Pier close by, the sky-scraping Hotel boasted superb views, luxury accommodation, drinking and dining

It was one of the first buildings on the south coast to be lit by electricity.

The huge, loud generators providing this power were hidden away in the caves behind the hotel and their fixing points can still be seen in Caves 3 and 4 of the Museum.

These generators also powered the fabulous, central lift system which can be seen through the main entrance doors and were featured in the Neil Jordan Vampire movie, “Byzantium”.

The Hastings Chronicle of July 1905 reported that

“Inquest into the death of James Orger, twenty-two years of age, a Porter at The Palace Court Hotel who plunged into the shaft of the lift could reach no verdict as to whether he was pushed, jumped or fell.”

 In August of the same year, the Chronicle also reported that 20 year old American Ms Chrissell Swann attempted suicide by smothering herself in Belladonna Liniment in Palace Avenue Arcade which is now the entrance to the Museum. She survived and was remanded in custody where she later hanged herself.

The Hotel proved too expensive for most early 20th Century holidaymakers and closed in 1917. Canadian soldiers and RAF personnel were billeted in the Hotel towards the end of World War 1.

In 1926 Captain Vincent Moss converted the Hotel into ‘Palace Chambers’, luxury seafront apartments. The bar and restaurant later became a meeting place for artists and bohemians including occultist and Hastings resident Aleister Crowley. 

Aleister Crowley The occultist who horrified early 1900s England. The tabloids called him the “Wickedest Man In The World,” and a “Master Of Darkness.”

Druid ceremonies were already being conducted in the caves and the raised platform in the Museum (now containing the original acid vats used by serial murderer John George Haigh), was built to hold the Druid altar. Fixing points for benches or pews can also still be seen in Cave 1.

Debauched musical and theatrical performances are also reported in the caves around this time, and though electrical and ventilation works were carried out, the Application for Worship was refused by the local authority despite a petition of nearly 1100 applicants including Crowley.

More recently, visitors to the True CRIME Museum have reported events of possible paranormal significance. There is a Christian Spiritualist Church neighbouring the caves and photographs taken during the surveys for the Museum revealed extraordinary imagery of glowing orbs and shapes.

In November 2014, the Museum’s Curator, Joel Griggs was monitoring the CCTV cameras when he witnessed “a hunched, scurrying figure enter Cave 2 via Ripper Alley. I thought it must have been someone who had come down the fire escape steps from above, so I ran in after the person and there was no-one there.”

 Later that same month, two nurses from The Conquest Hospital Hastings visited the Museum. They left rapidly after reporting that they had received a message whilst standing before the skull of rapist and murderer Louis Le Fevre in Cave 4. The message requested invitation to their home.


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    5 hours
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During your night you will be taking part in various methods of Ghost Hunting to include Ouija boards, table tipping, glass divination, Psychic seances and along with modern day ghost hunting techniques.

Tea/coffee and squash along with crisps and biscuits will be available.

Free parking available on site.

Wear warm layered clothing as it gets cold throughout the night.

Wear flat gripped footwear.


The True CRIME Museum is located on the A259, Hastings Seafront, TN34 1JP almost opposite the pier.

Nearby parking:

  • On Street Pay Machines – White Rock Road, TN34 1JP (1 min walk to museum)
  • Underground Pier Car Park – White Rock Road, TN34 1JU (1 min walk to museum)
  • St Margaret’s Road Car Park -TN37 6DB (5 min walk to museum)
  • Falaise Road Car Park – TN34 1EU (10 min walk to museum)
  • Carlisle Parade Underground Car Park – TN34 1JH (5 min walk to museum)
  • Pelham Place Seafront Car Park -TN34 3AE (10 min walk to museum)

The Pier and Carlisle Parade car parks are locked at 11pm and un-locked at 7am. St Margaret’s Road and Falaise Road car parks are not locked.  The entrance to Pelham Place is locked at 11pm but the exit remains open at all times.



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  • True Crime Museum Ghost Hunt Hastings East Sussex
    28th September 2024 - 29th September 2024

    20:00 - 01:00

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