Abbey House. Cambridge

Phenomena such as loud banging on bedroom doors, footsteps on the staircase and an apparition rattling chains around the room have been reported.

The ghost of a nun haunts this sixteenth century house in Cambridge. Abbey House was built on the site of Barnwell Priory, which was established in 1112.

Phenomena such as loud banging on bedroom doors, footsteps on the staircase and an apparition rattling chains around the room have been reported. Also seen in the house is a ghostly nun who appears 3 or 4 times a month in the spring. Walking into bedrooms and standing at the end of beds then disappearing into the curtains.

Loves a good ghost story, especially whilst sat in front of an open log fire on a cold and dark winters night.

26 Comments on "Abbey House. Cambridge"

  1. Jane wisbey says:

    I lived in the abbey from 1957 to 1977, it was a fun house and garden to grow up in our neighbours in number 2 experienced poltergeist activity as did my parents. In the early 70’s Doris Stokes visited and decided at the end of number 3’s 1st floor corridor felt cold and she preferred not to go on any further!! When in 1965 the “Danckwerts” moved in and the Franciscans ( SSF) came to the abbey and performed an exorcism some would call it a blessing.

  2. Kathryn says:

    I was born in the Abbey House where I lived for around 18 years until we moved.

  3. simone says:

    would love to know if you will let me and my team investigate for one night in September

  4. melv says:

    hi my name is melv yates i am founder and lead investigator for ghostchaserpi , me and my team would love to do an overnight investigation at your fantastic location .thank you.

  5. Karen says:

    We are a small non profit group, looking for places to go to investigate. Does any one know if this place accommodates this,

  6. Wayne says:

    Hi my team investigate all claims of paranormal activity.All our investigations are free of charge and include a final written report .We would really like the opportunity to investigate this house .If anyone would like our free investigation please visit our website and contact us thank you.

  7. Jayde says:

    Hi there

    We are looking for somewhere in Cambridge that is haunted to stay over night and raise some money for charity.

    Is that something that Abbey House would accommodate?

    Kind regards


  8. Unexplained says:

    Abbey House will be open to the public (free entry) this Saturday, September 14th from 12pm to 4pm. Just access this site and scroll down to ‘Abbey House open day’:

  9. padmasalin says:

    Ive lived there for 2 years Ive experienced ghost energy and actually seen them.
    Ive experienced probably 7 or 8 times after that they became god friends of mine .Ive managed to sleep with them.Ive moved to Brighton a year ago I really missed them and been touched with the esoteric energy

  10. craig jones says:

    hi me and my team want to do an investigation at the abbey house but don’t seem to find any contact details for the owners to try and arrange a investigation, Does anyone please have any contact details eg. phone number/email thanks

  11. Vinny says:

    I was just browsing Haunted house in Cambridge. As some of my friends told me about this. I have lived in this house before just for few days. I had strange experience I do belive that ghost do live in this house. When I was sleeping, in the middle of night I wanted to wake up but I could not it looked like some body was sitting on my chest I was trying so hard to wake up but I could not at all, all that struggle lasted for more than 5 min. Than after a while I stood up. Other experience was when ever I wanted to charge my phone I use to leve over night charging next morning I could see that the the button is off & when I turned off it was turned on. It is very very beautiful house good people live there

  12. Sudhi says:

    Hello everyone,
    I am a resident at Abbey House now.It is interesting still some of our fellow community members have been experiencing some strange feelings which they relate with ghosts.I haven’t experienced any though I take what my friends say as face value!I love the history of our spooky house and of course the beautiful garden!

    • Corinna says:

      Hi Sudhi,

      I am a journalist who is working on a documentary about ghosts in Cambridge for German public radio. I’d love to talk to you and/or your friends about what it’s like to live in Abbey House. If you are interested, please contact me on

      Thanks & best regards,

  13. Sophie says:

    Is Abbey House open to visitors, and if yes what days and times? Thanks from Sophie

    • Hello Sophie,
      Abbey House is now owned and occupied by the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) as a residential spiritual community. So, I doubt its open to the public. I hope this helps?

      • Terry says:

        As part of their lease agreements the FWBO agreed to open the house for guided tours once a year. I’ve just been round it today in fact

        • Thanks for the update Terry.
          How did you find the building? Anything spooky or odd about it? What was the atmosphere like?

          • Terry says:

            Nothing spooky as far as I could tell – rather peaceful in fact. It was an interesting house, with layers of history as it had been altered over the years. The gardens were particularly nice

  14. TJ says:

    My great aunts lived in Beche Road just around the corner of Abbey House and many of my family before them lived in Priory Road, Abbey Road and Beche Road. I used to visit my great aunts in the 1960s & 1970s and yes this area is very haunted. I have seen a ghost in a form of a black scotty-type dog. It was about 25 years later when I found out that another member of my family had also seen this ghost and wouldn’t enter that house again after the sighting. I always got a strange feeling when I was playing in the garden as though someone was watching me from the Abbey and Abbey House.

  15. Heather says:

    I am really interested in paranormal things (i don’t really know what to call it lol) and i have recently moved to wisbech. I was browsing in my local library for books on ghosts\hauntings\paranormal stuff ect and picked up the book ”Paranormal Cambridgeshire” by Damien O’Dell so i took it out and i have been trying to do research on some of the places in the book and came across this on page 46. I was wondering if you could give me some more information on the house? Or maybe if there are any pictures or videos that i could possibly look at about Abbey House??

  16. Michael O'Doherty says:

    I was taken to the house when I was 9yrs old as part of a school day out. We were given a tour of the property and, if I remember correctly, there was a blocked passageway between the house and the Lepper chappel at the top of Newmarket road. True? or not?? lol

    • Hi Michael,
      Many thanks for taking the time to write in, ill investigate further.

      • Jane wisbey says:

        The tunnel went from the Abbey to Jesus college and was discovered when the excavationtook place in the 60s when building the Elizabeth bridge. The beginning of the tunnel is in the basement of number one and you can strike the walls of a three wall recess and the side of the tunnel sounds hollow.

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