The ‘F for Farnham’ guided ghost tour at Farnham Castle began with a chilling warning: “Do not walk alone.” Created by Sophie Austin and her team, the tour debuted during the Farnham Literary Festival 2024, offering a haunting exploration of Farnham's notable sites.

F for Farnham is a series of self-guided audio ghost tours around Farnham’s most well-known (and spookiest) locations. The series tells riveting and eerie tales of former residents of Farnham, and utilises students from UCA Farnham for sound design and voice actors.

And to launch its second series, writer and director Sophie led a group of brave ghost-hunters through the ruins and darkest corners of Farnham Castle on Saturday, March 9, unveiling eerie tales of former inhabitants trapped within the castle ruins.

From Hilda the Maiden recounting a tragic tower incident in 1141 to a Civil War soldier explaining his hanging in Farnham’s Market Place in 1642 and Sophy Sumner's ghostly presence at the Bishops Palace from a 1950s Halloween party, the stories weave a ghostly narrative.

Farnham Castle taken 9th of March
Farnham Castle take 9th of March (Marcus McQuilton)

The tour consists of five episodes, totalling roughly an hour, promise to make your spine tingle and create goosebumps all over.

Farnham Castle is the perfect setting for these stories as the old stone walls, steep steps and towering buildings provide an eerie and moody atmosphere that along with the audio really help to immerse yourself in the stories.

Murderhole at Farnham Castle
(Marcus McQuilton)

Set against the backdrop of Farnham Castle's ancient stone walls and looming structures, the atmosphere adds to the immersive experience.

The final episode features Bishop Morley's ominous message beneath the murder hole, offering a dire warning about what is to come.

The team doing F for Farnham
(from Left to Right) Mark Alcock (Singer), Deirdre Gannon, (Singer), Sophie Austin, (Writer and Director), Simon Aeppli, (Producer), Melanie Smith, (illustrator). (Marcus McQuilton)

Accessible via Spotify and the Discover Farnham App, the F for Farnham series invites anyone to embark on this spectral journey for free, offering a spine-tingling experience with just a smartphone.