630-year-old Lumley Castle is bidding to ensure its offering stays relevant for the modern day after becoming the first historic site in the UK to open an escape room.
The game, which has become a popular attraction among all ages in cities across the country, is inviting guests to ‘lift the curse surrounding a former resident’ as part of the new escape room situated in the castle’s former beer cellar.
Legend suggests that in the 14th century, Lady Lily of Lumley was cast down a well by
Catholic priests for renouncing her faith and her ghost has since been frequently sighted by staff and visitors to the castle.
Now the escape room, which has been developed by Escape Rooms Durham, gives players the chance to unlock the mystery by solving a series of clues and puzzles and escape the room within an hour.
Director, Sam Lupton, said: “Not only do you have this amazing story, but Lumley Castle is an exceptional building.”
“Obviously, we couldn’t tamper with the structure as it’s such an important site but suffice to say the layout of the old beer cellar gave us lots of scope for a really exciting game.”
The 14th century Grade-I listed Lumley Castle, which has been the seat of the Earl of Scarbrough for more than 700 years, is located within six acres of parkland overlooking Durham County Cricket ground.
The four-star hotel features 74 bedrooms and suites, conference and banqueting facilities, including The Black Knight Restaurant, as well as its very own dungeon.