Craigavon House

Craigavon House
Belfast, Antrim, Ireland.


Craigavon House is either closed or it may be a private property. Please refer to Visitor Notes for further information.

Craigavon House was built in 1870 for James Craig.

In September 1912, the Ulster Volunteer Force was formed here and it later became the headquarters of the movement. During the first world war, the building was used a hospital treating wounded servicemen, and it later evolved into nursing home. The building has been largely abandoned since 1999.

In 2014, the East Coast Paranormal Society carried out an investigation at the property. There had been many stories over the years about a dedicated matron called Ethel, who worked there for many years and who was forced to retire in the 1950s against her will. When she died, her ghost reportedly returned to continue the job she loved, even though the patients have all long since gone. It is claimed that if you call her by name when walking through the house, you will be acknowledged.

During their investigation, they believed that they caught the likeness of a bearded man reflected in a mirror – for the record, none of the team had beards themselves. They also believed that another spirit was trying to manifest and that this could have been Ethel herself.

Tour guides have shared that the ghosts of WWI soldiers who were treated at the hospital have also been spotted on multiple occasions. The sound of whispering and moaning is said to emanate from one from of the mirrors. The sound of someone walking along an upper floor corridor has been reported too, as has the scent of lavender.

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Further Information

Venue Name
Great House  | Hospital / Asylum
Circular Road, Belfast, Antrim, BT4 2NA, Ireland


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