Asylum Ghost Tours

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BEECHWORTH has been put on the world map, thanks to the team at Asylum Ghost Tours.

More than 15,000 visitors from across the globe, as well as from Australia, take part in organised ghost tours at the historic Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum in Beechworth.

At the helm is Geoff Brown, a former TAFE teacher from Bendigo, who hosts the day and night tours through the facility, which treated the mentally ill for 128 years.

“We are renown worldwide as one of the top 10 places to tour in the world for ghost tours and paranormal investigations,” Geoff said.

“Our tours educate people on the history of mental health treatments, from no treatment to restraints to where we are today.’”

The asylum opened in 1867 and was still treating patients as recently as 1996, when it was closed.

Set on 11ha, the expansive asylum was home to eerie tales of the treatment of the mentally ill and the historic buildings showcase just some of what happened behind the walls of Mayday Hills.

Asylum Ghost Tours runs tours for all age levels and participants can choose day or night tours.

Armed with ghost meters and torches, many visitors have reported being captivated by the paranormal activities that take place while touring the historical buildings.

“We tell the stories of the past and the treatment of patients within the facility,” Geoff said.

Visitors who are game can even choose to sleep within the facility or attend a horror screen film session on site.

“We offer family friendly tours and tours for the less abled, so everyone can get involved and experience what we have to offer,” Geoff said.