Z Ward Ghost Tours

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Z Ward Asylum Ghost Tours: Ward for the ‘Criminally Insane’ at Glenside Hospital, previously Parkside Lunatic Asylum

Z Ward at Glenside Hospital (Parkside Lunatic Asylum), has long been a fascination for those interested in the paranormal and Ghosts, and the question asked… is it really haunted? Join us, on this unique opportunity to explore this building and hear about true experiences, disturbing events, and make up your own mind on our Z Ward Asylum Ghost Tours.

Completed in 1885 and shut in 1973, this stand-alone building with its impressive and inescapable (Ha-Ha) wall, housed many of the State’s most violent and ‘criminally insane’ patients… murderers, thieves and the very disturbed, Z Ward housed them all. No wonder it has gained a reputation for ghosts and strange goings-on.

In Nov 2014, Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours were asked to service the night tours at Z Ward.  At that time we had no idea if it was haunted or not, as nobody had ever been in to find out.  We had 90 days to uncover that mystery. We were very honest with our advertising, saying:

Are we excited? You bet!
Can we promise a ghost? No and we are not going to even pretend we can
Is it haunted? Let’s find out!

The response was phenomenal.  We took over 1200 people through during this short period of time.  The results were sometimes, not only terrifying but astounding too.

With this exciting journey came the opportunity to raise funds towards heritage projects for Z Ward, so enabling the preservation of its history for future generations.  Because of the nature of this building, we also now proudly support beyondblue.

Because of the unexpected, but mounting experiences reported by guests on our ghost hunts, we felt confident that we had enough material to commence a shorter ghost tour, especially for those not so interested in paranormal investigation work.  Just as things were warming up, including watching a mobile phone thrown by an invisible force across a room….  our time was up and sadly we left it all behind.

Six months later our Z Ward Asylum Ghost Tours were invited back!

Over the last 3 years, this tour has definitely become our most challenging, not only for our guests but for our guides too.  The Z Ward Asylum Ghost Tours have definitely become the darkest and scariest tour in South Australia.

What can we expect on the Z Ward Asylum Ghost Tours?

Start your evening with a little free time to explore the building and cells by yourself.  We proudly keep our tours very real and want you to get a feel for the place before we tell you anything.  Our experienced guide will then take you around, show you some photos, and share some of our most disturbing stories and experiences that have happened on previous investigations and tours.  At the end of your tour, you will have the opportunity to sit in a dark cell… on your own for 5 mins.

Previous experiences include:

  • Dark shadowy figures witnessed moving through the hallways.
  • Full-bodied apparition.
  • Physical connections, touching and occasional channelling.
  • Seeing or feeling something right in your face or around you.
  • Heavy male breathing only inches from your ear.
  • Disembodied voices.

This is one tour definitely not for the faint of heart!  Are you brave enough?


The Z Ward tour was brilliant, Alison and Kag were friendly and great to talk to. The tour was informative, whilst not trying to sensationalise anything. Thank you for a wonderful night, I know my family will being going on another tour with you very soon.

Sue Mitton


We just went on the Z Ward tour, at Glenside, and it was absolutely amazing.  Definitely had experiences with the other side, myself being touched.  I was a massive sceptic, not anymore!  The tour guides were lovely and welcoming and Alison knows her stuff!  Lovely lady, who makes the whole tour, extra fun!

Stacy Sandy


Z Ward Asylum Ghost Tours details

Duration – approximately 2 hours
Most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights*
Cost – $38 per person (inc GST)
Suitable for ages 18+
*Other nights available on request, for minimum numbers. 

Please note: this particular tour is unsuitable for people with mobile disabilities or people who are hearing impaired.
Please contact us for more information on which of our venues are more accessible, such as the Adelaide Gaol.

Car parking for this event is available just south of the building, which is located behind 63 Conyngham Street, Glenside

For more history on Z Ward go to our dark and fascinating article Z Ward.

Do you want more than just a Ghost Tour? Head to our Z Ward Asylum Ghost Hunt page for our 4hr investigation tour.
Maybe you are interested in just the history, then try our ‘Murder & Madness’ tour where we delve into the lives, crimes and fate of 12 historical murderers incarcerated in this Ward.

Z Ward Ghost Tours at Glenside by Adelaide Haunted Horizons

Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons reserves the right to cancel an event should numbers not be reached or if property owners decide to use locations for their own events.  If this happens money will be refunded in full or another date offered.

Please note, although the stories that are told are real,  Haunted Horizon’s™ naturally can NOT promise you a ghost on the night, we can however ensure you have an enjoyable and fun night.  For this reason these tours and investigations should be viewed as entertainment only.

Book with the local operator you can trust. Haunted Horizons™, has been named best Tour Operator in the South Australian Tourism Awards 2015 and 2016. You will also be booking with confidence that you are in experienced hands, with over 28 years of paranormal research experience behind us.

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Email: Haunted Horizons
Phone: 0407 715 866

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