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 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, and make up your own mind on the 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 violent and criminally insane patients.

No wonder it has gained a reputation for ghosts and strange goings on.

In Nov 2014, Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours was asked to service the night tours at Z Ward.

At the 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.

Rather than just be researched by paranormal teams, we felt that you, the public, deserved the same opportunity to come on that journey with us.

We only had until the end of January 2015 to log any activity within this building before its adaptive reuse.

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.  We also now proudly support beyondblue and money from every ticket we sell is donated.

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!

Thanks to Beach Energy and the National Trust, we were invited back 6 months later to continue our journey with Z Ward. We can continue to monitor and log any/all activity there, while at the same time, raising more money for those heritage projects.  Now you can continue to come on that ride with us!

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

Definitely not for the feint of heart.  Are you brave enough?

Z Ward Asylum Ghost Tours Adelaide Haunted Horizons

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


Why would you choose the Z Ward Asylum Ghost Tour with Haunted Horizons™?

  • This tour has proven to be our darkest and by far frightening tour and is by far the most challenging.
  • We were entrusted to develop the Z Ward tours while keeping the sensitivity for the history of the building.
  • We have the real stories, the major research, the video/audio, as you will see when on our tour.
  • We have unparalleled knowledge of the history, the ghosts, and the ghostly activities there.
  • You help support Z Ward and her history, as a portion of each ticket goes back to heritage projects.
  • Best of all, for every guest using our tours, we also donate part of your ticket price to beyondblue.

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 disabilities or people who are vision 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, then 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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For more information

Email: Haunted Horizons
Phone: 0407 715 866

No tickets will be sent, unless a gift voucher is needed. Print out the email/payment details and bring with you.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking your tour. We will assume you have read and agreed to these, when you book.

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