You can spend a night in the most haunted prison in the UK


If you really want to be spooked, Shepton Mallet Prison in Somerset remains open for overnight ghost hunts.

This is strictly not for those with a nervous disposition, as the terrifying experience involves spending the night actively searching for the spirits which are said to inhabit this haunted prison.



What is included in the ghost hunt experience?

The night includes a full ghost hunting experience working in small teams.

Guests at the prison will use up to date ghost hunting equipment including table tipping, watch and wait vigils, glass moving, Ouija Boards, and the opportunity to carry out your own mini investigation.

Organisers of the event said: “You will also be given time to explore the prison on your own and carry out your own mini ghost hunt. Working in small teams this is an amazing experience. Sometimes daunting, sometimes terrifying but always memorable.”


Why is Shepton Mallet Prison considered to be one of the UK’s most haunted prisons?

Originally built as a House of Correction in 1625 this prison has a grim history.

In the 17th and 18th Centuries the men, women and children who were imprisoned here existed in the most hideous conditions where they were left starving in packed, small pox infested cells.

During the 1950s, it was a Category C Lifer Prison incarcerating the most cold-hearted and dangerous of criminals including the notorious Kray Twins after they deserted the British Army.

Brutal executions took place here and it is thought that former inmates lie in unmarked graves throughout the graves.

More recently, during the Second World War, it became a military prison. Eighteen American soldiers were recorded as being killed for crimes including rape and murder. Sixteen were hanged and two shot by firing squads.

How do you book?

Book your place at or find out more by calling 0115 9720570.

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