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Derby Gaol

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Ghost walks are available to book. Please click here for more information.

The old "Derby Gaol" can be found under numbers 50 and 51 Friargate in Derby. It is said to be one of the most haunted spots in the country.

The jail ("gaol" is an old-fashioned variant of the word) was used between 1756 and 1828 and was originally (it's believed) two separate cell blocks - in fact, it's thought the facilities could continue under neighbouring properties, too).

It is now a museum and much of the jail has been restored to its former condition.

Whilst the jail was being worked on, clues were found as to what some of the cells may have been used for in the past. For example, marks on the inside of the door of the debtor's cell refer to money and amounts to be paid. There are gallows outside the entrance - a timely reminder of past events.

As well as guided tours, the owner, Richard Felix, also arranges "lock-ins" on some Friday and Saturday nights. Imagine sleeping where a condemned man may have spent his last night!

Opening Times

Please Check With Us for Opening Times.

The Gaol is also available for private tours during the week for parties of 10 or more at a price of £10 per head.

For any information on the opening hours or other events please telephone: 01335 360882

Book Derby Jail for Private Events

The Gaol is available for overnight hire, whether you want to conduct your own paranormal investigation, experience the atmosphere of the old Jails, or just celebrate your Hen or Stag night in a kooky and original manner.

Please call 01335 360882 to arrange your booking.


Public Overnight Vigils in the Two Jails

1 Dec 2021 - 25 Jun 2022

If you ever wondered what it would be like to take part in a paranormal investigation in the reputedly haunted Derby Gaol, you need wonder no more! Bar facilities are available!

Friar Gate Ghost Walk (Covid Friendly)

1 Dec 2021 - 28 Apr 2022

We start with a brief tour of the Gaol, and continue the walk up to Derby’s 3rd and last County Prison on Vernon Gate visiting the execution room and the very haunted tower.

Derby Gaol
50 Friargate Derby DE1 1DF

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