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Shrewsbury Prison - Shrewsbury, Shropshire
An absolute must for all seasoned ghost hunters and anybody who is quite frankly fearless

Shrewsbury Prison is an absolute must for all you seasoned ghost hunters and anybody else who is quite frankly fearless. The prison is a huge and daunting location, dark and foreboding in the dead of night. Shrewsbury Prison is one of the oldest prisons in the UK and has a macabre and sinister history. A Victorian prison built upon the foundations of a Georgian prison, and with an unwelcome history of executions, death and sometimes barbaric treatment. This abandoned prison is vast with so many haunted areas to investigate and it is ours exclusively for the whole night.

Shrewsbury Prison

Your Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison


With endless areas to investigate including 'A' Wing, the Vulnerable Prisoners Wing, long corridors, execution areas, the hanging room, kitchens and the cells themselves there is hardly enough time to cover all the ground at Shrewsbury Prison. This Victorian Prison that was erected over the original Georgian Prison grounds is a dire place to spend the night, it has a cold and dreadful atmosphere where misery is the key word.

The Georgian Tunnels of the original site are still in existence today and many secret entrances are evident. Your ghost hunt at Shrewsbury Prison will certainly open your eyes to how prisoners were treated and even in modern day they would have known about the hanging area which is still very evident. Spending the night here will not be easy by any means but if you are looking for that all important ghostly activity then this Shrewsbury Prison is definitely for you.

Ghosts of Shrewsbury Prison


Are the ghosts of Shrewsbury Prison the many souls who executed here and still remain buried within the walls of this harrowing location? With many bangs being heard in the corridors, cell doors crashing shut and people wailing it is not surprising that it has become such a popular location for Haunted Happenings ghost hunters

People were hung here and part of the hanging involved somebody having to pull down on the victims feet whilst choking to death by the hangmans noose. The evidence of these public executions is still there today and many people report the sighting of somebody looking out of the window or the room where the executions took place. There are areas that look quite normal but then again there are areas that look horrific and the combination of these two areas is disorientating and confusing. 

History of Shrewsbury Prison


HM Prison Shrewsbury was a Category B/C men's prison in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England and closed for good in March 2013. The former prison site, on Howard Street, adjacent to Shrewsbury railway station, is near the site of the Dana Gaol, a medieval prison.

There has been a prison on the site since 1793, the original building being constructed by Thomas Telford to plans by Shrewsbury architect John Hiram Haycock; the present prison building was constructed in 1877. The prison took female convicts until 1922

The name The Dana is still often used for the prison, as well as being the name of the road to one side of the prison and the pedestrian route that runs from near the front of the prison into the town centre via a footbridge over the station. The now disused platform 8 at the station is masked from the opposite platform by a high wall which was used for transporting prisoners between 1868 and the First World War. A bust of prison reformer John Howard is above the main entrance to the prison. The street leading up to the prison from the main road is also named after him.

Between 1902 and 1961 there were several executions by hanging at Shrewsbury Prison.HMP Shrewsbury for the crime of murder:-
Richard Wigley aged 34 yrs on Tuesday, 18 March 1902 (Mary Ellen Bowen [girlfriend])
William Griffiths aged 57 yrs on Tuesday, 24 July 1923 (Catherine Hughes [mother])
Frank Griffin aged 40 yrs on Thursday, 4 January 1951 (Jane Edge)
Harry Huxley aged 43 yrs on Tuesday, 8 July 1952 (Ada Royce [girlfriend])
Donald Neil Simon aged 32 years on Thursday, 23 October 1952 (Eunice Simon [estranged wife] & Victor Brades [her lover])
Desmond Donald Hooper aged 27 yrs on Tuesday, 26 January 1954 (Betty Smith)
George Riley aged 21 yrs on Thursday, 9 February 1961 (Adeline Mary Smith [neighbour])

In almost every case the murder victim was female. Executions took place at 8.00 am and all executed prisoners were buried in unmarked graves inside the prison. These since have been dug up and the remains dealt with. The four executions which took place during the 1950s were all conducted by Albert Pierrepoint and his assistant. The last execution in 1961 was conducted by Harry Allen and his assistant. In February 2014 the Ministry of Justice stated that the remains of ten executed prisoners were exhumed from the prison in 1972, cremated at a local crematorium and the ashes scattered there.

In September 2004, Member of Parliament George Stevenson called for an enquiry into the amount of suicides which had occurred at Shrewsbury Prison. This came after 3 inmates had hanged themselves at the jail in 2 weeks. There are suicide cells where these men would have been held under close watch, but obviously not close enough.

A report in 2005 named Shrewsbury prison as the most overcrowded in England and Wales. In August 2008 a further report stated that the prison had 178 places in use but held 326 inmates - an overcrowding rate of 183%. A report in June 2012 by the Prison Reform Trust awarded Shrewsbury second place in England and Wales for overcrowding, holding 326 prisoners in space designed for 170 men, a figure exceeded only by Kennet in Liverpool at the time. In 1934, the prison had contained the larger number of 204 cells.

HMP Shrewsbury, HMP Gloucester, HMP Shepton Mallet and HMP Lancaster are four abandoned prisons with a chilling history of suffering, misery and execution where many of the condemned remain, buried within the walls of these harrowing locations.

Your Event Includes


  • Includes teas and coffees
  • Use of ghost hunting equipment including EMF Meters, K2 Meters etc.
  • Experiments including glass divination, table tipping and Ouija Boards.
  • Workshop and separate vigils for returning guests.
  • Ghost hunting vigils and séances in small groups.

Address, Maps & Hotels


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Accessibility
  • This location is not suitable for wheelchair users
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Important
  • All attendees must be 18 years or older
  • All attendees must bring a torch
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Shrewsbury Prison - Dates

Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison, Shrewsbury - Saturday 9th July 2022 £59.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

Saturday 9th July 2022
Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am

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Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

9 Jul
  • Saturday 9th July 2022
  • Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am
  • Last Few Places Available
  • £59.00 Per Person
Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison with Optional Sleepover, Shrewsbury - Saturday 30th July 2022 £69.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison with Optional Sleepover

Saturday 30th July 2022
Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am

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Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison with Optional Sleepover

30 Jul
  • Saturday 30th July 2022
  • Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am
  • Selling Fast, Don't Miss Out
  • £69.00 Per Person
Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison with Optional Sleepover, Shrewsbury - Friday 12th August 2022 £69.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison with Optional Sleepover

Friday 12th August 2022
Time: 9.30pm - 3.30am

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Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison with Optional Sleepover

12 Aug
  • Friday 12th August 2022
  • Time: 9.30pm - 3.30am
  • Places Available
  • £69.00 Per Person
Bank Holiday Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison, Shrewsbury - Saturday 27th August 2022 £59.00 Per Person

Bank Holiday Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

Saturday 27th August 2022
Time: 9.30pm - 3.30am

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Bank Holiday Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

27 Aug
  • Saturday 27th August 2022
  • Time: 9.30pm - 3.30am
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  • £59.00 Per Person
Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison with Optional Sleepover, Shrewsbury - Friday 9th September 2022 £69.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison with Optional Sleepover

Friday 9th September 2022
Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am

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Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison with Optional Sleepover

9 Sep
  • Friday 9th September 2022
  • Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am
  • Places Available
  • £69.00 Per Person
Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison, Shrewsbury - Saturday 24th September 2022 £59.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

Saturday 24th September 2022
Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am

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Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

24 Sep
  • Saturday 24th September 2022
  • Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am
  • Places Available
  • £59.00 Per Person
Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison, Shrewsbury - Friday 7th October 2022 £59.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

Friday 7th October 2022
Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am

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Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

7 Oct
  • Friday 7th October 2022
  • Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am
  • Places Available
  • £59.00 Per Person
Halloween Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison, Shrewsbury - Friday 28th October 2022 £65.00 Per Person

Halloween Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

Friday 28th October 2022
Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am

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Halloween Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

28 Oct
  • Friday 28th October 2022
  • Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am
  • Selling Fast, Don't Miss Out
  • £65.00 Per Person
Halloween Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison, Shrewsbury - Sunday 30th October 2022 £65.00 Per Person

Halloween Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

Sunday 30th October 2022
Time: 9:30pm - 1:30am

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Halloween Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

30 Oct
  • Sunday 30th October 2022
  • Time: 9:30pm - 1:30am
  • Places Available
  • £65.00 Per Person
Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison, Shrewsbury - Friday 11th November 2022 £59.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

Friday 11th November 2022
Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am

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Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

11 Nov
  • Friday 11th November 2022
  • Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am
  • Places Available
  • £59.00 Per Person
Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison, Shrewsbury - Saturday 26th November 2022 £59.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

Saturday 26th November 2022
Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am

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Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

26 Nov
  • Saturday 26th November 2022
  • Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am
  • Places Available
  • £59.00 Per Person
Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison, Shrewsbury - Saturday 10th December 2022 £59.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

Saturday 10th December 2022
Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am

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Ghost Hunt at Shrewsbury Prison

10 Dec
  • Saturday 10th December 2022
  • Time: 9:30pm - 3:30am
  • Places Available
  • £59.00 Per Person

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Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bank Holidays: Closed

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