Ghost Hunt Derby Jail (Gaol) | Derbyshire


Derby Jail Ghost Hunt

Event Date | tbc
Event Price | £45.00 per person
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Ghost Hunt Derby Jail Derby Gaol Entrance

Join Haunted Evenings on a fabulous ghost hunting night at Derby’s most haunted location! You will experience some mighty intense and serious ghost hunting as we split you off into teams to discover the true hauntings of this fantastic location (plus one other location nearby!).  Find yourself locked up in one of the cells surrounded by an array of paranormal equipment, try your hand at recording your own EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena) or sit it out at the top of the nearby prison tower where ghostly presences have been experienced first hand by the locations owner, Richard Felix! 

The History of Derby Gaol

Delve into the history of Derby Gaol (Jail) and there is little wonder as to why this location has claimed the crown for the most haunted building in Derby! The Gaol that exists today was constructed from many of the original materials used from the original Derby Gaol that was constructed after an act of parliament in the early 1500’s to house local criminals –  from mere petty crime to brutal murders. The original jail was eventually decommissioned and the new Derby Jail built in 1756 after the old site was sanctioned as unclean and of poor living conditions. However the new gaol was hardly 5 star by comparison! Built to house up to 23 inmates, it soon became a place of overcrowding and poor sanitation, Gaol fever ran rife throughout and death was a common occurance inside the gaol walls. It wasn’t until 1787 that it was deemed unacceptable and a law was enforced that all Gaol cells should be lime-washed and cleaned once a year!

The site of the current gaol was stragically placed in the “execution quarter” of Derby. It was perfectly normal for prisoners to meet their fate at the Gallows. In 1752, close to the time that Derby Gaol was opened, the law had introduced it’s most gruesome form of punishment and it was not unusual for Murderers to have been sentenced to death by being “hung, drawn and quartered”, an execution whereby the general public could not only witness the hanging, but witness the dissection of the corpse. These were brutal times and Derby Gaol would have been a very harrowing place to be!

Ghosts | Paranormal Activity at Derby Gaol

With such a vile past, it is no wonder that there appears to be more than meets the eye to this Derby building. Many visitors have left visiting the cells with a real feeling of sickness, others with discomfort to the throat. Is this the meddling of former inmates? Other visitors have sensed dark figures in the gaol with some claims of seeing hanging bodies from the ceilings. The owner, Richard Felix, who applies mass logic to the paranormal field, has had a few encounters that have left him more than a little shaken.

What’s Included? Ghost Hunt Derby Gaol

  • History briefing of Derby Gaol
  • Investigation of Derby Gaol and nearby guard Towers
  • Jam packed night of ghost hunting using different techniques (see “What’s Included” tab below for full details)
  • Full use of all the latest paranormal equipment
  • Complimentary Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and soft drinks

Event Date….


Event times | 9.00pm -2.00am
Arrival times | From 8.45pm

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Full Price: £45.00


Ghost Hunt Derby Jail

*Guests must be 18+ (please contact for 16+)
*Deposits are strictly non-refundable / non-transferable
*Remaining balances refundable up until 1 month before
*No alcohol / illegal substances allowed prior to or during the event
*Guests must bring a torch and wear sensible shoes
*This location is sadly not suitable for people with mobility difficulties


What happens after I’ve booked my place?

You will receive an order confirmation email once you have successfully placed your order. This is your proof of purchase as we do not send tickets out for our events, instead we operate a Guest List system. On receiving your order you will be automatically added to our guest list. Closer to your event date, you’ll be able to access all welcome information about your event from the “MY EVENT” tab from the main menu. This will give you all the information you will need for your night to come, including check in procedures, where to park, when to arrive and what to bring/wear. These details will likely not be available until the week of your event and could be added as late as 48 hours before. If your event is a few weeks away, please keep checking the Your Event tab closer to your event date. Most general information,( google map, arrival times) can be found on the product listing in the meantime.

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What's Included

*Welcome Meeting with complimentary refreshments (Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks)

*Guests will then be split into smaller groups to carry out small vigils

*Handheld Equipment Vigil. Guests will investigate an area using all the latest paranormal handheld equipment. We will show you how to use all the devices, including K2’s, Mel Meters, Ghost Meters and our thermal imaging cameras. We will also see what we capture using voice and video recorders.

* Trigger Object Vigil. Stay close to our trigger objects to see who, from the spirit world, is intrigued by our objects!, many with built in devices that will literally trigger if interacted with by spirits including Rempods. Other devices will be available for guests to use during the session.

* Voice Vigil. Guests will move on to another area and will have a go at using listening devices to see what strange noises and hopefully voices we can capture. Guests will have the chance to use digital voice recorders and use hearing enhancers. We will carry out EVP experiments and encourage all guests to have a go at capturing their own evidence.

* Lone Vigils. Guests brave enough will be given time to re-visit areas of the location unguided. Armed with walkie talkie contact with the team, guests can take any available equipment and conduct their own vigils.

*Group Vigil. Guests wanting to stay close to the team, will finish off the night carrying out a final vigil in the most active part of the location, using the technique that had the best response.

*Complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks will be available throughout the event.

Location / Map

Derby Jail
50-51 Friar Gate

Parking available on-site

What to expect on this Haunted Evenings Derby Jail Ghost Hunt?

Event Review / Spoiler!


Last nights return visit to Derby Gaol was long overdue as we were last there to see in the New Year in 2015 (scary how time flies!). The location is split into 2 with the old Gaol site (1756) positioned on Friar Gate and the tower of the old county Jail (1843) off Vernon Street.

With 2 completely different areas to investigate, guests were split into 2 and spent time conducting experiments in both locations, combining both traditional and equipment methods together.

During the evening, grainy voices were heard via voice recorders, people reporting headaches in certain areas, the sense of unwell in other parts of the jail, neck pains and EMF spikes were just some of the occurrences reported back last night. The spirit of the old Jailer was sensed as well a little girl.

Over in the older Gaol the evening soon warmed up nicely with movement on the ouija board in one of the original cells, picking on one of the more sceptical guests. Although no real sense was made from the board, it was a good indication of spirit energy. This was then strengthened when a REMPOD triggered in the doorway to the same cell. Grainy voices were also detected down the main corridor via voice recorders, again suggesting we were not alone! In the same cell for the second group, energy was detected once again when a K2 triggered when we asked for any spirits to bring their energy forward. The timing certainly suggested this was in direct response to our initial call out, with EMF meters showing some unexplainable spikes outside the cell moments before.

The main corridor was investigated again (after groups swapped over) and during a human pendulum, a spirit came forward and responded to yes/no closed questions. The spirit appeared to effect others in the group as well as the female guest in the middle, with swaying movements leaving us with the impression the character connected with was a drunk (A yes was given when we asked if they were!).
As the group moved into the “debtors” cell, people described feeling odd, from a feeling of crushed arms, headaches, heavy headedness and the feeling of droopy eyes, in some cases by more than one person. People also felt unstable yet standing still at the time. It certainly felt repressive!

The newer County Jail tower was less forthcoming activity wise than the 16th Century gaol but still provided some moments of interest. An EMF meter detected a shift in energy up in the spiral tower and a guest picked up on a possible fight that led to someone falling down the stairs. A human pendulum was conducted later on in the same tower and the same facts came through that had come forward for that group earlier in the evening. The quietest area was the drop tower with sadly nothing of substance to report for both groups by comparison.

Thank you to those who braved the rather cold wind chill to investigate this unique little location. We will be back a little sooner than 4 years as we have just announced a second Haunted Evening at Derby Jail in May.

Guest Reviews

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“Great night last night! Thank you to your amazing hosts and we hope to see you soon at another location ❤️” S.Partington 10.01.20 Source:facebook

“A brilliant night and a great group of guests. Derby Gaol definitely lived up to my expectations 👻” T.Marciniak 10.01.20 Source:facebook

“A fantastic little location which was a first visit for me, a great night thoroughly enjoyed with great friends. Would be interested in visiting again, hopefully when it’s not as bloody cold!!😂😂” M.Reeves 10.01.20 Source:facebook