Ghost Hunt Ruthin Gaol | North Wales


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Event Price | £49.00 per person
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Ghost Hunt Ruthin Gaol

inside-ruthin-gaolEnter Ruthin Gaol with Haunted Evenings after dark and be prepared to be split up into small vulnerable numbers as we explore this brutal historic county gaol to discover who still haunts here!. Experience a lock down in one of the former cells where many have heard doors slamming and experienced sudden cold spots or carry out traditional experiments in the debtors quarters. This location with its terrifying and unpleasant past makes for the perfect ghost hunting location….walk in the footsteps of the former inmates and feel the fear as you call out in the dark….brave enough?

 History of Ruthin Gaol

In 1774 plans were passed to build a new prison jail in Ruthin to replace the former small holding gaol built in 1404. On completion, the now oldest part of the Gaol that still stands, served as the county gaol with several extensions made in the early 1800’s creating day rooms, penitentary cells and 6 solitary confinement cells. Further cells were added in 1837 and by this point, the prison could hold 58 inmates. In 1886 the impressive “Pentonville style Wing” was constructed for the exclusive use of male prisoners. Women were transferred to the older parts of the gaol which, although were smaller cells, had been remodelled for their new occupants. Male prisoners were held in their cells for 23 hours a day, with one hours exercise in the yard. Communication between inmates was further prohibted by the Victorian “silent system” which was vigoriously enforced to ensure inmates did not interact with other prisoners. Eventually the Gaol was decommissioned and inmates moved to other local Prisons from 1916. In 1903 the last execution took place at Ruthin Gaol. A miner who was found guilty of killing his wife was hanged at the prison on 17th February. His body was buried on the prison premises but later reburied in a nearby cemetary when the gaol closed.

Ruthin Gaol Ghosts


Your overnight ghost hunt will take you into the many cells and eerie corners of this historic house of correction. There is a real dark atmosphere from the moment you walk into the building and a real sense of what hellish conditions many suffered, some perishing in the cramped and diseased cells. Will you experience the many encounters of the paranormal that other visitors before you have experienced? A ghostly apparition of a young girl has been seen here and many unexplainable occurances have been reported since it’s closure as a prison in 1916. What will you discover?

What’s Included on this event?

  • Access to the former kitchen / debtors area, condemned mans cell, male block and *exercise yard (*weather permitting)
  • Orientation walk around with the lights on before the fun begins!
  • Jam packed night of ghost hunting in all areas listed 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
  • Complimentary light snacks

Event Dates


Event times | 9.00pm-02.00am
Arrival times | From 8.45pm

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Full Price: £49.00



*Guests must be aged 18+
*Deposits are strictly non-refundable / non-transferable
*Remaining balances refundable up until 4 weeks before
*No alcohol / illegal substances allowed prior to or during the event
*Guests must bring a torch and wear sensible shoes
*Some parts of the location may not be 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 “YOUR 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)

*Walk round of the location with the lights on, pointing out places of interest.

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

*Equipment Vigil. Guests will investigate an area using all the latest paranormal equipment. We will show you how to use all the devices, from thermal imaging cameras to listening devices. We will also see what we capture using voice and video recorders.

* Traditional Vigil. Try your hand at a more traditional style vigil, such as table tipping, human pendulums and/or dowsing rods. Equipment will also be available for guests to use during the session.

* Trigger Vigil. Guests will move on to another area and will take part in a vigil involving gadget trigger objects as well as more traditional triggers. We will also carry out EVP experiments, alongside these more traditional style investigations.

* Lone Vigils. Guests brave enough will be given time to re-visit areas of the location unaccompanied. 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

Ruthin Gaol Museum
Clwyd Street
LL15 1HP

Free parking available onsite

Event Review / Spoiler!


Time certainly flies by and it’s been 4 years since we last walked in the footsteps of the former inmates at Ruthin Gaol so it was fantastic to finally get around to revisiting this 1800’s County jail over in Wales last night!.

Guests had access to the main prison block with a number cells to investigate, as well as the former jail kitchen. We investigated the building using an array of techniques, attempting communication via traditional methods as well as through an abundance of paranormal equipment. Some of the highlights were : orbs seen with the naked eye, voices (EVPS) captured, Emf meters triggering on command, keys rattling, footsteps heard, something hitting the railings above and the sense of being watched! Cold spots and the feeling of unwell.


1st Floor : reports of headaches and feeling sick in one of the cells, orbs seen with the naked eye, possible Male spirits picked up via communication board, one imprisoned for 5 years for robbery. EVP “turn round” captured by team member just after feeling an immense cold spot and “my name is Master Tom” heard on playback when we asked for their name. Male Spirit sensed by team member peering down from the cells above which was confirmed when a guest sensed the same male (team member had not mentioned it previously).

Former kitchen : vibe pod action and some grainy evps captured during vigils in the old kitchen. A shout captured on command and a clear class A EVP “four” heard when asked how many spirits were in the kitchen. Male spirit currently serving time for stealing hay connected with during a dowsing rod experiment.

Ground floor prison block: emf surges (k2s on red simultaneously) without explanation in the end cell on command, male spirit sensed feeling angry. One guest felt hot, similar experience felt upstairs by another guest (unbeknownst to each other). Cold spots on legs that moved around the room. Strange feelings felt in the cells with the baths with some relatable words coming through on the ovilus.

As always, the investigations are always made so much more fun when surrounded by a great bunch of guests and last night was no exception! Thanks to all who travelled to Ruthin and got stuck in to the various experiments. A huge thank you also to last nights team for stepping in and supporting the event.

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