Old Town Jail Ghost Hunts Scotland


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Event Price | £49.00 per person
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Old Town Jail Ghost Hunts Scotland

Join Haunted Evenings for an experience into the unknown at one of Scotland’s former brutal Victorian prisons! The Old Town Jail (or “New County Jail as it was known back in the 1800’s) sits approximately an hours drive out of Edinburgh in historic Stirling. This 18th Century prison is very rarely investigated and the team invite budding enthusiasts to join them for an evening of investigating who still haunts here.  Life at the Jail would have been horrific, brutal and very isolating with many inmates set to work on the “crank machine” as hard, and repetitive punishment. With such an intense historic past, it’s little wonder that the Old Town Jail lends itself nicely for a haunted evening. Dare you venture out after-dark with the team to experience for yourself who still haunts within these once terrifying prison walls?.

Old Town Jail Ghost Hunts

History of the Old Town Jail

Stirling Old Town Jail was opened as a County Jail in 1847 to replace the old Tolbooth Jail which, at the time, had been condemned for being “the worst Jail in Britain”. Whilst the newly Victorian Jail was indeed a vast improvement on the previous jail, it certainly wasn’t a walk in the park for those who found themselves spending time inside! Many prisoners, as a form of punishment, would have spent hours working the “crank machine” (a repetitive task of lifting and dropping sand – for no purpose other than for punishment) and for other more “deserving” inmates, time spent in the “dark room”- solitary confinement in a tiny chamber with only a small light source some 40 feet above.

By 1888, the County Jail became the Military Detention Barracks for the Scottish Regiment, until decommissioned by the War Office in 1935. During the mid-20th Century, the jail fell into disrepair until the 1990’s when restoration work was carried out on this derelict site. In 1996 – 2012 and again in 2015 to the present day, the jail has served as a tourists visitor site

Ghost Hunting at the Old Town Jail!

Your overnight ghost hunt will see you split down into small groups to investigate the different areas available at the Old Town Jail. Dare you spend time in one of the small cramped cells where many prisoners would have slowly deteriorated under the strict prison living conditions. Break off into small groups to take part in a variety of new and old experiments to see what can be experienced. Guests brave enough will also have the opportunity to take equipment off and go it alone…..This site is a fascinating place historically and is very rarely investigated. What will you experience at the Old Town Jail on your Haunted Evening? 

What’s Included on this event?

  • Access to all available public areas
  • 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
  • A chance for the braver guests to spend time in isolation to see what they experience in isolation
  • Complimentary Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and soft drinks
  • Complimentary light snacks
  • Fully Insured Event & First Aid Cover

Event Dates


Event times | 9.00pm-03.00am
Arrival times | From 8.45pm

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Full Price: £49.00


Stirling Old Town Jail

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

What’s Included | Old Town Jail Ghost Hunts

*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 3 smaller groups to carry out a variety of 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.

* Communication Boards. Guests will move on to another area and use techniques on the Ouija board, Yes|No boards. Equipment will also be available for guests to use during the session.

* Victorian Vigil. Guests will move on to another area and will have a go at using old and new techniques such as Table Tipping, Human Pendulums. 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. 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

Stirling Old Town Jail
St John Street,