If you’re someone who loves nothing more than being scared senseless, this will most definitely interest you.
A prison which is often said to be the most haunted in the UK is letting people explore its terrifying cells – before staying the night in one of them.
Shepton Mallet Prison, less than an hour’s drive from Bristol, was home to a number of hardened criminals including child killers, rapists and notorious gangs, such as the Kray Twins, who were moved there from the Tower of London.
Before closing in 2013, the Somerset lock-up was the oldest operating prison in the country and held a total of 189 high-risk prisoners at its peak.
Now, five years on from its closure, the empty corridors and lifeless cells are crying out to be investigated by those who have a fascination for what life must have been like in such a desolate and unforgiving existence.
And on two dates next year there will be the opportunity to do just that, as events company Bump In The Night is bringing back its hugely popular overnight stays after a sell-out run last year – which Bristol Live tried out first hand to find out just how scary it is.
On June 15 and July 20, 2019, brave souls will be able to explore the creepy penitentiary, supplied with snacks and ghost hunting equipment to see them through the night.
The ghosts that are said to reside in the formidable building are vast and varied.
With links back to the early 17th Century and with so many thousands of unnamed victims that lie within the grounds, it is not a place where you would ever want to be alone.
Cell doors are regularly heard opening and slamming shut for no reason, footsteps are heard on the walkways and along the corridors and ghostly figures are also seen moving around the prison in the dead of night. So it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Do you think you could stomach a night locked up there? There’s only one way to find out.
And don’t forget, not only will you have to put up with sharing the space with ghosts of former inmates, you’ll also be sleeping on a back-pain-inducing bed and using the most basic facilities imaginable.
Tickets are £55 per person and the event takes place from 9pm – 6.30am. For more information and tickets, visit Bump In The Night’s website.
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