If you’re a fan of haunted houses and horror films, there’s a new tourist spot you’re going to want to visit! The most haunted prison in the United Kingdom is now open to visitors who want to spend a night locked up on the premises, reports News 18. Many ghost sightings have been reported at the historic site.
The prison is open for guided tours
The HM Shepton Mallet prison in Somerset was built in 1610. The site once housed inmates including the notorious Kray twins, Reggie and Ronnie. The prison witnessed many death sentences and the last hanging took place in 1945. The prison closed in 2013 and is no longer a working prison. It is now a tourist site that offers guided and self-guided tours. Visitors have the chance of exploring Victorian prison wings, descending into the hidden 1610 cell, and listening to the stories narrated by ex-prison officers. The events company ‘Bump In The Night’ has organised these new experiences.
Guests also have the opportunity of staying in the prison overnight and sleeping in a cell. “A Night Behind Bars” is an experience that allows guests to pick a cell in B Wing and stay there for 12 hours. Tourists will get an authentic experience of sleeping in a real prison cell. They will have to bring their own torches, bedding and a roll mat. If they’re sharing their cells, they will have to bring a camp bed.
Supernatural events are a frequent phenomenon
The faint-hearted should watch out for spooky noises. Cell doors are frequently heard opening by themselves and footsteps are heard on the walkways. Sometimes, ghostly figures have also been spotted moving around in the dead of night.
An employee from ‘Bump In The Night’ said, “I wasn’t convinced it would be that scary before my first one but that has definitely changed now. I’ve seen and heard all sorts including shadows when nobody is around, doors slamming shut and footsteps only to see nobody there.” After the guided tour, guests will have some free time to look for spirits all by themselves!