Dorchester Prison - Dorchester, Dorset
The grim and foreboding abandoned prison is rife with ghostly activity

The grim and foreboding abandoned Dorchester Prison is rife with ghostly activity. Cell doors are known to slam shut, keys are heard jangling and stones are thrown by unseen hands. Voices are heard and cold spots appear for no reason. The sound of a piano is often heard and shadowy figures emerge from nowhere. We are really nervous about spending the night here on our overnight ghost hunt. You have the opportunity to join us and to work out who or what haunts this terrifying building.  

Dorchester Prison

Your Ghost Hunt at Dorchester Prison

 Your Ghost Hunt at Dorchester Prison will be an unforgettable experience as you work through the echoing silence of this daunting and formidable location. You will not have to imagine how hard it was for those who were incarcerated here and the harshness of their surroundings.

Investigate the empty cells in the dead of night, where prisoners would have been left to stew in the hopelessness of their situation and get a sense of their private torture.  

This was a cold and harsh environment designed to punish all of those who were placed here. An overnight ghost hunt will certainly evoke any spirits who still reside in the foreboding and sinister Dorchester Prison.

Ghosts of Dorchester Prison

The ghostly activity here really does send chills down your spine. With so many executions and the bodies of prisoners still lying within its grounds, it is not surprising that Dorchester Prison has a host of spectral activity looming within its wall.

Some of these poor souls have been left abandoned for hundreds of years and whilst there are plans underway to desonsecrate the ground they have still not found their final resting place. Black mists appear from nowhere but are nearly always accompanied by a freezing cold atmosphere. Stones are often thrown at ghost hunters as they work out who is haunting this prison and often a piano is heard playing in the distance.  

This really is such a daunting building and with so many areas to investigate it will not be an easy task.

History of Dorchester Prison

The history of Dorchester Prison is vast but in short it was built on the site of an old medieval castle in 1154 so you can appreciate exactly how old the grounds are where the prison now sits. Dorchester Prison was completed in 1795 and was a place of many executions. Perhaps the most famous was that of Martha Brown. Amongst the audience of nearly 3000 people was Thomas Hardy. Hanging was classed as an entertainment at that time and Thomas was only a young man of 16 years of age. He was horrified by what he witnessed and went on to write Tess of the D'urbevilles. Could his description of her hanging be related to what he witnessed as a young man?  

The last man to be hanged in public was at Dorchester Prison and his name was James Seale. He was hung on 10th August 1858 for murder. 

Dorchester Prison is a site of great historical interest and whilst it has a torrid history of death and executions it also has a previous history which we hope to tap into during an overnight ghost hunt here. 

There have been plans put in place to deconsecrate the ground of Dorchester Prison where the executed bodies plus those of other deceased prisoners remain and they will be moved to their final resting place. 

Your Event Includes

  • Use of ghost hunting equipment including EMF Meters, K2 Meters etc.
  • Experiments including glass divination, table tipping and Ouija Boards.
  • Workshop and separate vigils for returning guests.
  • Ghost hunting vigils and séances in small groups.
  • Includes teas and coffees
  • Free time to investigate alone

Address, Maps & Hotels

Address & Hotel Information

HMP Dorchester North Square Dorchester Dorset DT1 1JD

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  • Free Onsite Parking


  • This location is not suitable for wheelchair users
  • This location is not suitable for people with mobility issues or walking difficulties

  • All attendees must be 18 years or older
  • All attendees must bring a torch
  • Wear sensible shoes and warm layered clothing as the location may get cold at night

Dorchester Prison - Dates

Ghost Hunt at Dorchester Prison, Dorchester - Saturday 12th October 2024 £59.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Dorchester Prison

Saturday 12th October 2024
Time: 9.00pm - 3.00am

Places Available

Ghost Hunt at Dorchester Prison

12 Oct

  • Saturday 12th October 2024
  • Time: 9.00pm - 3.00am
  • Places Available
  • £59.00 Per Person

Paying for your event

We are an online events company, so the simplest and quickest way to book is via our website.

Alternatively, if you would like to book over the phone then please call our Sales Team on 0115 9720570 and they will be happy to help.

Securing places by a deposit

Paying a deposit for your event will secure your places on your chosen event. Simply pay a small deposit* of £20.00 per person and pay the remainder in full 4 weeks before the event or by small instalments* via your online account if available. You can always pay for your event in full at the time of booking.

Types of payments accepted

We accept the following payment methods

  • Online - All Major Credit/Debit Cards
  • Over the telephone

*Please note that full payment for your event will be due 4 weeks before the event. Minimal instalments of £30.00, payment must be made via your online account area.

Opening Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bank Holidays: Closed

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