Shire Hall Courthouse And Cells - Dorchester, Dorset
A Macabre history and sinister ghostly hauntings plague the Old Shire Hall in Dorchester

A terrifying night of ghost hunting awaits you at Shire Hall Courthouse where nothing can prepare you for the darkness and sheer despair which truly overwhelms you. This is not surprising when you come face to face with the torrid history of this haunted Grade 1 listed building in Dorchester. With its links to the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the many other wretched souls that suffered in its dark cells this location is certainly a must for those who want to seek the truth about the paranormal. The building not only consists of a large courtroom, but also a maze of cells and dark corridors below.

Shire Hall Courthouse is famously haunted and ghost hunters here have begun to accumulate a mass of evidence to support this. We are certainly looking forward to our ghost hunts here and although we venture with a certain amount of trepidation we really hope to discover who or what is haunting this old courthouse and cells.

Shire Hall Courthouse And Cells

Your Ghost Hunt at Shire Hall, Cells and Courthouse

Venture into the intense darkness and spend time investigating this actively haunted location.  Work with the team as you carry out vigils in some of the most active areas of the cells and courthouse. Use up to date ghost hunting equipment along with traditional methods of ghost hunting to discover who is haunting one of the most haunted buildings in Dorchester.

Hauntings of Shire Hall, Cells and Courthouse

Shire Hall Courthouse in Dorchester has a real reputation for being extremely haunted. Of the ghosts that reside here many consist of those that were incarcerated in a state of terror at the fate that lay before them.  Eventually many would take their own lives rather than face a tortuously and unbearably harsh punishment. Apparitions have been witnessed here along with screams, heavy footsteps, doors slamming and panic-stricken whispering as you enter the darkness of the cells. Some people have felt an overwhelming sense of foreboding as they sit in the courthouse, giving them the urge to flee from the area.

History of Shire Hall, Cells and Courthouse

Known as one of the best-preserved buildings of its kind, Shire Hall Courthouse in Dorchester is an an award-winning social justice museum bringing over 200 years of justice and injustice to life. It is a highly important and well-established Grade 1 listed building.

The courthouse has seen so much history through the eyes of the criminal justice system from 1797 until 1955. It has the stigma of being home to the trial of the famous Tolpuddle Martyrs. In 1834 unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union in the Dorset village of Tolpuddle were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for administering an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.

Shire Hall Courthouse was also behind the book Tess of the D’Urbervilles after a domestic abuse case inspired its author, Thomas Hardy. Trials involving American G.I’s and other leading court cases were witnessed here. It has a wealth of history and mesmerising facts surrounding events that are famous even today.

Your Event Includes

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

Address, Maps & Hotels

Address & Hotel Information

Shire Hall Museum High West Street Dorchester Dorset DT1 1UY

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  • Local Street Parking
  • Street Parking and Local Car Parks


  • This location has limited access for wheelchair users, please call the office for more information
  • People with mobility issues or walking difficulties please call the office before booking

  • 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

Shire Hall Courthouse And Cells - Dates

Ghost Hunt at Shire Hall Courthouse, Dorchester - Friday 4th October 2024 £49.00 Per Person

Ghost Hunt at Shire Hall Courthouse

Friday 4th October 2024
Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am

Places Available

Ghost Hunt at Shire Hall Courthouse

4 Oct

  • Friday 4th October 2024
  • Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am
  • Places Available
  • £49.00 Per Person

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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.

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*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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