YORK CASTLE MUSEUM AND PRISON – A Dick Turpin Special, 6th April 2024


Option 1 “A Peek into the Paranormal”
Option 2 “A Night at the Museum” 
Option 3 “The Last Drop”  

Join us for a spine-tingling evening of ghost hunting as we investigate the infamous York Castle Museum Prison on the anniversary of the night where the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin spent his final hours before being executed.

Dick Turpin and the Castle Prison History 

Once an 18th century prison, York Castle Museum has a dark and brutal history – a time of rouges, thieves and murderers.  We will try to connect with (amongst others) the most notorious inmate of all – the legendary highwayman, Dick Turpin, an outlaw who terrorised the roads of Essex and Yorkshire.  Known for his daring robberies, he was also a ruthless killer who left behind a trail of blood and anguish.  On this day, 6th April 1739, Dick Turpin spent his last night in the cramped, dark, damp cells, deep in the bowels of the Felons’ Prison, before being taken to the Knavesmire to be hung on 7th April 1739.  What will we uncover as we investigate the cell where this infamous man had his final thoughts?  Will you encounter his restless spirit or hear his final words and feel his fear as he awaited his doom?

We will also try to connect with the ghosts of those who spent months in these cells awaiting their fate and those who perished behind the castle walls. The inmates of the Suffocation Cell, who died in a terrible way and the Yorkshire Witch, Mary Bateman among others.


Ghostly Sightings 

There have been numerous reports of ghostly sightings within the Castle Prison.  Doors slamming by unseen hands, babies crying, heavy footsteps, drastic temperature changes and screams are heard deep in the cells.  Shadows are seen, pacing is heard walking the stone floors, staff have heard the sounds of women singing, chains rattling and eerie scratching noises coming from the cells.  Is this the hangman who is said to haunt these prison walls?  Whispers are heard throughout the building, a small boy has been seen dressed in period clothing, who disappears round corners when he is seen and there have been reports of an elderly lady seated by a hearth… only to vanish.


Kirkgate is the oldest recreated haunted Victorian street in Britain, and has a sinister schoolroom, a grim police cell, a horrifying padded cell, a ghostly Hansom cab and cobbled street surfaces…the lamp-posts, carriages and shop fronts and other items are from the Victorian period and earlier, so as you peer into the shops that line the twisted street, beware of the dark energy that is attached to these items. What is lurking and whispering in this area? Maybe we will encounter a vengeful shopkeeper or a spirit child who can show us that death is not the end. Come and find out…if you dare.

Rowntree Snicket

This narrow passage off Kirkgate shows the misery of York’s Victorian poor.  It is named after Seebohm Rowntree, who wrote a report on poverty in York.  His team’s findings inspired the snicket and the Poor Dwelling.  You can explore this area and meet the ghosts that haunt it.  They are the timid, poor and sick souls who hide in the shadows and corners.  They are too scared to talk to us.  Can we find a way to connect with them?

Bloodshed and hangings have darkened these Castle walls for centuries and now we will investigate.  With you…Are you ready to challenge your fears and discover what lies within the walls of this former Prison?  This is not for the faint-hearted, this is a real ghost hunting experience that will test your nerves…are you brave enough? 

This is an interactive event and you will get to try the activities for yourselves – you will be involved in the investigation as much as you dare to be!

What to expect on a PRY night – Our team will help you to explore your senses to investigate the paranormal using traditional and modern communication techniques and guest participation is encouraged!  You will get to use the latest paranormal equipment and take part in experiments such as table tipping, planchettes, lone vigils and seances.  Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned investigator, this event will leave you wanting more.

Event Options:
1.  “A Peek into the Paranormal”, 7pm-9pm – SOLD OUT!
2.  “A Night at the Museum” 9.30pm-midnight – SOLD OUT!
3.  “The Last Drop” 7pm-midnight 

Please bring your own hot drinks.  We will provide a range of refreshments for “The Last Drop” event. 

The venue does not have parking.  Parking is available at Castle Car park, a minute walk away

** Deposit options will secure your place, with the remainder due 14 days before the event) Tickets ARE NOT issued – we have your details so just come along on the night!** 

* Book direct through the website or if you have any questions:

* Call us 07534402620 or

* email paranormalresearchyork@hotmail.com


Terms and Conditions

Please read our terms and conditions on the website.  Please note, we do not issue refunds unless the event is cancelled by us or the venue and tickets are non-transferable

The Prison Ghost Hunt

7pm-9pm, 9.30pm-midnight, 7pm-midnight