Friday 13th at York Castle Museum and Prison – 13 September 2024


Dare you join us this Friday 13th?  

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Beyond the gates of York Castle Museum Prison, a realm of horror awaits. On this doomed night of Friday 13th, join us for a spectral journey of ghost hunting and unearthly encounters. Beware, for the dead do not rest here

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.


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.  Dick Turpin spent his final hours 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?  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


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.  Refreshments provided.

** Tickets £69pp

**£34.50 deposit will secure your place.  Remainder due 14 days before the event


**Address:  York Castle Museum, Tower Street, York, YO1 9RY

**Castle Car Park is seconds walk away


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