Beaumaris Gaol, on Anglesey, is a disused jail that was built back in the early 1800s. It housed up to 30 prisoners at a time, and as you can imagine back then prisoners weren’t treated well, and punishments were severe.

Hangings even took place here, and the bodies of these tortured souls are still buried within the grounds, condemned to walk the corridors and cells in death, where they were incarcerated in life.

Event Time: 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Event Price: £49.00 per person

Event Location: Steeple Ln, Beaumaris LL58 8EP

Your Ghost Hunt at Beaumaris Gaol

Ghost Hunts at Beaumaris Gaol are paranormal investigation at its finest. Whether you’re an experienced paranormal investigator or a beginner, Beaumaris is an absolute must!

Be warned! Ghost hunting at this notoriously brutal and haunted jail isn’t for the faint-hearted. With stories of disembodied voices, shadow figures, poltergeist activity and more, Beaumaris Gaol is a thrilling haunted venue that’s ideal for ghost hunters of all experience levels.

Stepping foot inside this foreboding Victorian citadel of punishment you’ll be amazed and certainly unnerved, at just how original it is to when it was first built over 200 years ago. With punishment devices, solitary confinement, condemned cells, and whipping room, you’ll see first-hand just how brutal the conditions were for the prisoners of the time.

beamaris gaol confinement cells

Although there are countless condemned wailing souls wandering its dark corridors and cells, the most common spirit is a former jailer. He likes to knock on doors and whistle as if he’s doing his routine checks on the inmates.

On the central staircase, you can sometimes hear him clinking his keys on the metal handrails as he makes his way down.

There’s a constant feeling of a dark energy following you around the gaol, and this is particularly prevalent when you head to the condemned cells. It was here, inmates were held before heading to the gallows in the courtyard.

The sound of shuffling feet is often heard outside the cell when nobody’s there, and people have reportedly been touched, as well as hearing disembodied whispers when in the cells alone.

If you think you have what it takes to brave this infamous location, then enter with caution, as you never know who or what may be lurking here.

Spots will fill up quickly for this one, so hurry and book now!

Deposits are available for just £20.

Beaumaris Gaol was built in 1829 and expanded upon in 1867. During the height of its occupation, it could hold 30 inmates, but due to its brutal reputation and improvements to the prison system, the jail was closed 11 years later.

Shortly after closing, the building became the local police station until the 1950’s when it was opened as a children’s clinic, an obviously odd choice for such a structure. It remained in use until 1974 when it reopened as the museum you see today.

The treatment of inmates was considerably inhumane compared to today’s treatment. Prisoners were chained, whipped, made to break rocks, and spend days in dark isolation cells. The gaol was also one of the last working penal treadmills in Britain.

Inmates were forced to walk up steps that were set into two cast iron wheels, which drove a shaft that helped pump water throughout the prison. They would walk all day long, and any unfortunate soul that couldn’t remain standing was severely punished.

There were several inmates condemned to death at the jail, but only two were on record as being hung there. One of those was William Griffith, in 1830, for the attempted murder of his ex-wife.

He refused to accept his sentence, and upon the morning of his execution, barricaded himself in his cell. After a long struggle, the door was finally forced open, and he was chained up and dragged to the gallows, where he meant his end.

The second known hanging was that of Richard Rowlands, in 1862. He was sentenced to death for the killing of his father-in-law, however, he pleaded his innocence right until the end.

Legend has it he put a curse on the nearby church clock from the gallows right before he was let loose. He foretold that as he was innocent, the four faces of the church clock will never show the correct time. To this day they never have!

Both of these men are buried within the walls of the gaol, but the exact location is a mystery.

  • Group Vigils including table tipping, Séance, and more,
  • Lone Vigils,
  • Use of Paranormal Equipment,
  • Psychic Medium,
  • Hot and cold drinks facilities,
  • Snacks, refreshments, and treats.

Event Location:  Beaumaris Gaol, Steeple Ln, Beaumaris LL58 8EP

Time: 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM (Arrive from earliest 7:30 PM)

Access & Parking: There are no designated car parking facilities for Beaumaris Gaol. There are public car parks (fees may apply) just a short walk away, and parking on the street is an option too. The Leisure Centre car park is the closest and is open 24 hours.

Accessibility: The location is somewhat suitable for those with mobility issues. It’s unfortunately not wheelchair friendly.

Please Note: All guests must be 18 years or older. Not suitable for those who are heavily pregnant. Guests are strongly advised to wear comfortable shoes and warm layered clothing on colder nights.

You’re welcome to bring your own equipment, though we will be providing paranormal equipment to use.

The investigation will be in darkness so please bring a torch with you.

Although snacks and drinks are provided, you’re welcome to bring your own. There are also facilities to make both hot and cold drinks, which are provided also.

And of course, bring your phone/camera with you, the more pictures we have the better chance we have of capturing something!

Other than that, just yourself and an open mind!

On your ghost hunt with Haunted Rooms, you will have full exclusive access to this location. Together with our friendly team of investigators, you will join others on structured vigils, where you’ll have the chance to use some paranormal equipment and join in on group vigils such as Ouija board sessions, and seance.

Our event starts at 8.00 pm but you can arrive at the earliest 7.30 pm. Structured investigations will end around 12 am, at which point you will have the opportunity to investigate this location on your own using the techniques and information you have been provided with.

The event is not a sleepover, so it’s recommended you book accommodation nearby if you’re travelling from further away. There are a number of good options for you to choose from.

You will have the chance to look around the gaol before the event to familiarise yourself with its layout. Shortly before the event kicks off, we’ll run you through a quick induction and safety briefing, followed by a short talk and introduction from our team. You’ll then split into smaller groups with your family and/or friends if you’ve come together, and we’ll begin our vigils for the night!

If you have your own paranormal equipment we encourage you to bring it, if not we can provide them free of charge. Snacks, refreshments, and treats will be provided at intervals throughout the night, and we’ll have facilities to make hot and cold drinks too.

We do endeavour to have mediums and sensitives with us for every event, although circumstances out of our control can sometimes prevent this. Anybody that has sensitive abilities we encourage you to come forward, as it only increases the energy and enjoyment for all in attendance.

To get the most from the evening we encourage you to try your hand at as many things as you can, and if you’re feeling particularly brave you should give a lone vigil a try, as well as joining in with our table tipping experiments as we try to commune with the spirits and ghosts of the building.

Please dress weather appropriately, with extra layers of clothing if it’s cold, plus comfortable shoes and a torch if you need one.

There are several hotels near Beaumaris Gaol. The Liverpool Arms and the Bold Arms Hotel are the closest. Both are perfectly located within Beaumaris centre and are just a short walk away from the beach, pier, and Beaumaris Castle.

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