Join us for a night of paranormal investigation at Jedburgh Castle Jail. Notorious for its hauntings, the jail stands as a foreboding reminder of its cruel past. Its walls resonate with the dark energy of its most infamous prisoner, Edwin McArthur, executed in 1855. Are you brave enough to spend the night where he now threatens the living?

Event Cost: £55 per person

Event Time: 8 PM – 2 AM

Jedburgh Castle Jail Address: Castle Gate, Jedburgh TD8 6AS

Your Ghost Hunt at Jedburgh Castle Jail

Welcome to the Ominous Jedburgh Castle Jail on the Scottish Borders. A Location so Terrifyingly Haunted, it has Captured National Attention and Continues to Mystify Paranormal Investigators.

Nestled within the haunting landscapes of the Scottish Borders lies a destination known for its dark and twisted past: Jedburgh Castle Jail. Prepare for a night of terror, filled with spectral encounters and ghostly phenomena that will both thrill and chill you to the core.

We invite you to join us on a ghost hunt at the formidable Jedburgh Castle Jail. This site, with its infamous history of harsh conditions and merciless punishment, has long been a source of unsettling events. The echoes of past atrocities linger in its hallways, and the gallows’ shadow looms large. Will you be able to endure the intense emotions that this place evokes?

Your overnight adventure grants you exclusive access to the decaying men’s wing, a place hidden from the public eye that has proven to be a hotbed of paranormal activity. Those who have ventured inside have returned with tales of chilling encounters and inexplicable occurrences.

Throughout the night, you’ll explore the jail’s most haunted corners, participating in paranormal experiments like glass divination, table tipping, and human pendulum sessions. For those brave enough, Ouija boards await, offering a gateway to converse with the restless spirits that inhabit this place.

Equipped with the latest ghost-hunting technology, you will delve into the unknown. Feel the tension build as you call out to the spirits and await their response in the deafening silence that follows. Our expert team will guide you in small groups to ensure an intimate and terrifying experience. If you dare, take on a lone vigil, facing the supernatural terrors of the jail all by yourself.


We at Haunted Rooms eagerly await the chance to welcome you to this extraordinary building. Prepare to have your nerves tested and your beliefs challenged. Are you ready to face the phantoms of Jedburgh Castle Jail and uncover the secrets that lie within its walls? Book now, if you have the courage, and embark on a night that will haunt your memories forever.

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

Deposits are available for just £20.

The Hauntings

Within the cold, foreboding walls of Jedburgh Castle Jail, restless spirits linger, leaving an undeniable imprint of horror and mystery. This place is not for the faint-hearted, for it harbors echoes of a dark past that continue to manifest in terrifying ways.


Since the execution of the dangerous prisoner Edwin McArthur in 1855, his malignant spirit has been rumored to linger in the jail, often threatening and instilling sheer terror in those who dare to cross his path. When Edwin’s ghost is near, a palpable darkness pervades the atmosphere, a chilling reminder of his wicked past.


Visitors and investigators have often reported the spectral sight of a phantom piper playing on the battlements, his ghostly melody mingling with the chilling sounds of doors banging and distant screams. But the horror does not end there; unexplained footsteps and eerie whistling are often heard, perhaps the lingering echoes of former prison officers still patrolling the halls.


The jail is also infamous for its shadowy figures that seem to stalk the corridors, peering through cell doors as if beckoning you to enter. Their presence is most potent in a particular area of the building. Will you be the one to identify this haunting spot by witnessing these dark entities for yourself?

The History

Jedburgh Castle, once a formidable fortress in Jedburgh, Scotland, is steeped in history and bloodshed. During the tumultuous Wars of Scottish Independence, it was a coveted prize. Though the castle itself no longer graces the landscape, what stands in its place is equally intriguing.

Once a symbol of royal power, Jedburgh Castle’s very first incarnation was a wooden motte-and-bailey structure built in the early 12th century by David I. This commanding site not only offered strategic advantages but was also witness to the death of David’s grandson, Malcolm IV, in 1165.

But the castle’s history was far from stable. In 1174, the subsequent king, William I, was captured by the English, leading to the temporary surrender of the castle to England through the Treaty of Falaise. A mere fifteen years later, it was reclaimed by the Scots, only to change hands repeatedly in the relentless border wars between Scotland and England. By 1409, the Scots, determined to keep it from English control, demolished the stone structure that had replaced the original wooden castle.

In place of this grand castle emerged a symbol of reform and penitence. The site was chosen for a new prison, built according to John Howard’s system of prison reform. Construction began in 1820, and the jail structure was completed in 1823, designed by Archibald Elliot. Modifications were made in 1847 by Thomas Brown, before the jail was eventually closed in 1868.

Today, Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum stands as an unusual and fascinating attraction. This beautiful edifice, resembling a grand castle, contrasts sharply with its inner reality: a recreation of an 1820s prison. Visitors can explore the building, restored to its 1820s appearance in 1968 by Aitken and Turnbull, and experience a taste of what life was like for those incarcerated within its walls.

The journey from royal castle to reform prison reflects a rich tapestry of history and conflict. Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum captures the essence of its varied past, offering insights not only into medieval warfare but also into the evolution of criminal justice. It stands as a testament to the ever-changing nature of human society and the place of power, punishment, and redemption within it.

What's Included?

Join us for a true ghost hunting experience as we employ a range of methods and tools to communicate with the spirits that may linger here. Your thrilling venture includes:

  • Exclusive Access: Explore areas closed to the public, known for intense paranormal activity.
  • Advanced Equipment: Utilize EMF Readers, Rem Pods, MEL Meters, Laser Grids, Thermal Imaging Cameras, Spirit Boxes, Trigger Objects, and more!
  • Spiritual Techniques: Engage in Ouija Boards, Glass Divination, Table Tipping, Dowsing Rods, and Crystal Pendulums.
  • Lone Vigils: For the bravest, the option to go ghost hunting alone in a room.
  • Expert Guidance: Our knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly hosts will guide you through an authentic ghost hunting experience.
  • Authenticity Guarantee: We stand against tricks or faking activity. Our goal is genuine exploration.
  • Group Discussion: Share and discuss your findings with others at the end of the night.
  • Refreshments: Enjoy unlimited hot and cold drinks throughout the event. Feel free to bring personal midnight snacks (not included).

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