The Ghost of Mondays Past failed in his attempt to fill a pessimistic man with the weekday spirit. Give unemployed ghosts a chance to boost their CVs with today's Groupon: for £15 instead of £42, two people can enjoy a Ghost Walk in Derby, the Dead Centre of England.
In 1756 the Derby Gaol was constructed by decree of Henry VIII. Citizens of the time of yore became well acquainted with the jail as a result of the stringent rules set by the governing force of the time. People of the 1750s faced death as a consequence of such heinous crimes as walking the streets with soot on their faces, damaging fishponds, or stealing anything more than twenty two and a half pence. Derby Ghost walks lead modern day upholders of the law into the haunts of residents from days gone by. With a history of harrowing tales, death and despair, Derby Gaol is the ideal place for a contemporary spook. The prison currently has two cells, The Condemned Cell and the Debtor's Cell, each features original architecture. Visitors can read graffiti which criminals of the past used to mark the countdown to their execution.
Ghost hunters with an uncomfortably hot spine can find it suitably chilled with the choice of two ghost walks. The City Centre Ghost Walk promises tales of the Black Death, brutal murders and hangings, and contains a tour of the tunnels running underneath guild hall. Alternatively, pursuers of the paranormal can enjoy the Friar Gate walk which guides visitors through churches, inns and pubs that hold haunting stories of ghosts and executions. Each walk ends with an opportunity to console frightened stomachs with a condemned man's supper at either The Wardwick Tavern or the Derby Gaol.
The BBC has given Derby the title of 'ghost capital of the UK', featuring Derby Gaol on Friar Gate as the most haunted in the country. Both supernatural sceptics and seekers have reviewed this historical haunting highly.
Derby Gaol visit Well if you want a good night out with a few frills and screems [sic], this is the place to go, I also wished there were more rooms to view...but all in all it was a good night did not get to met richard thou... if i now [sic] he will be there I will go again very good night.
– fitness40, Google Maps
This was a great experience, but it was really small!!!! Kind of wished that there were more rooms or at least more displays.. So, was it worth the money? Yeah it was but would I go back? Yeah - been there three times now!! As haunted museunms [sic] go it was ok - had a really creepy thing happen in the debtors cell - kept feeling like I had fleas - and then as soona s i left teh [sic] cell it stopped! Weird!!
– christopher_i, Trivago