UK’s most haunted prison was home to notorious criminals and you can stay there

A former prison said to be one of the most haunted in the UK is allowing guests to stay overnight.

Shepton Mallet Prison, near Bristol, was home to thousands of notorious criminals, including the Kray Twins.

It opened in 1610, before closing in 2013, which held almost 200 high-risk prisoners at its peak.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, men, women and children were kept in terrifying conditions starving in packed smallpox-infested cells.

Former prisoners lie in unmarked graves throughout the grounds while seven judicial executions took place between 1889 and 1926.

Now seven years on from its closure, the prison is offering guests the opportunity to stay in its cells overnight.

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Paranormal event company Bump In The Night has relaunched its events programme including ghost tours and overnight stays.

As thousands of unnamed victims lie within the grounds, it can get very spooky for visitors.

Guests who have braved an overnight stay claim to have heard cell doors opening and slamming shut.

And some have even heard footsteps on the walkways as well as the corridors.

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A spokesperson said: "Since I started working for Bump In The Night I've been on quite a few night-time tours of the prison and they really are terrifying.

"I wasn't convinced it would be that scary before my first one but that has definitely changed now.

"I've seen and heard all sorts including shadows when nobody is around, doors slamming shut and footsteps only to see nobody there.

"When we were in the prison once my colleague leapt up from his seat and ran across the room. I asked what happened and he said he heard a loud growling sound in his ear, but we were the only two people in there."

If this is something you'd like to experience, you can book now.

However, the upcoming overnight stays at Shepton Mallet Prison are sold out but you can try for next year.

The next available session is in April, 2021, with some free in June too.

Tickets are £50 per person, for more information visit the Bump In The Night website.

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