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Derby Gaol, Derby

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  • If you get the chance visit this place either just the jail or on a ghost/ hisoritic tour. It was absolutely fascinating. So much to see so much about the history of Derby. I would recommend and I wou...  more »
  • Denise, Mitchell her son and Ashley were absolutely fantastic hosts! A lot of the history in the Gaol was explained in such detail it was amazing to listen to and such an educational experience. I wen...  more »
  • Friends suggested we spend an evening on the Ghost walk together. I never imagined it would be so entertaining and not having any ecxpectations I was totally surprised on not only how interesting it w...  more »
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  • I went with my partner and parents on the City Centre walk. We arrived at the Tudor bar, only to be told it was closed so we had to wait outside (luckily not for long). The walk itself was great, and I learned a lot about the history of the town, and I thought the stop-offs at the pub was a nice touch. Was disappointed to be told we couldn't enter the Guildhall tunnels as advertised as they were down for maintenance so we went down into some others. The site also mentioned that we'd be re-visiting 'room 29' at the Old Bell Hotel and then having a meal there, but we ended up eating at the Gaol, which was nice but the food wasn't really sufficient enough as we'd prevented ourselves from eating earlier in the day as we were expecting a big meal, and we didn't even enter any of the Old Bell hotel. Overall the experience was okay, the tour guide was great (can't remember his name but he had a large beard and mentioned that he was new) but it should have done what it said on the site, as it seemed disorganised.
  • Denise, Mitchell her son and Ashley were absolutely fantastic hosts! A lot of the history in the Gaol was explained in such detail it was amazing to listen to and such an educational experience. I went with my mum, my sisters, and my sisters partner who is a disbeliever of all things ghostly, like myself, but whether you're a disbeliever or not, it is a night to remember. It has definitely opened mine and my sisters partners eyes, and not only that, we got to explore some fantastic old buildings and learn about their history. Thanks for a great night!
  • Such a lovely place to visit, the staff are are really helpful and chatty with lots of interesting knowledge too, they also sell the ghost dvds there too at a good price. I visit the place as much as I can. One day when I was there I even managed to meet the man himself (Richard Felix) which was a lovely surprise and he's a very friendly man too, didn't have much time for a chat as he was busy, but it was a bonus to meet him for the first time, hope to see him again sometime. Only thing about the place, wish it could be open a bit longer or maybe Sat/Sun. Apart from that it's a good place to visit. Hope to see you soon lads. From. Mike Wood. From. Chesterfield.
  • It might not be huge but the history the atmosphere and the people make it what it is. I enjoy coming here and the history of the place and on ghost walks are interesting. People moan about the food but it was good enough when we went, the staff do the cooking so people should be greatful that food and drink are available when they visit. The staff are amazing and we thank you for everything
  • Went on the ghost tour with my friend who lives in Derby and I had an amazing time. The thing is, do not go on this expecting ghosts and banshees to start flying out and screaming 'boo'. Go into this expecting a history lesson in the most macabre spots of the town. There is a fair bit of walking involved so if that is too much for you, don't do it. We were also fed baked potatoes inside the visitor area. The room was lit only by candlelight and the fireplace which gave it an amazing atmosphere. The guide, Mr. Ed Felix, was very entertaining and was willing to share some of his own personal thoughts on the subject matter which really made it more intimate and enjoyable. If you are lucky to get him be ready for some masterful story telling. Now since you aren't guaranteed to experience anything paranormal during your trip they decide to spice things up with some 'boo' scares from costumed employees hiding in the dark during parts of the trip. I personally enjoyed it because it helped liven things up after hearing some of the gruesome tales. But in closing, the staff was fantastic, the food was satisfying, and the stories were very enjoyable. So as long as you don't expect the jail to be a sprawling complex and you come in with a love of local history you will thoroughly enjoy yourself.

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