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Shepton Mallet Prison - Jailhouse Tours

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Shepton Mallet Prison - Jailhouse Tours
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Shepton Mallet prison, was built in 1610 and for the past 400 years has be home to 1000's of criminals. Now its been opened to the public by Jailhouse tours, who run daily guided tours of the site, evening ghost tours, escape events, prison...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Frithfield Lane, Shepton Mallet BA4 5LU, England
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+44 1743 343100
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All reviews guided tour great tour wrap up warm wings porridge well worth a visit two hours local history well worth the money execution room great afternoon ex guard ask questions interesting afternoon piece of history night tour his job
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Reviewed yesterday

Worked here as a contractor many years ago, so intrigued to see the prison again, we arrived early to have a look around on our own, then waited in officers mess , where there is complimentary tea and coffee , for the guided tour ,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Davecoalpit
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was a cold, miserable day but we had a great time on the tour around this historic prison. We learned a lot from Graham, our guide. He was an officer in this prison when it was open and knows the place inside out! Great...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mikecpfc
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

excellent tour. The guide was very knowledgeable about the prisons history and had some amazing stories about paranormal activities within the walls. The history of the prison is fascinating, and was told with the right mix of drama, humour and spookyness. Seeing the prison under...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TheMoose1
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very interesting tour, well worth paying the extra to be guided by an ex prison officer. Could have done with a little longer at the former execution chamber to read the information on the walls, for that reason would suggest taking an earlier tour so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kelper_UK
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our Boys Day Out to the prison was a great success, we had a guided tour led by a retired prison warder Graham who provide us with the history of the prison / penal system mixed with an account of his time working there with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank James H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a. Good visit with some university friends! Learnt so much information and obviously enjoyed the escape exercise! Would highly recommend for a bit of fun! Thanks again.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank FrequentFlier783669
HMP Shepton M, Customer Service Assistant at Shepton Mallet Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello FrequentFlier783669, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Prison with the University group. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the escape exercise and the other parts of the experience with the ex-Officer tour guide. I hope...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A two hour guided tour led by a retired prison warder. I could have done with a little less of the history of the British penal system and a bit more about the buildings, mainly because it was a cold day and we were standing...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TaTigger
HMP Shepton M, Customer Service Assistant at Shepton Mallet Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello TaTigger, Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to the Prison for a Guided Tour. It is great to hear that you found the tour with one of our ex-Officer Tour Guides interesting. As we are very used to the plummeting temperature within the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was even better than we imagined and Graham our guide led us around the site with lots of information mixed with personal accounts !! This was a tour suitable for all ages and we were very happy to be visiting only as those poor...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 854karinp
HMP Shepton M, Customer Service Assistant at Shepton Mallet Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Karin P, Thank you for your review from you visit to the Prison recently. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your Guided tour, and the personal anecdotes which our ex-Prison Officer tour guides are able to provide you with. Thank you again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had the most interesting tour yesterday with graham. His knowledge is worth its weight in gold. Please don’t try and save a few quid by doing a self guide tour. You will not get what you get from a guided tour....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bestwestern33
HMP Shepton M, Customer Service Assistant at Shepton Mallet Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello bestwestern33, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Prison for a Guided Tour, and for your kind comments about you tour Guide for that day. We are very fortunate to work alongside ex-Prison staff like Graham, who are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely would recommend the Ghost Tour, was an amazing, interesting night xx Would say if you can stay at the back of the group, which me & my fiancé did xx We are going to be doing a Paranormal Overnight Experience in the New Year,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Elaine C
HMP Shepton M, Customer Service Assistant at Shepton Mallet Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Elaine C, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Prison for one of our Ghost Tours. It is great to hear that you enjoyed it so much that you will be returning for a Paranormal night at the Prison...More

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Joanna M
26 June 2018|
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Response from NanaSouthWest | Property representative |
Yes you can, just bear in mind it is an old site.
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Simon G
24 March 2018|
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Response from NanaSouthWest | Property representative |
Absolutely! We offer educational visits for children. 3 different packages. Perhaps you can email us and we can send more info!
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craigsmum123
5 March 2018|
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Response from NanaSouthWest | Property representative |
You can book tours with the prison directly. If you want to wonder round on your own, no need to book. They limit spaces for the guided tours. Paranormal nights are booked through different companies, search for ghost hunts... More
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