Barnard Castle (Durham) - HMYOI Deerbolt (youth offending prison)
During a month in 2014 it was reported that lighting was switched off and on again and on one night, two bin lids were found spinning on the floor. The area was locked down as member of staff who spotted the lids feared an offender was loose, but CCTV footage showed the lids flying off the bins unaided.
Belfast (County Antrim) - Belfast Prison
A prison officer reported hearing heavy rubber-soled boots while on his rounds, even though all staff were issued with sneakers. Believing his co-workers were playing a joke on him, he checked up on them, and found that they were playing cards. A couple of hours later, the officer heard a voice call out 'numbers C3', though once again could not find who was responsible. Asking his co-workers if they were 'playing around', they denied it, and recommended that the officer did not say anything to anyone.
Belfast (County Antrim) - Crumlin Road Prison (now a museum)
A visitor who lay in a coffin for a photograph later realised that the captured image showed a strange face next to his. It is worth noting that the photograph is likely to be a case of pareidolia rather than the paranormal. The prison is also home to a phantom man seen walking down C Wing, and the sounds of both male and female voices.
Bodmin (Cornwall) - Bodmin Jail (no longer a prison)
After spending a night at the jail in 2005, a ghost hunting group reported recording EVP containing a strange grunt. Members of the organisation also reported having stones thrown at them, even though they were alone. A couple of years prior to this, a woman was left with a feeling of great uneasiness when visiting the site and was left perturbed when a door slammed shut in front of her, with no visible reason for closing.
Castlerea (County Roscommon) - Castlerea Prison
Castlerea Prison hit the news after claims that an exorcism was required to dismiss strange paranormal activity occurring in the gym. Governor Dan Scannel denied the reports.
Dartmoor (Devon) - Prison
Weather dependent: Misty nights (Davies)
Davies tended to the prison sheep between 1869 and 1929. He died soon after being released, but his ghost returned, walking the prison grounds on misty nights. The prison is also haunted by French PoWs from the Napoleonic wars, while some inmates believe jackdaws which fly around the area contain the souls of dead staff.
Derby (Derbyshire) - Derby Gaol (former prison), Friargate
An Australian tourist who decided to spend the night in this haunted building, a former jail, reported hearing strange sounds during the night. She also reported that her pillow moved by itself.
Douglas (Isle of Man) - Victoria Road prison
Norman Quilliam reported hearing of several ghosts while he worked here including banging on the ceiling of a cell in which someone had committed suicide.
Dublin (County Dublin) - Kilmainham Gaol (former prison, now a museum)
Late twentieth century
While being renovated, workers in this old gaol reported hearing strange footsteps. Other visitors have reported the feeling of being watched.
Durham (Durham) - Durham Prison
Mid twentieth century
A ground floor cell is said to be haunted by the scene of one prisoner murdering another with a table knife.
Durham (Durham) - HMP Low Newton Prison
26 February 2011
A prisoner reported seeing a woman standing by a window in their cell. A guard later told them that someone had committed suicide in the spot the figure had stood.
EC4 (Greater London) - Former site of Newgate Prison
Late nineteenth / early twentieth century
Newgate was haunted by several ghosts. Footsteps were reported along Dead Man's Walk late at night, one warden reported seeing the face of a decaying, hanged man in a cell, while others reported seeing an aging female form in the yard.
Kirkyard, Coventanter's Prison, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh (Lothian) - Kirkyard, Coventanter's Prison
While George MacKenzie has been blamed for the phantom attacks on sightseers at this locale, other people say it is the spirits of the prisoners. Either way, many visitors on the local 'ghost walks' have been pinched, pushed, pulled, and even cut while at this spooky site.
Erlestoke (Wiltshire) - Erlestoke Prison and village
Both prison workers and villagers have reported seeing this phantom lady inspecting the prison grounds, and even driving her horse and carriage over a road close by where a bridge once stood.
Exeter (Devon) - Exeter prison
Two prisoners reported seeing a middle-aged man walking along the upper gallery, vanishing as he reached a cell door. After staff carried out a little research, they discovered the man was the last person to be executed in the prison.
Glasgow (Lanarkshire) - Barlinnie Prison
The area outside the surgery wing and the bricked up entrance to the old execution block are home to a phantom woman dressed in Victorian clothing, holding a lantern.
Gloucester (Gloucestershire) - Prison (closed 2013)
Prior to twenty-first century
This ghost is thought to be a woman held in the cells of the nearby abbey - she now appears in the jail and mocks the prisoners. Another story says she was killed by an inmate and returns to continue her search for him. Activity is said to be particularly strong in cell 25 on the A3 landing.
An old postcard of Lancaster Castle.
Lancaster (Lancashire) - Lancaster Castle (prison)
Stories from twentieth century, and experiences in 2008 and 2010
This building is said to hold both prisoners and several ghosts. A middle-aged woman with a young girl were reported moving around near a cell, while another prisoner again reported the young girl, but his time with a haggard old woman. Also, the grey form of a monk has been seen, reportedly once hanged here. An inmate experienced a shadowy figure which walked past him and mild poltergeist effects in 2008, while in 2010 another prisoner was awoken by their bed violently shaking and the sound of horses' hooves.
Leeds (Yorkshire) - Armley Prison
This phantom manifests as a light that moves around the cells. One former employee reported prison officers in Victorian uniform and the sounds of clanging chains, with the most paranormally active areas being the new wings which were constructed over executed prisoner's graves.
Lewes (Sussex) - Lewes Prison
This ghostly figure is thought to have dropped dead in the prison after seeing a relative in the nineteenth century.
The Victorian Prison within Lincoln Castle.
Lincoln (Lincolnshire) - Victorian Prison, Lincoln Castle
Woman unknown, footsteps in October 2003
This pale woman is thought to have been a former prisoner who died during her stay. Witnesses have also reported the sounds of doors slamming and keys jangling in the area. One witness heard footsteps and the rustling of a dress - when they looked around, no one could be seen.
Liverpool (Merseyside) - Walton Gaol, prison cell G2
Executed for murdering a policeman in the 1920s, Kennedy's shade remains in his former cell and continues to unnerve inmates.
Longforgan (Perth and Kinross) - HMP Castle Huntly, open prison
Her white robes flowing as she walks, the white lady is said to leapt from the battlements to escape punishment after being caught with a manservant. A young boy that also haunts the site is thought to be Richard Paterson who drowned in the Tay in 1939.
Does an executioner haunt this prison?
Manchester (Greater Manchester) - Strangeways Prison, condemned cell, B Wing
Late twentieth century
This phantom man wearing a dark suit and carrying a briefcase has been reported by staff. If followed, he vanishes near the condemned cell. Some have named him as John Ellis, a former executioner who committed suicide in 1932.
Northallerton (Yorkshire) - Northallerton Prison (no longer operational)
The prison was said to be haunted by the ghost of an eleven-year-old girl imprisoned for stealing bread.