Tolhouse Gaol Ghost Hunts

The Tolhouse is a 12th century Grade I listed building and is believed to have been built my merchants around 1150.  The tolhouse is the oldest civic building in Great Yarmouth. It is believed that it was given the name ”The Tolhouse” in 1360. In 1261, King Henry III gave permission for the Tolhouse to be used as a Gaol (Jial).

The basement of the building was used as the prion and the main inmates were Smugglers and pirates and many of the inmates waited almost 10 years for a trial. In 1645, witch-hunter Matthew Hopkins used the Tolhouse jail during his witch trials, in which several local women were hanged. In the 18th century, the Tolhouse used hard labour, on a treadmill or picking oakum nearby.In the early 19th century, British prison visitor Sarah Martin criticised the living conditions in the jail, as the cells were too warm and the jail was unsanitary.

The hall of the the Tolhouse has also been used as a courthouse and a police station and briefly as a town hall. In 1941 the building was bombed during the blitz and was repaired between 1960 and 1961.

The Tolhouse is steeped in history, there is no surprise that there are many reports of spooky happenings. There have been reports of chilling screams and voices have been heard during past investigations along with ghostly apparitions, whistles, people being touched and pulled by unseen hands. Many people have fled this location in terror. Will you have what it takes to investigate this venue during the night? 

  • Work in smaller and more personal groups
  • Take part in a variety of activities such as Seances and more
  • Access to ghost hunting equipment such as K-II, trigger objects, ghost meters, EDI’s etc.
  • Opportunities to conduct lone vigils for those feeling brave
  • A friendly and experienced team of investigators offering help and advice throughout the night
  • Qualified first aider present
  • Tea, coffee, cordial  and biscuits included in the cost

Tea, coffee, juices and light snacks provided during this event at the scheduled break times, to help the environment we ask you bring your own travel mugs for your drinks.

Please use local carparking this venue has no dedicated parking

Arrival is 15 minutes before the event start time, early admittance is not permitted.

Further information will be sent to all attendees via email 5 Days before the event.

On some events we offer a deposit option, where this option is available you can book with a non-refundable deposit by booking with a deposit you agree to paying any outstanding balance one month prior to the event. Or you can pay in full at the time booking.

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Not suitable for wheelchair users or for people with walking difficulties or mobility issues.

All attendees must be aged 18 years or over 

Not suitable for pregnant ladies 

Flat gripped footwear must be worn no heels.

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Availability & Prices

Friday 3rd May 2024

8.30pm – 1.30am

£49.00 per person

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