Derby Gaol is a working museum which is open to the
public. Having been through many incarnations
(including a nightclub) since it's construction, it
was eventually bought in 1997 by paranormal
investigator, and dedicated historian Richard Felix.
It was then restored after much hard work, to it's
current condition, mirroring as closely as possible,
its original state
Derby Gaol and Police Museum open every Saturday 11am 'til 3pm, apart from the last Saturday of every month. Entrance fee is £3 per person, children under 16 are £1 per child
The Gaol is also available for
private tours during the week for parties of 10 or
more at a price of £3 per head. Please phone the
free phone number below to book.
For any information on the opening hours or other
events please telephone:
01335 360 882
How to find us
Click here for directions and map
the Gaol has two cells: The Condemned Cell and the
Debtor's Cell. Each one features the original doors
which have been rehung, complete with the prisoners'
original 'graffiti'... names, dates, and day
markers, etched into the wood, marking down how many
days the prisoner had until execution.
The Gaol, always an important piece of Derby's
history, was brought to the nation's attention
several years ago by TV's 'Most Haunted' (of which
the owner, Richard Felix, is also a part). This
twenty four hour investigation in Derby bought the
whole area, but especially the Gaol, to a much
greater and more widespread audience than it had
ever had. It has rapidly become a popular
destination for ghosthunters, serious investigators,
or just the curious. Whatever your interest, this
site is here to represent one of Derby's most famous
Lacy Powell, aged 25. Crime: Highway robbery.
Sentence: Death. Year of sentence: 1801