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Shire Hall Courthouse Museum

6th July 2024

Wheelchair friendly venue!!

Reported activity

Objects being moved, scraping noises, footsteps, and voices heard. What will you discover? On our last visit, we had intelligent interaction with kii's and communicated with several different spirits.


Shire Hall was Dorset’s courthouse from 1797 until 1955. Through that time, it saw everything from the 1834 trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs to the 1856 domestic abuse case that inspired Thomas Hardy to write ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’, to victims of mesmerism, child perpetrators and American GIs tried during the Second World War.

Alongside its human history lies Shire Hall’s intrinsic architectural value, as one of the best-preserved buildings of its kind. This is recognised in its Grade I listed status, awarded in 1950. It was designed by architect Thomas Hardwick. As well as being a well-known architect in his own right, Hardwick was also the architectural tutor of the artist J.M.W. Turner, before advising him to focus on his painting instead.

After ending its life as a court in 1955, Shire Hall was used as an office for the West Dorset District Council (previously the Rural District Council), thus preserving the Georgian architecture for future generations.

What will you encounter!!

Address: High W St, Dorchester DT1 1UY

We do not send papered tickets. You will receive a confirmation email of your booking and an email 24-48 hours before your visit

About the Night

Event 8pm - 2am

Free hot drinks and light refreshments

Use of paranormal equipment (k2, emf, spirit box, spirit boards, table tipping, and much more)

Free time.

Parking information will be provided in email 24-48 hours before the hunt.

By booking, you agree to terms and conditions. Terms and conditions are available on the website.

Deposits are non refunable or transferable. The final balance is due 2 weeks before the night. Invoices will be sent a week prior to this. Please check junk/spam. If the final balance has not been paid, we may resell your spaces at the final balance price. Final balance £15pp.

Strictly over 18s, due to safety, no pregnant women or people under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

•Although we research into the venues, we book and have reports of paranormal activity. We can not guarantee activity on the night.

Shire Hall Courthouse 06/07/24

PriceFrom £20.00
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