Shire Hall Courthouse Museum


wheelchair friendly venue!!




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 offices for West Dorset District Council (previously the Rural District Council), thus preserving the Georgian architecture for future generations.


Reported activity


Objects being moved, Scraping noises, footsteps and voices heard. What will you discover?


What will you encounter!!


Address: High W St, Dorchester DT1 1UY


We ask that you arrive 15 minutes before the start time. Hot drinks will be available. 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, oujia boards, table tipping and much more)

Free time.


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


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


Final balance option will be available 3 weeks before the even if you wish to pay sooner please contact us. Final balance £23pp.


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

Shire Hall Courthouse Dorchester 28/05/22

PriceFrom £15.00