As with the daytime guided tours, the Lights Out Tour, is led by an ex-prison officer with over 30 years’ experience of working the night shift in a prison. Prisons at night have a very different feel – the staff numbers are massively reduced and prisoners are locked in their cells. It can be a dangerous time with sentiments running high and takes a different set of skills to manage emotive situations.
Staff were locked on the wing and only allowed to open a prisoner’s cell in dire, life or death, circumstances. Your tour guide will lead you on a no holds barred tour shining a light on the raw, gritty and graphic scenes that took place after hours.
As with the guided tour you will navigate the Victorian prison taking in:
The governor’s office where you will hear about the role he played as the night shift began and the keys and responsibility of the prison were handed to the principal officer.
A Wing encompassing Four floors and 172 cells, this wing held 350 prisoners. You will learn about Constant watch where the prisoners deemed as a risk to themselves were placed. Who the listeners were and the role they played within the prison.
C Wing the smaller of the two wings holding only 43 inmates. You will discover how working in this wing differed from A Wing and why some officers refused to do a night shift in C Wing.Book Now
The Execution Room will be the last stop on your tour where you hear about the last man hanged in Shrewsbury Prison in 1961 and why staff avoided this area in the evenings.
This is a tour delivers a true reality of working within a prison at night and what happens behind the closed doors. It has hard hitting tales of some of the darkest times being the high walls and is not for the faint of heart.
Lights Out Tours run every Thursday evening and should be booked in advance due to the high demand.Book Now