This October, the mine at Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine will be illuminated by 300 professionally carved pumpkins. From 1773 to 1827, the abandoned mine, often referred to as the “dungeon”, was used to house incarcerated men in total darkness. “This Autumn, we are bringing ‘Light into the Dungeon’ to celebrate the season, while also acknowledging New-Gate’s dark past,” said Morgan Bengel, Museum Curator.
Visitors can purchase advanced tickets to descend into the mine from October 1 through October 31, for self-guided exploration of the decorated tunnels. Tickets are limited and can be purchased here at https://tinyurl.com/LightDungeonTickets.
The mine consists of a 100-yard loop, with uneven footing, and some low tunnels (4 feet high). Strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, and similar devices are not permitted in the mine; closed toed shoes are strongly recommended. At 52 degrees, the mine is consistently cold and wet, giving visitors a truly authentic experience.
Tickets also include admission to the above ground prison yard, which contains ruins, cells and special exhibits. Prior or following their mine experience, visitors will be able to explore all that Old New-Gate has to offer.