Book your visit

Online: Visit https://www.gov.uk/prison-visits 

Phone: Contact the prison directly

How do I arrange a visit?

Visiting procedures vary from prison to prison and whether the person you are visiting is on remand or is a convicted prisoner. 

To find out what the procedures are for a particular prison you can:

  • Contact our helpline on 0808 808 3444
  • Visit the Inside Time website
  • Phone the prison directly
  • Call or email the prisons' visitors' centre if it has one

Can I take children?

Yes, children can be taken to visit someone in prison, unless the prisoner has been convicted of a child sex offence. In these cases, special rules apply. Some prisons have play areas within the visits hall, with toys and games and play workers which can help make the visit less scary. Some prisons may require ID for children as well as adults - you can check this by calling the visitors' centre or prison directly. 

Can I get help with the cost of visiting?

If you are on a low income or receive benefits you may be entitled to financial assistance for the cost of visiting your relative in prison. Help is provided by the Assisted Prison Visits Unit (APVU). Click here for more information. 

What do I need to bring?

When you visit a prisoner all visitors will need to have personal identification. Ideally this will be a passport or photo-driving licence.
If you do not have these you can download a list of acceptable alternatives.

Banned items

Do not attempt to bring any of the following into prison during your visit:

  • illegal drugs
  • alcohol
  • weapons
  • a camera
  • a mobile phone
  • indecent or obscene material
  • material that threatens the security of the prison
  • material that is written in code

If you are unsure what you can bring, contact the prison directly. 

Can I give the prisoner money?

You can send the prisoner money in the post but you cannot give it to them during a visit.