Prisoners' families and children Children and young people For young people Teen FAQs What is visiting prison like? Lots of prisons have a “Visitors Centre”, which is a building outside of the prison where you can go before your visit to have a break, and leave your things behind. You can’t take anything into the prison with you except for some loose change, so you will need to lock up your bag, mobile phone and other belongings. You will then go through security – this is just like security at an airport. You may have to wait a lot as visits can be quite busy and it can take a time to get through. When inside, you get into the Visits Hall, where you will be able to see your family member.