Please note: Social visits will continue at this prison for the time being. You can find updated information on timeshow to book, and what to expect below. Purple Visits video calls are also available. You can also take a look at other ways to keep in touch.


As of Monday 27/12/21, all visitors aged 12 or above MUST supply a negative lateral flow test in order to be allowed entry to the establishment. This can be provided via a time stamped photo or a confirmation text or email from the NHS.

If visitors cannot provide a negative test due to a positive PCR in the last 90 days then proof of the PCR test will be required. Any person who has tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days should be free of symptoms and outside the recommended isolation period before attending visits.

Any visitor who has knowingly been in contact with a person who is COVID positive they SHOULD NOT visit the establishment within 7 days of contact and should follow any national self-isolation guidance.

Mask are mandatory, unless exempt, and must be worn AT ALL TIMES by ALL staff and visitors.


If you need support:

You can also email the team at HMP Lindholme directly by emailing [email protected].

For more information, support and advice on all aspects of the justice system, you can contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003 (9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm at the weekend).

See some information that needs updating?

If you notice anything that is incorrect on this page, please contact us on [email protected]

Any further information can be found on the prison website at or you can ring the main switchboard on 01302 524700.



Bawtry Road

Hatfield Woodhouse


South Yorkshire


Governor: Simon Walters

Pact Worker contact: Melissa Ireland (Family Engagement Worker) and Sarah Davison (Family Engagement Manger), [email protected] 

Pact Casework Number01302 524932

Emergency contact:  01302 524700

Visitors’ Centre Telephone: 01302 524721

Lines are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm.

Visiting times:

Visiting Times


14:15 – 16:30


14:15 – 16:30


14:15 – 16:30


14:15 – 16:30


No Visits


14:15 – 16:30


14:15 – 16:30

To keep people safe HMP Lindholme have given each wing a set day for visits. This will be on a 8 day rolling programme. Starting with dates below: 


Wednesday 5/5/2021

A Wing and L Wing

Friday 7/5/2021

B/C Wing* and D Wing (*C Wing currently closed)

Saturday 8/5/2021

 E Wing and F Wing

Sunday 9/5/2021

JG wing and Segregation No RCU

Monday 10/5/2021

J wing Left side

Wedanesday 12/5/2021

J wing Right side

Friday 14/5/2021

K wing Left side

Saturday 15/5/2021

K wing Right side

Please see below for the Christmas/New Year period visits schedule:

Monday 20th December 2021: Open

Tuesday 21st December 2021: Closed

Wednesday 22nd December 2021: Open

Thursday 23rd December 2021: Open

Friday 24th December 2021: Closed Christmas Eve

Saturday 25th December 2021: Closed Christmas Day

Sunday 26th December 2021: Closed Boxing Day

Monday 27th December 2021: Open

Tuesday 28th December 2021: Open

Wednesday 29th December 2021: Open

Thursday 30th December 2021: Open

Friday 31st December 2021: Closed New Year’s Eve

Saturday 1st January 2022: Closed New Year’s Day

Sunday 2nd January 2022: Closed

Monday 3rd January 2022: Open


All days will be open to all residential areas.

A maximum visitor limit will still be 3 adults and NO limit on children

Visiting times will be 14:15hrs until 16:15hrs

The visitors centre will open at 12:30hrs and we ask that visitors continue to arrive promptly to help ensure the increased numbers doesn’t cause any unnecessary delays.

Orders for refreshments will continue to take place in the outside visit centre.

Purchase of refreshments will still be permitted, subject to a Negative Lateral Test Result, provided via a Text Message from the NHS Track and Trace App.

Visits will only be allowed by people who are symptom free, who have not been asked to self-isolate and who have not recently come into contact with anyone who has symptoms or is self-isolating.

Booking a visit

To book your visit

The telephone booking lines will be open from 30th April 2021from 9am. Visits must be booked by phone so we can discuss additional requirements due to COVID.

Telephone for booking a visit: 01302 524 980

You will need:

  • the name and date of birth of the person you would like to visit,
  • their prison number,
  • dates of births for all the visitors coming with you.

All visits must be booked in advance. Only those visitors whose details have been listed on the Prisoner’s Authorisation Contact List (as provided by the prisoner) and those whom are named on the booking will be allowed entry into the prison. 

All visits can be booked up to 1 month in advance.  Please note that there is high demand for weekend visits, so it is advised to book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.

Prisoners will only be allowed to have a visit booked for one of the two weekend days, either a Saturday or Sunday. In exceptional circumstances when a prisoner needs a visit on both days, this will be reviewed on an individual case basis.

Starting in December, booking lines for the following month will remain closed until 18th of the current month.

Bookings for January 2022 will therefore not be made available until 18th December 2021, with bookings for February 2022 becoming available on 18th January 2022.

Where 18th of a month falls on a weekend or bank holiday, the booking lines will open on the following week day.

The booking lines for visiting in November and December are open as normal.

Prison staff cannot add visitor(s) to a Prisoner’s Authorisation Contact List without the consent and authorisation of a Prisoner.

Adults and children must all have Identification; for more information regarding Identification, please see Identification Policy below.

A maximum of 3 adults are allowed to visit an individual and there is now no limit on the amount of children allowed to visit.

Who can visit?

Visits will only be allowed by people who are symptom free, who have not been asked to self-isolate and who have not recently come into contact with anyone who has symptoms or is self-isolating.

Once again, a maximum of 3 adults are allowed to visit an individual and there is now no limit on the amount of children allowed to visit.

At your visit

In order to keep visitors, residents and staff as safe as possible, there will be a number of new rules and guidelines which have been put in place by the prison service. Download our quick guide to help you with what to expect at your visit.

These include, but may not be limited to:

  • All visitors will have their temperature checked for Covid-19 symptoms when booking into outside visits centre. This follows Public Health Guidance.
  • The visit slot will be 1 hour. Visitors must arrive on time. Booking in for visits will start at 13:30. Visits will start between 14:15 - 14:30.
  • All visitors are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of their visit to allow for the slower admission process.  If visitors are late to arrive the visit will not go forward due to the need to keep social distancing.
  • Visitors visiting HMP Lindholme are expected to wash hands when using facilities and use hand sanitizer which is freely available in the visits building. Visitors will be subject to a rubdown search which will be completed by staff in full PPE. Officers PPE will be changed for each visitor to keep everyone safe.
  • Adherence to social distancing rules in the visitors’ centre (where open), queuing to enter the visits hall, and in the visits hall. 
  • Hand washing and sanitizing to maintain hygiene standards. Equipment will be made available.
  • Face coverings will be made available to visitors on arrival to the prison. Visitors will be required to wear the face mask/coverings at all times during the visitor’s time on site, including during the visit. The only exception to this will be those with a medical condition that makes them exempt from wearing a facemask as per the Government guidelines. You will be required to bring proof of this to your visit, and will be asked to declare this when booking. If you fail to do this you will not be allowed to visit.
  • There are no double visits – only single visits sessions to give more prisoners an opportunity to have a visits.
  • At the end of the visits session, visitors will leave the visits hall in a controlled manner (a table at a time).
  • It will only be possible to book 2 visits per prisoner per month, to ensure everyone has a fair and equal opportunity to receive a visit. However, vacancies will be advertised to the wing if their visits session is not booked at maximum capacity. These will be advertised and made available to book 48 hours prior to the visit, between the hours of 2-3pm, enabling prisoners to have a second visit booked within the month.
  • Visitors can check twitter for any updates @HMPLindholme

NOTICE: As of 28th May 2021 there have been changes to rules around physical contact during visits and on the number of households who can visit someone in prison.

Physical contact

Children aged 11 and under will now be allowed to hug the loved one they are visiting in prison. There are no restrictions to the contact children under 11 can have, if it is in line with the prison’s normal rules. Children can leave their seat but will need to stay in the area marked out during the visit.

From 22nd July 2021, prisons in England and Wales can begin to allow visitors who test negative for Covid-19 to have physical contact with the person they are visiting. 

In order to have physical contact, you will be required to show a negative Covid-19 test result for a test taken on the day of your visit. This will help prisons identify potential cases of Covid-19 before they come into the prison and therefore reduce the chances of reducing prison regimes in the future. 

Visitors will be required to take a test in the community or at home on the day of their visit and provide proof of a negative result to prison officials before a visit. This prison does not offer COVID-19 testing to visitors. If you test negative, you will be allowed physical contact with the person you are visiting. Each prison will decide individually what physical contact is allowed, based on pre-Covid-19 visiting policies, so physical contact may differ from prison to prison.

If you test positive for Covid-19, your visit will be postponed. You will be able to rebook after your isolation period. Visitors will be given information on where to get help and support.

To protect prisons, visitors are encouraged to access the widely available twice weekly rapid testing in the community. 

You can read more about testing to physical contact here:

Expansion of visits

Visitors from two households can now visit a person in prison at the same time. You can find out the maximum number of visitors allowed on a visit by contacting the prison directly. Adults and children who are over 11 must continue follow social distancing rules from the person you are visiting in prison.

For more information

You can view the updated guidance here.

Family Support from Pact

Pact family support will be available by email and you can access this by contacting [email protected] If your issue is complex and you need to talk to us in person, please include your number in the email and tell us that you would like a call back - it would also be helpful if you could let us know whether we are able to leave a message if there is no answer - and we will aim to get back to you as soon as we possibly can. If you have urgent concerns about the welfare of your loved one in prison, please call the prison Safer Custody line directly.

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline for advice and support on all aspects of the criminal justice system:

  • Call 0808 808 2003 (9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm at the weekend)
  • Email the team on [email protected]

Other ways to keep in touch


To speak to a prisoner on the phone, the prisoner has to call you using a prison phone.

Prison staff can listen to and record most types of call. Some calls aren’t monitored, for example when a prisoner calls a legal advisor.


Letters to prisoners should be addressed to: 

HMP Lindholme

Bawtry Road

Hatfield Woodhouse


South Yorkshire


(Prisoners name and prison number)

You must write your own name and address on the back of the envelope or it will not be delivered to the prisoner.

If you do not know the prisoners’ prison number, please address the envelope as above with the prisoner’s date of birth next to his name.


Lindholme uses a service called Email a Prisoner, which can be accessed at Through this service, family and friends can email a message that will be printed out and delivered by prison staff within days of sending it. You need to buy a minimum of £5 credit in order to use the service, which runs at a cost of 40p per email. Prisoners are not able to reply via email.

For further information call 08448733111


Family members and friends can sign up to, a service which allows social contacts to exchange voicemails with prisoners. On signing up, you will be given a unique local landline number you can call at any time to leave a message; this message will be instantly available for the prisoner to listen to. Prisoners can check their messages by dialling the same unique number from any PIN Phone in the prison and leave a reply.

When the message has been heard, the family member receives an instant text notification, signalling that they may leave another message. In order to access messages, the prisoner pays the cost of a landline call, but the cost of the service itself is paid by the family or friend.

For further information call 01603 340588

Security checks

You may be required to have your finger or thumb prints scanned as part of a security check. You may also have an iris scan.

Sometimes you will be sniffed by security dogs. Make sure you wear clothes that are not contaminated by any form of drug as you will be returned to the Visitors’ Centre and will not be able to have your visit. You may also be searched by a prison officer (of the same gender).

During your visit, officers will be with you throughout and will open and lock doors in front of and behind you at all stages.

Identification Policy

You will need to bring one or more forms of identification with you to all your prison visits.

 If you have photographic identification (ID with your name and picture on - for example, a passport or driving licence) then you will only need to show this one form of ID. You can find a list of acceptable types of photographic ID in List A below

 If you do not have photographic identification, you will need to show two different forms of ID before you are allowed to visit. You can find a list of the acceptable forms of non-photographic ID in List B and List C below

List A: Acceptable types of photographic ID

You can use any one of the following documents with your photograph on:

If you aren't able to provide one of the ID documents listed above, you will need to provide two different forms of ID – one from List B and one from List C.

If you don’t have photographic ID you must provide one of the following ID documents:


List B

  • A Home Office travel document (convention travel document, stateless person's document, one-way document or a certificate of travel).
  • An older person's bus pass.
  • Freedom Pass.
  • Proof of age card recognised under the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS)without a unique reference number.


In addition to one of the above documents, you will also need to provide one of the items from the following list:


List C

  • Your birth or adoption certificate.
  • An education certificate from a regulated and recognised educational institution (such as an NVQ, SQA, GCSE, A Level or degree certificate)
  • A rental or purchase agreement for a residential property (signed and dated).
  • Your marriage or civil partnership certificate.
  • A bank, building society or credit union current account card (which has your name on it).

Any combination of the above documents should be accepted, but you will need one from List B and one from List C.

Children’s Identification Policy

You will need to bring the visiting child’s birth certificate or passport.

Dress code

Please note, there will be extra restrictions in place during the Covid pandemic, including visitors being required to wear face masks during visits.

For security, health and safety reasons, some prisons have a specific dress code for visitors and others have a more relaxed policy, making assessments on a case by case basis.

At the time we compiled this information, this prison had no specific dress code in place for visitors, however, visitors are asked to ‘dress appropriately’. The prison may not have defined what it considers appropriate, but you can be refused a visit if staff think you are not dressed appropriately when you arrive. In our experience, some of the items of clothing that are often deemed inappropriate by prisons include:

  • revealing or see-through clothing,
  • low cut tops,
  • bare midriffs,
  • dresses and skirts that are above knee-length,
  • scarves,
  • sunglasses,
  • vests worn as a single garment,
  • stiletto heels (or heels above 2.5 inches),
  • slogan t-shirts that could be considered offensive,
  • ripped jeans,
  • hoodies,
  • steel-toe capped shoes/boots,
  • cloaks, capes, ponchos or other clothing that could prevent staff from observing sufficiently (unless worn for religious purposes),
  • wristwatches including Smart watches,
  • hats or head-wear (unless worn for religious purposes),
  • open-toe shoes or flip flops.
  • You will generally not be allowed in the visits hall wearing a coat.

If you are unsure about whether your clothing meets the criteria, please do contact the Visitors’ Centre beforehand and double check. If in any doubt, please avoid any of the above.

If on arrival you find that there is a specific policy at this prison, please do let us know so that we can update this page.

You can email us at [email protected]

What can I bring in for my children?

Please note, some of these rules may have changed during the Covid pandemic. Please contact the prison to confirm.

You may take nappies and a single baby wipe into the visits hall, and juice or milk (liquid) in a see through beaker. Baby food must in an unbroken sealed jar. You may take a pushchair across to the entrance of the visits hall and leave it under the shelter before entering. 

Food and drink

Please note, some of these rules may have changed during the Covid pandemic. Please contact the prison to confirm.

The serving of refreshments will stop on Monday 27th December 2021.


Pre-made enhanced packs will still be available.



How do I send money to a prisoner?

From 2nd November 2020 the way prisoners can send and receive money has changed. You can no longer send money by bank transfer, cheque, postal order or send cash by post to any prison. You’ll need to send money through the Money to Prisoners Portal using a debit card instead. 

The Money to Prisoners Portal service is free, secure and available in all prisons in England and Wales.

To get started on the Portal you will need the prisoner's date of birth and prisoner number.

If you cannot use the online service, you may be able to apply for an exemption - for example if you:

  • are unable to use a computer, a smart phone or the internet
  • do not have a debit card

You cannot give money to the prisoner during a visit.

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.

Financial Assistance for Visits

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).

For more information, visit:

Sending Property to a Prisoner

As of 31 July 2015, all property must be posted in; nothing can be handed in at the Prison.

All prisoners are able to buy the items that they want/need through the approved suppliers, whose catalogues are available in the Prison.

As of 3 July 2021: 

  • Books are allowed to be handed in.
  • Property is allowed to be handed out.

Any prisoner wishing to have property posted in must first make an application to Property Services in Reception; this means completing an application form. The application needs to include the details of all the property that he wishes to have posted in. Only once the application has been approved should the items be sent to the prisoner. Please note that any parcels received prior to the application being approved will be returned unopened. Photographs and postal orders must also always be posted in. 

Only court clothes can be posted in without the need for an application being made first. The parcel must be clearly marked as ‘court clothes’ and cannot contain any other additional items. Court clothes are defined as the following:

  • suit trousers/skirt,
  • shirt/blouse,
  • jacket,
  • tie,
  • shoes,
  • belt (no large buckles).

Should there be any additional items within the package, it will be returned, and nothing will be passed on to the prisoner. Please note that court clothes are held in reception until the prisoner is actually going to court. Lastly, jeans, t-shirts and trainers will not be accepted as court clothes. 

A printable version of this Visitors' Guide is available for download here: Lindholme


Further Information

If you are worried about your loved one while they are a resident at this prison, you can contact the Safer Custody team on 01302 524731.

You may be asked to leave a voicemail. Please make sure you include:

  • Your name.
  • The reason that you are calling.
  • The name of your family member/friend (and their prison number if you know it).
  • Your telephone number (so that the prison can call you back).

Please wait at least 24 hours for a call back before contacting the prison again.

If you have any non-urgent questions or concerns about your loved one please call the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003 (from 9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday).

This guide includes information that you may find useful for the duration of the time your family or friend is a resident at HMP Lindholme.