Visits & Getting there, HMP Leeds

Visits are held 3 times each weekday at 10:30, 14:00 and 15:30, and 4 times at weekends or Bank Holidays at 9:00, 10:30, 14:00 and 15:30. Each visiting session last 1 hour. These are new visiting times and those shown on the Ministry of Justice haven’t been updated. In conjunction with the Visitors Centre the prison provide a number of family focused, visits based around special themes such as Christmas, Easter and EID. Check with the visitor’s centre for more details.

You can book visits by all the usual ways at HMP Leeds. To book by telephone call 0113 2032995 9:00am to 10:00am, 2:00pm to 3:00pm. You can also book in person at the visitors centre 10am to 10:30am and 3pm to 3:30pm. To book online, visit: www.gov.uk/prison-visits. You will need the name and date of birth of the person you are visiting and their prisoner number. You can choose up to 3 possible dates and times. Prison booking staff will check what’s available and confirm your visit by email. If you’ve made an online visit booking request and haven’t received a confirmation email within 1-3 working days, please email  socialvisits.leeds@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

For a visit go to the visitors centre who will book you in and carry out the identification/security checks prior to your visit. You will then be taken to the visiting hall and searched by the prison staff. You are allowed to take in up to £20 in coins to purchase tea, coffee and “tuck shop” items in the visits hall.

The visits at Leeds are helped by a charity called Jigsaw. They have an excellent web site (click here) which has other helpful information.

Transport to the Prison

HMP Leeds is situated on the A647 approx. 1.5 miles to the west of Leeds city centre in West Yorkshire.

If you want to plan your journey on public transport visit the Yorkshire Travel  produced web site, (click here). It is an excellent way to plan your visits. The basic details are shown below.

Buses  to the prison

From the train station buses – 85, 87, X14, X15 (limited running times/days, please check prior to travel on the link above)

Buses – 16 and 16a run from opposite the Bus Station and also Leeds Train Station to the back of the prison (Hall Lane).

Bus – 72 from bus station to Gloucester Terrace.

The nearest railway station is in Leeds city centre where you can easily get a taxi from the cab rank.

By Car

  • From the West – (M62) turn off onto M621 (which bears left just after J27) and follow City Centre sign.
  • From the North follow A1/M1 link, A64 West, A58M (Halifax, Bradford sign).
  • From the South – M1, M621 (Junction 2) and follow City Centre signs.
  • From East – M62, M1 (North), M621 (Junction 2) and follow City Centre signs.

All routes, on approaching the Armley Gyratory take the A647 to Bradford. The prison is half a mile on the left.

Parking is extremely limited at the prison. Ample street parking is available in the surrounding residential areas.

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