Visits & Getting to HMP Bedford

Visits are held every day excepting Friday and last 1 hours in 2 afternoon sessions, 13:45-14:45 and 15:15-16:15

To book online, visit: All you need is 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 or call  01234 373196, lines open 10:00 – 16:00, Monday to Friday.

Visitors should be in receipt of a valid visiting order prior to booking any visits. Additional Children’s visits on Wednesdays 11:00 – 13:00 (arranged via the Visitor’s Centre).

Bedford Prison has a visitors centre is run by a charity (the Ormiston Trust) There is wheelchair access and a no smoking policy. Visitors must report to the Visitors Centre before entering the prison where some of the administrative “paperwork” is carried out before you are admitted to the prison. There is a children’s play area with supervised play activity & baby changing facilities.

Getting to the prison


The prison is located approximately half a mile from Bedford town centre. The bus station is a very short walk from the prison. There is a regular bus service from all local towns.

There is a main line station in Bedford town centre and the prison is a 10 minute walk away. You can consult timetables here (other information services are available!)

Car: From the South, take the M1 and exit at junction 13, from the north exit the M1 at junction 14 and follow signposts to Bedford town centre. The prison is located on the A428 in the town centre. Parking at the prison is extremely limited and there are a number of car parks in the town centre.

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