HMP Dovegate, Visits and getting there

Visits for the main prison are held on

  • Mon: 13:45 – 16:45
  • Wed: 09:00 – 12:00 (VP unit) & 13:45 – 16:45
  • Thu: 13:45 – 16:45 (VP unit)
  • Fri: 13:45 – 16:45
  • Sat: 09:00 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 17:00
  • Sun: 09:00 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 17:00

and those for the therapeutic community on

  • Mon: 14:00 – 17:00
  • Fri: 14:00 – 17:00
  • Sat: 09:00 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 17:00
  • Sun: 09:00 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 17:00

Visits should be  booked at least 24 hours in advance on 0800 877 8951, or by email on [email protected]. They can also be booked whilst you are visiting the prison. There is a staffed visitor’s centre which has a children’s play area and refreshment facilities.

You will be subjected to the usual search, rather like when you check in at an airport and you must have  either one form of photo ID or 2 other forms of ID. Drug detection dogs may well be operation. All visitors will be subject to searching, and drugs detection dogs are in use. Visitors will have their biometric (photo and fingerprint) information captured, but this is periodically deleted once a visitor has not been for a period of time.

You are advised to arrive at least 30 mins before the start of your visit, and no visit will be allowed to take start later than 1 hr before the end of the visiting period.

Transport to the Prison

If you want to plan your journey on public transport visit the the traveline web site (click here). It is an excellent way to plan your visits.

Dovegate is located in Staffordshire between Stoke on Trent and Derby, just off the main A50.  The prison is on Bus service 402 (407 on Sunday) links the prison with Uttoxeter and Burton on Trent. Telephone 0870 608 2608 for timetable information.

The nearest train station is Uttoxeter or Tutbury & Hatton. It is unlikely that the taxi rank at Tutbury will have any taxis in it so book a cab in advance.

There is ample car parking available at the visitors centre.


Return to HMP Dovegate

You don't always get what you are entitled to unless you ask properly!

We can introduce you to  experienced  lawyers can help you with parole,  probation,  immigration, adjudications, visits and any other complaints  and disputes you have with the Prison Service.

The solicitors are all experts on how the Prison Service/Criminal Law  system works and will be able to provide to you the necessary advice and support to ensure you or your loved ones are treated fairly. These lawyers are "small enough to care about you, but big enough to fight for you"

and remember the old saying:

" A Man Who Is His Own Lawyer Has A Fool for a Client"

Click here to go to the list of lawyers in your area