HMP Leicester, Visits and getting there

Visiting times are shown below. Check with the prison on the visiting booking number as different times/days occur over Bank Holiday periods. The visiting centre is not very large, so book as early as you can to avoid disappointment. Visits are held on:

  • Mon: 14:15-16:15
  • Tue: 14:15-16:15
  • Wed 16:00-18:00
  • Thu: 14:15-16:15
  • Sat: 14:15-16:15
  • Sun: 14:15-16:15

Basic visits take place on Wednesdaybetween 15:15-16:15 & 17:00-18:00

Visits can be booked 7 days in advance. Any cancellations and amendments must be done within 48 hours.  Booking reference # will be required for this.

The Booking line on  0116 228 3128 is open 5 days a week 08:30 – 11:30 ( (9:30 start on a Monday), & 13:00-15:00 or book in person at the Visitors’ Centre open for all domestic visits sessions.

You can 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,  email [email protected]

Visitors should report to the Visitors’ Centre on Tower Street to book in for their visit. Children’s play area and tea bar operate in the visits room staffed by volunteers.

Transport to the Prison

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

The prison is located close to the city centre. Leicester train station is the nearest station and is a short walk from the prison. It is on the Midland Mainline. In case of difficulty getting instructions to the prison, ask for directions to Leicester Royal Infirmary (Hospital) – the prison is opposite the hospital.

If travelling by bus the main bus station (St. Margaret’s) is situated to the north of the city centre. The prison is approximately 1 mile south of the bus station.

A taxi fare for either the bus station or the train station will be around £5.00

If arriving for a visit by car from London / South: Take the M1 northbound, turning off at junction 21. At the roundabout, take the 2nd left and follow the signs for the city centre. At the 4th set of lights you come to, turn right. Go straight at the next roundabout and left at the one-way system. Take the 2nd right round the multi-storey car park (this car park is for L.R.I nurses). The prison is opposite Leicester Royal Infirmary, which is well signposted. From Manchester / West: Leave Manchester via the A6, heading towards Derby. After about 23 miles, take the A623 towards Peak Forest. After about 20 miles, take the A619 towards Chesterfield. Stay on this road for 10 miles, take the A617 towards Mansfield and after about 5 miles, join the M1. At junction 22 join the A50 heading towards the city centre. Follow A50 or signs for Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Like all town centres parking spaces in Leicester are in short supply and some are some distance from the prison, and there is no parking available at the site.

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