Visits and Getting there, HMP Manchester

Visits are held at the following times:

  • Mon-Thu: 14:00 – 16:45 & 18:45 – 19:45
  • Fri: 14:00 – 16:45
  • Sat: 09:00 – 11:45 & 14:00 – 16:45
  • Sun: 14:00 – 16:45

The first visit for a new arrival at Manchester can be booked by calling 0161 817 5655. All other visits are then booked by the prisoners themselves using a system which is available on all the wings. The prisoner then informs the visitors of all the details.

There is a Visitor’s Centre (0161 817 5630) with a snack bar and a kid’s play area. You should book in here for all your visits, make sure you allow sufficient time to complete the various formalities, especially if it is your first visit. You will required to provide photo ID and proof of address before being allowed your visit. You will be searched prior to being admitted to the visits hall, you can’t take mobiles, cigarettes, food & drink etc into the prison and lockers are provided in the visits centre for you to leave these.

Getting there:

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HMP Manchester is located one mile north of the city centre. Buses # 134 and 135 from Manchester city centre travel along Cheetham Hill Road, a few minutes walk from the prison. The nearest train staions are Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria are the nearest stations. From Piccadilly take the Metrolink httto Victoria then the prison can be reached by either a five minute walk or taxi from Victoria Station.. It is about a 10 min taxi ride form the city centre or you can walk, just follow the signs for Manchester Catherdral

If traveling by car from the south leave the M^ at J19, A556/M56 signposted Manchester, A56 to Bury. Prison is on right hand side of road half a mile from the city centre. From North/East/West, M60 Manchester Ring Road (formerly M62) to Junction 17, (A56). Take A56 to Manchester (4½ miles). Prison is on the left before Manchester city centre.

Parking is difficult at the prison, you will have to use the street or a public car park of which there are plenty within walking distance

Return to Manchester

On Tuesday 24th March it was announced that all prisons in the UK would go into a "lock down" state, as a result on Covid19.  In simple terms it means that prisoners will be confined to their cells for the vast majority of each day, being unlocked only for meals and very limited exercise periods. All social visits are cancelled with immediate effect.

The prison staff will ensure that medical requirements will be met as per usual but there will be no "association periods" for the prisoners. Undoubtably this will be difficult and stressful for a number of prisoners, but the prison authorities are acting for the greater good of the majority of prisoners and staff.

Any establishment specific queries you may have should be directed to the prisons