Visits & getting there, HMP Preston

Visits are held daily 14.15 – 16.15.

You can book visits by phone, there are different numbers for sentences/convicted prisoners , 01772 444 888 and remand 01772 444 666. The phones are 08:00-12:30, 13:00-16:00 Mon-Thu and 08:00-12:30 Friday, it is closed at the weekend. You can also book social visits by sending an email to, don’t assume you have booked a visit until it has been conformed by the prison staff.

You can also book online at, all you need is the name and date of birth of the person you are visiting, their prisoner number and details of the visitors. 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 or call the numbers above.

You must give at last 48hrs for a visit, and if you are under license supervision (probation) or on tag you must get written permission from the prison governor prior to your visit; remember to bring all the paperwork along to the visit.

There is a visitors centre run by a charity click here or call 0177 244 4930. Book in at the centre at least 30 mins before your visit for the completion of formalities, you will need photo ID and proof of address. There are lockers in which you can leave mobiles, cigarettes, food & drink etc during your visit; you will be searched before being admitted to the visits hall. You can take some money into the visits hall to buy tea/coffee’s etc (change only)

Getting there:

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Preston prison is only a short walk from the bus station. If travelling by train to Preston Station (click here)  it is a 20-25 min walk to the prison down Fishergate into Church Street where you will be able to see the prison. (taxi’s on (01772) 555 444).  

If driving exit the M6 at junction 31 and follow the signs to Preston. You should pass the Tickled Trout Hotel on your right. Carry on up the hill to the roundabout. Carry on through onto New Hall Lane until you arrive at a T- junction.Turn right and you will see the County Regimental Museum on your right. The prison is next door. Parking is restricted around the prison andthere is no car park

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