Visits and getting there, HMP Styal

Visits are held daily between 13:45-15:45. In addition to “normal” visits, the prison holds family visits on Saturday and Sunday mornings; these visits are by application only by the prisoner.

You can book visits online at All you need is the name and date of birth of the person you are visiting, their prisoner number and the visitors details. 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] or call 01625 553 195, lines open 9:00 & 13:00, Monday to Friday. You can also book visits direct by emailing or calling the number above.

There is a visitors centre, click here or call   01625 553071,  staffed by Contact Cheshire Support (with play area and refreshments). You should book in here for your visit, remember to bring photo ID and proof of address. There are lockers available at the centre to leave items such as mobile phones, cigarettes, food & drink etc during your visit. You will be searched by prison staff before being admitted to the visit hall.

Small change only is allowed into the prison to use the vending machines. You need to buy vouchers at the visitors center to get tea/coffee etc from the kiosk in the visit hall ( refunded at the end of the visit if not used)

Getting there:

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The prison is located near Manchester Airport on the B5166 (Styal Road) between Wythenshawe and Wilmslow close to Styal County Park. The nearest station is Styal, click here as trains are not frequent!  and its then a 10 mins walk to the prison. You can take a train to Wilmslow then a taxi to the prison, (a local taxi firm # 01625 527 963).

The prison is located approximately 13 miles south of Manchester about 2 miles from the airport. If travelling by road, follow the signs for Manchester Airport, leaving the M56 at junction 5. At the airport follow the signs for Wilmslow (end of runway will be on your right). Continue to the T-junction and then turn right into Styal Road. The prison is approximately one and a half miles on your left. Styal Country Park and Quarry Bank Mill are well signposted with the National Trust brown motif. This property is approximately 500 yards before the prison on the right hand side.

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