Bedford prison visiting information

Social visits

Mon: 13:45 – 14:45 & 15:15 – 16:15
Tue: 13:45 – 14:45 & 15:15 – 16:15
Wed: 13:45 – 14:45 & 15:15 – 16:15
Thu: 13:45 – 14:45 & 15:15 – 16:15
Sat: 13:45 – 14:45 & 15:15 – 16:15
Sun: 13:45 – 14:45 & 15:15 – 16:15

Booking information: 

To book online, visit: www.gov.uk/prison-visits

All you need is:

  • the name and date of birth of the person you are visiting
  • 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. You'll also receive your visiting order (VO) number by email. You must bring this with you when you visit.

If you've made an online visit booking request and haven't received a confirmation email within 1-3 working days, please email socialvisits.bedford@hmps.gsi.gov.uk or call  01234 373196, lines open 10:00 - 16:00, Monday to Friday.

Visitors should be in receipt of a valid visiting order prior to booking any visits. Additional Children's visits on Wednesdays 11:00 - 13:00 (arranged via the Visitor's Centre).

Additional information: The Visitors Centre is run by the Ormiston Trust. There is wheelchair access and a no smoking policy. All domestic visitors must report to the Visitors Centre before entering the prison. A children's play area with supervised play activity & baby changing facilities.

You may be entitled to help with your travel expenses. Please visit the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme page for more information.

Official visits

Mon-Fri: 09:30 – 11:45 & 14:00 – 16:15

Booking information: Legal visits must be pre-booked on 01234 373179.

How to get there:

The prison is located approximately half a mile from Bedford town centre.

  • Bus: The bus station is a very short walk from the prison. There is a regular bus service from all local towns.
  • Train: There is a main line station in Bedford town centre and the prison is a 10 minute walk away. You can consult timetables at www.nationalrail.co.uk. The Prison Service is not responsible for the maintenance or content of this site.
  • Car: From the South, take the M1 and exit at junction 13. Follow signposts to Bedford town centre. The prison is located on the A428 in the town centre.
  • From the North, take the M1 and exit at junction 14 and follow signposts to Bedford town centre. The prison is situated on this road near to the centre of town.
  • Parking at the prison is extremely limited and there are a number of car parks in the town centre.
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