Dorchester prison visiting information

Social visits

Mon: 14:00 - 15:45
Wed:14:00 - 15:45
Fri: 14:00 - 15:45
Sat: 14:00 - 15:45
Sun: 14:00 - 15:45

Booking information:

Telephone 01305 714610 between 9am – 11am Monday – Friday
Main Visits Hall – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2.30pm– 3.30pm

Additional information: There is a Visitors Centre outside of the main gate which has a rest room and toilet facilities. There are no toilet facilities in the Visits area.

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: 09:45 - 11:45

Booking information: Book on 01305 714 500 between 08:30 - 16:30 and ask for ‘official visits'.

How to get there:

  • Train: There is an hourly train service from London (Waterloo) arriving at Dorchester South and from Bristol and the West arriving at Dorchester West Railway Station. Both stations are within a 15 minute walk of the prison through the shopping centre although taxis are always available at the stations.
  • Train: National Bus services arrive at the 'Top of the Town' car park which is within 10 minutes walk of the prison.
  • Car: Dorchester Prison is approached by the A37 from the Bristol/Yeovil direction; the A35 from the east (Bournemouth/Southampton direction) and the west (Exeter direction); and the A354 from the south (Weymouth)
  • The prison is situated in the centre of town with several public car parks close by.
HM Prison Service


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