Forest Bank prison visiting information

Social visits

Tue: 13:00 - 19:00
Wed: 13:00 - 19:00
Thu: 13:00 - 19:00
Fri: 13:00 - 19:00
Sat: 12:30 - 16:00
Sun: 12:30 - 16:00

Booking information: To book a visit, please call either 0161 925 7029 or 0161 925 7030.

Additional information: There is a family friendly visitors centre run by the Prison Advice & Care Trust (pact), an independent charity. Visitors are offered a warm welcome, information, and support. For more information please call 0161 925 7000 extension 2134, or visit the pact website.

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

Official visits

Mon: 08:00 - 16:00
Tue: 08:00 - 16:00
Wed: 08:00 - 16:00
Thu: 08:00 - 16:00
Fri: 08:00 - 16:00

Booking information: Please pre book visits either by phoning 0161 925 7029 or 0161 925 7030, on fax 01619257031 or via e-mail on FB.booked@Sodexojusticeservices.com.

How to get there:

  • Forest Bank is on the A6044, 3 miles from the centre of Manchester and 1.5 miles from Junction 17 of the M60.
  • By bus, from Manchester City Centre take bus numbers 93 or 95 from Cannon Street to the Cusson Soap Works, walk up to the Mini Roundabout and turn left. HMP/YOI Forest Bank is approximately 100 metres on the right. From Bolton, Moor Lane Bus Station, take bus numbers 8, 9 or 28 to the Henry Boddington Pub. On getting off the bus, turn back towards the traffic lights and turn right down Agecroft Road. HMP/YOI Forest Bank is approximately 1000 metres on the left. From Swinton Train Station, take bus number 484, which runs once an hour at 15 minutes to the hour. This bus stops outside HMP/YOI Forest Bank.
  • By train, from Manchester Victoria, take the train to Swinton and then pick up bus number 484 as above (this service does not run on a Sunday).
  • Local Taxi numbers:
    • 0161 793 8888
    • 0161 793 1010
    • 0161 793 6666
  • Visitors car park is available at the prison.
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