Garth Prison information


Prison visits are temporarily suspended following instructions for people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We will update here as soon as this changes. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.  

There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can:

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.

Garth is a category B training prison which was opened in October 1988.

A new residential unit (housing 120) opened in 1997, and a further 180 places were provided in August 2007.


HM Prison Garth
Ulnes Walton
PR26 8NE

(for directional purposes, please use PR26 8LW as the post code)

Tel: 01772 443 300
Fax: 01772 443 301

Governor: Steve Pearson

Operational capacity: 847 as of 1st February 2008

Accommodation: Cells

Reception criteria: Determinate sentence category B prisoners serving 4 years or more, with a minimum of 2 years left to serve Indeterminate sentence category B prisoners (IPP or traditional life sentence prisoners).

Garth offers a wide range of interventions suitable for a wide range of needs and our aim is that prisoners transferring in should reasonable be bale to meet their sentence planning objectives to a level sufficient for progression.

Safer custody hotline: 01772 443676 - for any family member or friend of a prisoner who may be concerned about their welfare can ring this number and inform us directly of their concerns.

Latest inspection report: HMP Garth - December 2018 (PDF)

Latest action plan: HMP Garth  - June 2019 (PDF)

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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