Garth prison visiting information

Social visits

Wed: 14:00 - 16:00
Thu: 14:00 - 16:00
Fri: 14:00 - 16:00
Sat: 14:00 - 16:00
Sun: 14:00 - 16:00

Staff will request visitors to prepare to end their visit session at 15:45hrs and we will always provide the statutory 1hr visiting period as a minimum, with the last visitor entry at 15:00hrs.

Booking information: All visits must be booked 48 hours in advance. The booking desk is open Mon - Thu 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:00, Fri 10:00 - 12:00

Bookings can be made online via the Prison Visits Booking website.

Booking line 01772 443 503.

Visitors Centre

The Visitors Centre is open 5 days a week (Wed - Sun) from 11:30 - 16:00. Hot and cold drinks as well as snacks can be purchased prior to visits commencing, this service is operated by POPs (Partners of Prisoners) and they can provide advice and support to families on a number of matters not only related to custody.

Prison Voicemail service

Social contacts can exchange voicemails with prisoners through the Prison Voicemail service, which is available at this establishment. Family members or friends sign up online and are given a unique landline phone number which they can call at any time to leave messages. The prisoner dials the same number from within the prison to listen and reply. You can find more information including pricing at

Within the visitors centre there are facilities for children to play whilst awaiting for visits to commence.

Additional information: All visitors will be required to provide two forms of identification, one of which should be photo-bearing with one or both showing a current address. Acceptable forms of ID are as follows:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Birth certificate
  • Senior citizen public transport pass issued by the local authority
  • Rail or bus pass with photo
  • Employer's ID card showing name of visitor and employer plus photograph and signature that can be compared to that of the visitor
  • Young person's official proof of age card
  • Trade union or National Student Union membership card
  • Recent utility bill or receipt, i.e. gas, telephone or electricity bill

Visitor recognition system

All visitors will be required to enrol on the visitors' registration system prior to entering the establishment. All adult male visitors will be required to comply with the hand-imaging process.

Items allowed into the prison with visitors

Visitors will be limited as to what they will be allowed to bring into the visits area.

  • Personal clothing as worn
  • Loose change for the purchasing of refreshments (no notes)
  • Baby's dummies, feeding bottles, baby food, change of nappy
  • Hats and sunglasses must be stored in the lockers provided
  • Coats must be hung up outside of the main visits room, ponchos are not suitable attire within the main visits room
Coin-operated lockers are provided for the retention of items not allowed into the prison such as identification documents, mobile phones, handbags etc. (£1 refundable).

Search procedures

All visitors will be subject to a rub-down search. All bags and overcoats will be passed through a metal detection point. All property brought into the establishment will be searched. Drug detection dogs operate in the area and visitors will be subject to routine screening by a passive drug detection dog.

Childrens facilities

Within the main visits room there are play facilities ranging from soft play equipment, role play equipment and books and games for a range of age groups there rae opportunites for supervised as well as unsupervised play provided by POP’s and their Early Years play workers. There are baby changing facilities provided within the main visits complex.

Catering facilities

There is a shop within the main visits room which provides hot and cold drinks as well as hot and cold snacks for prisoners and their families to purchase during visits.


Prisoners are allowed 14 pairs of socks and boxer shorts in a single transaction once per year to be received in via visits only. Books are allowed to be handed into visits also, there is no restriction on number within reason and within volumetric control limits. Any other request for property to be handed is only by approved application made by the prisoner. All incoming property transactions will be searched and recorded at the point of receipt prior to the visit taking place. All outgoing property will be given to the visitor before the end of the visit.

Camera surveillance operates in all areas of the prison establishment.

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

Official visits

Wed: 14:00 - 15:45 (max of 6)
Thu: 14:00 - 15:45 (max of 6)
Fri: 14:00 - 15:45 (max of 6)

Booking information: Please pre book visits on 01772 443 300.Email booking:

Additional information: Private legal visit booths are available - please ask when booking your visit.

Afternoon visits are with domestic using the 6 available private booths.

How to get there:

  • Bus: Number 112 from the Queens Hotel bus stop (100 metres down the hill from Leyland Railway Station)
  • Train: Leyland Railway Station is six miles from the prison (complete journey by bus as above)
  • Car: From M6 (junction 28): Turn left, follow mini-roundabout, go straight across and follow road to traffic lights. Turn left, go through next set of lights, follow road round to right (leisure centre on left). At end, turn left and then immediately right. Follow road to end (mini-roundabout) and turn right. At next mini-roundabout, go straight across. Bear left into Slater Lane and go straight across at the traffic lights. Follow the road to the end and turn left. Garth is approximately one mile on the right (follow signs).
Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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