Leeds prison visiting information


Booking online

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. 

If you've made an online visit booking request and haven't received a confirmation email within 1-3 working days, please  email socialvisits.leeds@hmps.gsi.gov.uk.  

Bookings can be made either in person at the prison or by telephone on 0113 2032995. 

Face to face bookings are available Monday to Friday 10:00 - 10:30 & 15:00 - 15:30 at the visits desk.

Legal visits can be booked by telephone on 0113 2032768. When booking a visit please allow a minimum of 48 hours notice and a maximum of 14 days for convicted prisoners and 7 days for remanded prisoners. An email facility is available to book a legal visit:   legalvisits.leeds@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Visits booking via telephone or e-mail is open from 08:00 - 12:30  & 13:00 - 16:00 Monday to Friday. No booking on weekends.

Session times (both domestic and legal): 


Session 1 09:00 - 10:00

Session 2 10:30 - 11:30


Session 1 14:00 - 15:00

Session 2 15:30 - 16:30

These times apply 7 days per week

You get a booking identification number for all booked visits (remand and convicted) not a reference number.

You will normally book in at the Visitors Centre for your visit. Please note that the Centre is not open for evening visits (on Wednesdays and Thursdays) or the 08:30 visits Mon-Fri. On those days please proceed direct to the Main Gate. At all other times you must arrive at the Centre at least 20 minutes before your visit is due to begin.

Additional information: To visit you will need to have:

  • Pre booked your visit by phoning the booking office 
  • If you're visiting a convicted prisoner - a valid visiting order, identification and you're booking reference number 
  • If you're visiting a remand prisoner - identification and a valid booking reference number


Items are only allowed if authorised and there must be a valid application from the prisoner detailing the items you are bringing in.

Property can be brought in:

Tuesday to Sunday - 9:30 till 11:30 and 14:00 till 16:00.

The Visitors Centre - 0113 203 2771

The Visitors Centre (Jigsaw) at Leeds Prison is a self-funding independent charity. The Visitors Centre is open 7 days a week from 8.15am - 4.45pm

The Visitors Centre acts as a bridge between the families and the prisoners. Through the centre's staff you can seek re-assurance, information, advice, and support. We are here for you.

In conjunction with the Visitors Centre we also provide a number of family focused, visits based around special themes such as Christmas, Easter and EID which are advertised separately from the normal visits information.

Leeds Visitors Centre offers a variety of activities and services for all visitors, prison staff and the local community. We offer:

  • Information, Advice & Support 
  • Quiet rooms for confidentiality should you need to talk 
  • A play area 
  • Lockers 
  • A waiting area 
  • Disabled access and facilities 
  • Toilets & baby changing facilities 
  • A buggy park (to leave prams – safely) 
  • Refreshments including fresh fruit 
  • Taxi phone 
  • Books and magazines 
  • Free access to the internet

For more information, please visit www.jigsawvisitorscentre.org.uk.

Visits Hall

The visits hall comprises of a 24 static seated area and adjoining closed visits booths. Selections of hot and cold refreshments are provided on a session by session basis.

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

During school holiday and weekend visits there is a play area for children with qualified play workers supervising and leading on activities.

How to get there: 

HMP Leeds is situated on the A647 approx. 1.5 miles to the west of Leeds city centre in West Yorkshire.


Buses - 85, 87, X14, X15 (limited running times/days, please check prior to travel) from Leeds Railway station. 

Buses - 16 and 16a run from opposite the Bus Station and also Leeds Train Station to the back of the prison (Hall Lane). 

Bus - 72 from bus station to Gloucester Terrace. 

The nearest railway station is in Leeds city centre. There is a taxi rank outside the train station.    


From the West – (M62) turn off onto M621 (which bears left just after J27) and follow City Centre sign. 

From the North follow A1/M1 link, A64 West, A58M (Halifax, Bradford sign). 

From the South – M1, M621 (Junction 2) and follow City Centre signs. 

From East – M62, M1 (North), M621 (Junction 2) and follow City Centre signs. 

All routes, on approaching the Armley Gyratory take the A647 to Bradford. The prison is half a mile on the left.       

Parking is extremely limited at the prison. Ample street parking is available in the surrounding residential areas.

HM Prison Service


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