Leeds prison visiting information



10.00 – 11.30
14.00 – 15.00
15.30 – 16.30

09.00 – 10.00
10.30 – 11.30
14.00 – 15.00
15.30 – 16.30

Please note we no longer have social visits on Tuesdays.

You can book your visit in the following ways (please note you will always be asked for a Prisoner Number);

  • In person - face to face is now open in the Visits Search area Mon-Fri 08.30-12.30 & 1.30pm & 4pm.
  • Online - visit: www.gov.uk/prison-visits
  • Over the Phone between the hours of 8.30am – 9.30am and 13.00pm – 14.00pm.  Tel 0113 2032995

All you need is:

  • prisoners prison number
  • name and date of birth of the prisoner
  • names and dates of birth for all visitors

You can choose up to 3 possible dates and times. Prison booking staff will check what’s available and confirm your visit by email. Please bring this confirmation with you on your visit.

All visitors under the age of 18 attending social visits must be accompanied by an adult.

For any enquiries regarding visits please email socialvisits.leeds@hmps.gsi.gov.uk – this site is no longer used to take bookings.

All ex-offenders are reminded that when wanting to book a visit a formal request must be submitted to Security in advance. This will then be considered and the visitor will be informed if a visit can be booked.

Visitors must write in to the establishment, addressing their request to the Security department. Information must include the name of the Prisoner they wish to visit and their own name, DOB, address and if possible their previous prison number. It should also confirm any know license conditions still in effect that would prohibit them when visiting. No visit is to be booked prior to the conclusion of this process.  The visitor should also bring the approved letter from the security department to each visit as proof they have been cleared to visit.

Prisoners who are on licence, HDC, must bring with them, a copy of licence along with approval to visit the prisoner.


09.15 – 10.00
10.00 – 10.45
10.45 – 11.30
14.00 – 14.30
14.30 – 15.00
15.00 – 15.30
15.30 – 16.00
16.00 – 16.30

Please note we no longer have legal visits on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Legal visits can only be booked via emailing legalvisits.leeds@hmps.gsi.gov.uk – please provide details of the prisoner (number or date of birth), names of the visitors and the dates you wish to visit.

Visitor I.D

Adults (18 years and over) must provide I.D:

  • Only original documents will be accepted.Photocopies, faxes, and items printed from the internet will not be accepted
  • addresses and dates of birth must match exactly between all ID provided & information given when booking a visit and Information given by the prisoner on his contact list.
  • Children (under 18 years)
  • All visitors under the age of 18 require a full birth certificate to enter the prison. No other form of identification will be acceptable
  • Red books will only be allowed for newborn babies unto 6 weeks old.

Acceptable forms of ID

One of the following:

  • An up to date photo driving license with correct address
  • An up to date passport (passports that have expired will only be allowed for 6 months after expiry if you are still recognisable on the photograph )
  • A citizen or validate card along
  • A concessionary Bus passes e.g. Senior citizen or Disability. Issued by the local authority
  • Employer or student ID card up to date that includes a photograph of you and clearly  shows your name and the issuing employer or educational establishment
  • EC Identity card

If you do not have one of the above, you can bring two of the following:

  • A birth or marriage certificate
  • A foreign identity card or residents card
  • A credit or Debit card
  • Employer’s pass or student ID card without a photo that clearly shows your name and the issuing employer or educational establishment
  • Trade union or national students Union membership card
  • Foreign Identity or resident’s card.

In setting the I.D requirement it has been necessary to strike a balance between the need to satisfactorily establish the identity of any visitors against preventing visitors entry to the establishment because they are not in possession of sufficient identity documents. It is recognised that in exceptional circumstances, there may be occasions where visitors are genuinely unable to meet the ID requirements. In these instances, visitors should make a written application to the Governor explaining their circumstances. It should be noted that exceptional permission such as this will only be granted in advance of a visit, visitors should not expect exceptional permission to be granted on the day of the visit.

If you do not have the correct I.D, you will not be allowed to visit.


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:

Monday: 9.00am-11.00am and  13.30-16.00pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 9.00am - 11.00am  and 13.30pm-16.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am - 11.00am and 13.30pm-16.00pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 9.30am-11.30am and  13.30-16.00
Sunday: CLOSED

The Visitors Centre - 0113 203 2771

The Visitors Centre (Jigsaw) at Leeds Prison is a self-funding independent charity.

The visit opening times are as follow:

Monday: 9:00am-12:15pm and 12:45pm-5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-12:15pm and 12:45pm-5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-12:15pm and 12:45pm-5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-12:15pm and 12:45pm-5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-12:15pm and 12:45pm-5:00pm
Saturday: 8:15am-12:15pm and 12:45pm-5:00pm

Sunday: 8:15am-12:15pm and 12:45pm-5:00pm

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.

Visitors to HMP Leeds must be dressed appropriately at all times, which will reflect in our aim to create a family atmosphere as part of the Reducing Reoffending and Decency agenda. This instruction applies to all visitors to the establishment regardless of age and gender.

At HMP Leeds it is considered to be inappropriate to wear the following types of clothing:

  • Short/cropped tops that reveal naked midriff.
  • low cut tops or shirts that unbutton to reveal cleavage or bare chest.
  • Vests (as a single garment)
  • Mini-skirts that are shorter than knee length and expose thighs.
  • Shorts that are shorter than knee length and expose thighs.
  • All types of see-through clothing.
  • Headwear (other than for religious purposes).
  • Clothing that is offensive in nature or displays offensive discriminatory, or inappropriate material including logo’s or vigils of sport team’s
  • Ripped clothing
  • Cloaks, capes, scarves or other articles that could prevent staff from observing visitors and prisoners sufficiently.
  • No boots higher than ankle height
  • No steel toe caps
  • No clothing which is deemed to have the potential to be used as a weapon.
  • No multiple layers of the same item of clothing. I.E two jackets, two pairs of trousers, etc.

Any visitor that does not comply with this dress code will not be permitted entry to HMP Leeds at the discretion of the visits staff.

Visits Hall

The visits hall comprises of a 20 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.

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 www.prisonvoicemail.com.

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.

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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