Manchester 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.

Manchester prison, formerly known as Strangeways, is a local prison which accepts people remanded into custody from the courts in the Greater Manchester area. The prison opened in June 1868. In 1963 it was decided that the prison would no longer hold women prisoners, and in 1980 it began to accept remand prisoners.

Following a major disturbance in 1990, the prison was re-built, and the running and management of the prison was put out to tender. The Prison Service won the contract and re-opened the prison in 1994. The prison was again put out to tender and the Prison Service won the contract in 2001. In early 2003 HMP Manchester became part of the High Security Estate.

HMP Manchester went out for tender again in 2011 and went on to secure the contract for a further 15 years as preferred bidder. This was announced by the Right Honorable Kenneth Clarke in the House of Commons. The new contract commenced on 1st April 2012.

1 Southall Street
M60 9AH

Tel: 0161 817 5600
Fax: 0161 817 5601

Governing Governor:
Rob Young

Operational capacity: 1238 as of 1st April 2013.

Accommodation: Two Victorian radial blocks (A, B, C, D, E and G, H, I, K) with a mix of single and double cells. All have in cell power points and integral sanitation. Manchester also houses a Specialist Interventions Unit.

Prisoners at risk: If you have any concerns about the wellbeing of a prisoner at HMP Manchester you can ring our at risk line on 0161 817 5958. Your concerns will be dealt with swiftly and in confidence. If your concern is considered to be an emergency you can ring 0161 817 5927 at any time of day or night.

Latest inspection report: HMP Manchester - June 2018 (PDF)

Action plan: HMP Manchester - February 2019 (PDF)

HMIP Independent review of progress - report June 2019

HMPPS response to independent review of progress

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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