Nottingham prison visiting information

Booking information:  

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.nottingham@hmps.gsi.gov.uk or call 0115 962 8980, lines open Monday – Sunday 8:00am – 4:30pm

Text bookings:

To book a visit start your message with social and send to 60777.

In your text message you should state the details of the person you will be visiting, his number, the details of who will be visiting including all children, the dates and times of the requested visits and the Visiting Order number if you have one. A confirmation text message should be sent through to you. If you do not receive a confirmation text please contact the booked visits office by phone or again by email to check.

Please give at least 24 hours notice for all bookings.

Visitors can book their next visit in person at the time of visiting.

Who can visit?

Up to 3 adults can visit at once time, plus children – for the purposes of seating, children over the age of 14 will be considered as an adult. Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Social visits:
With effect from 24 June 2013:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 09:00 – 11:00 and 14:00 – 16:00
There are no evening visits

Visit entitlement per week:

Remand – Basic         3    Length of visit        Minimum 1 hour
Remand – Standard   3    Length of visit        Minimum 1 hour
Remand – Enhanced  3    Length of visit        Minimum 1 hour
 
Visit entitlement per month:

Convicted – Basic         2    Length of visit        Minimum 1 hour
Convicted – Standard   3    Length of visit        Minimum 1 hour
Convicted – Enhanced  4    Length of visit        Minimum 1 hour

Additional information: Family visits are available on the 3rd Monday of each month for partners and grand parents (not grandchildren)

Bookshare visits are held monthly on Thursday afternoons.

Family Visits and Book Share are additional privileged visits over and above the usual entitlement.  Visiting Orders are not required.  Applications to attend a these must come from the prisoner and be approved.

Booking in: Visitors can book in at the Visitors Centre

Identification is required in the form of Photo ID - passport, driving licence etc. plus a utility bill (proof of address) dated within 3 months and the visiting order (if applicable).

Biometrics ID is used for visitors and all visitors will be photographed (except children).

Children also require ID in the form of a birth certificate, red book, medical card etc.

Searching: Searching consists of rub down, metal detector, passive drugs dog.
Religious head wear and other religious garments are acceptable
Babies who are brought into a prison may be given a basic or detailed search.

Arrival times: The booking office opens at 08:30 and 13:00. Visitors are advised to book in at least half an hour prior to their visit. The latest arrival times for visits at the prison gates are 10.30am for a morning visit and 15.30pm for an afternoon visit. After these times entry may be refused.

Handing in money & property: Visitors are not permitted to hand in money for prisoners.

Clothing and prescription glasses can be handed in at the Visitors Centre when on a visit only. All clothing must adhere to prison guidelines and cannot be accepted unless an application from the prisoner has been received and approved. Details of acceptable clothing can be obtained by contacting the visitors centre.

About the Visits Centre

The visits centre is open from 08:00hrs – 16.30hrs, 7 days a week. It is run by the Prison Advice and Care Trust (pact) and the telephone number is 0115 872 4559.

Toilets and refreshments facilities are available. Disabled access and baby changing facilities are also present. Wheelchairs will be searched on entry to the prison. Lockers are available for £1 (refundable).

Children

There are facilities for children but they will not be supervised. Buggies and prams can be left within the centre and at the prison gates at the owner’s risk and are not allowed to be taken into the prison. A private room is available for breastfeeding on request.

Help and Assistance

Prison Advice and Care Trust offer support and advice to visitors. Information on Finance, Jobs, Health, Drugs and Alcohol, Accommodation etc. SureStart, CARATS,  Family Support Workers.

The visits centre is located at the bottom of a hill, should any assistance be required please inform a member of the PACT team.

About the visits hall

Toilets and refreshments facilities are available. Disabled access and baby changing facilities are also present.

Children

There are facilities for children and there is supervision by volunteers. Buggies and prams can be left within the centre and at the prison gates at the owner’s risk. A private room is available for breastfeeding on request. Baby bottles are allowed but must be mixed in the visitors centre in the presence of staff. Spare nappies can be taken in a clear plastic bag.

Possessions in the Visit Room


The following items are not permitted in the visits room:
Mobile phones/SIM cards, tobacco, lighters, weapons, drugs (legal or illegal) and any other contraband/prohibited items; hi visibility clothing, hats, scarves and gloves. Visitors must adhere to the prisons policy on appropriate clothing and decency. Information can be sought from the visitors’ centre

Visitors may take £20 in coins into the Visit Room.

Full access, lift, parking and toilets are available for disabled visitors.

Official visits

Monday – Thursday: 09:00 – 11:00 & 14:30 – 16:00   
Friday    :  09:00 – 11:00 & 14:00 – 16:00

Booking information: Official visit bookings can be made by fax or email:

Booking number: Fax - 0115 872 3148
Booking times: Mon – Fri - 09:00 - 12:00 & 13:00 - 16:00
Email bookings: LegalVisits.nottingham@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

If booking by email, please state the details of the person you will be visiting, the prisoner number, and the details of who will be attending. A confirmation email will be sent to you.

Bookings can be made up to 24 hours in advance.

How to get there:

HMP Nottingham is located in the city of Nottingham in the county of Nottinghamshire.

  • Bus:
    From Trinity Square take a number 19 bus
    From Victoria shopping centre take the number 15, 16 or 17 bus
    From the Broadmarsh centre take the number 700 bus
  • Train: On leaving Nottingham station, make your way to Trinity Square take a number 19 bus. There are also green taxis available directly outside the train station.
  • Car: Leave the M1 at Junction 26 and take the A610 to Nottingham for 3 miles. Upon reaching ring road A6514, turn left towards Mansfield (A60) along the Western Boulevard and Valley Road. Continue over the railway bridge and through two sets of traffic lights to an island at A611 Hucknall Road (City Hospital should be clearly visible on the left); turn right at the island towards Nottingham City centre and go up the hill to the traffic lights; turn left onto Perry Road. Turn left after approximately 50m into the prison.
  • Car parking for visitors is available and signposted about half way up the hill on the left.
Parking is available onsite.
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