Peterborough prison visiting information

Social visits:

All visits take place between:

  • 13:30 – 18:30 during the week
  • 13:30 and 16:30 at weekends

The latest time you can book a visit is 17:30 on a weekday and 15:30 at the weekend. The visitor centre opens half an hour before visiting time begins to allow you time to arrive, book in and secure your belongings.

Female social visits are held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Male social visits are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

You can pre-book your first visit to HMP YOI Peterborough by calling 01733 217536.

This should be done within the first 28 days following the start of the resident’s stay in custody.

All subsequent visits must be booked by the resident via the kiosk system.

The frequency and length of visits a resident can book are dependent upon the regime to which they are assigned and whether they are on remand or have been convicted:





One visit per day for a maximum of 30 minutes

One visit per week for a maximum of one hour


Seven hours total per week for a maximum of two hours per visit

One visit per week for a maximum of two hours per visit


Seven hours total per week for a maximum of three hours per visit

One visit per week for a maximum of two hours per visit


Eight hours total per week for a maximum of three hours per visit

15 hours total per month for a maximum of three hours per visit

*The regime a resident is following is determined by their behaviour, adding and removing privileges to discourage inappropriate behaviour.

Visiting arrangements for bank holidays are the same as the weekend social visits. There are no visits on Christmas Day.

The prison operates a no smoking policy and tobacco products are considered contraband, therefore not permitted within the prison. There are lockers available within the visitor reception should you wish to leave your belongings in them. All social visitors are required to book in prior to being escorted to the visits hall.

Within the visits halls in both the male and female prisons there is a tea bar operated by the Friends of Peterborough Prison, there are also toilet and wash facilities available. A children’s play area is also situated within each visits hall. The prison operates a cash facility for purchasing refreshments during your visit; a maximum of twenty pound per visit is permitted, which should be in small denomination notes and coins.

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

Legal visits

These include legal teams and police productions. These must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of the requested date and time so that we can provide a confirmation letter and make sure that the visitor is from a legitimate company

  • Visits to the male and female estate should be faxed to: 01733 217513
  • Via email to
  • Or via telephone to 01733 217521
  • Video link bookings – call 01733 217500 extn 7207 or fax 01733 217511

Official Prison Visitors (OPVs)

OPVs are volunteers who come into the prison to visit residents who would otherwise not have any visitors. They are members of the public with whom residents can talk in confidence, establishing a degree of trust and mutual understanding. To find out more contact

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

Driving to the prison

The prison is located off Saville Road in Peterborough and is signposted around the local area. We provide free parking on site for visitors – when approaching the prison you will find the visitor carpark on the right hand side.

How to get there:

Bus – Take the Citi 3 bus service from Queensgate Bus Station to West Town. It is then a short walk (approx. 5 minutes) through the park to the prison. View the bus timetable.

Train – Peterborough railway station is located in the city centre, a five minute walk from the bus station. You can either walk round to the bus station (located in the Queensgate shopping centre), or taxis are available outside the station.

Walking – You can walk to the prison from the railway or bus stations in around 30 minutes. On leaving the railway station or bus station make your way towards the Bourges Boulevard dual carriageway that runs through the city centre. Turn left and walk past Waitrose and the Volunteer Fire Station, crossing the bridge over the railway - this is Mayor’s Walk. Continue until you pass the traffic lights then turn right onto Priory Road. When you reach the end of the road, use the pedestrian crossing and follow the path through the park to the prison.

  • The prison has a car park for visitors’ use with designated disabled parking bays
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