Preston prison visiting information

Social visits

Monday: 14.00 - 16.00
Tuesday: 14.00 - 16.00
Wednesday: 14.00 - 16.00
Thursday: 14.00 - 16.00
Friday: 14.00 - 16.00
Saturday: 14.00 - 16.00
Sunday: 14.00 - 16.00

Booking information:

To book online, visit:

Telephone: 01772 444888

Booking lines are open between 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 -16:00 Mon – Thurs and 09:00 – 12:30 -Fridays.

Additional information: Visits must be booked at least 48 hours in advance. Any visitors who are tagged need to have a letter of authority from the Governor prior to the visit.

Visitors dress and behaviour expectations:

The Visits facility at HMP Preston is a family focused area and as such visitors are expected to dress and act accordingly with respect to others.

If a member of staff feels that you are not appropriately dressed for the occasion, the visit may not be allowed to proceed.

If a member of staff feels that you are acting inappropriately, your visit may be terminated.

Please see the information below as guidance.

Hats - may not be worn in the Visits Hall with the exception of religious headwear (e.g. Sikh turbans, Jewish yarmulkes, Muslim kufi, the Hijab and Rastafarian hats). These will be subject to searching as per HMP Preston’s Searching Policy.     

Gloves/scarves - may not be worn. These should be left in the lockers provided in the visits entrance. 

Hooded tops - can be worn but not with the hood up. 

Skirts - skirts must at least reach the knee in the standing position. 

Shorts - high cut shorts are not permitted.    

Dresses - dresses must at least reach the knee in the standing position.

Tops - must be sufficient to cover both breasts and the midriff area and must not be transparent. Cleavage must be appropriately covered so as not to cause offence. Athletic singlets (vests) are not permitted.    

Trousers - torn jeans with holes revealing the buttocks or underwear may not be worn. 

Footwear - footwear must be enclosed - sandals are appropriate but flip flops are not permitted.
Logos - clothing with any logos connected to a sporting team may not be worn by visitors who are 13 and over. Clothing displaying offensive patterns or logos will not be permitted (such as cannabis leaves, racist logos or offensive language).    

Behaviour - inappropriate behaviour is defined as any behaviour that may present a risk to the security of the establishment or behaviour that is deemed indecent. All visitors and prisoners need to be aware that inappropriate physical interaction is prohibited and in some cases is a criminal act.

Staff have a duty to maintain the need for public decency within the Visits Hall and to ensure that any person is not subjected to any inappropriate of indecent behaviour by any prisoner or visitor. Guidance as to what constitutes indecent behaviour is prolonged intimate kissing, caressing of another persons torso or lower region or physical exposure by either party of their chests, breasts or genitalia. 

Official visits

Monday - 14:00-16:00
Tuesday - 09:00-11:00, 14:00-16:00
Wednesday - 09:00-11:00, 14:00-16:00
Thursday - 09:00-11:00, 13:45-16:15
Friday - 09:00-11:00 14:00-16:00

Booking information:

Telephone: 01772 444777

Booking lines open between 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 - 16:00 Monday to Thursday and 09:00 – 12:30 Fridays.
How to get there:

  • Bus: Preston bus station is a short walk from the prison.
  • Train: The nearest railway station is Preston on the west coast line.
    From the railway station, turn right onto Fishergate from the main exit and keep walking. This will bring you onto Church Street. Keep walking until you come to a major road junction. You will see the prison on the opposite side. From the railway station, the prison is a walk of approximately 20-25 minutes.
  • Car: Leave the M6 at junction 31 and follow the signs to Preston. You should pass the Tickled Trout Hotel on your right. Carry on up the hill to the roundabout. Carry on through onto New Hall Lane until you arrive at a T- junction.Turn right and you will see the County Regimental Museum on your right. The prison is next door.
  • We regret there are no parking facilities.
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