Bure Prison

Bure is a prison near Norwich in Norfolk for men convicted of a sex offence.

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Book and plan your visit to Bure

To visit someone in Bure you must:

  • be on that person’s visitor list
  • book your visit in advance
  • have the required ID with you when you go

At least one visitor must be 18 or older at every visit.

Someone in Bure can have 2 or 3 visits a month depending on behaviour.

Contact Bure if you have any questions about visiting.

Help with the cost of your visit

If you get certain benefits or have an NHS health certificate, you might be able to get help with the costs of your visit, including:

  • travel to Bure
  • somewhere to stay overnight
  • meals

How to book family and friends visits

You can book your visit online or by telephone. If you have been sent a visiting order in the post, you can also book by telephone.

Booking line: 01603 326 252
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The booking line is open:

  • Tuesday 8:30am to 12pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am to 12pm
  • Thursday 10am to 12pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 12pm

Enquiries only:

Visiting times:

  • Saturday: 9:30am to 11:30am and 2:15pm to 4:15pm
  • Sunday: 9:30am to 11:30am and 2:15pm to 4:15pm

Booking line: 01603 326035

The booking line is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 11:30am and 2pm to 3pm

Legal and professional visits are available on Tuesday only: 8:30am to 11:30am and 1:45pm to 3:45pm

Getting to Bure

Find Bure on a map

For sat nav purposes use postcode NR10 5AJ.

The closest railway station is Norwich, which is about 14 miles from Bure Prison. A subsidised bus, which picks up from the train and bus station, can be booked through the visitors centre on 01603 326 252.

To plan your journey by public transport:

There is a visitors car park, including spaces for Blue Badge holders.

Entering Bure

All visitors, aged 16 or older must prove their identity before entering the prison. Read the list of acceptable forms of ID when visiting a prison.

All visitors will need to be given a pat-down search, including children.

Bure has a strict dress code policy, which means visitors should dress appropriately (no vests, no low-cut tops, no shorts, no short dresses and no headwear, other than that worn for religious reasons).

There are strict controls on what you can take into Bure. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker or with security. This includes pushchairs and car seats.

You will be told the rules by an officer at the start of your visit. If you break the rules, your visit could be cancelled and you could be banned from visiting again.

Visiting facilities

Family services at Bure are provided by Ormiston Families. The visitors centre has a welcome desk, TV and staff who can provide you with information.

Children’s visits

There are currently no childrens visits being run.

Keep in touch with someone at Bure

There are several ways you can keep in touch with a prisoner during their time at Bure.

Phone calls

Prisoners do not have phones in their cells so they will always need to call you rather than you call them.

They can phone anyone named and approved on their list of friends and family. This list is checked by security when they first arrive so it may take a few days before they are able to call.

Prisoners can call you as many times a day as they like (depending on their phone credit), but each call is limited to 15 minutes. They also have to wait 15 minutes to call again. They can call throughout the day until 6:45pm in the week and 5pm on weekends.

You can also exchange voicemails using the Prison Voicemail service.

Officers may listen to phone calls as a way of preventing crime and helping keep people safe.


You can send emails to someone in Bure using the Email a Prisoner service.

You might also be able to attach photos, depending on the rules at Bure.

Secure video calls

To have a secure video call with someone in this prison you need to:

  • Download the Prison Video app
  • Create an account
  • Register all visitors
  • Add the prisoner to your contact list.

How to book a secure video call

Secure video calls at this prison can be requested by prisoners only.

You will receive a notification if a prisoner has requested a video call with you.

Read more about how it works


Include the person’s name and prisoner number on the envelope.

If you do not know their prisoner number, contact Bure.

All post apart from legal letters will be opened and checked by officers.

Send money and gifts

You can use the free and fast online service to send money to someone in prison.

You can no longer send money by bank transfer, cheque, postal order or send cash by post.

If you cannot use the online service, you may be able to apply for an exemption - for example if you:

  • are unable to use a computer, a smart phone or the internet
  • do not have a debit card

This will allow you to send money by post.

Gifts and parcels

People in Bure can only have books and clothing sent in. Clothing can only be sent during the last 6 months of a prisoner’s sentence. Contact Bure for more information on what’s allowed.

Make sure to include the person’s name and prisoner number on the parcel.

All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.

Prisoners can buy a variety of items for themselves through a catalogue system.

Friends and families of prisoners are permitted to send books directly to their loved ones, or can order books from approved retailers, which can source and send the books on to prisoners.

For the full list of approved retailers, you can read the HMPPS Incentives Policy, Annex F.

Life at Bure

Bure is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where prisoners can learn new skills to help them on release.

Security and safeguarding

Every prisoner at Bure has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.

For further information about what to do when you are worried or concerned about someone in prison visit the Prisoners’ Families helpline website.

There’s a listener scheme for prisoners, overseen by the Samaritans, if they need a peer to talk to. There’s also a drop-in service for prisoners to get support.

Arrival and first night

When someone first arrives at Bure, they will be able to contact a family member by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.

They will get to speak to someone who will check how they’re feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.


Each prisoner who arrives at Bure gets an induction that lasts about 3 days. They will meet professionals and peers who will help them with:

  • health and wellbeing, including mental and sexual health
  • any substance misuse issues, including drugs and alcohol
  • personal development in custody and on release, including skills, education and training
  • other support (sometimes called ‘interventions’), such as managing difficult emotions and the chaplaincy team
  • settling in at Bure and feeling safe

Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety, and how things like calls and visits work.


Around 650 prisoners are at Bure across 7 units.

Most cells are single and have in-cell toilets and sinks, personal safes, privacy locks and some have showers.

Education and work

Bure has a wide range of learning opportunities. Prisoners can gain further qualifications and learn practical skills, such as bricklaying.

Bure also offers specific behaviour programmes for prisoners convicted of a sex offence.

Temporary release

Prisoners at Bure can apply for release on temporary licence (ROTL) if they fit the criteria. All applications are then assessed.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Bure

Family services at Bure are provided by Ormiston Families. They can offer signposting and referrals if needed.

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem contact Bure.

Contact Bure

Governor: Simon Rhoden

Telephone: 01603 326 000
Fax: 01603 326 001
Monday to Thursday, 8am to 5pm, Friday 8am to 4pm
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HMP Bure
Jaguar Drive
NR10 5GB

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Safer custody hotline

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a prisoner in Bure, call the safer custody hotline. The phone line is monitored 24 hours a day and all calls are treated as confidential.

Telephone: 01603 326 012
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Published 30 January 2020
Last updated 2 August 2022 + show all updates
  1. Secure video calls update.

  2. Updated visiting guidance based on 1 April COVID rule changes

  3. Added link to new safer custody information under Security and safeguarding.

  4. Updated visiting information: Testing for visitors aged 12 and over.

  5. Updated physical contact guidance

  6. Revised visiting times for family, friends and significant others.

  7. New visiting times and booking information added.

  8. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  9. Safer Custody contact number updated.

  10. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  11. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  12. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  13. Updated visiting information in line with new national restrictions in England.

  14. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  15. Updated video call info

  16. updated survey link

  17. Visits information updated

  18. First published.