Leicester Prison

Leicester prison is a men’s prison in the centre of Leicester.

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Book and plan your visit to Leicester prison

HMP Leicester is offering visits for family and friends. Visiting times and availability may change at short notice. You should contact the prison direct for any queries.

Now that regular COVID testing of people in the wider community has ended, you are no longer required to take a COVID test before coming to see someone for a visit, although we would still encourage you to do so.

We will continue to run social visits whilst it is safe to do so.

Visiting rules may change if there is an outbreak within the prison, this may include bringing back testing before visits for a short time to protect you, the person you are visiting and staff.

If you are unable to visit someone in prison you can still keep in touch.

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003. You will not be able to book a visit using this number.

To visit someone in Leicester Prison you must:

  • be on that person’s visitor list
  • have the required ID with you when you go

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

Remand prisoners are entitled to 2 visits a week. Convicted prisoners can have 2 visits a month. Enhanced prisoners can have 3 visits a month.

Contact Leicester Prison if you have other 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 Leicester Prison
  • somewhere to stay overnight
  • meals

How to book family and friends visits

Only prisoners can book visits via an application to the wing staff.

Visiting times:

  • Monday to Sunday 1:30pm to 4:30pm

You can book your visit online.


It is strongly recommended that you use the video link system, however, face to face visits can be arranged.

If a face to face visit is authorised, social distancing must be maintained and the wearing of an issued face mask is mandatory.

Visiting times:

  • Monday: 9am to 4:15pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 4:15pm
  • Wednesday (except 1st Wednesday of the month): 9am to 4:15pm
  • Thursday: 9am to 4:15pm
  • Friday: 9am to 4:15pm

Visits are 1 hour long.

Getting to Leicester Prison

Find Leicester Prison on a map

The closest railway station is Leicester. The prison is opposite Leicester Royal Infirmary (hospital) which is well signposted.

To plan your journey by public transport:

There is no car parking available at Leicester Prison but there are ‘pay and display’ spaces nearby and in the city centre.

Entering Leicester Prison

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.

Each adult visitor is allowed to take in a maximum of £20 in coins (notes are not allowed).

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

You may need to have your finger or thumb prints scanned (or an iris scan) as part of a security check. You may also be sniffed by security dogs.

Leicester Prison has a dress code policy, which means visitors should wear smart clothes (no vests, no low-cut tops, no shorts, no short dresses, no see-through clothing and no headwear, other than that worn for religious or medical reasons which may require a private search).

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

Visitor conduct and expected behaviours are displayed on each table in the visiting hall. If you break the rules, your visit could be cancelled and you could be banned from visiting again.

Visiting facilities

A family-friendly visitors centre is run by the charity, Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT).

It has a children’s play area, drinks and snacks.

Family days

There are currently no family days being run.

Keep in touch with someone at Leicester Prison

You may not be able to speak with someone during their first few days. This is because it can take time to approve who they can be in touch with. But usually a PIN phone account is set up on the second day and then the men can submit their contact list.

Phone calls

Prisoners do not have phones in their rooms and have to use a prison phone. They will always need to call you, rather than you call them.

If you need to contact the prison, telephone: 0116 228 3129.

Prisoners can phone anyone named on their approved contact list of friends and family. This list is checked by security.

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.

Secure video calls

Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends will need to download the Prison Video app, create an account, register all visitors and add the prisoner to their contact list.

Read more about how it works


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


You can write at any time.

Include the person’s name and prison number on the envelope, under the address. If you do not know their prison number, contact Leicester.

Write your own name and address on the back of the envelope.

Paper and envelopes can be bought from ‘canteen’ (the prison shop), so prisoners can write back.

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

Gifts are not permitted under any circumstances at Leicester Prison.

You can send prisoners money instead which they can use to buy items through a catalogue system.

Life at Leicester Prison

Leicester Prison is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.

Security and safeguarding

Every person at Leicester Prison 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.

Peer workers are on site to provide help and support to prisoners going through difficult times. ‘Listeners’ are similar but are selected, trained and supported by the Samaritans. They offer 24/7 confidential support to prisoners in distress and help reduce levels of self-harm.

All safeguarding processes are overseen by Leicester Safeguarding Adults Board.

Faith services

A chaplaincy team serves the staff and prisoners of all faiths and none, offering help and support to anyone at a time of crisis. The team helps to resettle men released back into the community in the Leicester area.

Arrival and first night

When someone first arrives at Leicester Prison, 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. They will also be able to have a shower and a hot meal and be given fresh bedding and a tea pack.


Each person who arrives at Leicester Prison gets an induction that lasts 3 days. They will meet professionals 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

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


Around 400 men live at Leicester Prison in shared living accommodation.

Education and work

People Plus provides education in maths, English, ICT and vocational City and Guilds qualifications in tiling, plastering, painting and decorating.

It offers NVQs in food production and cooking, courses in cleaning, as well as customer services and barista training.

It also provides courses on personal development, job seeking and interview techniques.

Leicester Prison has a range of employment which include a contract services workshop, a waste management unit, a laundry, wing cleaners and painters, a catering team and a maintenance team.

There is a well-equipped gym open every day for weights, cardio, fitness, short-course tennis, aerobics and circuit training.

First aid courses are also available.

Release on temporary licence (ROTL)

ROTL is available to men at Leicester Prison, although most will not be eligible for it.

Organisations Leicester Prison works with

Many arts and community partnerships come in to work with the men. Recent activities have been from Leicester University, De Montfort University and the National Space Centre.

Musicians, arts and theatre companies help prisoners create and develop productions.

Primary and mental health is given by Nottingham Partnership Trust, including local dentists.

Turning Point helps prisoners with substance misuse both in and out of prison.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Leicester prison

The Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) is the family services provider for HMP Leicester.

To contact the Family Engagement Worker email

The PACT team provides a range of information, guidance and support to families and friends of prisoners at HMP Leicester. More information is available on the PACT website.

PACT specialises in the effects of imprisonment and works with prisoners and their families to provide support and help strengthen and maintain family ties

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem contact Leicester Prison.

HM prison and Probation Service publishes action plans for Leicester Prison in response to independent inspections.

Contact Leicester Prison

Governor: Jim Donaldson

Telephone (24 hour answerphone): 01162 283 000
Fax: 01162 283 001
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HMP Leicester
116 Welford Road

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Safer custody hotline

Telephone: 0116 228 3129
This is a 24-hour answerphone that is regularly checked.

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Published 18 December 2019
Last updated 1 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated visiting guidance based on 1 April COVID rule changes

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

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

  4. Updated physical contact guidance

  5. New visiting times and booking information added.

  6. Prison moved into National Stage 3 framework and is now preparing to open visits for family, friends and significant others. We will update this page with specific visiting information as soon as possible.

  7. visit info

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

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

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

  11. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  12. Added confirmation of secure video calls being made available at this prison.

  13. Updated survey link

  14. Prison visits update.

  15. First published.