Askham Grange Prison

Askham Grange Prison is a women's closed-category prison located in Askham Richard, near York, in the United Kingdom. It is managed by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and operates as a part of the broader prison system in England and Wales. Askham Grange Prison has a significant focus on the rehabilitation and reintegration of its inmates.

Askham Grange Prison was established in 1952 as an open prison for women, intended to house prisoners who were deemed suitable for a less secure environment. It initially functioned as a borstal, a correctional institution for young offenders. Over the years, the prison's role evolved, and in 1988, it was converted into a closed-category women's prison. Since then, Askham Grange has become known for its progressive and innovative approach to rehabilitation.

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Contact Information
HM Prison Askham Grange
Askham Richard,
YO23 3FT

Tel: 01904 772000

Website: HM Prison Askham Grange
Booking a visit to Askham Grange Prison
How to book a visit at HM Prison Askham Grange

You can book your visit by telephone. There is no online booking service available.

Booking line: 0300 060 6513
Monday to Friday, 9.15am to 4pm

Visiting times: Saturday and Sunday: 2pm to 3pm.

Visiting info for Askham Grange Prison

All visitors aged 16 and older need to bring one of the following types of photo ID:
  • passport
  • driving licence
  • benefit book
  • senior citizen’s public transport pass
  • annual public transport season ticket (with photo card)
  • employer ID card (if it shows the name of the visitor and the employer)
  • European Community identity card
The best directions to Askham Grange Prison: How to get there.

The nearest train station to Askham Prison is York Station, you will need to take a bus from there to Askham Richard except on a Sunday. There is also a taxi rank at the station should you need it.

If you are driving, There is a visitors car park at Askham Grange, including space for Blue Badge holders.

What to expect at the Visit at Askham Grange:

All visitors will need to be given a pat-down search, including children. You may also be sniffed by security dogs.

We suggest that you take in sufficient cash to buy food and drink from the tea bar in the visiting hall, the prisoner you are visiting will be greatly appreciative.
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