Cornton Vale Prison Information

Cornton Vale Prison
Cornton Vale Prison, officially known as HMP & YOI Cornton Vale, is a women's prison located in Stirling, Scotland. Managed by the Scottish Prison Service, Cornton Vale primarily holds female offenders. Here is important information about Cornton Vale Prison:

Cornton Vale Prison was established in 1975 and serves as a correctional facility for women offenders in Scotland. It is designed to securely hold female individuals who have been convicted of various offenses and support their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

Cornton Vale Prison accommodates women across a range of security classifications, from low risk to high risk. It has a variety of units with different security levels, allowing for appropriate placement based on individual needs and risks.

Cornton Vale Prison primarily accommodates women offenders. It holds individuals who have been remanded in custody, serving short-term sentences, or serving longer sentences for more serious offenses. The prison can house approximately 200 individuals.

Cornton Vale Prison provides a range of facilities and services to meet the needs of its inmates and support their rehabilitation. These include:
  • Accommodation: The prison consists of multiple residential units with individual cells or shared accommodation for inmates. The cells are equipped with basic amenities, including beds, personal storage, and sanitation facilities.
  • Healthcare: Cornton Vale Prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who offer primary healthcare services to prisoners. Mental health support and substance abuse programs are also available.
  • Education and Vocational Training: The prison offers educational programs to help inmates improve their literacy, numeracy, and other skills. Vocational training opportunities are provided to enhance employment prospects upon release.
  • Workshops and Employment: Inmates have access to workshops where they can engage in various activities such as craft-making, textiles, and other vocational programs. These activities aim to develop skills and potential employment options within the prison.
  • Family Contact: The prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and offers opportunities for visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Chaplaincy Services: Cornton Vale Prison has chaplains representing different faiths who offer religious support and guidance to prisoners.
  • Visitation: Family and friends of inmates are allowed to visit within specified visiting hours. The prison has established guidelines and procedures to ensure a safe and secure visiting environment.
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Contact Information
HMP Cornton Vale
Cornton Road,
FK9 5NU,

Tel: 01786 443 500

Website: HM Prison Cornton Vale
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How to book a visit to Cornton Vale Prison?

Those individuals who are on remand are entitled to one visit daily Monday to Friday and also one at the weekend. The Women who are convicted are entitled to not less than 2 hours in any period of 28 consecutive days. Each of those visits will last an hour.

Visits are booked by the women who are in our custody, who in turn will notify their visitor of day and time allocated.

At each visit there is a maximum of 3 adult visitors, this does not include children under the age of 16.

Cornton Vale Prison Information

What are the visiting times at Cornton Vale prison?

Visiting times:
  • Monday - 14:00-15:30
  • Tuesday - 19:00-20:30
  • Wednesday - 14:00-15:30
  • Thursday - 19:00-20:30
  • Friday - 14:00-15:30
  • Saturday - 14:30-16:00
  • Sunday - 14:30-16:00
How to get to Cornton Vale Prison?

By Car
Cornton Vale is situated on the B823 approximately 2 miles from the town centre of Stirling. If travelling by car from Glasgow, Edinburgh or the north, stay on the M9 until junction 11, take the road signposted to Bridge of Allan (2 miles)

Once you are in Bridge of Allan, turn right into Fountain Road (opposite the Royal Hotel). Proceed down Fountain Road, past the Fire Station and over the railway level crossing. Cornton Vale is 400 yards past the crossing on the right hand side. Parking is limited at Cornton Vale. There are a few spaces at “The Family Hub”, if there are no spaces left, the main car park is situated to the rear of the prison. There are disabled spaces in the Family Hub car park and also in the main prison car park outside the main gate.

By Bus and Rail
The bus and railway stations are located in Stirling, near the City Centre. The bus station is 200yds to the left when you exit the railway station. The 53 and 54A buses stop right outside the prison; the journey takes approximately 10 minutes. Taxis are available outside the train station; a taxi fare is approximately £4. Contact Traveline Scotland on 0871 200 22 33 or for accurate, up to date travel information.
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