Preston Prison Information

Preston Prison, officially known as HMP Preston, is a Category B men's prison located in Preston, Lancashire, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, Preston Prison serves as a significant correctional facility within the UK's prison system. Here is important information about Preston Prison:

Preston Prison was established in 1790 and has a long history as a correctional institution. The prison operates as a Category B facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

Preston Prison is classified as a Category B prison, indicating a medium level of security. The prison implements necessary security measures to ensure the safety and security of both staff and inmates.

Preston Prison primarily houses adult male offenders who have been assessed as suitable for Category B conditions. These inmates may have committed a range of offenses and are typically serving medium to long-term sentences. The prison focuses on providing a safe and supportive environment to facilitate their rehabilitation and eventual reintegration into society.

Preston Prison offers various facilities and services to support the welfare and rehabilitation of its inmates. These include:
  • Accommodation: The prison provides 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.
  • Education and Vocational Training: Preston Prison places a strong emphasis on education and vocational training. Inmates have access to a range of educational programs, including basic education, literacy, numeracy, and accredited courses. Vocational training opportunities are also available to develop employable skills and enhance prospects for successful reintegration into society.
  • Work Opportunities: Inmates at Preston Prison have access to various work activities within the prison, such as maintenance, cleaning, kitchen, and other designated roles. These work activities aim to develop skills, instill discipline, and promote a sense of responsibility.
  • Healthcare: Preston Prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who provide primary healthcare services to prisoners. Mental health support, substance abuse programs, and specialized medical care are also available.
  • Family Contact: The prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and facilitates visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Resettlement Support: Preston Prison offers pre-release planning and support to help inmates prepare for their eventual release. This may include assistance with accommodation, employment, and access to community-based support services.
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Contact Information
HMP Preston,
2 Ribbleton Lane,

Tel: 01772 444 550

Website: HMP Preston Prison
Booking a visit to Preston Prison
Visiting Times at Preston Prison

You can book your visit online:

You can also book your visit by telephone:
Visits booking line: 0330 058 8224

The line will be open:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
12pm to 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday:
9am to 5pm.

Visiting times:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday:
2pm to 3pm
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday: no visits

Preston Prison Information

How to get to Preston Prison:

Preston Prison is about a mile from Preston station and half a mile from the bus station.

To plan your journey by public transport:

There is no visitor parking at the prison. Visitors need to find their own parking.

For all visits to Preston Prison, visitors are required to bring photographic ID and proof of address (dated within the past 3 months). The only forms of photographic ID that will be accepted are:
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Photographic
  • Driving Licence (full or provisional)
  • Citizen Card
  • Senior Citizens Bus Pass Travel Card (issued by Scottish Government)
The only forms of proof of address that will be accepted are:
  • Utility bill
  • Council tax bill
  • Benefit book
  • Bank statement
  • other letter from official source

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