Ranby Prison Information

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

Ranby Prison was opened in 1972 and operates as a Category C facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

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

Ranby Prison primarily houses adult male offenders who have been assessed as suitable for Category C 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.

Ranby 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: Ranby 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 Ranby 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: Ranby 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: Ranby 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 Ranby,
DN22 8EU

Tel: 01772 444 550

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

You can book your visit online:

You can book your visit by telephone.

Booking line: 01777 862 107

The booking line is open:
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm
Friday: 9am to 12pm

Visiting times:
Monday and Friday: 2pm to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 11am

Ranby Prison Information

How to get to Ranby Prison:

The closest railway station is in Retford ,from there you can get a taxi or take the bus to HMP Ranby on the A620 Retford to Worksop Rd.

To plan your journey by public transport use:


There is a free visitors car park.

There is also a disabled visitors car park.

For all visits to Ranby 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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