Risley Prison Information

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

Risley Prison was opened in 1964 and has since played a crucial role in the UK's penal system. The prison operates as a Category C facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

Risley 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.

Risley 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.

Risley 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: Risley 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 Risley 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: Risley 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: Risley 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 Risley,
Warrington Road,

Tel: 01925 733 000

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

The easiest way to book a social visit is via email: SocialVisitsRisley@justice.gov.uk

Bookings can also be made over the phone:

01925 733284 or 01925 733285

Phone lines are open Monday to Friday: 9am to 11:30am and 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Visiting times:

Week 1:

Monday afternoon A,B,C,D
Tuesday afternoon E,F,G
Wednesday afternoon E,F,G
Thursday afternoon A.B.C.D
Saturday morning E,F,G
Saturday afternoon A,B,C,D
Sunday morning E,F,G

Week 2:

Monday afternoon A,B,C,D
Tuesday afternoon E,F,G
Wednesday afternoon A,B,C,D
Thursday afternoon A.B.C.D
Saturday morning A,B,C,D
Saturday afternoon E,F,G
Sunday morning A,B,C,D

Risley Prison Information

How to get to Risley Prison:

Risley is about 6 miles from Warrington Central and Warrington Bank Quay railway stations. From the stations, use buses going to Leigh or take a taxi.

There is a visitor’s car park next to the prison. There are additional spaces for Blue Badge holders next to the visitors centre.

To plan your journey by public transport:


There is a visitors car park next to the prison. There are additional spaces for Blue Badge holders next to the visitors centre.

For all visits to Risley 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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