Thorn Cross Prison Information

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

Thorn Cross Prison was opened in 1985 and has since played a vital role in the UK's penal system. The prison operates as an open facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

Thorn Cross Prison is classified as a Category D prison, indicating the lowest level of security. The prison focuses on preparing inmates for their eventual release by providing a less restrictive environment while maintaining necessary security measures.

Thorn Cross Prison primarily houses adult male offenders who have been assessed as suitable for an open prison setting. 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.

Thorn Cross 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 rooms or shared accommodation for inmates. The rooms are designed to meet the less restrictive requirements of an open prison and are equipped with basic amenities.
  • Education and Vocational Training: Thorn Cross Prison places a strong emphasis on education and vocational training. Inmates have access to a range of educational programs, including basic literacy and numeracy, as well as accredited courses. Vocational training opportunities are also available to develop employable skills and enhance prospects for successful reintegration.
  • Work Opportunities: Inmates at Thorn Cross Prison have access to work activities within the prison, such as maintenance, gardening, or kitchen roles. These work activities aim to develop skills and promote a sense of responsibility.
  • Community Engagement: Thorn Cross Prison encourages inmates to engage with the local community through work placements, charity initiatives, and community-based projects. This helps foster a sense of responsibility and encourages positive interaction with society.
  • 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: Thorn Cross Prison offers pre-release planning and support to help inmates prepare for their eventual release. This includes assistance with accommodation, employment, and access to community-based support services.
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Contact Information
HMP Thorn Cross,
Arley Road,
Appleton Thorn,

Tel: 01925 805018

Website: HMP Thorn Cross Prison
Booking a visit to Thorn Cross Prison
Visiting Times at Thorn Cross Prison

Thorn Cross is currently running visits based on prisoner applications. Family and friends will then be contacted by the prison to arrange visits.

Visiting times:
  • Friday: 1:45pm to 3:45pm
  • Saturday: 1:45pm to 3:45pm
  • Sunday: 9:45am to 11.45am and 1:45pm to 3:45pm
To book a visit please call the booking line: 01925 805018

Visits can be booked between:
Monday to Friday - 9am to 12pm.

Thorn Cross Prison Information

How to get to Thorn Cross Prison:

Thorn Cross is about 5 miles from Warrington Central and Warrington Bank Quay railway stations. From the stations, use buses going to Appleton Thorn or take a taxi.

To plan your journey by public transport:

There is a visitors car park opposite the prison, including space for Blue Badge holders.

For all visits to Thorn Cross 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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