Book a Prison Visit to Ashfield Prison

Book a Prison Visit to Ashfield Prison

Visiting Ashfield Prison in Bristol, England, requires some preparation and understanding of the procedures in place to ensure a smooth and compliant visit. Here’s a comprehensive guide covering various aspects of visiting Ashfield Prison:

Contact Information

  • Address: Shortwood Rd, Pucklechurch, Bristol BS16 9QJ, United Kingdom
  • Phone: +44 117 303 8000

Visiting times to Ashfield Prison

Booking a Visit

  • How to Book: Visits to Ashfield Prison can be booked either online through the prison’s official website or by calling the visitor centre directly. Once your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email or call with the date and time of your visit. It’s recommended to book your visit well in advance due to the high demand for slots​​.
  • Visiting Times:
    • Monday to Friday: 14:00 – 16:30
    • Saturday: 09:00 – 11:30 and 14:00 – 16:30
    • Sunday: 14:00 – 16:30
    • Note: These times are subject to change and may vary depending on the inmate’s wing or unit​​.

HMP Ashfield Prison Visiting Requirements

During the Visit

  • What to Bring: Ensure you have a valid form of identification (passport or driving license) and a small amount of change for lockers to store your personal items during the visit. Mobile phones, cameras, and other electronic devices are not permitted inside the visiting area​​.
  • Security Procedures: All visitors will be searched before being admitted to the visits hall. You will need to provide photo ID and proof of address​​.
  • Visitor Separation: The visits hall keeps under 18-year-old visitors separate from adult visitors​​.

Getting There

  • Location: Ashfield Prison is north of Bristol but south of the M4.
  • Public Transport: The nearest train station is Bristol Parkway. The prison runs a mini-bus service from the station to the prison timed to match visiting hours. Public buses from Bristol also pass the prison​​.
  • Driving Directions: If driving, leave the M32 at Junction 1 and follow signs for Mangotsfield and Pucklechurch. Parking is available at the prison​​.

Additional Information

  • Changes to Visiting Times: Visiting times and availability at Ashfield Prison may change at short notice, so it’s advisable to contact the prison directly for any queries​​.
  • Prison Management: The prison is managed by Serco Group plc​​.

Reminder and Tips

  • Book in Advance: Due to limited slots, booking your visit in advance is essential.
  • Check for Updates: Always verify the latest visiting times and any specific guidelines that might be in place before your visit.
  • Prepare for Security Checks: Be ready for security procedures and ensure you bring only permitted items.

For the most up-to-date information and any specific queries, it’s advisable to directly contact Ashfield Prison or visit the prison’s official website. Also, the Prisoners’ Families Helpline at 0808 808 2003 can provide additional support, although it is not used for booking visits​​. Remember to verify all details with the official sources to ensure compliance with the latest regulations and procedures.