Book a Prison Visit to Thorn Cross Prison

Book a Prison Visit to Thorn Cross Prison

Book a prison visit to Thorn Cross and discover essential booking information, parking, and visiting times. Thorn Cross Prison, a Category D adult male institution, caters to men aged 18 or older. It’s located in the village of Appleton Thorn near Warrington in Cheshire, England, and was established on the site of a former airfield, RNAS Stretton (HMS Blackcap). Thorn Cross has evolved over the years, initially serving as an open prison for young men aged 18-25, and now functions as an open facility for any man over 18​​​​.

Booking Your Visit at Thorn Cross

To schedule a visit to Thorn Cross, follow these steps:

  • Visitors List: Ensure you’re on the prisoner’s visitor list.
  • Advance Booking: Book your visit 3-4 days in advance.
  • Identification: Carry the required ID during your visit.
  • Age Restriction: At least one visitor must be 18 or older.
  • Frequency: Prisoners can have one visit a week or more, subject to availability​​.

Visiting times to Thorn Cross Prison

How to Book Family and Friends Visits

  • Booking Process: Visits are organized based on prisoner applications. The prison contacts family and friends to arrange visits.
  • Booking Times: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 pm.
  • Booking Line: Call 01925 805018 to book a visit.
  • Visiting Times:
    • Friday: 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm
    • Saturday: 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm
    • Sunday: 9:45 am to 11:45 am and 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm​​.

HMP Thorn Cross Visiting Information

Directions and Parking

Thorn Cross Prison is located approximately 5 miles from Warrington Central and Warrington Bank Quay railway stations.

  • Public Transport: Use buses heading to Appleton Thorn or taxis from the stations.
  • Visitor Parking: A car park is available opposite the prison, including spaces for Blue Badge holders​​.

Visiting Guidelines

  • Identification: All visitors aged 16 or older must show ID.
  • Security Checks: Expect a pat-down search for all visitors, including children, and possible security dog inspections.
  • Dress Code: Dress sensibly. Avoid wearing items like vests, low-cut tops, high-cut shorts, or dresses.
  • Prohibited Items: No money is allowed in the visiting area. Leave most items, including pushchairs and car seats, in a locker or with security.
  • Compliance: Follow the rules provided by an officer at the start of your visit. Non-compliance may result in cancellation of the visit and a potential ban​​.

Contact Details and Address

  • Address:
    • HMP/YOI Thorn Cross
    • Arley Road
    • Appleton Thorn
    • Warrington
    • Cheshire
    • WA4 4RL
  • Telephone: 01925 805018​​.

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