HMP Leicester

HMP Leicester is a striking prison in the UK, resembling a fortress with a design by William Parsons that mimics a castle. Located in the city, its gatehouse, the oldest section, dates back to 1825. Subsequent additions were made in 1874 and 1990. This local adult male prison has a capacity of 408 inmates​​.

HMP Leicester

Contact Information for HMP Leicester

  • Address: Welford Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 7AJ
  • Telephone: 01162 283 000​​.

Visiting Information for HMP Leicester

Booking Visits

Visits must be booked online. To be eligible to visit, you must:

  • Be listed on the inmate’s visitor list.
  • Carry the required identification.
  • At least one visitor must be over 18 years old.
  • Remand prisoners are allowed 2 visits per week, convicted prisoners 2 per month, and enhanced prisoners 3 per month.
  • All visits should be booked in advance, and only those listed on the Prisoner’s Authorisation Contact List will be allowed entry​​.

Visiting Times

  • Monday to Thursday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm, and additionally on Tuesday to Thursday from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.
  • Friday: No visits.
  • Weekends: 10:00am – 12:00pm, and 1:00pm – 4:00pm​​.

Requirements and Restrictions

  • Visitors must comply with COVID-19 guidelines and not visit if self-isolating or symptomatic.
  • Visitors must pass security checks, which may include finger/thumb prints or iris scans, and sometimes security dogs.
  • Identification: Visitors need secure self-identification like a passport, driving license, and a proof of address.
  • Dress code: Modest dress is required, with prohibitions on work and sports clothes, hoods, offensive logos, ripped jeans, short skirts, and more​​.

Items Allowed and Prohibited

  • Allowed for children: Dummies, baby wipes, nappies, milk powder, and prescribed medication. These may be checked at the Visitors’ Centre.
  • Prohibited items: Illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons, cameras, mobile phones, and any material threatening prison security.
  • Money cannot be given to prisoners during visits​​​​.

Financial Assistance

Visitors on a low income or receiving benefits may be eligible for financial assistance through the Assisted Prison Visits Unit (APVU)​​.

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