HMP Stafford

HMP Stafford is a category C training prison primarily housing male inmates. Originally opened in 1793 as the New Staffordshire Gaol, the prison retains some of its original structure, but most of the current establishment, including the Main Hall and Crescent wings, reflects substantial Puritanical design. As of May 1st, 2009, its capacity was 741 inmates​​. The prison is noted for being very safe, partly due to effective support for prisoners at risk of self-harm. It offers a wide range of educational and vocational training options, as well as workshops​​.

HMP Stafford

Contact Information for HMP Stafford

  • Telephone Number: 01785 773000
  • Address: HMP Stafford, 54 Gaol Road, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 3AW

Visiting Information for HMP Stafford

Booking Visits: Visits must be booked in advance, with visitors required to be on the inmate’s visitor list. Booking can be done online or by phone at 0300 060 6505. The booking line operates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from midday to 5 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, but is closed on weekends and public holidays​​.

Visiting Times:

  • Wednesday: 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Thursday: 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Saturday: 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Sunday: 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Note: The Visits Centre is open from midday to 4:30 pm on these days​​.

Getting There:

  • By Bus: No direct service; buses stop at Sainsbury’s in Chell Road, a short walk from the prison.
  • By Train: Stafford connects to major cities on the West Coast main-line.
  • By Car: Use postcode ST16 3AW. Directions for those arriving via the M6 are available.
  • Parking: A public pay and display car park is opposite the prison gate, charging up to £4.40 for 24 hours (£1.00 all day on Sundays), with free parking for disabled blue badge holders​​.

Identification and Security: Visitors aged 16 or older must prove their identity, and HMP Stafford uses a biometrics system for this purpose. Mobile phones, excess money, and unpermitted items must be stored in lockers, but visitors can carry ID, a locker key, and up to £30 for in-prison purchases​​.

Dress Code: Visitors must adhere to a strict dress code to maintain a family-friendly environment, avoiding see-through, revealing clothing or clothing with offensive messages​​.

Facilities: The Visitors Centre offers a tea bar, play area for children, baby changing facilities, and a space for visitors to relax and get advice. Its opening hours are 10:30 am to 4:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and 1 pm to 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday​​.

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