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HMP ALTCOURSE Visiting Information

Higher Lane,
L9 7LH

Local public transport information is given below under Additional Information.

You can also access our page on General Public Transport Information for links to Rail, Buses etc.

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Booking Procedure

Visiting Order sent by prisoner

Booking Phone No.

0151 522 2042 / 2047/2196

Booking Opening Time

Mon - Fri; 08:30 to 17:00

Minimum Booking Notice

24 Hours

Booking Email Address

Not available

Min Age Unaccompanied


Search Procedure

Rub down, metal detectors, passive drugs dogs

Visitors 1st Visit ID

Photo ID - Passport, Driving Licence etc

Subsequent Visit ID

ID required for every visit

Visitor Adult Age

18 - Adult ID required

Child Visitor ID

Awaiting information

Disabled Facilities

All facilities ground floor and full disabled access


Free parking outside + 6 disabled spaces

Hand In Money on Visit


Hand In Other Items

Clothing; up to 14 days after conviction

Book next visit on Visit

Remand only

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Opening Times

From 13:00


Hot & cold drinks and snacks


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Disabled Facilities

Full access including toilets - all facilities on the Ground Floor

Child Facilities

Supervised crèche

Refundable Locker Deposit

Awaiting information

Check in 30 minutes before visit

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Coffee table, three seats plus prisoner


Hot & cold drinks and snacks


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Child Facilities

Supervised crèche

Cash Allowed In Room

Up to £20 (any denomination, paper money OK)

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13:00-16:30 & 18:00-20:30


13:00-16:30 & 18:00-20:30


13:00-16:30 & 18:00-20:30


13:00-16:30 & 18:00-20:30




08:30-11:30 & 13:00 – 16:30


08:30-11:30 & 13:00 – 16:30

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Convicted Basic

4 Per month

Convicted Standard

4 Per month

Convicted Enhanced

4 Per month

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Booking Number

0151 5222043

Visiting Time

Mon - Fri 08:30 - 11:30, 13:30 - 15:30 & 18:00 - 19:30

Hand Items To prisoner

May be subject to search

Receive Items From Prisoner

May be subject to search

PVL - Prison Video Link

0151 522 2000 ext 2085

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Liver Davy Ltd
72-76 Duke Street, Liverpool L1 5AA
0151 709 4646

Freephone Taxis Ltd‎
21 Stafford Street, Liverpool L3 8LX
0151 709 5959

Central Cars
15 Whitefield Road, Liverpool L6 5DD
0151 260 1010


Eves Guest House
101 Orrell Lane, Liverpool L9 8BL
0151 474 8000

Newsham Park Guest House
86 Sheil Road, Liverpool L6 3AF
0151 263 9400

Holme Leigh
93 Woodcroft Road, Liverpool L15 2HG
0151 734 2216

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Identification for Prison Visiting

The Prison Service has published a full list of acceptable identification for visitors to prisons under PSI 2011-015.

Acceptable forms of Identification - members of the general public.
Social Visits

Visitors may identify themselves using one of the following: List 1

  • Benefits book;
  • C identity card;
  • Driving licence;
  • Employer’s or student ID card but only if this clearly shows the name of the visitor and the employer or educational establishment, and has a photograph or signature which can be compared with the visitor’s appearance or signature, and if the Foreign Nationals identity card;
  • Passport, including foreign passports, and time expired passports where the photograph is still recognisable;
  • Senior citizen’s public transport photo pass issued by local authority.

If the visitor is unable to produce one of the above, staff may accept combinations of two or more of the following: List 2

  • Birth/marriage certificate;
  • Cheque book or credit/debit card (counts as one);
  • Citizen Card;
  • Employer’s pass or ID;
  • Expired documents from List 1 that appear satisfactory in other ways;
  • Foreign identity or residents’ card (other than EC ID cards acceptable in their own right);
  • ID card from a recognised prison visitors’ organisation (e.g. New Bridge); the name on the card may differ from that on the VO, but provided the visitor has other identification to back up the ID card, and provided staff have no reason to doubt their bona fides, then this will form acceptable identification;
  • Rent book;
  • Student ID card not acceptable in List 1;
  • Trade union or National Students’ Union membership card;
  • Young person’s ‘proof of age’ card.

Staff retains discretion to accept any other forms of identification, singly or in combination, that clearly identify the visitor in a satisfactory way.

Acceptable forms of identification – Professional visitors

  • Consular officials: consular ID card;
  • Legal advisers: identity card issued by firm/chambers, or introductory letter on headed letter paper of firm/chambers;
  • Members of either House of Parliament: Houses of Parliament ID card;
  • NHS photographic identification badge/card. Independent sector healthcare photographic identification badge/card;
  • Other public officials: departmental or local authority pass or ID card (but only if it shows the name of the visitor and the name of the department or local authority);
  • Police, UK Border Agency and HM Revenue & Customs officers: warrant card;
  • Probation officers: probation department ID card;
  • Researchers: Security Photo pass or official letter (visits must be pre-arranged);
  • Social workers identification cards;
  • Staff from other prisons, HQ or Home Office staff: Ministry of Justice, Prison Service, or Home Office photo security pass.

If visitors have any doubts concerning their identification they should contact the prison before their visit.


For up to date travel information: Mersey Travel timetables

Arrive at Liverpool Central Station in the city centre, then take the Northern Line Kirkby train to Fazakerley Station. Exit the station and turn left onto the main road, Longmoor Lane, until reaching traffic lights. Turn right onto Lower Lane (signposted Fazakerley Hospital ), pass the hospital on the right and at the next traffic lights turn right into Higher Lane. HMP Altcourse is approx. 1/4 mile on your right.

Facilities at Liverpool Central Station: Toilets, baby changing facilities, public phones and ATM are available. The station is step free with lifts to platforms and train ramps.

Facilities at Fazakerley Station: Pay phone. The station has no facilities for people with disabilities but station staff will offer assistance. Telephone at least 24 hours before you travel to 'book' assistance (0151 702 2071).

Click here for Networkrail information

Details of local bus services are found on: Mersey Travel timetables
From the Liverpool city centre Bus Station Paradise Street Bus Interchange: Stand 9 bus Nos.20, or 21 to Longmoor Lane, then the 121 to the Prison.
Alternatively the No 17 from Paradise Street Bus Interchange Stand 5 to Fazakerley Hospital, then the 121 to the Prison.

The Liverpool Loop line, (a part of the Trans Pennine Trail), runs parallel to the Prison on Long Lane. This traffic free route has access points from Fazackerly, Aintree, Orrell Park, Broadgreen and Hunts Cross Stations. There is no charge for taking bicycles onto Mersey Travel trains.
Click here for Maps of the Loop Line and Access Points


These numbers are not for booking visits but may be useful in emergencies or if you have problems booking a visit or enroute.
Tel: 0151 522 2000
Fax: 0151 522 2121


Updated November 2013

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Inside Time Limited provide the details of taxi companies and accommodation without recommendation. These are merely businesses within easy distance. Visitors are strongly advised to contact the business well in advance to check availability and pricing.


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