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HMP BARLINNIE Visiting Information

81 Lee Avenue,
G33 2QX

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Booking Procedure

Convicted prisoners book their own visits. Unconvicted use a Booking Line

Booking Phone No.

0141 770 2037 (Remand only)

Booking Opening Time

Weekdays; 09:00-14:00 & 15:00-20:00, Weekend; 09:00-13:00

Minimum Booking Notice

24 Hours

Min Age Unaccompanied


Search Procedure

Rub down, metal detectors, passive drugs dogs

Visitors 1st Visit ID

Photo ID - Passport, Driving Licence etc. plus one showing address

Subsequent Visit ID

ID required for every visit

Visitor Adult Age

16 - Adult ID required

Child Visitor ID


Disabled Facilities

Wheelchair access, toilets, ramps, lift and disabled parking. Phone 0141 770 2053 if you have any questions about mobility issues


Visitor Car Park (on left of building); 6 disabled places outside main entrance

Hand In Money on Visit

Weekdays 09:00 - 20:00 Weekend; 13:00 - 16:00. Pay in (cash only - £50 limit for convicted prisoners) at the Cash Desk to the left of the Atrium area

Hand In Other Items

Visitor must bring Proform with property. If handing in electrical items; battery equipment should have batteries and mains equipment should have a moulded plug

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Opening Times

Sun: 12:45-15:30 & Wed: 12:30-15:30


Hot & cold drinks and snacks


Yes, with baby changing facilities

Disabled Facilities

Full access

Child Facilities

Play area

Convicted prisoners book their own visits. There is a booking line for remand prisoners' visitors to book visits.


Click Here to download a leaflet about Virtual Visits


There is a new Visitors' Centre at Barlinnie called 'The Croft'.

Croft, Visitors' Support and Advice Centre

It is open on Wednesdays 12:00-15:00 in a local hall on Smithycroft Road.

They offer a pop-up advice centre in partnership with SPS, CAB and Families Outside in the prison Waiting Area from Tuesday - Friday, including Thursday evenings and on Sundays - they are also piloting Saturday opening (check timetable in the Waiting Area for details).

The new centre includes refreshments, a picnic area and a play area for children.

Visit the Visitor Centre website


The small visits room in the establishment has been redecorated by prisoners to make it a bright and inviting space, with a soft play area and a library corner for little ones to enjoy during visits.

The creation of the new visits area has boosted the number of family sessions available in the prison by 100 per week. Children's visits are currently being piloted in mornings and evenings to gauge the uptake for the facility, and the feedback from families so far has been incredibly positive.

On your first visit you must have two forms of identification with you. One must have an up to date photograph and the other must have a current name and address.

Once you produced the above ID to the visit officers your photograph will be take and held on the computer system for the duration of the prisoner’s sentence. It will then be removed once he is liberated. Children are not photographed.

The above process must be completed for each individual prisoner you visit.

Validate UK are able to provide you at a cost with photographic ID. The visit front desk can provide you with an application form.



All visitors are subject to searching and religious headwear may be subject to search but this is done in a private area and time given to replace it properly before proceeding. Searching is done by persons of the same gender.



Children of all ages are welcome to visit prisoners at Barlinnie but you are not allowed to take push chairs or spare nappies into the Visit Room. There are prison pushchairs and highchiars within the Visit Room.

If you need to breast feed a baby you should speak to staff who will arrange for you to do this in private. It is not allowed, in view, in the Visit Room.

Click Here to download a special leaflet about child visits to Barlinnie. 607Kb. PDF



You can leave personal items in lockers before entering the Visit Room. You can take necessary prescribed medication with you but you must not wear outside clothing, 'hoodies', sunglasses or scarfs.


After the Visit

The staff advise the visitors when there are two minutes to left of the visit. Prisoners are called out first; the visitors remain seated until staff escort them out of the visit.


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40 tables, 3 seats on one side, prisoner on the other


Hot & cold drinks and snacks: vending machines


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Child Facilities

Play area supervised by 'Toybox', a volunteer organisation

Cash Allowed In Room

Max £10 - Coins only per adult visitor

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09:30-10:15, 10:45-11:30, 12:30-13:15, 14:00-14:30, 15:00-15:45, 17:15-18:00. 18:30-19:15 & 19:45-20:30


09:30-10:15, 10:45-11:30, 12:30-13:15, 14:00-14:30, 15:00-15:45, 17:15-18:00. 18:30-19:15 & 19:45-20:30


09:30-10:15, 10:45-11:30, 12:30-13:15, 14:00-14:30, 15:00-15:45, 17:15-18:00. 18:30-19:15 & 19:45-20:30


09:30-10:15, 10:45-11:30, 12:30-13:15, 14:00-14:30, 15:00-15:45, 17:15-18:00. 18:30-19:15 & 19:45-20:30


09:30-10:15, 10:45-11:30, 12:30-13:15, 14:00-14:30, 15:00-15:45, 17:15-18:00. 18:30-19:15 & 19:45-20:30


10:15-11:00, 11:45-12:30, 14:15-14:45 & 15:15-15:45


10:15-11:00, 11:45-12:30, 14:15-14:45 & 15:15-15:45

Each month a visit timetable is issued within the halls detailing the visit times and dates for that month. The prisoner books his own visits using this timetable and it is his responsibility to notify his visitors of the visit date and time.


Please note that not all prisoners are able to book visits for every session. Some are allocated to remand, some to convicted and some to other prisoners.

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Remand Standard

6 visits of 30 minutes per week

Convicted Standard

4 visits per month of 45 minute

Convicted Enhanced

5 visits per month of 1 hour

Barlinnie have monthly family visits for prisoners' own children. There are also special events.


This is the only Prison in the world currently running the Positive Parenting Programme for prisoners and their partners. Once prisoners take part in this course they participate in bonding visits.


Barlinnie also run several events throughout the year and most of the prison population are eligible to take part.


They have actively encouraged outside agencies to assist in the events. This has included groups such a Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, Glasgow Open Museum, British Heart Foundation, NHS, and Families Outside.



The Child Visits at HMP Barlinnie are currently once every weekday from 5-6pm and it is worth noting that the visit is booked by the prisoner, including for remand prisoners. 

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Booking Number

0141 770 2094 (08:30-16:00)

Visiting Time

08:30 - 15:30 (Visitors must leave by 16:00)

Hand Items To prisoner


Receive Items From Prisoner


Laptops, recorders etc. must be declared and will be x-rayed
DVD playing facilities available
Court Video Link available

Change of weekend visit arrangements

HMP Barlinnie inform us that only emergency legal visits can be accommodated at weekends due to the development of a Prisoners' Family Contact Suite and staffing restructuring.

This applies to all legal visits, social work court reports and medical visits.

Emergency visits will be accommodated during normal weekend visit hours. Two rooms will be available per visit session and a maximum of 2 prisoners will be able to be seen during this time. These emergency visits must be booked between 08:30 - 16:00 on a Friday.


Prison Video Link

Tel: 0141 770 2094


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Glasgow Private Hire
712 Edinburgh Road, Glasgow G33 3PU
0141 774 3000

Millerston Taxis
15 Station Road, Millerston, Glasgow G33 6NL
0141 779 1066

Castle Cars Ltd
9 Springfield Crescent, Uddingston, Glasgow G71 7LN
01698 814999


Cornerways Bed & Breakfast
159 Glasgow Road, East Kilbride, Glasgow G74 4PA
01355 228297

Onslow Guest House
2 Onslow Drive, Glasgow G31 2LX
0141 554 6797

Craigielea House
35 Westercraigs, Glasgow G31 2HY
0141 554 3446

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Important Information for Disabled Visitors to Prisons from the Scottish Prison Service

Under the new Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 we have a duty to ensure we can evacuate disabled persons from any part of our Estate we give them access to. We achieve this by creating a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP). If you have particular requirements please contact us with the following information:

Which establishment you are visiting, the date and time; and details of your requirements.


One form of ID MUST be an official photographic ID such as Passport. If a visitor has no Photo ID they can apply at the prison for a Validate UK ID Card and will be allowed two weeks ‘grace’ to get it. See below for a list of acceptable ID.

Personal Identification of Visitors.
The following examples will be accepted as suitable for ID purposes. One example from each list is required

List 1 — Photographic ID
• Passport
• Photographic Driving Licence
• Workplace photographic ID
• Photographic bankcard
• National Identity Card (non- UK Nationals)
• Identity Card issued by Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.
• Firearms Certificate or Shotgun Licence
• Other official photographic ID eg membership cards

List 2 — Proof of name and address
• Recent utility bill eg. gas bill or electricity bill (not more than 6 months old, not a mobile phone bill, and not printed from the Internet)
• Benefit book or pension book
• Council Tax bill
• Current full UK Driving Licence (old type).
• Inland Revenue tax notification
• Electoral Register
• Solicitors letter confirming recent house purchase
• Tenancy agreement
• Inland Revenue correspondence.
• Bank or Building Society book
• National Savings book
• Council rent book
• Health Board Prescription Exemption Payment Certificate
• Vehicle Registration Document
• Credit card statement (not more than 6 months old and not printed from the internet)
• Recent bank or building society statement (not more than 6 months old and not printed from the internet)
• National Insurance Card — (proof of name only and should be accompanied by proof of address)
• Cheque book, cheque guarantee, debit or credit card - (proof of name only and should be accompanied by proof of address)



Barlinnie Prison can facilitate visitors who may require wheelchair access or have other difficulties walking.  Ramp access to the building is available and access to the visit room by a lift can be facilitated upon request.  If you require additional assistance please do not hesitate to contact the prison prior to attending.

Travel Information

The nearest mainline stations are Queen Street and Central, in Glasgow. The nearest local stations are Alexandra Parade and Carntyne.
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Facilities at Queen Street Station: Refreshments, toilets, public phones, ATM, and waiting rooms. The whole station is step free.

Facilities at Central Station: Refreshments, toilets, baby changing facilities, public phones, ATM, and waiting rooms. Level access to ticket office and platforms.

Facilities at Alexandra Parade Station: No facilities. Stairs down from street to both platforms.

Facilities at Carntyne Station: No facilities. Step free acces with ramps to both platforms.


The prison is a short bus journey from the city centre and is serviced by a number of buses including the Numbers 36, 38, 39, and 39A.
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The most frequent bus to use is the number 38. `First Glasgow' operates this service between Eastwood Toll on the south side of the city through to Garthamlock on the north east of the city. This bus is especially useful for visitors using the rail network as it passes by both Queen Street and Central Stations based in Glasgow city centre.
For Queen Street users, the bus stops at George Square and for Central Station use the left side exit point of the station on to Hope Street. The bus stop is 50 yards on the right as you leave the station. The main stopping points on its route are, from the south, Giffnock, Shawlands, City Centre, Royal Infirmary, Alexandra Parade, Riddrie Library and onto Garthamlock. The service runs every 10 minutes throughout the day and the average journey time from the City Centre is around 20 minutes. For those unfamiliar with the exact location of the Prison please exit the bus at Riddrie Library, cross the road carefully by the pedestrian crossing and walk up Lee Avenue (between the shops and the school) where you will see the Prison. Other buses that pass HMP Barlinnie are the numbers 36, which runs from Abronhill (Cumbernauld) through Moodiesburn, Muirhead, Riddrie, Royal Infirmary, and onto Buchanan Bus Station. This service runs every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening. The numbers 38/38A/ X38 also provides a service which passes HMP Barlinnie. This service operates hourly from Stirling to Glasgow and passes Denny, Cumbernauld, Condorrat, Muirhead, Riddrie and onto Buchanan Bus Station.
Click here for Route 38 timetables

Buchanan Bus Station; 0141 333 3708

Please Note:  First Glasgow buses operate an exact fare policy so please ensure you have the correct fare as change will not be given. For further details log onto www.firstgroup.com


Useful telephone Numbers

Social Work Unit; 0141 770 2123
Family Contact Officers; 0141 770 2037
Barlinnie Chaplaincy; 0141 770 2059
SACRO Glasgow; 0141 248 1763
Families Outside; 0500 839 383

Prison main telephone numbers.
These numbers are not for booking visits but may be useful in emergencies or if you have problems booking a visit or enroute.
Tel: 0141 770 2000
Fax: 0141 770 2060


Information about Visiting is primarily supplied by the prison. This is supplemented with information from the various prison service websites, charities working within Visit Centres, IMB and HMCIP reports.

The ‘Updated’ date shows when information was last changed. The information is checked regularly; however, if you have further information, or believe our data to be incorrect, please use the ‘Contact’ link below.

Updated: October 2014

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