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HMP BULLINGDON Visiting Information

Patrick Haugh Road,
OX25 1PZ

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Booking Procedure

Visitor telephones the booking line

Booking Phone No.

01869 353 176

Booking Opening Time

Mon - Fri; 09:00-16:00

Minimum Booking Notice

1 weekday (12:30 Friday for weekend)

Min Age Unaccompanied


Search Procedure

Rub down, metal detector and passive drugs dogs

Visitors 1st Visit ID

Photo ID (passport etc)

Subsequent Visit ID

ID required for each visit

Visitor Adult Age

18 - adult ID required

Child Visitor ID

Birth Certificate, Passport, Medical Card, Proof of Age Card

Disabled Facilities

Full access, ramp and toilets


Yes, with 6 disabled spaces next to Visit Centre

Hand In Money on Visit


Hand In Other Items

Clothing with prior approval if prisoner is going to court

Book next visit on Visit

Yes (paper application only)

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Opening Times

12:30 - 16:30


Hot & cold drinks


Yes with disabled access and baby changing facilities

Disabled Facilities

Full access

Child Facilities


Refundable Locker Deposit


Booking on-line
You can now book visits to this prison on-line without a Visiting Order (VO).
You will need the prisoner’s full name, date of birth, prison number and prison.
Provide three alternative visit slots and you will get a confirmation email within three days.
It is still be possible to book visits by phoning the booking line but the new system should do much to overcome the frustration and waiting on the phone for hours that is currently experienced although if you are looking to book at short notice it may still be better to telephone where possible.
For more information, or to book a visit, go to:


You can book up to 3 adults and 4 children.

If you need to cancel a visit there is a special number: 01869 356 991

Click Here to download Prison Service Instruction on visit booking services.


Arriving at Bullingdon

Book in at the Visitors' Centre. You will need you ID. You should take a numbered ticket.

You need to book in at least 30 minutes before your visit and not after 15:30.

You can get refeshments and have a rest in the Visit Centre before moving to your visit.

Don't forget to buy vouchers if you want to purchase refreshments in the Visit Room - cash is not allowed. You can get refunds on unused vouchers when you leave.

Click Here to download Prison Service Instruction on Acceptable Identification for visitors.


Moving to the Visit Hall

Visitors are called to in ticket number order; ID is checked.

Once the Vist Hall is ready ticket numbers are called in order for you to go over to the prison.
On arriving in the prison entrance you will be subject to a search. Male hands are UV stamped.

Visitors are then escorted, in small groups, over to the main building and subject to search by drug dog. Once in hall hand stamps are checked and visitors are allocated a table.



All visitors including children are subject to searching; this is normally a rub down search, check with a metal detector and screening by Passive Drugs Dogs.

Searching is normally done by staff of the same gender although female staff can search male visitors unless the visitor objects. Young children are searched in the presence of their parents by female staff. Parent's permission will be sought before searching children under 14 years.

If visitors are asked to remove religious headgear nor other face coverings this will be done in private with staff of the same gender. Visitors will be given time to replace their headwear.

Bullingdon does not normally photograph visitors.



Children and babies of any age can visit prisoners at Bullingdon. Acceptable ID is required for all children. The prison suggests a full Birth Certificate for those aged under 18 and either a Birth Certificate or Red Book for babies. Children under 14 will be subject to searching with parent's permission.

There are facilities for children in both the Visitors' Centre and the Visit Room. Facilities in the Visit Room are supervised by prison staff but parents are fully responsible for their children at all times and they must not be allowed to run freely or disrupt others' visits.

Prams and pushchairs must be left at the Visitors' Centre but one feeding bottle, one spare nappy and wipes may be taken with you. There are baby changing facilities in the Visiting Room.

If you wish to breast feed a baby there are private area in both the Visitors' Centre and the Visits Room.

Click Here to download: KIDS VIP "Children Visiting Prison Good Practice" (2005 – updated 2011).


Disabled Visitors

All visit areas are fully accessible to people with disabilities including a ramp access to the Visit Room. Both Visitors' Centre and Visit Room have toilets suitable for people with disabilities.

Wheelchairs may be taken into the Visits Room but are subject to searching.

It would be useful if, when booking, you mention any disability issues with booking staff.

After the visit

Visitors are asked to leave and take any food stuffs/drinks they have bought on site with them. The prisoner is not allowed to take any with him.


Visitors' Centre

The Visitors' Centre is run by Arncott Enterprises Ltd.

There is a display TV in the Visitors' Centre providing relevant information; you can also get refreshments and freshen up.

Direct Tel: 01869 353 438


It is a criminal offence to be in possession of a mobile phone inside a prison.
Do not forget to leave your phone in your car or in the locker provided for your property.

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Fixed tables & chairs in rows


Hot & cold drinks and snacks


Yes with disabled access and baby changing facilities

Child Facilities

Supervised by prison staff

Cash Allowed In Room

£15 vouchers bought from Visitors' Centre

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Remand Basic

3 (2 hour) per week

Remand Standard

3 (2 hour) per week

Remand Enhanced

3 (2 hour) per week

Convicted Basic

2 (2 hour) per month

Convicted Standard

4 (2 hour) per month

Convicted Enhanced

6 (2 hour) per month

Family Days

Bullingdon have quarterly Family Days when up to 3 adults and 4 children and grand-children can attend.

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Booking Number

Tel: 01869 353 106 Fax: 01869 353 170

Hand Items To prisoner

Legal paperwork only

Receive Items From Prisoner

Legal paperwork only


Booking can be done by telephone or Fax.

When faxing include: Details of prisoner, name, date of birth, prison number if known; plus details of visitor and reason for visit.

You should give at least 24 hours notice.

Telephone booking is open Mon-Fri: 08:45-12;30 & 13:30-16:15


Visit Times

Mon-Thu: 09:00-11:30 & 14:00-16:15

Fri: 09:00-11:15



Laptops, DVD players and any other electrical equipment required for a visit must be pre-approved by writing to Head of Operations for authorisation.

PVL - Prison Video Link - 01869 353185


Acceptable Identification
Click Here to download Prison Service Instruction on Acceptable Identification for visitors.


Good Practice Guide
Click Here to download NOMS ‘Legal Visits – Good Practice Guide’


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ACA Cars
165 Avocet Way, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 6YW
01869 369737

Taxi Bus
Chiltern Approach, Buckingham Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 6EF
01869 323535

Alpha Cars
124 Churchill Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 4XD
01869 323236


Almond Tree Hotel
1 Murdock Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 4PP
01869 360629

Watts Lodge
100 Buckingham Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 4EQ
01869 241930

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To Bicester Town Centre every 30 minutes from Oxford. Direct services run to Bicester Town centre from Milton Keynes, Bedford and Aylesbury.

Facilities at Bicester Town Station: Pay phone. The station is step free with level access from the road to the single platform.

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From Bicester Town Centre there is a regular bus service to Bullingdon. Bicester town station (trains to and from Oxford) or Bicester North Station main line to London and Birmingham. Taxi (approx 6 miles) to Bullingdon or 5 minute walk to Bicester Town centre to the Bus service.



From M40, leave at junction 9 take the A41 towards Bicester/Aylesbury. At first roundabout, turn right & continue on A41 towards Aylesbury. After approx 1/2 mile, at the next roundabout take the third exit signposted A41 Aylesbury. After approx 1 mile, turn right onto B4011 signposted Thame. Continue for approx 2 miles. HMP Bullingdon is the first right turn after the level crossing.

FROM M1, leave at junction 15 take the A508 towards Milton Keynes. At Old Stratford take the A422 to Buckingham and then join the A421 to Bicester. Join the A41 towards Aylesbury and continue as above.

Car parking is available.



Use Postcode OX25 1PZ or enter 'Patrick Haugh Road'

51°51’04.38 N
01°05’41.37 W

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.
Prison Switchboard: 01869 353100

Prison Fax: 01869 353101

Visitors' Centre: 01869 353 438








Information about visits has been kindly supplied by the prison with additional information from the Ministry of Justice and, where applicable, from the organisation who runs the Visitors’ Centre.


Information is given in good faith but is subject to change. It is a good idea to check visiting and travel arrangements before organising your visit.
If you find any information has changed or have any comments or suggestions that may assist other visitors please let us know.
Updated: July 2014

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