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HMP MAGILLIGAN Visiting Information

Point Road,
Co. Londonderry,
BT49 0LR

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Booking Procedure

By telephone, on-line, at visits, or prisoner can book internally

Booking Phone No.

028 777 20454

Booking Opening Time

Manned 08:00 - 16:15 (answering service out-of-hours)

Minimum Booking Notice

24 Hours (flexible if there is space)

Booking Email Address

See below

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

Once on the system no further ID is required

Visitor Adult Age

16 - Adult ID required

Child Visitor ID

No ID required for visitors under 16

Disabled Facilities

Full access, disabled parking and toilets


On street outside prison; no disabled spaces

Hand In Money on Visit

Max £500

Hand In Other Items

Clothing and paperback book once a week

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Opening Times

09:30 - 16:00


Hot & cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Disabled Facilities

Full access including toilets

Child Facilities

Creche, games, art, TV and PlayStation

Refundable Locker Deposit

No charge. A token is used

Visits can be booked on-line at NIPS Website (Click Visits link) or Click Here

Family Link (NIACRO) provides support in the Visitor Centre and can also help with transport. For further information and transport bookings contact: NIACRO - Tel: 028 320157

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Table with 3 blue seats for visitors and a green seat for prisoner


Hot & cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Child Facilities

Play area supervised by NIACRO staff

Cash Allowed In Room

Max £10

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09:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 15:45


09:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 15:45


09:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 15:45


09:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 15:45


09:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 15:45

Note: No entry is allowed after 11:15 (morning) or 15:15 (afternoon)

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Convicted Basic

1 hour per week

Convicted Standard

1 visit per week up to 3 hours

Convicted Enhanced

1 visit per week (up to 3 hours) + 1 Enhanced Visit per month


Child Centred Visits (CCV) have been introduced at Magilligan to help fathers/grandfathers in custody build relationships with their children/grandchildren. The visits take place in the main visits complex.

Family Support Officers have been appointed and they help to facilitate family visits and act as a first point of contact for families.

Who will be eligible?
Initially only inmates who are parents/grandparents may apply to join the Child Centred Visits Scheme.

Everyone making an application for a Child Centred Visit must sign a consent form to permit Magilligan to check with the Probation Board for Northern Ireland that there are no child protection issues. The nominated parent or guardian accompanying the children will also be contacted to check that there are no court orders or other restrictions in place regarding the inmate and their child/children. Consent will also be sought from the parent/guardian as to whether they are happy for the visit to take place.

How often do CCVs run?
One Child Centred Visit will be offered each month as part of a person's normal visits.

What happens during a CCV?
During the session which is expected to last one morning or afternoon the prisoner will be encouraged to play and care for their children. Subject to normal searching procedures children will be able to bring a special toy, book or homework to show their dad during the visit. A range of toys and activities have been purchased for the family room that will encourage interaction.

It is recognised that the needs of parents on the Scheme may be quite different and people will require different levels of support from Family Support Officers. Each visit will be facilitated accordingly.

Accompanying parent/guardian
A parent/guardian who accompanies a child to a Child Centred Visits is asked to stay in the Visitors Centre for the duration of the visit in case they are needed at short notice.

Further information
If you are interested in finding out about Child Centred Visits ask a member of staff in Visits.

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Booking Number

028 777 20454

Visiting Time

During normal Social Visit times

Hand Items To prisoner

May be subject to search

Receive Items From Prisoner

May be subject to search

Legal visits can be booked on-line at NIPS Website (Click Visits link) or Click Here

No laptops or other equipment is allowed. A recorder can be provided if required.

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Valley Taxis
31C Catherine Street, Limavady, County Londonderry BT49 9DA
028 7772 2888

Alpha Cabs
90 Main Street, Limavady, County Londonderry BT49 0EP
028 7776 9880

Bells Taxis
1 Catherine Street, Limavady, County Londonderry BT49 9DA
028 7776 3929


Ballyhenry House
172 Seacoast Road, Myroe, Limavady, County Londonderry BT49 9EF
028 7772 2657

97 Ballykelly Road, Ballykelly, Limavady, County Londonderry BT49 9HP
028 7776 2999

Ballycarton House
239 Seacoast Road, Limavady, County Londonderry BT49 0HZ
028 7775 0216

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Alternative ID

The following forms of ID may be acceptable if you have no Passport or Driving Licence:
Social Security Payment Book, Bus Pass, ID Card, Medical card, Seaman's card, DHSS ID Card, Marriage Certificate, Electoral ID Card.
All must be current.

Travel Information

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Magilligan prison provides a courtesy transport service to and from the prison from local railway stations on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

10:10am Bellarena station - collect visitors from Londonderry train
10:53am Bellarena station - collect visitors from Belfast train
12:20pm Return visitors to Coleraine station for Belfast train
12:45pm Return visitors to Bellarena station for Londonderry train
13:00pm Bellarena station - collect visitors from Belfast train
14:50pm Return visitors to Bellarena station for Belfast train

11:23am Bellarena station - collect visitors from Londonderry train
12:45am Return visitors to Bellarena station for Londonderry train
13:00pm Bellarena station - collect visitors from Belfast train
14:50pm Return visitors to Bellarena station for Belfast train
15:30pm Return visitors to Coleraine station for Belfast train

Family Link (NIACRO) also provide transport: contact 028 320157

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: 028 7776 3311
Fax: 028 7772 0307

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