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HMP RANBY Visiting Information

Straight Mile,
DN22 8EU

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Booking Procedure

Visiting Order sent by prisoner

Booking Phone No.

01777 862107

Booking Opening Time

08:45 Ė 15:45

Minimum Booking Notice

24 Hours

Min Age Unaccompanied


Search Procedure

Rub down, metal detector and passive drugs dogs

Visitors 1st Visit ID

Photo ID - Passport, Driving Licence etc. Other acceptable listed below

Subsequent Visit ID

ID required for every visit

Visitor Adult Age

16 - Adult ID required

Child Visitor ID

Birth Certificate for each child

Disabled Facilities

Full access, disabled parking and toilets


Outside Visitor Centre plus 5 disabled spaces outside main entrance

Hand In Money on Visit


Hand In Other Items


Book next visit on Visit


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Vending machines for hot and cold drinks


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Disabled Facilities

Full access including toilets

Child Facilities

Unsupervised play area

Refundable Locker Deposit

Awaiting information

Last visitors admitted 30 minutes before end of session.

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Table & 4 chairs


Free hot and cold drinks plus a sandwich bar


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Child Facilities

Unsupervised play area

Cash Allowed In Room

Coins only

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08:15-11:00 & 13:30-16:00


08:15-11:00 & 13:30-16:00

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Convicted Basic

Two 30 minute visits per month

Convicted Standard

Two 2 hour visits per month

Convicted Enhanced

Two 2 hour visits per month + 1 PVO

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Booking Number

01777 862107 (08:45 - 15:45)

Visiting Time

Mon - Thu: 09:00 - 11:15

Hand Items To prisoner

May be subject to search

Receive Items From Prisoner

May be subject to search

Photo ID and letter of introduction required

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Mainline Taxis
Grove Lane, Retford DN22 0PJ
01777 708888

Retford Taxis
54 Wharton Street, Retford DN22 7EH
01777 700777

D J Taxis
43 Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LA
01777 701066


Albert Lodge
5 Albert Road, Retford DN22 6JF
01777 710758

16 Exchange Street, Retford DN22 6BL
01777 707050

Tanamara Guest House
167 Moorgate, Retford DN22 6TL
01777 706447

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Visitors to HMP Ranby should be aware that the requirement for correct ID to be produced when visiting any inmate is as follows;

Photo ID
Passport, including foreign passports, and time expired passports where the photograph is still recognisable
EU identity card
Photographic driving licence
Senior citizen's public transport pass issued by a local authority
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 visitors appearance or signature, and if the employer or educational establishment is known to exist.

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

Non-Photo ID
Birth/marriage certificate
Rail or bus pass with photo
Cheque book or credit/debit card (counts as one item)
Employer's pass or ID or student ID card not acceptable under main list
Young persons 'proof of age' card
Trade union or national students membership card
Library card if it has a signature that can be compared with the visitor's signature
Rent book
Foreign identity or resident's card (other than EU ID cards acceptable in their own right)
Expired documents from the above list that appear satisfactory in other ways



Retford lies on the main East Coast Railway line from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh. The station is approximately 3 miles from the prison.

Facilities at Retford Station: Waiting room (Women Only waiting room available), refreshments, toilets and pay phone. The station is step free with escorted lift access (staff assistance required). Ticket Office step free, Car Park some kerb obstacles on route to station that would require some staff attention. Staff assistance is available Monday-Friday 05:45-23:00, Saturday 05:45-21:30, Sunday 10:00-23:15. If you are likely to need assistance it is a good idea to phone Customer services (08457 225 333) giving at least 24 hour's notice.

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Buses run in both directions along the main Retford to Workshop A620 and stop outside the prison
Click here for Route 42 timetable

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: 01777 862 000
Fax: 01777 862 001


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: 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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