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HMP STYAL Visiting Information

Styal Road,

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Booking Procedure

Visiting Order sent by prisoner

Booking Phone No.

0162 555 3195

Booking Opening Time

Monday – Friday 09:00 – 13:00

Minimum Booking Notice

24 Hours

Booking Email Address

See below

Min Age Unaccompanied


Search Procedure

Rub down, metal detectors, passive drugs dogs (see 'Additional Information')

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

Birth Certificate, Medical card, Library Card, National Insurance Card or Young Persons' Proof of Age Card

Disabled Facilities

Full access, ramps, disabled parking and toilets. Seating near fire exits


Yes with 3 disabled parking spaces 50 metres from Gate

Hand In Money on Visit


Hand In Other Items

Within 28 days for new receptions or after application by prisoner

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Opening Times

11:00 – 16:30 on visit days


Hot & cold drinks and snacks (shop with servery hatch)


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Disabled Facilities

Full access including toilets

Child Facilities

Unsupervised play area with toys

Refundable Locker Deposit


NOTE: New Visit Times from May 2009


Visits can also be booked by email at: Socialvisits.styal@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

The Visit Center has been refurbished.

Visit Centre facilities are run by the 'Contact Cheshire Support Group'.

No visitor is allowed entry after 15:00 for afternoon visits.

If you or a person visiting with you has disabilities and may need special facilities or assistance please call the Visit Centre (01625 553 071) prior to your visit.

Whilst you are in the Visit Centre you will need to purchase vouchers if you want to buy refreshments ftom the Visit Hall Tea Bar. These are bought from the Visit centre Tea Bar. If, after the end of your visit, you have money left on your voucher, it will be redeemed on the way out.

The prisoner you are visiting will be waiting in the Visit Hall from 13:45 so if you are going to be late or if you cannot go telephone the Visit Centre (01625 553071) and they can inform the prisoner.

You will be booked in at the Visit Centre where you will be given a wrist band and be hand stamped. If you have property to hand in for the prisoner this must be put in property bags which will be sealed. If you have property which you are not allowed to take with you this must be put in property lockers for which you will need a £1 coin (returnable).

If you have property to hand in you do this at the kiosk on entering the Visit Hall. A Visits Officer will direct you to the table where the person you are visiting will be waiting.

You are allowed a hug and kiss (but not on the mouth) at the begining and end of your visit. Visits usually last about 2 hours - though you can finish the visit early if you wish.

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Low tables with 4 chairs - Enhanced area has leather chairs and rugs


Hot & cold drinks and snacks served from a shop hatch


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Child Facilities

Play area with qualified Play Leaders

Cash Allowed In Room

Tea bar requires vouchers are bought from the Visit Centre (no limit) + £5 coins for vending machines

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13:45 – 15:45


13:45 – 15:45


13:45 – 15:45


13:45 – 15:45


13:45 – 15:45


13:45 – 15:45

Children contact visits by Social Services etc. can be facilitated on weekdays 09:30 - 11:45

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Remand Basic

Daily visits

Remand Standard

Daily visits

Remand Enhanced

Daily visits

Convicted Basic

2 VOs per month (30 minute visits)

Convicted Standard

2 VOs + 1 PVO (2 hour visits)

Convicted Enhanced

2 VOs, 2 PVO + 1 EVO (2 hour visits)

Reception Visit
You can visit your friend or relative within fourteen days of them going into custody without a Visiting Order. You must still book the visit by telephone.

Remand Visits
You can visit a friend or relative on remand without a Visiting Order. You must still book the visit by telephone.

Family visits:
Family visits by prisoner's application only, each morning 09:30 - 11:45.
Family visits are also available on weekend mornings, pre-booked by the prisoner.
Family visits accompanied by Social Services are available weekday mornings, through pre-booking only.

Who Can Visit?
3 Adults and a maximum of 3 children (under 18)
2 Adults and a maximum of 4 children (under 18)
1 Adult and a maximum of 5 children (under 18)
All visitors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Organised Themed Children's Visits

Organised children's themed visits are organised once every three months.

Monthly family visits are being planned.

Plans are underway for family visits on Monday - Thursday afternoons in a soft-furnished portacabin with play facilities.

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Booking Number

01625 553195

Visiting Time

Mon – Fri; 09:30 - 11:45

Hand Items To prisoner

May be subject to search

Receive Items From Prisoner

May be subject to search

Legal visits can also be booked by email:  legalvisits.styal@hmps.gsi.gov.uk.

Prior permission must be sought for recording equipment


PVL - Prison Video Link - 01625 553000 ext 3224


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Silver Cars
12 Marbury Road, Wilmslow SK9 4DJ
01625 521166

26 Holmeswood Close, Wilmslow SK9 2GT
07778 019694

110 Gravel Lane, Wilmslow SK9 6LZ
01625 523301


Tulip Tree Guest House
7 Longmeade Gardens, Wilmslow SK9 1DA
01625 536709

Heatherlea Guest House
106 Lacey Green, Wilmslow SK9 4BN
01625 522872

The King William Hotel
35 Manchester Road, Wilmslow SK9 1BQ
01625 524022

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Acceptable ID

One form of Photo ID;
New style Photo Driving Licence, European ID Card (with photo), Annual Public Transport Season Ticket (with photo), Local Authority Senior Citizens' Travel Pass, or Blue Badge Pass.
or a combination of any two of the following;
Rail or Bus Pass with photo, Cheque Book and Card (counts as one), Medical Card, Plastic National Insurance Card, Foreign Identity / Residence Card, plastic Rent Card, Library Card (with signature), Benefits or Rent Book, Birth / Marriage Certificate, Trade Union or National Student Union Card

If you are uncertain about what ID you have it is wise to contact the prison before your visit for advice.

A message from HMP Styal regarding searching of visitors:

'The Prison Service is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone who lives, works and visits the prison. Searching those who enter the prison is one way of achieving this. The search, similar to the one you would receive at an airport, will be carried out with respect for and courtesy to all individuals.

'Searching usually involves a 'rub down' search, which you may often see at airports. With permission from the Governor, sometimes more detailed searches may be carried out. Dogs may also be used specifically to pick up the scent of controlled drugs, though a dog indication in itself does not provide proof of smuggling. Closed visits may result as a consequence of such an indication.

'Children and babies may also be searched, but this will be done sensitively and only in the presence of their parent or the adult accompanying them.

'Wheelchairs, their users, adults accompanying them and assistance dogs may also need to be searched. Staff who carry out such searches will do so with sensitivity.'



Travel Information

Styal is situated about two miles southwest of Manchester Airport on the B5166 (Styal Road) between Wythenshawe and Wilmslow near to Styal County Park.

to Manchester Piccadilly, then local train to Styal (it is advisable to check the availability of trains prior to departure), then 10 min walk to the prison.

Alternatively take the train to Wilmslow then a taxi to the Prison, approx 5 mins away.

Facilities at Manchester Piccadilly Station: Waiting room, refreshments (possible), toilets, baby changing facilities (possible), pay phone. The station is step free

Facilities at Styal Station: Pay phone. Step free - step free access from car park onto Crewe platform and via long sloping path from road overbridge onto Manchester platform.

Facilities at Wilmslow Station: Waiting room, toilets and pay phone. The station is step free - access to Manchester and Crewe platforms is by means of a subway from the Booking Hall and ramp to each platform. Access to Manchester Airport platform from rear car park via ramp. Use help point button to call assistance to unlock the gate onto the platform.



From Wilmslow

Take a No. 200 bus to Quarry Bank Mill (10 minutes)

Monday - Saturday at 55 minutes past the hour

Sunday - 200 bus from Bank Square, Wilmslow at 58 minutes past the hour.


Click Here for detailed travel information produced by HMP Styal


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: 01625 553000
Fax: 01625 553001


Updated: November 2013

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