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HMYOI BRINSFORD Visiting Information

New Road,
WV10 7PY

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Booking Procedure

Prisoners contact their visitors to inform them that of their visits entitlement

Booking Phone No.

0300 060 6500

Booking Opening Time

Mon-Fri: 09:00-18:00

Minimum Booking Notice

2 weekdays

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

ID required for every visit

Visitor Adult Age

18 - Adult ID required

Child Visitor ID

Birth certificate for each visitor under 16

Disabled Facilities

Full access, lift, ramp, disabled parking and toilets


Yes plus 2 disabled parking spaces next to the Visitor Centre

Hand In Money on Visit


Hand In Other Items

Clothing can be handed in after application

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Opening Times

12:30-16:15 on visit days


Hot & cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches, fruit and sweets


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Disabled Facilities

Full access including toilets

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:


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


Arriving at Brinsford

Book in at the Visitors' Centre where you will need to show your ID. Uou should book in at least 30 minutes before your visit and no later than 14:00.

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


Moving to the Visit Room

Visitors Centre staff call groups of visitors at 10 minute intervals and request that they attend the visits entrance at the establishment. Visitors will then be taken to the Visits Hall.



All visitors are given a rub down search and check with a metal detector. passive drugs dogs may be used. If you have a child who is scared of dogs inform staff before visits. Passive drugs dogs do not bark or jump up.

Searching is normally done by a member of staff of the same gender although female staff can search male visitors unless the visitor objects.

Children are searched but babies will only be searched if there is specific intellgence or other indications. Young children are searched by female staff.

Religious headwear may be required to be removed if there is an alarm that cannot be accounted for or if there is suspicion of concealed items. This will be done in private and by officers of the same sex. Officers will not attempt to unwind or remove headwear themselves. The visitor will be given the opportunity to remove or unwind it themself, and time to replace it after the search.

Some female visitors, particularly those of the Muslim faith, will wear veils or other face coverings for religious reasons. They will not have to uncover their faces or hair in public or in front of a man. When required for security or identification purposes, the removal of the veil or face covering will be done in private with only female staff present.

If you refuse the searches your visit will be refused.

Brinsford do not photograph visitors.



Visitors may take children and babies of any age to visit.

Children over 10 are counted as 'adult' for booking visits. Up to three children under ten can visit.

There are no children's facilities in the Visitors' Centre or the Visit Room.

You should take ID for all children which could be their full Birth Certificate or Passport and proof of parentage/guardianship for all visitors under 18.

Children visiting prisoners during school term time will require a letter of permission authorising absence from the relevant school. If evidence is not provided, entry will be refused.

Prams and buggies must be left at the Visitors' Centre but you can take a feeding bottle and one spare nappy with you if you have a baby. If you wish to breast feed either in the Visitors' Centre or Visit Room you should speak to staff.

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


Disabled Visitors

Brinsford Visits are fully accessible for disabled visitors including a disabled parking space next to the Visitor Centre and disabled toilets. Please notify, when booking, if a visitor uses a wheelchair or if there are any special requirements.


After the Visit

At the end of the visits session, all visitors leave, prisoners remain in the visits room.

Clothing Exchange

Clothing can be handed in by application to the prison on all visits days except Saturday. Please request a clothing exchange when booking the visit.


Visitors' Centre

The Visitors' Centre is run by HALOW, a volunteer charity.

Visitor Centre Direct Line: 01902 533 540

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Visitors sit across a table from the trainee


Hot & cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches, fruit and sweets


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Child Facilities

Supervised play area

Cash Allowed In Room

Max £20 - Coins only

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No visits on a Bank Holiday Mondays - the visit moves to Wednesday afternoon for that week only.


Family Days

The prison holds quarterly Family Days.

The prisoner must apply for these.

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Remand Basic

3 visits per week of 2 hours

Remand Standard

3 visits per week of 2 hours

Remand Enhanced

3 visits per week of 2 hours

Convicted Basic

3 visits per month of 2 hours

Convicted Standard

4 visits per month of 2 hours

Convicted Enhanced

4 visits per month of 2 hours

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Booking Number

0300 060 6500

Visiting Time

Mon-Fri: 09:20, 10:30, 14:20 & 15:30 (No pm Fri)

Hand Items To prisoner


Receive Items From Prisoner



Legal Visits must be booked at least 2 weekdays in advance. The booking line is open Monday to Friday from 09:00-18:00


You can book by Email at:


The email should contain the names, organisation for those visitors who intend to visit. The prisoners name and prison number should also be indicated, together with the date of the proposed visit.


If you wish to take recording equipment, camera, computer etc. you must obtain prior governor’s approval.


PVL - Prison Video Link - 01902 532532


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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Albro Taxis
18a Wood Street, Park Village, Wolverhampton WV10 9DS
01902 727272 or 01902 723333

Wednesfield Radio Cars
2a Raynor Parade, Raynor Road, Fallings Park, Wolverhampton WV10 9QY
01902 305333

Associated Radio Taxis
84a Darlington Street, Wolverhampton WV1 4EX
01902 420420


Featherstone Farm Hotel
Featherstone Farm, New Road, Featherstone, Wolverhampton WV10 7NW
01902 725371

A.S.D. Bed and Breakfast
414 Cannock Road, Wolverhampton WV10 0RF
01902 683721 or 07956 474057

Tudor Guest House
186 Goldthorn Hill, Penn, Wolverhampton WV2 4PZ
01902 333427


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The nearest rail station is Wolverhampton.
Click here for National Rail Enquiries

Facilities at Wolverhampton Station: Waiting room, refreshments, toilets, baby changing facilities, pay phones and ATM. Step free access with passenger operated lifts.

The bus station is situated outside of the railway station and runs from Wolverhampton (871 - Stand H) at 13:10 and arrives at the establishment at approx 13:35, the bus will pick up at the establishment at approx 16:20 and return to Wolverhampton. Enquires: Arriva Midlands North on 01543 466 123. There is no public bus service on a Sunday, however, the Community Transport Bus provides a service on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and alternate Sundays. Visitors must book in advance on 0800 316 9048 

Community Transport Bus

A Community Transport service operates on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday picking up from Birmingham New Street railway station and Wolverhampton railway station.

Bookings for the service must be made in advance on 0800 316 9048 and  users must register using the above free phone number before travel.

Return fares are applicable and can be paid to the driver on the day of travel.


For further details regarding the service please call 0800 316 9048.



from Wolverhampton:

Take the A460 sign posted for Cannock to M54 island junction 1. Straight across at island following A460 Cannock sign to the first set of traffic lights. Turn let at traffic lights, this is New Road and is sign posted HMP & YOI Brinsford, HMP Featherstone. Straight down New Road, approximately 1.1 miles then take the 6th turning left – HMP & YOI Brinsford is approximately 200 yards on the right.

From Stafford:

Take the A449, sign posted to Wolverhampton. Straight on A449 to A5 island (Gailey Caravans is on the right). Across the island, still following A449 after approximately 1½ miles you will come to the Four Ashes Public House. Past the Four Ashes for approximately ¾ mile then turn left, sign posted for Brinsford and Featherstone. Follow this road for approximately 1½ miles and you will come to New Road. Turn left. Follow New Road over the bridge and take the second turn on the right. Brinsford is approximately 200 yards on the right.

South via M6:

Travelling south on the M6, Brinsford lies approximately 2½ miles from junction 11, M6. Off junction 11, right round island, take 4th exit - follow sign A460 Wolverhampton. Straight on A460 until you reach first set of traffic lights, approximately 1.1 miles. Turn right at traffic lights. This is New Road, Featherstone, sign posted HMP & YOI Brinsford, HMP Featherstone. Straight down New Road, approximately 1.1 miles take the 6th turning left off New Road, HMYOI Brinsford is approximately 200 yards on the right.

North via M6:

Travelling north on the M6 Brinsford is situated approximately 3 miles from junction 10A. Off junction 10A M54 to junction 1. Off junction 1 right round island, take 3rd exit, follow sign for A460 Cannock. Straight on A460 until you reach first set of traffic lights, approximately ¾ mile. Turn left at traffic lights. This is New Road and is sign posted for HMP & YOI Brinsford and HMP Featherstone. Straight down New Road approximately 1.1 miles, take the 6th turning left off New Road. HMP & YOI Brinsford is approximately 200 yards on right.

A dedicated parking area for visitors is provided next to the Visitors' Centre. 



52°39’10.20 N
02°06’33.56 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: 01902 533 450

Prison Fax: 01902 533 451

Visitors' Centre Direct Line: 01902 533 540


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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