Detailed guide: Garth Prison

Ministry Of Justice

September 15
15:21 2020

Book and plan your visit to Garth

Garth is now offering limited visits for family and friends in line with coronavirus restrictions.

To ensure the safety of visitors, residents and staff, there are strict guidelines which must be followed during you visit.

To visit someone in Garth you must:

  • be on that persons visitor list
  • book your visit at least 2 days in advance
  • have the required ID with you when you go

Up to 2 adults and 2 children can visit at a time. At least one visitor must be 18 or older.

Contact Garth if you have any questions about visiting.

Help with the cost of your visit

If you get certain benefits or have an NHS health certificate, you might be able to get help with the costs of your visit, including:

  • travel to Garth
  • somewhere to stay overnight
  • meals

How to book family and friends visits

Garth is running a limited visits schedule. Visits are also happening differently than normal, observing strict guidelines, which must be followed.

You can book your visit by telephone. You can also register to use the secure video calls service. There is no online booking service available.

Booking line: 01772 443 503
The booking line is open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 12pm, 2pm to 4pm
Find out about call charges

Visiting times:

  • Monday to Thursday: 2pm to 4pm

You should arrive early to allow time to get through security.

There are currently no legal visits taking place.

Getting to Garth

Find Garth on a map

Garth is about 5 miles from Leyland station. Local buses run towards Croston Park but you will need to walk the last 2 miles to Garth. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the station.

To plan your journey by public transport:

If coming by car, use the postcode PR26 8LW for sat nav.

There is a visitors car park outside the prison, including space for Blue Badge holders.

Entering Garth

On the first visit to Garth, adults will be photographed and fingerprinted for the security system. These will be used to confirm your identity on future visits. Adult men will be asked to wear a wrist band.

You will also need to bring one of the following types of ID to every visit:

  • passport
  • driving licence
  • benefit book
  • senior citizens public transport pass
  • annual public transport season ticket (with photo card)
  • employer ID card (if it shows the name of the visitor and the employer)
  • European Community identity card

Children should bring either a passport or birth certificate.

All visitors will pass through a metal detector and be given a pat-down search, including children. You may also be sniffed by security dogs.

Garth has a family-friendly dress code policy which means visitors should dress appropriately. You may be turned away if you are wearing items like vests, low-cut tops, high-cut skirts or dresses, shorts, see-through or ripped clothing, flip-flops or headwear other than that worn for religious reasons. Additionally, you cannot wear anything with offensive patterns or slogans, football shirts, cargo or combat trousers, uniforms (except school uniforms), hi-visibility clothing, steel toe-capped footwear or football boots. You will need to remove hats, scarves, sunglasses, gloves, large belt buckles, metal hair clips and excessive jewellery before you go in.

There will be no refreshments available during your visit.

There are strict controls on what you can take into Garth. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker (you will need a 1 coin for this) in the visitors centre. This includes pushchairs and car seats.

You will be told the rules by an officer at the start of your visit. If you break the rules, your visit could be cancelled and you could be banned from visiting again.

Visiting facilities

There is a visitors centre run by Partners of Prisoners (POPS).

The centre is open on visiting days from 11:30am to 4:30pm.

Telephone: 01772 622 129
Find out about call charges

The visiting hall is on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible. There is a childrens play area with activities organised by a play worker. Parents and guardians remain responsible for their children at all times.

Family days

There are currently no family days being run.

Keep in touch with someone at Garth

There are several ways you can keep in touch with a resident during their time at Garth.

Phone calls

Residents have phones in their rooms and are able to make calls every day between 6am and 10pm.

Phones do not accept incoming calls so they will always have to call you. They have to buy phone credits to do this.

They can phone anyone named on their list of friends and family. This list is checked by security when they first arrive so it may take a few days before they are able to call.

You can also exchange voicemails using the Prison Voicemail service.

Officers may listen to phone calls as a way of preventing crime and helping keep people safe.


You can send emails to someone in Garth using the Email a Prisoner service.

You might also be able to attach photos and receive replies from the resident, depending on the rules at Garth.

Secure video calls

Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends need to download the purple visits app, create an account, register all visitors, and add the prisoner to their contact list.

Read more about how it works


You can write at any time.

Include the persons name and prisoner number on the envelope.

If you do not know their prisoner number, contact Garth.

All post, apart from legal letters, will be opened and checked by officers.

Send money and gifts

You can use the free and fast online service to send money to someone in prison.

You can also send postal orders and cheques. These should be made payable to The Governor and include the residents name and prisoner number on the back.

Cheques are held for 2 weeks before being sent to the bank. Postal orders over 18 days old are treated the same way.

Gifts and parcels

Residents can apply for permission to receive items from friends and family. The items can then be handed in at the visitors entrance before a visit between 1:05pm and 1:30pm.

There are limits to the number of parcels a resident can receive. Only specific items are allowed. Ask at the visitors centre for details.

Items are not normally accepted by post. However, a resident who is a foreign national or does not get visits can apply for permission for a family member or friend to send items in.

All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.

Life at Garth

Garth is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men convicted of serious offences can make positive use of long sentences.

Security and safeguarding

Every person at Garth has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.

Garth works in partnership with relevant parties including the

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