Detailed guide: Hull Prison

Ministry Of Justice

March 24
17:36 2020

Book and plan your visit to Hull

To visit someone in Hull you must:

  • be on that persons visitor list
  • book your visit 3 days in advance
  • have the required ID with you when you go

At least one visitor must be 18 or older at every visit with a maximum of 3 visitors.

You must give 24 hours notice to change the date or details of a visit.

Sentenced and convicted men are entitled to 2 visits (lasting one hour) every 28 days. They can earn up to 2 extra visits each month depending on behaviour and attitude.

Residents held on remand can have 3 visits (lasting one hour) a week.

Contact Hull 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 Hull
  • somewhere to stay overnight
  • meals

How to book family and friends visits

You can book your visit online.

You can also book by telephone.

Booking line: 01482 282 016
Monday to Friday, 8am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 4pm (Fridays 3:30pm)
Find out about call charges

Visiting times:

  • Monday: 9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday: 5:45pm to 7pm
  • Thursday: 5:45pm to 7pm
  • Friday: 9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm


You can also book by telephone.

Booking line: 01482 282 016
Monday to Friday, 8am to 12:30pm, 1:30pm to 4pm
Find out about call charges

Visiting times are Monday to Friday, 9am to 10am and 2pm to 3pm.

A 2-hour session can be booked, if necessary.

Getting to Hull

Find Hull on a map

The nearest railway station is Hull, around 2 miles from the prison. From there you can take a bus or taxi.

To plan your journey by public transport:

By car, head towards the ferry port and the prison is just before it. There is a free car park (number 4) for visitors on Southcoates Lane with 6 spaces for Blue Badge holders in front of the main gate.

Entering Hull

All visitors aged 16 and older need to bring one of the following types of photo ID:

  • passport
  • photographic driving licence
  • citizen card
  • validated ID card

All visitors will need to be given a pat-down search, including children. You may also be sniffed by security dogs.

Hull has a strict family friendly dress code policy, which means visitors should wear smart clothes. This means no vests, no low-cut tops, no shorts, no short dresses and no headwear, other than that worn for religious reasons. No multiple layers of clothing, no high boots or steel toe capped boots, no sportswear, no offensive slogans and no ripped or see-through clothing.

Each adult visitor can take money in coins (notes are not allowed) or a debit or credit card into the visiting hall. You can use this to buy food and drink from the vending machine.

There are strict controls on what you can take into Hull. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker or with security. 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

In the visitor centre, there is a vending machine for hot drinks, baby changing facilities and disabled access. There is also a childrens play area.In the visiting hall, there is a canteen serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks and sweets.

Family days

There are 12 family days a year. The days are made up of family activities so fathers can be with their children and partners for a longer and more relaxed visit.

Residents can apply for these on the wings and in the visitors centre.

Keep in touch with someone at Hull

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

Phone calls

Residents can have phones in their rooms, depending on privileges earned. The phones only make outgoing calls so they will always have to call you. They have to buy phone credits to do this.

They can also use the phones on the wings.

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. This could take longer if the person in question is subject to public protection measures based on their offending.

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 Hull using the Email a Prisoner service.

You can send in photos which will be printed off and given to the resident.


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 Hull.

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
  • cheques
  • cash

Postal orders and cheques should be made payable to HMPPS and include the residents name and prisoner number on the back.

Gifts and parcels

People at Hull are not allowed packages sent into prison.

In certain circumstances, and early on in their remand or sentencing, parcels including clothes and shoes and specific items may be permitted during a visit. This must be applied for by the resident and approved by the prison before the visit.

All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.

Contact Hull for more information.

Life at Hull

Hull is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.

Security and safeguarding

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

All safeguarding processes are overseen by Hull Safeguarding Adults Board.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Hull, they will be able to contact a family member by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.

They will get to speak to someone who will check how theyre feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.

The only exception to this may be those in custody who need additional measures put in place to protect the public.


Each person who arrives at Hull gets an induction that lasts about a week. They will meet professionals who will help them with:

  • health and wellbeing, including mental and sexual health
  • any substance misuse issues, including drugs and alcohol
  • personal development in custody and on release, including skills, education and training
  • other support (sometimes called interventions), such as managing difficult emotions

Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety, and how things like calls and visits work.


Over 1000 men live at the prison in a mixture of single and double rooms. All men are risk assessed before being allowed to share accommodation. They all have ensuite toilets and access to showers.

Communal areas have a mixture of activities available and men can have televisions and radios depending on their level of privilege.

A fully equipped gym and exercise yard helps promote fitness.

Education and work

Hull has a strong focus

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