Detailed guide: Onley Prison

Ministry Of Justice

December 18
12:16 2019

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Book and plan your visit to Onley

To visit someone in Onley you must:

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

You can book the day before provided there is space.At least one visitor must be 18 or older at every visit.

Contact Onley 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 Onley
  • somewhere to stay overnight
  • meals

How to book family and friends visits

You can book your visit online.If you have any problems booking online, or if you prefer to book using email, write to:

You can also book by telephone.

Booking line: 01788 523 402
Monday to Friday, 10am to 12:45pm, 1:15pm to 4:00pm
Find out about call charges

Visiting times:

  • Tuesday: 2pm to 3pm, 3:15pm to 4:15pm
  • Thursday: 2pm to 3pm, 3:15pm to 4:15pm
  • Friday: 2.30pm to 4pm
  • Saturday: 2pm to 3pm, 3:15pm to 4:15pm
  • Sunday: 2pm to 3pm, 3:15pm to 4:15pm


You can also book by telephone.

Booking line: 01788 523 402
Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm
Find out about call charges

Visiting times:

  • Tuesday: 2pm to 3pm, 3:15pm to 4:15pm
  • Thursday: 2pm to 3pm, 3:15pm to 4:15pm
  • Friday: 2.30pm to 4pm

Getting to Onley

Find Onley Prison on a map

The sat nav postcode is CV23 8SZ.

There is car parking at the prison, including Blue Badge spaces for visitors with disabilities and some parent and child spaces.

To plan your journey by public transport:

Entering Onley Prison

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

  • passport
  • birth certificate
  • 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

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

Onley Prison has a strict dress code policy, which means visitors should wear smart clothes (no vests, no low-cut tops, no shorts, no short dresses and no headwear, other than that worn for religious reasons).

Each adult visitor is allowed to take in a maximum of 40 per resident. The money can be used to buy food and drink from the snack bars in the visiting hall or visitors centre.

There are strict controls on what you can take into Onley Prison. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker or in your car. This includes pushchairs and car seats. Only one key is allowed into prison, either a car key or a locker key.

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 visiting hall, there is a play area for children and a snack bar serving hot and cold food, drinks and sweets. Theres also a snack bar in the visitor centre that serves cold snacks.

Family days

Family days are on the fourth Wednesday of every month.Residents need to submit an application by the first Wednesday of the month.

Keep in touch with someone at Onley

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

Phone calls

Residents do not have phones in their rooms so they will always have to call you. To do this, they have to buy phone credits and use Pin phones on the wings when they are out of their rooms.

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 to help keep people safe.


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

You might also be able to attach photos and receive replies from the resident.


You can write at any time. Include the persons name and prison number on the envelope. If you do not know their prison number, contact Onley.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 Governor and include the residents name and prison number on the back.

If you send in cash over 99, it must be accompanied by a letter.

Gifts and parcels

People in Onley are given a list of approved items that can be sent to them as gifts. Contact Onley Prison for more information on whats allowed.

You can send in clothing parcels if the resident has reached and been on enhanced status for six months.

Make sure to include the persons name and prison number on the parcel.

All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.

Life at Onley Prison

Onley Prison is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.There are also opportunities for residents to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Security and safeguarding

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

All safeguarding processes are overseen by Warwickshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

Men can also get support from peer supporters and listeners. These are other residents who help those at risk of self-harm.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Onley Prison, 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. They will have the opportunity to speak to a support worker.


Each man who arrives at Onley Prison gets an induction that lasts about five days. They get an induction booklet and 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.


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