Whatton Prison Visitors Centre -link

Whatton Prison Visitor Centre

Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service manage and run the Visitors Centre at HMP Whatton on behalf of the Prison Service. The centre is designed to provide a welcoming place for friends and families of prisoners to spend time and relax before and after their visit. The centre was opened on 30th June 2006 and during the first year the centre received 12329 visitors of whom 1361 were visiting for the first time. Since opening the centre has also recruited six volunteers and produced a number of newsletters for visitors.

"This is the most comfortable and friendly Visitor Centre I've been to." Visitor

"The staff who worked here were knowledgeable and friendly, and visitors spoke highly of the service and assistances of staff." Report on announced visit of Whatton Prison, Jan 2007, by HM Prison Inspectorate

Purpose of the Visitor Centre

Visitor Centres exist to meet the needs of adults and children visiting friends or relatives in prison. They aim to offer a safe, pleasant environment where all visitors are treated with dignity and respect, provided with the facilities they need and offered information, support and the opportunity to discuss in confidence any difficulties they may face.

What facilities are there at the Visitor Centre?

  • A warm, comfortable seating area
  • Toilet facilities and a baby changing room
  • A small play area for young children
  • A limited range of snacks and drinks
  • Information on a range of subjects including support services, health issues and travel. If we can't answer your questions we will try to put you in touch with someone who can
  • Wheelchairs are available within the prison and there is wheelchair access to both the Visitor Centre and the Prison

When is the Visitor Centre open?

The Visitor Centre is open Thursday to Monday

Thursdays                      13.00 - 17.00

Fridays                           08.30 - 16.45

Saturdays & Sundays    08.00 - 17.00

Mondays                        13.00 - 17.00

This includes all Bank Holidays except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Times for Prison Visits (social)

Monday                        14.15 - 16.15

Thursday                      14.15 - 16.15

Friday                          14.15 - 16.15

Saturday                      09.00 - 11.30

Saturday                      14.00 - 16.00

Sunday                        09.00 - 11.30

Sunday                        14.00 - 16.00

NB Please be aware that on occasions you may not get the advertised amount of visit time

Visits must be booked in advance and all Prison visits and related procedures are the responsibility of HMP Whatton. For any information regarding visits and visiting orders please contact HMP Whatton on 01949 803200. Please note - The first visit will always be booked by the prisoner.

How can I find out more?

For further information abour the Visitor Centre, telephone 01949 803564

An answerphone service is operated out of hours and all messages will be answered as soon as possible. Alternatively contact HMP Whatton on
01949 803564 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Whatton Prison Visitor's Centre
HMP Whatton
New Lane
NG13 9FQ