Whatton Prison Visitors Centre

Rushcliffe Community & Voluntary Service

Rushcliffe CVS manages and runs the Visitors’ Centre at HMP Whatton on behalf of the Prison Service – providing a welcoming place for prisoners’ friends and families (both adults and children), before and after their visit.

Such centres aim to offer a safe, pleasant environment where all visitors are treated with dignity and respect, given the facilities they need and offered information, support and the opportunity to discuss in confidence any difficulties they may face.

The Whatton Visitors’ Centre opened in June 2006 and in its first year received more than 12,000 visitors – including 1,361 who were visiting for the first time. Since then, the centre has recruited six volunteers and produced a number of newsletters for visitors.

“This is the most comfortable and friendly Visitor Centre I’ve been to.”


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’ll try and 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.

The centre’s opening hours are:

Monday                           12.30 – 4.15pm
Thursday                         12.30 – 4.15pm
Friday                              8.30am – 4.15pm
Saturdays & Sundays      8am – 4.45pm

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


The times for social prison visits are:

Monday                        1.45 – 3.45pm
Thursday                      1.45 – 3.45pm
Friday                           1.45 – 3.45pm
Saturday                       9 – 11.30am and 2 – 4pm
Sunday                         9 – 11.30am
Sunday                         2 – 4pm

Please be aware that on occasions you may not get the advertised amount of visiting time.

Visits must be booked in advance. 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.

For further information about the Visitor Centre, telephone 01949 803564.

An answerphone service is operated out of hours and all messages will be answered as soon as possible. You can also email: whattonvc@rushcliffecvs.org.uk.


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

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