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HMP Stocken


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 Our Services in HMP Stocken Visitors Centre are delivered on behalf of our operational partners, The Lincolnshire Action Trust. 


Booking a visit

To book by telephone, using a Visiting Order that you have been sent, please call 01780 795156, the Visit Booking line is open Monday to Friday, 13.30 - 16.30 or you can book online here. Visiting Orders: Only those visitors named on the visiting order will be allowed entry. This includes children. For prisoners recently transferred into HMP Stocken, one visiting order from their previous prison will be honoured.

Visiting times

  • Wednesday: 13:45 - 15:45  
  • Thursday: 13:45 - 15:45  
  • Saturday: 09:15 - 11:15  & 13:45 - 15:45 
  • Sunday: 09:15 - 11:15 & 13:45 - 15:45 

For visits on Wednesday & Thursday visitors to be booked in by 14:30 for last entry at 14:45.
For visits on Saturday & Sunday visitors to be booked in by 10:00 for last entry at 10:15 for morning visits and by 14:30 for last entry at 14:45 for afternoon visits.

Getting there



Visitors centre phone number: 01780 795 331 
HMP Stocken main phone line: 01780 795 100


By car

HMP Stocken is situated near the village of Stretton off the A1, exit onto the B668. North and Southbound on the A1 exit B668 – Stocken is signposted from this point. On arrival at the prison, please use the main car park.

By public transport

The nearest stations are Stamford, Grantham and Oakham. You will need to take a taxi from the station to the prison.

Local taxi companies include:
Oakham: Berridge Taxis – 01572 756088, Young's Taxis – 01572 813053, Kevin's Taxis – 01572 720136
Stamford: Associated Silver Cabs – 01780 482800, Star Line Cabs - 01780 763245

When you arrive

When you arrive you will need to check in with staff at the visitors’ centre. You will need to bring ID and up to £20 per group in coins to spend during the visit. Visitors must produce two of the following as proof of identity:

  • passport, driving licence, birth Certificate, senior Citizens public transport pass, annual public transport season ticket, employers ID card that shows employee's photo, rail or bus pass with photo, cheque book or credit card, young person's proof of age card, trade union or national students card.

Children can use a passport, birth certificate or their red book as proof of ID.

Once checked in, you will be given a coloured number card and when called, you can swap that card for a white card and make your way to the gate area. All mobile phones and unauthorised articles must be left in the visitors’ centre. There are secure lockers available for this.

Once inside the gate area you will be searched by a member of staff. A sniffer dog will also be in attendance. You will be asked again if you are carrying any unauthorised articles. Once cleared, you will be given your table number and can enter the visits hall.

Inside the visits hall there is a snack bar and vending machines providing hot and cold drinks and a variety of hot food, snacks and sweets.

Children are your responsibility at all times inside the prison and the visitors’ centre. A play area is provided inside the prison where children can spend time with the Lincolnshire Action Trust play workers. Activities are provided and the children can dip in and out of the area – but no food is allowed.


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