HMP Frankland, visits & getting there

Visits are held at 13:30-15:30 Tuesday – Friday and 15 mins later at 13:45 on Saturday and Sunday.

Visits can only be booked by calling 0191 376 5048. The prison has a visitors centre run by a charity click here or call 0191 3765200. The level of security operated at Frankland reflects the risk posed by some of the prisoners, and the prison staff will search all visitors before they are admitted to the prison. Items such as mobile phones, cigarettes, food & drink etc are not allowed into the prison and will have to be left in the lockers at the prison during your visit. You can take a small amount of cash into the prison to buy refreshments during your visit. You should book into the visitors centre at least 45 mins before your visiting time so that the prison staff can carry out their checks, you will need to supply photo ID and proof of address.

Get there:

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The prison is located about 3-4 miles from Durham City, and is on the same site as HMP Low Newton. Buses run from North Rd in Durham (0.5 miles from the station). No. 63 & 64 come every 10 minutes. bus timetables. Durham City is the nearest station to the prison and is on the main East Coast line Inter City station. Click here.  It’s about a 10-15 minute walk to the bus stop, or taxis operate from both the station and bus stop; it will cost around £7-8 each way by taxi.

If driving from either the north or south take the A1(M) to the A167 Chester le Street slip road. On the roundabout below the A1 take the exit posted A167 Durham (from the North it is the 3rd exit from the South it is the first). Coming the second roundabout, follow the A167 Durham Sign, going straight on. There is a large BP garage on the right. You come to another roundabout, go straight ahead, following signpost A167 Durham. Go on to another roundabout, go straight ahead, A167 Durham. You will go under a railway bridge, carry straight on the dual carriageway, straight through the two new roundabouts at Chester Moor and the Red Lion. At the next big roundabout, take the first left signposted Arnison Centre, Newton Hall, Finchale Priory. Carry on past McDonalds, Sainsburys etc on your right. At the next roundabout go straight across, signposted Newton Hall, Brasside, Finchale Priory. Continue a short distance to another roundabout, (housing estate on the right, Newton Grange pub/hotel on your left). Turn left signposted Newton Hall, Brasside, Finchale Priory. Go on down the hill, under the railway bridge, the priosn entrance is on the right. Parking is available at the prison but space is limited.

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