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Visiting Information for Friends and Family

We understand that coming to visit someone in prison can be a stressful and daunting prospect. We strive to make your visit to HMP Kilmarnock as straight forward as we can.

The Visitor Centre at HMP Kilmarnock is staffed by Operational Support Officers. We also have representatives from Centrestage in attendance 4 days each week providing meaningful support for families and friends affected by imprisonment.

The Visitor Centre offers a welcoming and supportive environment, particularly for first time visitors who are unsure of prison procedures.

The toilet facilities include disabled toilet and baby changing facilities. Also an enclosed children’s play area is situated outside.

The Visitor Centre opening hours are:
Monday09:00-16:30
Tuesday 09:00-16:30
Wednesday 09:00-20:15
Thursday09:00-16:30
Friday09:00-20:15
Saturday09:00-16:30
Sunday09:00-16:30

Identification Requirements

To gain access to the prison for the purpose of visiting, you must have two forms of identification, one of which must be photographic. Entry to the prison will not be permitted without acceptable identification.

The following examples shall be accepted as suitable for photographic ID purposes:

  • Valid Passport
  • Photographic Driving Licence
  • Citizen/Validate UK Card
  • Senior Citizens Bus Pass
  • Workplace photo ID card
  • Photographic Bank Card
  • Other official photo ID i.e. membership card

The following examples shall be accepted as suitable for proof of address provided it is less than 3 months old:

  • Utility bill
  • Council tax bill
  • Benefit book
  • Bank statement
  • Other letter from official source

Procedure at Main Prison Building

All visitors will be asked to remove footwear, outdoor jackets and any metallic items. You will then be asked to walk through a metal detector and may be subject to a rub down search by a member of staff. Additionally the search procedure may incorporate the use of an Ion Spectrometer and passive drug dogs.

Once the search process has been completed you will be allocated a table number and will be asked to enter into the visit hall. At the end of the visit a member of staff will inform visitors that their time has elapsed and you will be asked to exit.

In the visit hall, there are Family Contact Officer's available throughout your visit if you require any information or you have any concerns please feel free to speak to them. There are toilet facilities, including disabled toilets and baby changing facilities available as well as a children’s play area.

Security Considerations

Please note that any personal belongings can be left in a locker in the Visitor Centre. This is done at the owners own risk.

Please do not bring any unnecessary items to the prison with you.

On entering the Gatehouse you will be required to undergo searching. You will be asked to remove your jacket and any metal items including belts, and perhaps your shoes. These will be passed through an X-Ray Machine, and you will be asked to pass through a metal detecting portal.

You may also be subject to a rub-down search by a member of staff.

Importantly, do not be in possession of any mobile phone or communication items such as mobile phone charger or SIM card when gaining entry to the establishment. It is a criminal offence to attempt to introduce such items into the prison.

Please rest assured that this is normal procedure, and we would be grateful for your full cooperation.

Remand Prisoners

Remand prisoners at Kilmarnock are responsible for booking their own visits and also have the responsibility to inform their visitors of the day and time of the visit.

Prisoners can add or remove visitor's names up to 4 hours prior to the session start time.

Our visit times for Remand prisoners are:

Monday15:00-16:00
Tuesday 10:00-11:00
Wednesday 16:00-17:00
Thursday10:00-11:00
Friday14:45-15:30 & 15:45-16:30
Saturday10:30-11:30
Sunday09:30-10:30

Convicted Prisoners

Convicted prisoners at Kilmarnock are responsible for booking their own visits and also have the responsibility to inform their visitors of the day and time of the visit.

Prisoners can add or remove visitor's names up to 4 hours prior to the session start time.

Our visit times for Convicted prisoners are:

Monday13:15-14:15
Tuesday 13:15-14:15 & 15:00-16:00
Wednesday 18:45-19:45
Thursday13:15-14:15 & 15:00-16:00
Friday13:15-14:15 & 18:45-19:45
Saturday13:30-14:30 & 15:00-16:00
Sunday13:30-14:30 & 15:00-16:00

All visitors should arrive at the prison for the purposes of booking in 20 minutes prior to the visit session taking place.

All new visitors (who have not previously attended the prison) or visitors who have not visited the prison within the last 6 months will be required to provide valid photographic ID (passport, driving license, validate card etc.) and a utility bill etc. showing current address.

Visitors arriving after 15 minutes of the session commencing will not be permitted entry to that session.

Visitors who have not been named on the visiting order will not be permitted entry.

Prisoners can to add or remove visitor's names up to 4 hours prior to the session start time.

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