HMP Leicester

Leicester Prison

Tel: 01162 283 000 – Welford Road, Leicester, leicestershire LE2 7AJ

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Prison Phone offers phone tariffs that reduce the costs of calls from Leicester prison by up to 75%! This enables prisoners to get the support and love that they are missing from home, while reducing costs for the inmate. Find out more below.

HMP Leicester is one of the most imposing prisons in the UK, with an exterior that looks a lot like a fortress. Indeed, it was designed by William Parsons to look like a castle in the midst of the city. The gatehouse section of the building is the oldest and dates back to 1825. Further sections were added in 1874, and in 1990 a modern block was constructed. The prison has a capacity of 408 and is a local adult male prison. For directions to HMP Leicester, please refer to the map.


Tel: 01162 283 000

Operational capacity: 408 as of 8 July 2013

Welford Road, Leicester, leicestershire LE2 7AJ

Prison Phone have been saving inmates at HMP Leicester money on their calls from the prison to any UK mobile phone since 2013.

We do this by allocating a dedicated and secure local number to your mobile phone, this means when the inmate at Leicester prison calls the new local number we have provided they will be charged at just the local landline rate (around 10p per minute) rather than the standard mobile rate (which is around 40p per minute).

This in turn helps to stretch the inmates PINS phone credit further and reduces the amount you need to send in for them to top up!

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Here's some facts about Leicester prison

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HMP Leicester is a category B prison in the Southfield’s area of Leicester, Leicestershire. Opened in 1828, the prison, designed to look like a fortress by William Parsons, has capacity to hold 408 male inmates.

The main living accommodation is a long rectangular block split into A and B wings, with full integral sanitation and in-cell electricity. The accommodation is divided to provide a separate area for vulnerable prisoners, a first night centre and a segregation unit. There is a separate substance misuse unit housed above the health care centre which accommodates 30 prisoners and includes the delivery of the substance misuse programme.

In total, there were 23 executions at HMP Leicester. All of these were executions of males, with the exception of Sarah Smith in 1832. There were two triple executions (in 1929 and 1877) and two double executions (in 1903 and 1944).

To view the latest HMIP inspection report, click here.

Visiting hours are 14:15 – 16:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and 16:00 – 18:00 Wednesdays.

  • Famous ex-inmates include the RnB singer Mark Morrison, the actor Ricky Tomlinson and Charles Bronson.

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  • It’s been suggested that this prison is one of the most overcrowded in the country, and that its original capacity is closer to 200 than 408.

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  • In 2001, an inspection found conditions at HMP Leicester to be so bad that David Ramsbotham, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, declared that it should be shut down.

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