HMP Thorn Cross

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HMP Thorn Cross is a Category D Adult Male Institution for males aged 18+ which is located in the village of Appleton Thorn in Cheshire. Through POPS’ Family Support Lead, families can access advice and information on a range of issues as well as one-to -one support when required, please ask for more information.


We host Family Days and Parental Contact sessions, giving prisoners’ families, prisoners and their children the opportunity to participate in activities together. Please ask one of the POPS’ Visitor Centre staff for further information.

Family Forums are also available for families to get involved in, allowing families the opportunity to express any concerns that they may have. Your views and ideas are important to us.

Recent Updates

Useful documents


Before your visit make sure you download and read the following documents:

Important Contact Information

Visitor Centre: 07471 037 211
Prison Switchboard: 01925 805 100

POPS’ Family Lead:

Visiting Times

13:45 – 15:35
13:45 – 15:45
09:45-11:45, 13:45-15:45

Financial Assistance with Visiting 

If you qualify to receive help with your finances such as benefits, you may be able to recoup all or part of the cost of your travel expenses.

Safer Custody

If you have concerns about someone in prison please call 01925 805 100 and ask to speak to the ‘orderly officer’. During ‘out of hours’ you may also ring 01925 805 242.

Alternatively you can submit concerns via the online Safer Custody portal on the Prisoners’ Families Helpline website (link below).

Last updated 30/01/2024.