Durham Prison Information

Durham Prison
Durham Prison, officially known as HMP Durham, is a Category B men's prison located in Durham, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison Service, Durham Prison primarily holds adult male offenders. Here is important information about Durham Prison:

Durham Prison has a rich history that dates back to its establishment in 1819. The prison is located within the historic Durham City and is designed to securely hold adult male offenders who have been convicted of various offenses. The prison aims to protect the public, reduce reoffending, and support the rehabilitation of prisoners.

Durham Prison is classified as a Category B prison. It is designed to hold individuals who have a significant security risk but may not require the highest level of security measures. The prison implements necessary security measures to ensure the safety of both inmates and staff.

Durham Prison primarily accommodates adult male offenders. It houses individuals who have been remanded in custody, serving short-term sentences, or serving longer sentences for more serious offenses. The capacity of Durham Prison is approximately 1,017 individuals.

Durham Prison provides a range of facilities and services to meet the needs of its inmates and support their rehabilitation. These include:
  • Accommodation: The prison consists of multiple residential units with individual cells or shared accommodation for inmates. The cells are equipped with basic amenities, including beds, personal storage, and sanitation facilities.
  • Education and Vocational Training: Durham Prison offers educational programs to help inmates improve their literacy, numeracy, and other skills. Vocational training opportunities are provided to enhance employment prospects upon release.
  • Workshops and Employment: Inmates have access to workshops where they can engage in various activities such as woodworking, metalwork, and other vocational programs. These activities aim to develop skills and potential employment options within the prison.
  • Healthcare: Durham Prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who offer primary healthcare services to prisoners. Mental health support and substance abuse programs are also available.
  • Sports and Physical Activities: The prison promotes physical fitness and well-being by providing access to sports facilities and organized activities. These activities aim to develop teamwork, discipline, and positive lifestyle choices.
  • Family Contact: The prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and offers opportunities for visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Chaplaincy Services: Durham Prison has chaplains representing different faiths who offer religious support and guidance to prisoners.
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Contact Information
HMP Durham Prison
Old Elvet,

Tel: 01913 323400

Website: HMP Durham Prison
Booking a visit to Durham Prison
How to book a visit to Durham Prison?

To book a visit at Durham Prison, There is a visitors centre where you book in for your visit click here or call 0191 3323676.

The visitors centre is on the opposite side of the road to the main prison gate (100 yards up the hill).

Durham Prison Information

What are the Visiting Booking Times at Durham Prison?

To book a visit at Durham Prison, There is a visitors centre where you book in for your visit click here or call 0191 3323676 The visitors centre is on the opposite side of the road to the main prison gate (100 yards up the hill).

What are the visiting times at Durham Prison:
  • Mon: 13:45 – 15:45
  • Tue: 13:45 – 15:45 & 17:00 – 19:00
  • Wed: 13:45 – 15:45 & 17:00 – 19:00
  • Thu: 13:45 – 15:45 Fri: 13:45 – 15:45
  • Sat: 09:30 – 11:30 & 13:45 – 16:45
  • Sun: 09:30 – 11:30 & 13:45 – 16:45
How to get to Durham Prison, Directions to Durham Prison:

Durham prison is not too far from Durham Centre, From the bus station you are looking about a 15 minute walk to Durham prison from Durham Town Centre Station.

If you are going to get a train to Durham Prison,

The station is about 25 minutes away from the prison by foot. A Taxi will cost about £5 to get you to the prison one way.

If you are going to drive to the prison, There is no car park at the prison, use either on street parking with meters or a public car park

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