Lewes Prison Information

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

Lewes Prison has a rich history dating back to 1853 when it was first opened. It serves as a Category B/C prison, which means it houses individuals who have been convicted of offenses ranging from medium to high risk. The prison's primary purpose is to provide a secure and controlled environment for the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.

Lewes Prison is classified as a Category B/C prison, indicating a medium to high level of security. The prison implements measures to prevent escape and maintain order within the facility.

Lewes Prison primarily accommodates adult male offenders. It has a capacity to house approximately 694 individuals, including both remand prisoners and convicted prisoners serving sentences of varying lengths.

Lewes Prison offers various 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: Lewes Prison provides educational programs to help inmates improve their literacy, numeracy, and other skills. Vocational training opportunities are also offered to enhance employment prospects upon release.
  • Work Opportunities: Inmates have access to work opportunities within the prison, such as maintenance, cleaning, kitchen, and other designated roles. These work activities aim to develop skills, a sense of responsibility, and a work ethic.
  • Healthcare: Lewes Prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who offer primary healthcare services to prisoners. Mental health support, substance abuse programs, and specialist services 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 promote positive lifestyle choices and encourage teamwork.
  • Family Contact: Lewes Prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and supports visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Resettlement Support: The prison offers pre-release planning and support to help inmates prepare for their eventual release. This may include assistance with accommodation, employment, and access to community-based support services.
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Contact Information
HMP Lewes Prison
1 Brighton Rd,

Tel: 01273 785100

Website: HMP Lewes Prison
Booking a visit to Lewes Prison
You can book your visit online or by telephone.


You must arrive at least 45 minutes before your visit to allow for security and processing.

Booking line: 01273 785 271 The booking line is open everyday, 8:30am to 11:30am and 2pm to 4:30pm. Find out about call charges

Lewes Prison Information

To get to Lewes Prison by Car: The best Direction to take from London would be to take the A23, then shoot down the M23, A27 and once you’ve joined the A275 the prison will be on your left. It is well sign posted so you shouldn’t be able to miss it

To get to Lewes Prison by Train: The nearest train station to Lewes Prison is Lewes and is about a 25 minute walk at brisk pace. Taxi’s are available at the station is you prefer not to walk. Check the train times to Lewes Prison from your local train station Here.

Get to Lewes Prison Via Bus: There is a bus from Brighton to Lewes using this service Here.

You can not just turn up to visit a prisoner inside Lewes prison, this needs to be done online or by phone on the Booking Line 01273 785 100

To Book A Lewes Prison Visit You Must:
  • Be on the prisoners visits list
  • Book your visit in advance
  • Have the required ID when you visit
  • At least one visitor must be over 18
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