Northumberland Prison Information

Northumberland Prison
Northumberland Prison, officially known as HMP Northumberland, is a Category C men's prison located in Morpeth, Northumberland, England. Managed by the private company Sodexo Justice Services, Northumberland Prison provides secure custody and rehabilitation for male offenders. Here is important information about Northumberland Prison:

Northumberland Prison was established in 2011 and is operated under a public-private partnership between Sodexo Justice Services and Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service. The prison serves as a Category C facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

Northumberland Prison is classified as a Category C prison, indicating a medium level of security. The prison implements comprehensive security measures to ensure the safety of both staff and inmates.

Northumberland Prison exclusively houses adult male offenders who have been assessed as suitable for Category C conditions. These inmates typically serve medium-term sentences and may participate in rehabilitation programs to reduce their risk of reoffending.

Northumberland Prison offers various facilities and services to support the welfare and rehabilitation of its inmates. These include:
  • Accommodation: The prison provides 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: Northumberland Prison offers a range of educational programs and vocational training opportunities to help inmates develop skills, improve their prospects, and prepare for their eventual release. These programs may include basic education, literacy and numeracy courses, vocational skills training, and accredited qualifications.
  • 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, instill discipline, and provide a sense of responsibility.
  • Healthcare: Northumberland Prison has an on-site healthcare unit staffed with medical professionals who provide primary healthcare services to prisoners. Mental health support, substance abuse programs, and specialized medical care are also available.
  • Family Contact: The prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and facilitates visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Resettlement Support: Northumberland 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 Northumberland,
NE65 9XG

Tel: 01670 383 100

Website: HMP Northumberland
Booking a visit to Northumberland Prison
Visiting Times at Northumberland Prison

Prisoners must book their own visits using the wing kiosks, an electronic booking system. Prisoners must book the Date; Time Type of visit, and then inform visitors of this information.

The booking times available are below:

Wednesday - Friday
1400 – 1600 Visits session

Saturday - Sunday
Morning Session
0930 - 1130 Visits session

Saturday and Sunday
Afternoon Session
1400 – 1600 Visits session

Northumberland Prison Information

Visiting Times:
  • Wednesday: 2pm - 4pm
  • Thursday: 2pm - 4pm
  • Friday: 2pm - 4pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am - 11:30am & 2pm - 4pm
  • Sunday: 9:30am - 11:30am & 2pm - 4pm
For all visits to Northumberland Prison, visitors are required to bring photographic ID and proof of address (dated within the past 3 months). The only forms of photographic ID that will be accepted are:
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Photographic
  • Driving Licence (full or provisional)
  • Citizen Card
  • Senior Citizens Bus Pass Travel Card (issued by Scottish Government)
The only forms of proof of address that will be accepted are:
  • Utility bill
  • Council tax bill
  • Benefit book
  • Bank statement
  • other letter from official source
Getting there by car:
The postcode is NE65 9XG for those using sat-nav. The prison is 6 miles off the A1 road, but is not signposted off it. Visitors need to take the turning which is marked with the road signs for Amble (A1068), Acklington, Widdrington & Chevington Moor.

The prison can also be reached by the A19 and the A189 /A1068 coastal spine road travelling from the south.

There is ample free parking at the prison and a small number of disabled parking spaces for visitors who have the appropriate badges.

Getting here by bus:

The prison can be reached by the X18 Arriva bus service which runs hourly from the Newcastle Haymarket bus station. It also runs from Berwick in the north via Alnwick Bus Station.

This service runs to the turning circle at the entrance road of the prison, approximately 300 metres walk from the Visitor Centre.

For current service times: Traveline: 0871 200 2233 or

Getting here by train

The nearest mainline train station is Newcastle, with regular East Coast services running from Edinburgh in the north and Darlington, York, Doncaster and London from the south.

There is also some East Coast services stopping at Alnmouth (8 miles north of the prison) and Morpeth (12 miles south).

Visitors can then book a taxi from these small stations to the prison. The X18 bus service also runs close to the stations but does not call at them.

For more information on train services and times: National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50 or
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