Portland Prison Information

Portland Prison
Portland Prison, officially known as HMP/YOI Portland, is a Category C men's prison located on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, Portland Prison serves as a significant correctional facility within the UK's prison system. Here is important information about Portland Prison:

Portland Prison was established in 1848 and has a long-standing history as a correctional institution. The prison operates as a Category C facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

Portland Prison is classified as a Category C prison, indicating a lower level of security. However, the prison still implements necessary security measures to ensure the safety and security of both staff and inmates.

Portland Prison primarily houses adult male offenders who have been assessed as suitable for Category C conditions. These inmates may have committed a range of offenses and are typically serving medium to long-term sentences. The prison focuses on providing a safe and supportive environment to facilitate their rehabilitation and eventual reintegration into society.

Portland 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: Portland Prison places a strong emphasis on education and vocational training. Inmates have access to a range of educational programs, including basic education, literacy, numeracy, and accredited courses. Vocational training opportunities are also available to develop employable skills and enhance prospects for successful reintegration into society.
  • Work Opportunities: Inmates at Portland Prison have access to various work activities within the prison, such as maintenance, cleaning, kitchen, and other designated roles. These work activities aim to develop skills, instill discipline, and promote a sense of responsibility.
  • Healthcare: Portland 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: Portland 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/YOI Portland,
Grove Road,
The Grove,

Tel: 01305 715 600

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

You can book your visit online:

Visiting times:

Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday: 2pm to 4pm

Portland Prison Information

How to get to Portland Prison:

The closest railway station is Weymouth. From there, you can take a bus to the Isle of Portland. There is also a taxi rank at the station.

To plan your journey by public transport:


Portland has a visitors car park, including several spaces for Blue Badge holders.

For all visits to Portland 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

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