Swaleside Prison Information

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

Swaleside Prison was opened in 1988 and has since played a crucial role in the UK's penal system. The prison operates as a Category B facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

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

Swaleside Prison primarily houses adult male offenders who have been assessed as suitable for Category B 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.

Swaleside 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: Swaleside 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 Swaleside 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: Swaleside 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: Swaleside 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 Swaleside,
Brabazon Road,
Isle of Sheppey,
ME12 4AX

Tel: 01795 804 100

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

You can book a visit via the booking telephone line or booking email address.

Telephone Booking Line: 0300 060 6604

Booking line open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
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Email Bookings: socialvisits.swaleside@justice.gov.uk

This email address is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response.

Visiting times
  • Tuesday: 2:15 to 3:45pm
  • Wednesday: 2:15 to 3:45pm
  • Thursday: 2:15 to 3:45pm
  • Sunday: 2:15 to 3:45pm

Swaleside Prison Information

How to get to Swaleside Prison:

The closest railway station is Sheerness. From there you can get a taxi.

To plan your journey by public transport use:


There is a free visitors car park for those that drive here.

For all visits to Swaleside 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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