Swansea Prison Information

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

Swansea Prison has a long history and was originally established in 1861. The prison operates as a Category B facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

Swansea 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.

Swansea 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.

Swansea 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: Swansea 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 Swansea 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, promote discipline, and instill a sense of responsibility.
  • Healthcare: Swansea 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: Swansea 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 Swansea,
200 Oystermouth Road,

Tel: 01792 485 300

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

You can book your visit online:

You can book your visit by telephone or by email.

Email: socvisswansea@justice.gov.uk
Booking line: 01792 485 322
The booking line is open Monday to Friday, 8:45am to 11:45am and 1pm to 3:45pm

Visiting times

Monday to Sunday: 1pm to 1:30pm and 2:30pm to 3pm
(Except the third Wednesday of every month – staff training day)

Swansea Prison Information

How to get to Swansea Prison:

HMP Swansea is located on Oystermouth Road. Just 1 mile from the train and a short walk from the bus station.

There is a pay and display car park directly opposite the prison “Paxton St car park”. Please use the route finder for directions to SA1 3SR.

For any further enquiries please email socvisswansea@justice.gov.uk.

To plan your journey by public transport:


There is no visitor parking at the prison but visitors can use the pay-and-display Paxton Street car park just opposite.

For all visits to Swansea 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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