Thameside Prison Information

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

Thameside Prison was opened in 2012 and is a modern correctional facility designed to provide secure custody and rehabilitation for adult male offenders. It operates as a Category B prison, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring medium-security custody.

Thameside 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.

Thameside 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-term sentences. The prison aims to facilitate their rehabilitation and eventual reintegration into society through a structured regime.

Thameside 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: Thameside 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 Thameside 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: Thameside 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: Thameside 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 Thameside,
1 Joyce Dawson Way,
SE28 8RA

Tel: 0208 317 9777

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

Prisoners at HMP Thameside book their own visits using an automated system. The prisoner will need to book a visit for you and then call you to tell you when it is.

Visiting Times:
  • 14:00 - 15.00 (cut off time 14.15)
  • 15.45 - 16:45 (cut off time 16.00)
  • 10.45 - 11:45 (cut off time 11.00)
  • 14:00 - 15:00 (cut off time 14.15)
  • 14:00 - 15.00 (cut off time 14.15)
  • 15.45 - 16:45 (cut off time 16.00)
  • 10.45 - 11:45 (cut off time 11.00)
  • 14:00 - 15:00 (cut off time 14.15)
  • 10:45 - 11.45 (cut off time 11.00)
  • 14:00 - 15.00 (cut off time14.15)
  • 15:45 - 16:45 (cut off time 16.00)
Saturday and Sunday:
  • 09:00 - 10:00 (cut off time 09.15)
  • 10:45 - 11.45 (cut off time 11.00)
  • 14:00 - 15.00 (cut off time14.15)
  • 15:45 - 16:45 (cut off time 16.00)

Thameside Prison Information

How to get to Thameside Prison:

By Car:
If you intend driving through London, we would advise you map read your own route to the above address. However all other routes are advised to go to the Queen Elizabeth II crossing at Dartford and follow the A206 south of the river North towards Erith/London. Follow the A206 until you get to the A2016. Continue along the A2016 on the Bronze Age Way, Eastern Way and then Western Way turning off at the side road at Griffin Manor Way turning left and then the prison is directly in front of you. (When travelling from the North, Some Satellite Navigation devices may try and take you through London to the Woolwich Ferry crossing, it is advised you avoid this route.

By Rail:
From London Victoria

Take the London Underground (District or Circle Line) to Cannon Street Station then the over-ground rail to Plumstead Station, this journey will take approximately 50 minutes. On arrival at Plumstead the prison is a 7 minute walk.

From Kings Cross/St Pancreas

Take the London Underground (Northern Line) to Bank then the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) to Woolwich Arsenal, this journey will take approximately 40 minutes. On arrival at Woolwich Arsenal you can take a taxi (approximate cost £6) or the prison is a 15 minute walk away.

Woolwich Arsenal has good disabled access whereas Plumstead does not.

By Bus:
From Woolwich Arsenal Station catch the 244/380 bus to the prison. The bus stops are situated directly outside the exit from the railway station.

For all visits to Thameside 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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