Wakefield Prison Information

Wakefield Prison
Wakefield Prison, officially known as HMP Wakefield, is a Category A men's prison located in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, Wakefield Prison serves as one of the most high-security correctional facilities within the UK's prison system. Here is important information about Wakefield Prison:

Wakefield Prison was opened in 1594 and has a long and storied history as one of the oldest continuously operating prisons in England. The prison operates as a Category A facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of serious offenses requiring maximum-security custody and rehabilitation.

Wakefield Prison is classified as a Category A prison, indicating the highest level of security. The prison implements rigorous security measures to ensure the safety and security of both staff and inmates.

Wakefield Prison primarily houses adult male offenders who have been assessed as suitable for Category A conditions. These inmates may have committed serious offenses, including violent crimes and those with significant risk to the public. Many are serving life sentences or other long-term sentences. The prison's primary focus is on preventing escapes and maintaining control of high-risk individuals.

Wakefield 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 for inmates. The cells are equipped with basic amenities, including beds, personal storage, and sanitation facilities.
  • Healthcare: Wakefield 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.
  • Education and Work: Wakefield Prison recognizes the importance of education and work programs in the rehabilitation process. While the focus is primarily on maintaining security and control, inmates may have access to limited educational and work opportunities within the prison.
  • 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.
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Contact Information
HMP Wakefield,
5 Love Lane,
West Yorkshire,

Tel: 01924 612 000

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

You can book your visit online:

Telephone booking line: 01924 612 274

The booking line is open:
Monday and Friday: 9am to midday
Tuesday to Thursday: 9am to midday and 2pm to 4pm

Visiting times:
  • Friday: 2:15pm to 4pm
  • Saturday and Sundays: 2pm to 4pm

Wakefield Prison Information

How to get to Wakefield Prison:

The nearest station is Wakefield Westgate, which is about a 5 minute walk from the prison.

To plan your journey by public transport:


There is no visitor car parking available at Wakefield. There are car parks in the town centre a short walk away.

For all visits to Wakefield 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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