Wandsworth Prison Information

Wandsworth Prison
Wandsworth Prison, officially known as HMP Wandsworth, is a Category B men's prison located in Wandsworth, London, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, Wandsworth Prison is one of the largest and oldest prisons in the UK, playing a significant role in the country's penal system. Here is important information about Wandsworth Prison:

Wandsworth Prison was opened in 1851 and has a rich history of serving as a correctional facility. The prison operates as a Category B facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

Wandsworth 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.

Wandsworth 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.

Wandsworth 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.
  • Education and Vocational Training: Wandsworth 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 Wandsworth 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: Wandsworth 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: Wandsworth 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.
If you are due to go to Prison or currently have someone you know inside Prison, You may benefit from reading our comprehensive Prison Survival Guide: Click here to download
Contact Information
HMP Wandsworth,
Heathfield Road,
SW18 3HS

Tel: 020 8588 4000

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

You can book your visit online:

Visits booking line: 0300 060 6509
The booking line is open, Monday to Friday, 9:15am to 5pm

Visiting times:
  • Monday: 9am to 10am, 10:30am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 10am, 10:30am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 10am, 10:30am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm (no visits on Wednesday PM until further notice)
  • Thursday: 9am to 10am, 10:30am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Friday: no visits
  • Saturday: 9am to 10am, 10:30am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Sunday: 9am to 10am, 10:30am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 2:30pm, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Available to all prisoners, maximum 3 adults and 3 children per visit.

Wandsworth Prison Information

How to get to Wandsworth Prison:

The closest railways stations to Wandsworth are Wandsworth Town, Wandsworth Common and Earlsfield which are all about a mile away. Clapham Junction station is just over a mile away. Local bus routes 77 and 219 come to near the establishment from Clapham Junction Station. If travelling on 77, you need to get off at stop Heathfield Road and if travelling on 219, then you need to get off at stop County Arms.

To plan your journey by public transport:


If coming by car, use the postcode SW18 3HU for sat nav.

You will need to find parking outside of the prison. There is no visitor car park at the prison and most local roads are limited to permit holders.

For all visits to Wandsworth 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

© PRISON INFO. All rights reserved.