Wayland Prison Information

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

Wayland Prison was opened in 1985 and has since played a crucial role in the UK's penal system. The prison operates as a Category C facility, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

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

Wayland Prison primarily houses adult male offenders who have been assessed as suitable for Category C 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.

Wayland 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: Wayland 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 Wayland 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: Wayland 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: Wayland 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 Wayland,
IP25 6RL

Tel: 01953 804 100

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

You can book your visit online:

Telephone booking line: 01953 804152
Everyday: 9:30am to 12pm and 2:30pm to 4pm Find out about call charges

You can also book social visits by email: socialVisitsWayland@justice.gov.uk

Visiting times:
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 2pm to 4pm

Wayland Prison Information

How to get to Wayland Prison:

The closest railway station is Thetford. A taxi can be booked at the station help desk.

Contact the visitors centre on 01953 804 152 for local coach or minibus information.

To plan your journey by public transport:


There is a free visitors car park, including spaces for Blue Badge holders.

For all visits to Wayland 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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