Wealstun Prison Information

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

Wealstun Prison was opened in 1991 and has since played a significant 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.

Wealstun 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.

Wealstun 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.

Wealstun 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: Wealstun 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 Wealstun 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: Wealstun 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: Wealstun 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 Wealstun,
Thorp Arch,
West Yorkshire,
LS23 7AZ

Tel: 01937 444 400

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

You can book your visit online:

Telephone booking line: 01937 444 599

The booking line is open Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 12:30pm
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Visiting times:
  • Monday: 2:15pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30am to 11am and 2:15pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 2:15pm to 4pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am to 11am and 2:15pm to 4pm
  • Friday: no visits
  • Saturday: 9:30am to 11:30am and 1:45pm to 3:45pm
  • Sunday: 9:30am to 11:30am and 1:45pm to 3:45pm

Wealstun Prison Information

How to get to Wealstun Prison:

The closest railway stations are Leeds (12 miles from the prison) and York (15 miles). You can take a 45 minute bus ride to the prison, as taxis can be expensive.

To plan your journey by public transport:


There is a large visitor car park with Blue Badge parking spaces close to the visitor centre.

For all visits to Wealstun 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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