Wormwood Scrubs Prison Information

Wormwood Scrubs Prison
Wormwood Scrubs Prison, commonly known as HMP Wormwood Scrubs, is a Category B men's prison located in the Hammersmith and Fulham borough of London, England. Managed by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, Wormwood Scrubs Prison serves as an important correctional facility within the UK's penal system. Here is important information about Wormwood Scrubs Prison:

Wormwood Scrubs Prison was opened in 1875 and has a rich history as one of London's oldest and most well-known prisons. The institution operates as a Category B prison, accommodating individuals who have been convicted of various offenses requiring secure custody and rehabilitation.

Wormwood Scrubs Prison is classified as a Category B prison, indicating that it holds prisoners who do not require maximum security but still require a considerable level of control and supervision. The facility employs necessary security measures to ensure the safety of staff, inmates, and the public.

Wormwood Scrubs Prison primarily houses adult male offenders who have been convicted of a range of offenses. As a local prison serving the London area, it accommodates individuals on remand awaiting trial, as well as those serving shorter sentences.

Wormwood Scrubs 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: Wormwood Scrubs Prison places emphasis on education and vocational training to support the rehabilitation process. Inmates have access to educational programs, including basic education, literacy, numeracy, and vocational courses to enhance their skills and employability prospects for successful reintegration into society.
  • Work Opportunities: Inmates at Wormwood Scrubs 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: The 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: Wormwood Scrubs Prison recognizes the importance of maintaining family relationships and facilitates visits and contact with family members, subject to specific guidelines and regulations.
  • Resettlement Support: The prison offers pre-release planning and support to help inmates prepare for their eventual release. This includes assistance with accommodation, employment, and access to community-based support services.
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Contact Information
HMP Wormwood Scrubs,
Du Cane Road,
W12 0AE

Tel: 0300 060 6511

Website: HMP Wormwood Scrubs Prison
Booking a visit to Wormwood Scrubs Prison
Visiting Times at Wormwood Scrubs Prison

You can book your visit online:

Or by telephone.

Telephone booking and information line:
0300 060 6511
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

Visiting times:

Visitors arriving more than half an hour late will not be admitted.

  • Monday: A wing 9:30am to 11am and 2:30pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday: B wing 9:30am to 11am
  • Wednesday: C wing 9:30am to 11am and 2:30pm to 4pm
  • Thursday: D wing 9:30am to 11am and 2:30pm to 4pm
  • Friday: E wing 9:30am to 11am

Wormwood Scrubs Prison Information

Wormwood Scrubs is a 10-minute walk from East Acton underground station. The closest mainline railway station is London Paddington. Several local bus routes pass the prison.

To plan your journey by public transport:


If coming by car, you can park outside the prison. You will need to pay and display at certain times during the week. Check times and prices on the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham website.

There is no visitor parking in the prison.

For all visits to Wormwood 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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