Belmarsh prison visiting information

Social Visiting Times

Mon - No Visits

Tue - AM - No Visits 
        PM - 1400-1500 (HSU- 1430-1530) 
               (1530-1630 VP Session only)

Wed - AM - (0915-1015 VP Session Only) (HSU 0945-1045)
         PM - 1400-1500  (HSU 1430-1530) 
                1530-1630 

Thu - AM - 0915-1015
        PM - 1400-1500  (HSU 1430-1530) 
               1530-1630 

Fri - AM - 0915-1015   
      PM - 1400-1500   (HSU 1430-1530 
             1530-1630
 
Sat - AM - (0930-1030 VP Session Only) 
               1400-1500   (HSU 1430-1530) 
               1530-1630 

Sun - AM - No Visits 
        PM - 1400-1500 (HSU 1430-1530) 
               1530-1630

Key - VP = Vulnerable Prisoners
        HSU = High Security Unit

Direct Social Booking Line Tel Number - 0208-331-4768

Social visits can also be booked by e-mail to BelmarshV@hmps.gsi.gov.uk.

The e-mail must include the prisoners name and date of birth in the "Subject" line, the day you want to visit (with two alternative dates), full name, full address, date of birth and relation to the prisoner for every visitor that wishes to visit.

You should receive a reply within 24 hours. When booking by e-mail you must book a minimum of 48 hours in advance and up to two weeks ahead. Incomplete applications will not be booked.

There is a maximum of 3 visitors aged 10 years and over and 3 under 10 years.

Visitor centre: There is a family-friendly Visitor's Centre run by Spurgeons, a national charity. Visitors are offered a warm welcome, information and support. For more information please go to www.spurgeons.org/hmp-belmarsh, call 020 8317 3888 or email belmarsh@spurgeons.org.

Legal Visits

Mon - No Visits

Tue - AM - 0900-1015
               1015-1130
        PM - 1400-1515
               1515-1630

Wed - AM - 0900-1015
                1015-1130
         PM - 1400-1515
                1515-1630

Thu - AM - 0900-1015
               1015-1130
        PM - 1400-1515
               1515-1630

Fri - AM - 0900-1015
             1015-1130
      PM - 1400-1515
             1515-1630

Legal Visits Tel Number: 0208 331 4769

Legal Visits Fax Number: 0208 331 4752 

Cancellations must be actioned by fax.

Additional information: Evening visitors must be a QC or a Barrister

How to get there:

  • Bus: From Woolwich Arsenal Station catch the 244/380 bus to the prison. The bus stops are situated directly outside the exit from the railway station.
  • Train: The nearest stations are Woolwich Arsenal and Plumstead. Catch a bus from Woolwich Arsenal station to the prison, or walk from Plumstead station (contact the visitor centre for details).
  • Approach from M25 Dartford Bridge/Tunnel:
    • Heading South - over Bridge: Take first slip road immediately after tolls, (NB head for 4 left hand tolls when coming over the bridge). Signposted A206. First exit at roundabout and come over the motorway. Then to * (below):
    • Heading North - towards tunnel: Take last exit (Junction 1) before tunnel signposted A206 Crayford/Erith. Then to * (below):
      • *: Roundabout over M25 - signposted A206 Crayford/ Erith. University Way.
      • Roundabout end of University Way/ dual carriageway signposted A206 Crayford / Erith.
      • Into Bexley / single carriageway / roundabout.
      • 4th exit signposted Erith A206 Crayford/Erith
        Roundabout end dual carriageway
      • 2nd exit signposed Woolwich/ Thamesmead A206
      • Roundabout 2nd exit signposted A2016 Thamesmead, Plumstead, Woolwich
      • Series of roundabouts signposted A2016 Thamesmead, Plumstead, Woolwich
      • Dual carriageway towards Thamesmead, roundabout signposted Western Way
      • Signpost to Belmarsh and Courts - left slip road at traffic lights.
  • Approach from Woolwich: Proceed along Plumstead Road, turn left into Pettman Crescent (just before Plumstead Bus Garage) then take the second left at the traffic lights into Western Way. Belmarsh is situated approximately half a mile down on the right-hand side. Follow signs for HMP Belmarsh and Courts.
  • Approach from Plumstead: Proceed along Plumstead High Street, turn right into Pettman Crescent (just after Plumstead Bus Garage) then take the second left at the traffic lights into Western Way. Belmarsh is situated approximately half a mile down on the right-hand side. Follow signs for HMP Belmarsh and Courts.
  • There is a visitors' car park.
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