Belmarsh prison visiting information

Social visiting times

Monday - No visits
Tuesday - 09.00 -11.00, 14:15 – 16:15 (VP’s only)
Wednesday - 09.00-11.00, 14.15 -16.15
Thursday - 09.00 -11.00, 14.15- 16.15
Friday - 09.00 - 10.00
Saturday -  09.15 – 11.15 (VP’s only),  14.15-16.15
Sunday - 14.15 -16.15

Direct social booking line - 0208-331-4768 or online:

Please be aware that bookings will be made dependant on the houseblock that the person you are visiting is on;

Houseblock One and Houseblock Three  – Tuesday AM, Wednesday PM, Thursday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday PM.

Houseblock Two and Houseblock Four – Wednesday AM, Thursday PM, Friday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday PM

HSU – Tuesday, Thursday AM and PM, Saturday and Sunday - PM

VP’s – Tuesday PM and Saturday AM

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, call 020 8317 3888 or email

Legal Visits

Monday - No Visits
Tuesday - 9.00-11.30, 14.00-16.30
Wednesday - 9.00-11.30, 14.00-16.30
Thursday - 9.00-11.30, 14.00-16.30
Friday - 9.00-11.00

Official/legal visits can be booked via the following email address:

Legal Visits Tel Number: 0208 331 4769

Unauthorised Dress code for adults and children

  • No see through, revealing clothing or crop tops which reveal the stomach.
  • Skirts, dresses and shorts must be no higher than just above the knee.
  • Woman must ensure their top garment covers their cleavage.
  • No clothing bearing slogans that are deemed racist, insulting or derogatory
  • No uniforms (except children in school uniform and police officers on a legal visit )
  • No watches
  • Jewellery is best kept to a minimum (Earrings to be studs / small hoops only - use a ten pence as a guide for hooped earrings)
  • No chains that resemble key chains
  • No ponchos.
  • All clothing to be worn as intended to be worn.
  • No baseball caps
  • No sunglasses
  • No florescent tops
  • Only one pair of trousers to be worn at any one time
  • No diaries
  • No ripped or damaged clothing

Authorised dress code for adults and children

  • Hats, scarf’s and gloves (Must be removed when in hall) unless religious headwear.
  • Most footwear allowed (Except steel toe cap footwear, football boots or similar footwear. Boots must be no higher than below the knee. No Heelies.
  • Hairdressings i.e. hair clips, slides, butterfly clips.

Items authorised to enter the prison

The only items you may take into the prison with you are:

  • A valid Visiting Order
  • The Visitors pass issued to you when you booked in
  • £25 cash per person up to £45 per VO
  • A babies bottle, you will be required to taste the contents of the bottle in front of staff who will then bag and tag it along with two nappies, a dummy and a handful of wipes
  • Your Locker key
  • Any essential medication, this will also be bagged and tagged by staff and left with the officers supervising the visit

In the case of legal/official visitors:

  • Paperwork relating to the case/ prisoner being visited
  • Two pens
  • Laptop computer
  • Up to £15 cash

Please note the following items will not be authorised into the prison:

  • Metal stationary including paper clips, metal treasury tags, bull dog clips etc.
  • Spiral binders and other files/folders containing metal (Ring binders are permitted but the removable clip that holds papers in place is not)
  • Bags of any kind
  • Unauthorised electrical items
  • Any personal paperwork, diaries etc. only paperwork relating to the case and the prisoner you are visiting are authorised

Prison Voicemail service

Social contacts can exchange voicemails with prisoners through the Prison Voicemail service, which is available at this establishment. Family members or friends sign up online and are given a unique landline phone number which they can call at any time to leave messages. The prisoner dials the same number from within the prison to listen and reply. You can find more information including pricing at

Visitors smoking

All visitors are reminded that smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking area.

This is located directly outside the entrance of the visits centre.

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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