Cookham Wood prison visiting information

Social visits

Wed: 13:45-16:15
Sat: 09:30 - 11:30, 14:30 - 16:30
Sun: 09:30 - 11:30, 14:30 - 16:30

Booking information

To book online, visit:

All you need is:

  • the name and date of birth of the person you are visiting
  • their prisoner number.
You can choose up to 3 possible dates and times. Prison booking staff will check what’s available and confirm your visit by email. You’ll also receive your visiting order (VO) number by email. You must bring this with you when you visit.

If you've made an online visit booking request and haven't received a confirmation email within 1-3 working days, email

Additional information: Failure to bring correct identification on the day of the visit will result in the visit being cancelled.
Please be aware that we can only accept visit bookings for a maximum of 3 adults and 3 children (under the age of 18) at any one time.

All visits to Young People must be pre-booked and 48 hours’ notice is required. Visits will not take place on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

All valuables should be left in cars or in the lockers provided in the outside visits centre. Any suspicious or disruptive behaviour whilst in the visits centre will not be tolerated and in extreme circumstances could result in termination of the visit and visitors being banned from re-visiting for a period of time.

You may be entitled to help with your travel expenses. Please visit the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme page for more information.

Official visits

Mon – Thurs: 13:30 – 14:45 and 15:15 – 16:30 

Booking information: By telephone on 01634 202557 between the hours of 09:00 & 15:00 hours Monday - Friday.

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

How to get there


The closest railway station is Rochester Station. A taxi rank is located next to the station.


From Rochester Train Station you can catch a bus, from the bus stop opposite. This is bus number 145. You need to get off at the stop named ‘Bridge Wardens' (You will see a pub named the Bridge Wardens at the end of the journey). When you get off the bus, turn left and walk until you reach an alleyway on your right. When you come to the end of the alleyway and cross the road you will be next to a 'Shell' garage. In front of the garage, cross over the main road (Maidstone Road) and enter Sir Evelyn Road, which will be in front of you. Cookham Wood is along Sir Evelyn Road on your left.


From A2/M2 to HMP/YOI Cookham Wood from London: A2 from London until you reach where the road splits into A2 and M2. Following M2 signs to Canterbury, come off at Junction 3 (Chatham). Follow road round to the left and the signs for Chatham. You will come to a set of traffic lights, turn left and still follow the signs for Chatham. You will then come to a roundabout, take the middle lane and head for Borstal. Go under the flyover (Left lane, Borstal). Follow the B2097 for 1½ miles. Go past ‘Comet' and turn left opposite the 'Shell' garage (Sir Evelyn Road). Cookham Wood is on Sir Evelyn Road, on your left.

From M20 to HMP/YOI Cookham Wood from London: Take Junction 6 off the M20 to Chatham (A229). Follow the A229 towards Chatham/ Rochester, keeping to the left lane of the three lanes. Keeping to this lane bear left following the signs for Borstal. You will come to a set of traffic lights. Take the second exit, sign posted Borstal. You will come to another set of traffic lights. Keeping left, still follow the signs for Borstal (B2097) for 1 ½ miles. Go past ‘Comet' and a Sports Centre on your right. Further on there is a 'Shell' petrol station on your right, directly opposite is Sir Evelyn Road. Cookham Wood is along Sir Evelyn Road on your left.

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