Wandsworth prison visiting information

Social visits

Monday to Thursday:

09:30 - 10.30
11:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 15:00
15:30 - 16:30

Fri: closed

Saturday & Sunday:

08:45 - 09:45
10:00 - 11:00
11:15 - 12:15
13:45 - 14:45
15:15 - 16:15

Induction visits: Monday - Thursday - 08:00 - 09:00. These visits do not have to be booked in advance but are for prisoners who have only been in custody for 7 days - maximum.

Booking information: In order to book a social visit with a prisoner, full personal details of the person(s) wishing to book a visit have to be provided to the prisoner.

The prisoner will be required to provide his visitors personal details to the booked visits team by completing a contact sheet.

Once the respective visitor(s) have been added to the prisoners contact list by the prisoner, the respective visitor can then book a visit.

The ways in which to book a visit are:

Online: via http://www.gov.uk/prison-visits
(Please note that the turnaround time for a visit to be booked online is 3 to 5 working days from the receipt of the visitors request)

By telephone: please call 020 8588 4002 on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 08:00 - 15:00 (these times may be subject to change at short notice)
(visits booking lines are closed Tuesday, Friday, Bank Holidays and Weekends)

Note: occasionally specific dates/AM or PM visit sessions will not be bookable subject to staff restrictions.

Booked visits staff will notify visitor(s) of these closed session(s) in advance and at the time of booking a visit.  

There are no evening visits at HM Prison Wandsworth.

No social visits, on the afternoons of 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of every month.

Induction visits only - Monday to Thursday 08:15 - 09:15

Please be sure to arrive at no later than 07:45 in order for the induction visit to start promptly at 08:15.

Note: Full personal details required are:

  • full name
  • contact number(s)
  • full address and postcode
  • full date of birth.

No respective visitor will be allowed to visit without being added to the prisoners contact list by the prisoner only.

All information provided as personal details to the prisoner must match the visitors photographic I.D. Visitors will not be permitted into the visit if their details do not correspond with their Photographic I.D.

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-wandsworth, call 020 8874 4377 or email wandsworth@spurgeons.org.

Additional information: Tuesday evening visits are quiet evenings, no children allowed. Wednesday evening is for prisoners located on the Onslow unit only.

There are no visits, social or legal, on Fridays or in the evenings.

There are no visits on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day or Good Friday.

As from 15 January 2007, visitors will not be permitted to hand in any cash, cheques or Postal Orders for prisoners. Any visitors who wish to pay money into a prisoner's account must send either a Postal Order or cheque, made payable to either The Governor, HMP Wandsworth, or NOMS. The prisoner's full name and prison number must be clearly marked on the reverse of the cheque or Postal Order.

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

Legal visits

Monday - Thursday only: 08:30 - 09:30; 10:00 - 11:00; 11:15 - 12:15; 13:45 - 14:45; 15:15 - 16:15.

Booking information: All legal visits are booked by email: legalvisitswandsworth@hmps.gsi.gov.uk. The prison must be given 72 hours notice of the date and time you wish to visit and please always include an alternative date, as legal visits are usually fully booked 7 days in advance.

A minimum of 24 hours notice is required of any cancellations. No alterations to a visit can be accepted after 14:00 the day before the visit.

All visits are for one hour only.

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 www.prisonvoicemail.com.

How to get there:

  • Train: Clapham Junction train station from outside Arding and Hobbs store and complete the journey on the no. 77 bus services to Earlsfield Rd, or no. the 219 bus service Taxi rank outside station.
    Earlsfield train station and complete the journey on the no. 77 bus. (See above for details on bus journey.)
    Wandsworth Common train station. From Bellevue Rd walk across common (approx. 10/15 minutes) to the prison. Mini-cab office beside station.Underground: London Underground to Tooting Bec (Northern Line) and complete journey by bus (see below for details).
  • Bus: From Clapham Junction train station outside Arding and Hobbs store, catch the no. 77 bus service to Earlsfield Rd, or 219 (towards Tooting Broadway) to the County Arms Public House.
    From Tooting Bec tube station catch the 219 bus (towards Clapham Junction) to the County Arms Public House.
    From Earlsfield train station catch the no. 77 by bus service (towards Waterloo) to end of Earlsfield Rd.
  • Car: The prison is situated in Heath field Rd, just off the junction of Trinity Rd, and Earlsfield Rd/Windmill Rd SWI8. If using a sat-nav, the postcode to be entered is SW18 3HU. From Wandsworth Bridge roundabout travel up Trinity Rd, first right at traffic lights, first left at next traffic lights.
    From east or south London
    : South Circular Rd (A205) westbound to Clapham Common, then Nightingale Lane (B237) towards Wandsworth, then Trinity Rd (A214).
    From west or north London: South Circular Rd eastbound to Wandsworth, then follow signs for Streatham to Trinity Rd.
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