Wormwood Scrubs prison visiting information

 Social visits timetable

Mon Closed 13:45 – 15:45 – Over 18s
Tue 09:00 – 11:00 Closed
Wed 09:00 – 11:00 13:45 – 15:45
Thu 09:00 – 11:00 – Overs 18s 13:45 – 15:45
Fri Closed Closed
Sat 09:00 – 10:00 & 10:30 – 11:30 14:00 – 15:00 & 15:30 – 16:30
Sun Closed 14:00 – 15:00 & 15:30 – 16:30
Booking a social visit:

First visit

If this is your first visit then there are two ways to book:

  1. Email – socialvisits.wormwoodscrubs@hmps.gsi.gov.uk
  2. Telephone – By calling any of the following numbers between 0930 and 1215 Mon – Fri, 020 8588 3564, 020 8588 3566, 020 8588 3596.

If you are not already registered as an approved visitor for the person you are coming to visit then you will need to include the following details in your email:

  • Name and number of the person you are visiting.
  • Name of each visitor
  • Date of Birth of each visitor
  • Address of each visitor
  • Relationship to the person you are visiting
  • Your telephone number

Subsequent visits must be booked online www.gov.uk/prison-visits


Can only be used to:

  • Book a first visit
  • Add a visitor to a booking
  • Make changes to a booking
  • Cancel a booking

Changing a booking

  • Bookings can be change using either the email address or the telephone numbers above.
  • Changes must be made before midday of the last working day before the visit.

All visitors are to arrive in good time for their visits. Visitors must be booked in for their visit by 0945 for the AM session and by 1430 for the PM session otherwise entry will not be permitted.

All visitors are to arrive in good time for their visits. Visitors must be booked in for their visit by 0945 for the AM session and by 1430 for the PM session otherwise entry will not be permitted.

ID is required for all visits.

  • Children (under 18 years) may be required to produce one piece of ID that includes their date of birth, to confirm that they are under 18.
Items permitted into visits.

  • £20 in coins for use in canteen
  • Identification

Visitor’s centre

There is a visitor’s at HMP Wormwood Scrubs run by Spurgeons which offers a canteen and somewhere to wait for your visit. For more information please see their website or email: wormwoodscrubs@spurgeons.org.

Travel expenses

You may be entitled to travel expenses. Please see the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme page for more information.

Dress code

We operate a family friendly dress policy. This dress code must be adhered to at all times, otherwise entry may be refused. The following items of clothing are not permitted: 

  • hats, scarves or other headwear not worn on religious grounds
  • metal hair accessories, including pins in headdresses
  • steel cap shoes (motorcycle boots, work boots etc)
  • sunglasses
  • heavy metal jewellery
  • Low cut tops, crop tops or tops revealing the navel
  • backless or see through tops
  • male vests
  • uniforms
  • damaged clothes or ripped jeans
  • Abusive or insulting words on clothings
  • Only 1 pair of trousers per person
  • Mini Skirts or very short dresses
  • hot pants
  • ponchos
Legal visits

Bookings for legal visits are made via email: Legalvisits.WormwoodScrubs@hmps.gsi.gov.uk.

Emails should include the following information:

  • Name and either the Prison Number or the Date of Birth of the prisoner.
  • Full names of visitors wishing to attend (to a maximum of three)
  • Place of work, work address and contact number. 
  • Three acceptable dates for the visit in order of preference. 
  • Whether a closed booth is required (lower availability).

Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. Email turnaround is approximately three days. Confirmation of booking only on receipt of a reference number.

The Legal Visits Booking Office is open 0900 – 1600 Monday to Friday.

Any changes must be made before 1200 on the last weekday preceding the visit.

Legal visits timetable:

All session times are as follows:

AM: 0905 – 1000 and 1005 – 1100.
PM: 1350 – 1445 and 1450 – 1545. (Except Wednesday)
Weds: PM: 1345 – 1515.

Open table legal visits will be conducted on normal visits tables. Closed will take place in a private booth.

Mon Open
Tue Open
Wed Open and closed
Thu Open Open

How to get there:

HMP Wormwood Scrubs
Du Cane Road
London, W12 0AE


The number7, 70, 72, 272 and 283


East Action (Central Line)

Car parking:

Metered parking is available around the prison.

More information: Transport for London.




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