Berwyn prison information
Prison visits are temporarily suspended following instructions for people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. We will update here as soon as this changes. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.
There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can:
- leave a voice message using the Prison Voicemail Service
- send them an email using the email a prisoner service
- write to them
- Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends need to download the purple visits app, create an account, register all visitors, and add the prisoner to their contact list. Read more about how it works.
You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.
In 2014, permission was granted for the North Wales Prison to be built in Wrexham. Berwyn was officially named on the 17th of February 2016, and opened on 27th of February 2017. Built on a former Firestone Tyre site on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, Berwyn is the largest prison in England and Wales and is the second largest prison in Europe.
Berwyn is a smoke-free closed rehabilitation establishment which holds 2,106 category C men. There are three houses. Alwen, Bala and Ceiriog. Ceiriog will function as a short term and remand house, serving two Crown Courts and three Magistrates Courts in North Wales. Each house is divided into eight communities that can accommodate up to 88 men. Ogwen is our Care and Support Unit (CaSU), and accommodates up to 21 men. The entire site is comprised of modern buildings. There is also a substantial expansion zone.
Governor: Nick Leader
Address:HM Prison Berwyn
Wrexham Industrial Estate
Telephone: 01978 523000
Safer Custody Hot Line: 01978 523772
Category: Male, Category C Establishment
Certified normal accommodation:2,106
Region: North Wales
Regional Manager: Kenny Brown, Director of Public Sector Prisons in Wales
Escort Area/Contractor: GEOAmey
Local County Authority: Wrexham
Local District Authority: Wrexham
Constabulary: North Wales
Probation Service: Wrexham/North Wales
Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons (HMIP) Latest Report: Uninspected
Reception criteria: 18+, Cat C male establishment. Sentenced to 4 or more. Berwyn does not accept men with convictions for sexual offences. There is no vulnerable person accommodation
Rooms are a mixture of single and double occupancy. All rooms have integral sanitation including a shower cubicle. Rooms are also furnished with a PIN phone and UniLink laptop for each occupant, allowing them to submit applications, order canteen, book visits etc. Phones and additional UniLink terminals are also available on the communities.
Inspection Report: HMP Berwyn - March 2019
Action Plan: HMP Berwyn - September 2019