Isle of Wight 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:

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.

HMP Isle of Wight was opened in April 2009; it was formed by the clustering of three former establishments HMP Parkhurst, HMP Albany and HMP Camp Hill.  In March 2013 the Camp Hill site was decommissioned as part of an ongoing programme to modernise the prison estate and further reduce the costs of prison.  HMP Isle of Wight's present role is a category B male training prison.  The prison holds approximately 1100 prisoners on two sites with a central administration.

Originally a military hospital, Parkhurst became a prison in 1863, holding young male prisoners. Temporarily a female prison, it returned to holding male prisoners. In 1968 it became one of the first dispersal prisons for maximum security prisoners. Later it was designated a category B training prison. In 2010 it integrated its population and now holds vulnerable prisoners/sex offenders and ordinary prisoners in mixed units.

Occupies the site of a former military barracks on the outskirts of Newport, Isle of Wight, and was designed and built as a category C training prison in the early 1960s. Security was subsequently upgraded, and from 1970 to 1992 Albany was part of the dispersal system. It then changed to its present role as a category B training prison with an integrated population of vulnerable/sex offenders, a small number of unconvicted adult male prisoners awaiting trial at courts on the Isle of Wight plus prisoners from the other site in the inpatient health centre.

HMP Isle of Wight,
Albany House,
Isle of Wight
PO30 5RS

Governor: Doug Graham

Booking online

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.

If you've made an online visit booking request and haven't received a confirmation email within 3 working days, please email or call 01983 634218.

Telephone: 01983 634000

Fax: 01983 556362

Operational Capacity: 1139

Isle of Wight inspection report

Isle of Wight action plan

Isle of Wight IRP report

Isle of Wight IRP letter

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

Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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