Book a Prison Visit Belmarsh Prison

Book a Prison Visit Belmarsh Prison

Planning a visit to HMP Belmarsh in London requires adherence to specific procedures and rules. Here is a detailed guide to assist you in arranging a visit:

Contact Information

  • Address: Western Way, London, SE28 0EB
  • Telephone: 0208 331 4400 (Belmarsh Prison Contact) / 0208 331 4768 (Visit Booking)

Visiting times to Belmarsh Prison

Booking a Visit

  • Booking Process: Visits must be booked in advance either online, by email at [email protected], or by phone. The telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3 pm. You must be on the prisoner’s visitor list to book a visit​​​​.
  • Visiting Times:
    • Tuesday to Thursday: 9:15 am – 10:45 am, 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
    • Friday: 9:15 am – 10:45 am
    • Saturday: 9:30 am – 11:30 am, 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm
    • Sunday: 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm​​.

HMP Belmarsh Prison Visiting Requirements

Security and Identification

  • ID Requirements: Visitors aged 16 or older must provide valid identification. This includes a photo ID and proof of address. The prison uses a biometric system where visitors’ fingerprints and facial photos will be taken on the first visit​​​​.
  • Security Checks: Expect pat-down searches for all visitors, including children. On your first visit, your photo will be taken, and you may have your fingerprints and an eye scan taken​​.

Dress Code and Items to Bring

  • Dress Code: Visitors must wear smart, family-friendly clothes. Prohibited items include ripped clothing, vests, low-cut tops, shorts, short dresses, sports team clothing, watches, excessive jewellery, offensive slogans, and non-religious headwear​​​​.
  • Items to Bring: You can carry a small amount of money for use in the visits hall. Most personal items must be left in a locker (requires a £1 coin) or with security​​.

Visitor Facilities

  • Visitor Centre: The visitors centre, run by the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT), offers various facilities, including a tea bar and a play area. There’s also a staffed crèche in the main visits hall​​.
  • Arrival Time: It’s recommended to arrive at least 45 minutes before your visiting time for processing through security​​.

Transportation and Parking

  • Public Transport: From Woolwich Arsenal Station, catch the 244/380 bus to the prison. The nearest stations are Woolwich Arsenal and Plumstead​​.
  • Driving Directions: Directions vary based on your starting point, but there is a visitors’ car park at the prison​​.
  • Parking: Limited parking is available, so plan to arrive early or use public transport​​.

Additional Tips

  • Booking in Advance: Visits can be booked up to two weeks in advance​​.
  • Visitor Limit: There is a maximum of three visitors aged 10 years and over, and three under 10 years per visit​​.

For the most current information and specific queries, it’s advisable to contact HMP Belmarsh directly or check their official website. Always verify the latest visiting times and guidelines before your visit to ensure compliance with the prison’s regulations and procedures.