Book a Prison Visit to Lewes Prison

Book a Prison Visit to Lewes Prison

Lewes Prison Visit Information

Overview of Lewes Prison

Book a Prison visit Booking information, Lewes Prison is a men’s facility located in Lewes, East Sussex. This historical prison, operational since 1853, is a Category B local prison, signifying that it holds prisoners who are not considered high escape risks but still require secure conditions​​​​.

Visiting times to Lewes Prison

Booking a Visit to Lewes Prison

General Requirements for Visiting

  • Visitors must be listed on the inmate’s visitor list.
  • Visits should be booked at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Visitors over the age of 16 must carry the required ID.
  • At least one visitor must be 18 or older at every visit​​.

How to Book

  • Visits can be booked online or by telephone.
  • The booking line (01273 785 271) is open daily from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and 2 pm to 4:30 pm.
  • Visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 45 minutes before their visit for security processing​​.

Visiting Times

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 2 pm to 3:30 pm​​.

Directions and Parking at Lewes Prison

  • The closest railway station is Lewes, approximately a 5-minute taxi ride or 25-minute walk to the prison.
  • Public transport options include National Rail Enquiries and Traveline for local bus times.
  • Parking is limited to Blue Badge holders at the prison. Two spaces are available next to the visitor’s centre. Metered parking is available on the roads outside the prison​​.

HMP Lewes Prison Visiting Requirements

Visitor Regulations and Dress Code

  • All visitors, including children, will undergo a pat-down search and may be sniffed by security dogs.
  • A dress code policy is in place, requiring family-friendly attire. Visitors should avoid vests, low-cut tops, shorts, short dresses, and headwear (except for religious purposes).
  • Visitors can bring up to £15 in coins for purchases at the ‘Snack Shop’ located in the main Visits Hall. Pushchairs and car seats are subject to strict control​​.

Visiting Facilities

  • The visitor’s centre, run by PACT, offers toys, art materials, and a small play area for children. Disabled visitors can request visits on the lower level​​.

Family Visits

  • Family Visits (formerly Family Days) are available in two sessions each day: morning and afternoon, each lasting 3 hours.
  • All visitors must be on the prisoner’s approved visitor list. Children are considered adults from their 18th birthday.
  • Applications for Family Visits are submitted by prisoners and reviewed by the Family Visits Committee.
  • Light refreshments are provided, and activities for children are available​​.

Contact and Address Information

  • Address: HMP/YOI Lewes, 1 Brighton Road, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1EA​​.
  • Safer Custody Hotline (for reporting bullying or concerns about self-harm or suicide): 01273 785 392. Email: [email protected]​​.

For more detailed information or any specific queries, please refer to the official Lewes Prison – GOV.UK page and Prison Guide – Lewes Prison. It’s important to verify details with official sources for the most accurate and up-to-date information.