Book Prison Visit to Pentonville Prison

Book Prison Visit to Pentonville Prison

HMP Pentonville, officially opened in 1842, is one of London’s well-known prisons, primarily serving as a category B/C men’s facility. Located in the Borough of Islington, London, it has a capacity of 1,310 inmates. Notably, Pentonville was the UK’s first modern prison, setting a precedent for future prison designs​​.

Pentonville Prison Address and Contact Details

  • Address: Caledonian Road, London N7 8TT​​.
  • Telephone Number: 020 7023 7000​​.

Booking a Visit at Pentonville Prison

  • Booking Line (for family and friends visits): 0300 060 6504, available Monday to Friday, 9:15am to 4pm​​.
  • Booking Requirements: Visits must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Visitors should be on the inmate’s visitor list and carry required ID​​.
  • Visitor Capacity: Up to 3 visitors over the age of 12 are allowed, in addition to children under 12. One visitor must be 18 or older​​.

Visiting times to Pentonville prison

Visiting Times at Pentonville Prison

  • Weekdays: 1:45pm to 2:40pm and 3:20pm to 4:15pm.
  • Saturdays: 10:30am to 11:30am and 3pm to 4pm.
  • Sundays: Enhanced Visit only from 2:30pm to 4:30pm (booked in-house by prisoner)​​.

Directions and Parking for Pentonville Prison

  • Public Transport: Pentonville is a 5-minute walk from Caledonian Road underground or Caledonian Road and Barnsbury overground stations. The nearest mainline station is London King’s Cross. Local bus routes 17, 91, 259, and 274 pass the prison​​.
  • Parking: There is no visitor parking at the prison, and local roads are restricted to permit holders

HMP Pentonville Prison Visiting Information

Visitor Requirements and Dress Code

  • Identification: Visitors aged 16 or older must show valid ID. Children under 16 should bring their full birth certificate​​.
  • Dress Code: Appropriate dress is required. Prohibited items include hoodies, vests, low-cut tops, high-cut shorts or dresses, ripped jeans, flip-flops, and offensive clothing. Coats, hats, gloves, metal accessories, sunglasses, and smart watches must be removed before entry​​.

Facilities and Services for Visitors

  • Visitor Centre: Run by the Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT), open Monday to Saturday (8:30am to 4:30pm) and Sunday (12:30pm to 4:30pm). Contact: 020 7700 0912​​.
  • Locker Facility: Lockers are available to store belongings, requiring tokens obtainable for £1 from the visitor centre staff​​.

Reminder for Visitors

Visitors should verify all details with official sources for accuracy and compliance. Pentonville Prison’s policies and procedures are subject to change, and it is important to stay informed of the latest guidelines.