Book a Prison Visit to The Verne Prison

Book a Prison Visit to The Verne Prison

The Verne is a correctional facility located on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, specifically designated for men convicted of a sex offense. This facility plays a crucial role in the British correctional system, providing secure containment and rehabilitation opportunities for its inmates.

Booking a Visit to The Verne

Requirements for Visiting

To visit an inmate at The Verne, you must adhere to certain guidelines:

  • You need to be listed on the inmate’s visitor list.
  • Booking your visit in advance is mandatory.
  • Carrying the required identification during your visit is essential​​.

Booking Process

  • Online Booking: Visits can be booked online through the official government portal.
  • Visits Enquiry Line: For inquiries about booked visits, you can contact 01305 825 014, available Monday to Friday from 2 pm to 4 pm, closing at 3:30 pm on Friday​​.
  • Choosing Dates: You can select up to three possible dates and times, and the prison booking staff will confirm your visit via email​​.

Visiting times to The Verne Prison

Visiting Times

  • Visits are conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm.
  • It’s recommended to arrive at least 15 minutes early for security checks. Entry is denied after 3:30 pm​​​​.

Directions and Parking at The Verne

Getting There

  • By Train and Bus: The closest railway station is Weymouth, from where you can take a bus to the Isle of Portland, stopping near the prison.
  • By Car: Use the postcode DT5 1EQ for sat-nav directions. A visitor’s car park is available adjacent to the prison, including spaces for Blue Badge holders​​​​.

HMP The Verne Visiting Information

Parking Information

  • Limited parking is available at the prison​​.

Visitor Identification and Security Procedures

Identification Requirements

  • All visitors over 18 must bring the required ID.
  • Visitors aged 16 or older must prove their identity before entering the prison​​​​.

Security Measures

  • A pat-down search is conducted for all visitors, including children.
  • Security dogs may be used for sniffing.
  • Visitors must adhere to the prison dress code, which is described as “family friendly”​​​​.

Additional Information

Help with Visit Costs

  • Visitors receiving certain benefits or holding an NHS health certificate may get help with travel costs, overnight stays, and meals​​.

Contact Methods

  • Secure Video Calls: Video calls can be booked through the Prison Video app.
  • Phone Calls: Inmates can make calls using purchased phone credits.
  • Email: The Email a Prisoner service allows for email communication with inmates​​.

Sending Money and Gifts

  • An online service is available for sending money to inmates.
  • Books and legal documents can be handed in before a visit. Other items might be accepted by post with prior permission​​.

The Verne Prison Address and Contact

  • Address: HMP The Verne, Verne Common Road, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1EQ​​.
  • Phone: For visit inquiries – 01305 825 014.