HMP Lewes

HMP Lewes, a Victorian prison established in 1853, is situated in East Sussex, England. It replaced the original Lewes Gaol, built in 1791 and expanded in 1818, which eventually became too small. This category B local prison, operated by His Majesty’s Prison Service, accommodates both remand and sentenced prisoners. The prison’s rich history includes notable inmates like George Witton, who was implicated in the Boer War and later pardoned. During the 1916 Easter Rising, Lewes held several key figures, including Éamon de Valera. Over the years, the facility has seen significant developments, including a £1 million healthcare suite in 2004 for physical and mental health care. However, it has also faced challenges, such as the need for urgent refurbishment in one wing highlighted in a 2008 inspection report. Lewes has a history of riots, including a significant one in 2016, attributed to staff shortages and management issues

HMP Lewes

Contact Information for HMP Lewes


  • Address: 1 Brighton Rd, Lewes, BN7 1EA
  • Phone Number: 01273 785100​​.

Visiting Information for HMP Lewes

  • Booking Visits: To book a visit, you can email HMP Lewes directly at [email protected] or call 01273 785271 or 01273 785277 between 09:30-12:00 & 14:00-16:30, seven days a week​​.
  • Visiting Times: Daily from 14:10 to 15:35, and on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 9:30-11:00​​.
  • Parking Details: Specific parking details are not provided in the available information, but directions to the prison are available. By car, from London, take the A23, then M23, A27, and finally A275, where the prison will be on your left. The nearest train station is Lewes, about a 25-minute walk from the prison​​.

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