HMP Pentonville

HMP Pentonville, officially opened in 1842, is one of London’s most well-known prisons, located in the Borough of Islington. This Category B/C men’s prison has been operational for over a century and is notable for being the UK’s first ‘modern’ prison. It has a capacity to accommodate up to 1,310 inmates, exclusively adult males​​​​​

HMP pentonville

Contact Information for HMP Pentonville

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

Visiting Information for HMP Pentonville

Visitors can book an appointment by phone as there is no online booking available. The visiting times are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday:
    • Afternoon: 1:45 pm to 2:40 pm and 3:20 pm to 4:15 pm
  • Monday to Sunday:
    • Morning: 9:45 am to 11:45 am
    • Afternoon: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm
  • Monday to Saturday:
    • Evening: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Please note that late arrivals (more than half an hour late) will not be admitted.

  • Booking Line: 0300 060 6504 (Open Monday to Friday from 9:15 am to 4 pm)​​

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