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HMP WANDSWORTH Visiting Information

Heathfield Road,
SW18 3HR

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Booking Procedure

Remand prisoners do not require Visiting Orders, but convicted prisoners do

Booking Phone No.

020 8588 4002 (Call-Waiting system)

Booking Opening Time

Mon-Fri: 08:00-16:30

Minimum Booking Notice

48-72 hours (not incl weekends)

Booking Email Address

See below

Min Age Unaccompanied


Search Procedure

Rub down and metal detectors (for religious headwear)

Visitors 1st Visit ID

Photo ID or approved non-photo ID

Subsequent Visit ID

ID required for every visit

Visitor Adult Age

18 - Adult ID required

Child Visitor ID

Birth Certificate/Passport for each child

Disabled Facilities

Full access


No, but 3 disabled spaces are available outside the Main Gate

Hand In Money on Visit


Hand In Other Items

Check with prison first.

Book next visit on Visit


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Opening Times

Mon-Thu: 07:00-17:00 & Sat/Sun 07:30-17:15


Hot & cold drinks and snacks


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Disabled Facilities

Full access including toilets

Child Facilities

Unsupervised indoor and outdoor play areas

Refundable Locker Deposit


The Visitors’ Centre is managed by Spurgeons and is in a detached house just before you reach the prison.
This is a good place to relax and have some refreshment before your visit. With plenty of comfortable seating, a snack bar and both indoor and outdoor play facilities for children.
As well as plenty of leaflets and information the friendly staff can help you with any questions you have about your visit.
Direct Line:  020 8874 4377
Visits at Wandsworth can be booked by phone or by Email.
Convicted prisoners send out a Visiting Order (VO); when you receive this you can either phone or email to book.
You can book for three adults and a reasonable number of children.
Visitors to remand prisoners do not need a VO, you just phone or Email.
When booking by Email you must provide the following information:
  • 1.     the prisoner’s name and prison number;
  • 2.     the Visiting Order number (if visiting a convicted prisoner);
  • 3.    the date and time of your proposed visit, along with an alternative date and time (if possible);
  • 4.    the names, addresses and dates of birth for all those coming on the visit, as well as their relationship to the prisoner and a contact telephone number.
Click Here to download Prison Service Instruction on visit booking services.
Arriving at the prison
You should arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your visit and no later than 30 minutes after the actual start time for your visit.
When you arrive you should book in at the Visitors' Centre.
•When you book in, you will need to have the prisoner’s name and number, as well as your ID. If you have been sent a VO, then you should also bring that with you. If you have booked your visit by email, you should bring the confirmation email from the Prison with you.
Click Here to download Prison Service Instruction on Acceptable Identification for visitors.
If you do not have the required ID, please call the Visitors' Centre for advice on what to bring.
All visitors to wandsworth, including children and babies, are subject to searching.
This is similar to searches at a domestic airport with a ‘rub-down’ and metal detector.
Searching is done by staff of the same gender except that male visitors can be searched by female staff unless they object. Children are searched sensitively by female staff.
The prison also uses passive drugs dogs. These do not bark or jump up but should you have children who are very scared of dogs you should inform staff.
Wandsworth does not use Biometrics or photograph visitors.
Children of prisoners are welcome at Wandsworth and there are supervised play facilities (at most times) within the Visit Room – with Spurgeons Playworkers and volunteers. Prams and buggies are not allowed in the Visit Room and must be left in the Visitors' Centre during the visit.
You may take a baby's feeding bottle and a nappy and wipes with you into the Visit Room where there are baby changing facilities.
Should you wish to breast feed your baby this is allowed and there are seats in a secluded part of the room. You are expected to maintain decency at all times.
Special child seats are available in the Visit Room.
You are expected to keep your child under control at all times.
Click Here to download: KIDS VIP "Children Visiting Prison Good Practice" (2005 – updated 2011).
Disabled Visitors
Visits at Wandsworth are fully accessible to disabled visitors with access ramp, lift and disabled toilets. There is disabled parking outside the main gate. Visitors who use a wheelchair can take it into the visit room (subject to searching) are asked to inform the prison when booking their visit.
Moving to the Visit Room
When the prison is ready you will be asked to make your way to the Main Gate about 50 yards from the Visitors’ Centre.
Prisoners will be seated at low tables and you sit opposite.
Reasonable physical contact (hug/embrace) is permitted at the beginning and end of visits.
Visitors may purchase refreshments for themselves and the prisoner but the prisoner must remain seated during the visit.
Prisoners cannot take any confectionary back to wings with them.
After the Visit
You will be informed that visiting time is up and, if it is time for you to leave, you are asked to vacate the room quickly so as not to delay later visits.
It is a criminal offence to be in possession of a mobile phone inside a prison. Do not forget to leave your phone in your car or in the locker provided for your property.

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Individual tables with four seats (fixed)


Servery selling hot & cold drinks and snacks


Disabled access and baby changing facilities

Child Facilities

Supervised (at most times) Play area

Cash Allowed In Room

£25 - coins & £5 notes

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08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 13:45 & 15:15


08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 13:45 & 15:15


08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 13:45 & 15:15


08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 13:45 & 15:15


08:30, 09:45, 11:15, 14:00 & 15:30


08:30, 09:45, 11:15, 14:00 & 15:30

Induction Visits: Mon-Thu: 08:00-09:00
Visits are for 1 hour
There are special evening children’s and ‘Homework Club’ visits


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Remand Basic

2 per week (1 hour)

Remand Standard

3 per week (1 hour)

Remand Enhanced

4 per week (1 hour)

Convicted Basic

2 per month (min 30 minutes)

Convicted Standard

2 per month (1 hour)

Convicted Enhanced

4 per month (1 hour)

Wandsworth has Family Days for enhanced prisoners with no adjudications.

These are for children and grandchildren with one accompanying adult/carer and are held at irregular intervals.

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Booking Number

Email only Ė 020 8588 4176 for queries

Visiting Time

Mon-Thu: Same times as Social Visits

Hand Items To prisoner


Receive Items From Prisoner

Must be arranged before the visit

Booking information: All legal visits are booked by email: legalvisitswandsworth@hmps.gsi.gov.uk.

The prison must be given 72 hour's notice of the date and time you wish to visit and please always include an alternative date, as legal visits are usually fully booked 7 days in advance. Short notice visits may be possible if there is space.

A minimum of 24 hours notice is required of any cancellations. No alterations to a visit can be accepted after 14:00 the day before the visit.


PVL - Prison Video Link

Old Bailey, Kingston, Southwark, Lavender Hill, Westminster, Staines and City of London. Wandsworth does link to some other ‘local’ courts on an ad hoc basis.


Acceptable Identification
Click Here to download Prison Service Instruction on Acceptable Identification for visitors.

Good Practice Guide
Click Here to download NOMS ‘Legal Visits – Good Practice Guide’


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Travel Information

Clapham Junction Railway Station: then from outside Debenhams store complete the journey on the No. 77 bus services to Earlsfield Rd, or No. 219 bus service.

Earlsfield Railway Station: and complete the journey on the No. 77 bus. (See below for details on bus journey.)

Wandsworth Common Railway Station: From Bellevue Road walk across the common (approx. 10/15 minutes) to the prison.


Click Here for National Rail Enquiries

London Underground to Tooting Bec (Northern Line) and complete journey by bus (see below for details).

From Clapham Junction Railway Station: outside Arding and Hobbs store, catch the No. 77 bus service to Earlsfield Rd, or 219 (towards Tooting Broadway) to the County Arms Public House.

From Tooting Bec Tube Station catch the 219 bus (towards Clapham Junction) to the County Arms Public House.

From Earlsfield Railway Station: catch the No. 77 bus service (towards Waterloo) to the end of Earlsfield Rd.

Click here for bus and coach information


The prison is situated in Heathfield Road, just off the junction of Trinity Rd, and Earlsfield Rd/Windmill Rd SWI8. 

From Wandsworth Bridge roundabout travel up Trinity Road, first right at traffic lights, first left at next traffic lights.

From east or south London: South Circular Rd (A205) westbound to Clapham Common, then Nightingale Lane (B237) towards Wandsworth, then Trinity Rd (A214).

From west or north London: South Circular Rd eastbound to Wandsworth, then follow signs for Streatham to Trinity Rd.


If using a SatNav, the postcode to be entered is SW18 3HR

Or download Inside Time's SatNav POI file for all UK prisons

Prison main telephone numbers
These numbers are not for booking visits but may be useful in emergencies or if you have problems booking a visit or enroute.
Tel: 020 8588 4000
Fax: 020 8588 4001



Information about visits has been kindly supplied by the prison with additional information from the Ministry of Justice and, where applicable, from the organisation who runs the Visitors’ Centre.
Information is given in good faith but is subject to change. It is a good idea to check visiting and travel arrangements before organising your visit.
If you find any information has changed or have any comments or suggestions that may assist other visitors please let us know. You can use the contact button below, Email ps@insidetime.org, tweet us @insidetimeUK or message us at Inside Time on Facebook.

Updated: November 2013

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