Visiting Wandsworth Prison
The Visitors' Centre at Wandsworth Prison is now run by Spurgeons, the children’s charity. Our aim is to provide a supportive, friendly and welcoming environment for everybody who is visiting a prisoner, including those with children.
Information about the Visitors' Centre
Wandsworth Visitors' Centre, HMP Wandsworth, Heathfield Road, London, SW18 3HR
Tel: 020 8874 4377
How to get there
- Train: Clapham Junction train station from outside Arding and Hobbs store and complete the journey on the no. 77 bus services to Earlsfield Rd, or no. the 219 bus service Taxi rank outside station.
Earlsfield train station and complete the journey on the no. 77 bus. (See above for details on bus journey.)
Wandsworth Common train station. From Bellevue Rd walk across common (approx. 10/15 minutes) to the prison. Mini-cab office beside station.
- Underground: London Underground to Tooting Bec (Northern Line) and complete journey by bus (see below for details).
- Bus: From Clapham Junction train 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 train station catch the no. 77 by bus service (towards Waterloo) to end of Earlsfield Rd.
- Car: The prison is situated in Heath field Rd, just off the junction of Trinity Rd, and Earlsfield Rd/Windmill Rd SWI8. From Wandsworth Bridge roundabout travel up Trinity Rd, 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.
The Visitors' Centre is a small house to the left of the prison, next to the road.
Information for visitors to Wandsworth
How to book a visit
All visits must be booked in advance, except the induction visit. You can call the Visit Booking Line on: 020 8588 4002. Booking line opening hours are: Monday to Friday 8:00 - 16:30. Like many prison booking lines, it is very difficult to get through to book your visit by phone. So we advise visitors where possible to use another method.
Alternatively you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By internal application: All prisoners in HMP Wandsworth can book their visits internally by filling out a form within the prison. This form is then approved by the booking clerks, who return it to the prisoner. The prisoner then simply informs his visitors of the time and date of the visit. This system is available to both convicted and remand prisoners. Convicted prisoners' visiting orders (VOs) booked by this method will be at the visitors' centre for the visitors to collect on the day of their visit.
Before you visit
Give yourself plenty of time to get to HMP Wandsworth; aim to be at the visitors' centre at least half an hour before your visit. If you are late you could miss your visit or have a very short time in the visits hall.
What to bring as ID
Adult visitors must bring one of the following:
- Passport (including expired passports where the picture is still recognisable)
- Photo driving license
- EU identity card
- Photo ID from the immigration services
- Current public transport season ticket with photo
- Freedom Pass (Transport for London)
- Photographic ID card from a known employer, or a student ID card from an educational establishment
If you do not have any of the above, please bring two of the following:
- Cheque book or debit card
- Young person's proof of age card
- Trade union or NUS card
- Library card with proof of signature
- NHS medical card
- Rent book
- Entitlement to benefit letter
- Foreign identity or resident's card
Children who are visiting need to bring one of these:
- Birth certificate
- Verification of entitlement to child benefit
- Children's passport
If you do not have the required ID, please call the visitors' centre on 020 8874 4377 for advice on what to bring.
Bringing the children?
Inside the visits hall is a children's play area, which provides toys, games and playworkers for the children. Find out more about the HMP Wandsworth play service .
Help with travel costs
If you are on a low income or you receive benefits, you might be entitled to get help from the government with the cost of visiting your relative in prison. Help is provided by the Assisted Prison Visits Unit (APVU). You can claim for two visits a month.
For more information about the APVU:
For more information about the APVU:
- ask at the visitors' centre
- call the APVU on 0845 300 1423
Assisted Prison Visits Unit, PO Box 2152, Birmingham, B15 1SD
Phone: 0845 300 1423 (Mon to Fri 10:15-11:45 & 14:15-15:45)
Textphone: 0845 304 0800 (times as above)
Fax: 0121 626 3474 (24 hrs)
What can I take into the visits hall?
You cannot take very much into the visits hall with you. Almost all your possessions must be left behind in a locker in the Visitors' Centre.
You can take the following things in with you:
- Change to buy refreshments (coins only, no notes). You can get change at the Visitors' Centre if necessary
- Your locker key
- Baby milk in a clear container
- Baby food (this has to be in an unopened, shop-bought jar, which will be emptied and placed into a plastic container on entering the prison)
- Baby wipes
- Prescription medication that a visitor may need while on their visit (please make officers aware of this medication on entering the prison)
- Nappies are provided by the prison.
Giving the prisoner property and money
If you want to give property to someone inside HMP Wandsworth, you must hand it in at the prison. Property can be handed in before any daytime visit (but please note that the property office closes at 4.15pm).
The property office is located next to the visitors' centre. Please note that clothing must be handed into the prison within 28 days of the prisoner's arrival. Full details of what kinds of items you are allowed to hand in is available from the visitors' centre. Family and friends are not allowed to post any items of property to prisoners except stamps.
Money can be sent to prisoners by cheque or Postal Order (Postal Orders take less time to clear so the prisoner will receive the money sooner). All cheques and Postal Orders must be made out to 'The Governor'. Write the prisoner's name and prison number on the back of the cheque or Postal Order.
Post the cheques or Postal Orders in separate envelopes from any letters to: HMP Wandsworth, PO Box 757, Heathfield Road, London, SW18 3HR.
Visitors' centre opening hours
Mon - Thurs: 7:30 - 16:45
Sat & Sun: 8:00 - 17:00
Please note that the prison visiting times are slightly different to the Visitors' Centre opening hours. See below for the prison visiting times.
Prison visiting times
Please note: There will be no visits on the second Wednesday afternoon of each month.
Mon - Thurs: 8:00 - 9:00 Induction visit for prisoners who have been in custody for 7 days or less. Prisoners are only entitled to one induction visit.
9:30 - 10:30, 11:00 - 12:00, 13:45 - 14:45, 15:15 - 16:15
No Visits on Friday
Sat & Sun: 08:30 - 09:30, 09:45 - 10:45, 11:15 - 12:15, 14:00 - 15:00, 15:30 - 16:30.