HMP YOI Reading

Reading Prison

Tel: 0118 908 5000Forbury Road, Reading RG1 3HY

HMP Reading is now closed. Prior to its closure in 2013, it held both young adults and young offenders, with some room for low security ‘open’ inmates. The prison was originally built in 1844 in the centre of Reading and was designed by the famous architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott. It is now a Grade II listed building and there are suggested plans to use the ex-prison as a tourist attraction or theatre. If you’d like to visit the former HMP Reading, please use the map on this page.

Tel: 0118 908 5000

Operational capacity: —

Forbury Road, Reading RG1 3HY


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Here's some facts about Reading prison

Did you know?

  • It used to hold prisoners involved in the 1916 Easter Rising.

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  • The closed prison is still costing the government £20,000 a month just to maintain it.

    Reading prison fact 2
  • Oscar Wilde was imprisoned at HMP Reading; and it was here that he wrote his poem ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol.’

    Reading prison fact 1


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