HMP Wandsworth

Wandsworth Prison

Tel: 020 8588 4000 – PO Box 757, Heathfield Road, London SW18 3HS

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Prison Phone offers phone tariffs that reduce the costs of calls from Wandsworth prison by up to 75%! This enables prisoners to get the support and love that they are missing from home, while reducing costs for the inmate. Find out more below.

HMP Wandsworth, with a capacity of 1,877, is the UK’s largest prison. In fact, along with HMP Liverpool, it’s one of the biggest prisons in Western Europe. The building was constructed in 1851, and many of the residential sections of the prison are original; however, there has been much modernisation over the years. HMP Wandsworth is a local category B prison, holding adult males. If you’d like directions, please use the map on this page.

Tel: 020 8588 4000

Operational capacity: 1877

PO Box 757, Heathfield Road, London SW18 3HS

Prison Phone have been saving inmates at HMP Wandsworth money on their calls from the prison to any UK mobile phone since 2013.

We do this by allocating a dedicated and secure local number to your mobile phone, this means when the inmate at Wandsworth prison calls the new local number we have provided they will be charged at just the local landline rate (around 10p per minute) rather than the standard mobile rate (which is around 40p per minute).

This in turn helps to stretch the inmates PINS phone credit further and reduces the amount you need to send in for them to top up!

To open an account in less than 3 minutes please use the button below!


Here's some facts about Wandsworth prison

Did you know?

HMP Wandsworth is a category B prison in the Wandsworth area of London. Opened in 1851, the prison has capacity to hold 1,877 inmates, making it the largest prison in the UK, and one of the largest in Western Europe, alongside HMP Liverpool.

The prison comprises Heathfield (a category B unit with five residential wings (A to E)), and Trinity (a category C resettlement unit with three wings (G, H and K)).

The populations are outlined here: A wing holds the general population, as does B wing. C wing holds some general population and vulnerable prisoners. D wing is the drug recovery unit, and E wing is the first night wing and segregation unit.

On December 15th 2015, on the courtyard separating A wing and the governor’s unit, a drone crashed on the asphalt courtyard carrying a 10cm x 10cm x 20cm package in a white box, attached by string and brown tape to the drone. The large drone carried a camera to help the pilot control it, and was piloted during the night: the prison’s weakest time.

To view the latest HMIP inspection report, click here.

Visiting hours are many and varied. For more information, click here.

  • The film “Starred Up” (2014) was written by a former therapist at this prison

  • 135 executions took place in HMP Wandsworth between 1961 and 1978.

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  • A robber serving a nine-year sentence was released from the jail by accident in July 2015, two years early.

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  • Famous ex-inmates include Charles Bronson, Max Clifford, Rolf Harris, Ronnie Kray and Gary Glitter.

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  • The prison has had a total of 135 executions on its premises.

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  • In 1965, ex-inmate Ronnie Biggs, famous for his role in the Great Train Robbery, managed to escape from HMP Wandsworth.

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