Birmingham Prison

Birmingham Prison is a men’s prison in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.

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Book and plan your visit to Birmingham Prison

HMP Birmingham is offering visits for family and friends. Visiting times and availability may change at short notice. You should contact the prison direct for any queries.

Now that regular COVID testing of people in the wider community has ended, you are no longer required to take a COVID test before coming to see someone for a visit, although we would still encourage you to do so.

We will continue to run social visits whilst it is safe to do so.

Visiting rules may change if there is an outbreak within the prison, this may include bringing back testing before visits for a short time to protect you, the person you are visiting and staff.

If you are unable to visit someone in prison you can still keep in touch.

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003. You will not be able to book a visit using this number.

Birmingham is now offering limited visits for family and friends in line with coronavirus restrictions.

To ensure the safety of visitors, prisoners and staff, there are strict guidelines which must be followed during you visit.

At Birmingham, prisoners are responsible for booking their own visits. To be able to visit, they will need to add you to their visitor list first.

When they make a booking, you will receive a visiting order confirming the date and time of your visit. You will need to bring a copy of the visiting order and the required ID to your visit.

There may be a limit to the number of visits a prisoner can have. You can check this with Birmingham Prison when booking.

Contact Birmingham Prison if you have any questions about visiting.

Help with the cost of your visit

If you get certain benefits or have an NHS health certificate, you might be able to get help with the costs of your visit, including:

  • travel to the prison
  • somewhere to stay overnight
  • meals

How to book family and friends visits

Booking enquiries: 0121 598 8170
The booking line is open Monday to Friday: 8:15am to 4pm
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Visiting times

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm

There are currently no legal visits taking place.

Getting to Birmingham Prison

Find Birmingham Prison on a map

Birmingham Prison is about 2 miles from Birmingham New Street Station, where you can take a taxi or change onto local buses and trams.

To plan your journey by public transport:

There is a visitors car park, including spaces for Blue Badge holders.

Entering Birmingham Prison

All visitors, aged 16 or older must prove their identity before entering the prison. Read the list of acceptable forms of ID for all visitors..

All visitors will need to be given a pat-down search, including children. You may also be sniffed by security dogs.

Birmingham Prison has a strict dress code policy which means visitors should dress sensibly. You may be turned away if you are wearing items like vests, low-cut tops, high-cut shorts or dresses, ripped jeans, or anything with offensive patterns or slogans. See posters in the visitors centre and visitor waiting area for details.

There will be no refreshments available during your visit.

There are strict controls on what you can take into the prison. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker or with security. Pushchairs and car seats can be brought as far as the visitor waiting area.

You will be told the rules by an officer at the start of your visit. If you break the rules, your visit could be cancelled and you could be banned from visiting again.

Visiting facilities

Coronavirus restrictions mean there are currently no refreshments available during your visit and the childrens play area is not available to use.

Family days

There are no family days currently being run.

Keep in touch with someone at Birmingham Prison

There are several ways you can keep in touch with someone during their time at Birmingham Prison.

Secure video calls

Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends will need to download the Prison Video app, create an account, register all visitors and add the prisoner to their contact list.

Read more about how it works

Phone calls

Prisoners have phones in their rooms and are able to make calls every day between 7am and 11pm.

Phones do not accept incoming calls so they will always have to call you. They have to buy phone credits to do this.

They can phone anyone named on their list of friends and family. This list is checked by security when they first arrive so it may take a few days before they are able to call.

You can also exchange voicemails using the Prison Voicemail service.

Officers may listen to phone calls as a way of preventing crime and helping keep people safe.


You can send emails to someone in Birmingham Prison using the Email a Prisoner service.

You might also be able to attach photos and receive replies, depending on the rules at Birmingham Prison.


You can write at any time.

Include the prisoners name and prison number on the envelope.

If you do not know their prison number, contact Birmingham Prison.

All post apart from legal letters will be opened and checked by officers.

Send money and gifts

You can use the free and fast online service to send money to someone in prison.

You can no longer send money by bank transfer, cheque, postal order or send cash by post.

If you cannot use the online service, you may be able to apply for an exemption - for example if you:

  • are unable to use a computer, a smart phone or the internet
  • do not have a debit card

This will allow you to send money by post.

Gifts and parcels

Prisoners in Birmingham Prison have a list of approved items that can be given to them by family and friends.

Prisoners must first apply for permission to receive items. Birmingham Prison then sends the family member or friend an approved stamp to fix to their parcel.

Family and friends can then hand in the parcel before visits.

Items should be handed in to the property desk in the visitors centre.

You must have a visit booked for the time you hand anything in, otherwise it won’t be accepted.

Items are not normally accepted by post. However, a prisoner who is a foreign national or does not get visits can apply for permission for a family member or friend to send items in. These parcels must also be marked with an approved stamp. Birmingham Prison takes no responsibility for items sent in the post.

Make sure to include the prisoner’s name and prison number on parcels. All items will be opened and inspected by an officer.

Friends and families of prisoners are permitted to send books directly to their loved ones, or can order books from approved retailers, which can source and send the books on to prisoners.

For the full list of approved retailers, you can read the HMPPS Incentives Policy, Annex F.

Contact Birmingham Prison if you have any questions.

Life at Birmingham Prison

Birmingham Prison is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.

Security and safeguarding

Every prisoner at Birmingham Prison has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.

For further information about what to do when you are worried or concerned about someone in prison visit the Prisoners’ Families helpline website.

All safeguarding processes are overseen by Birmingham City Council Safeguarding Adults Board.

Arrival and first night

When someone first arrives at Birmingham Prison, they will be able to contact a family member by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.

They will get to speak to someone who will check how they’re feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.


Each prisoner who arrives at Birmingham Prison gets an induction that lasts about 3 days. They will meet professionals who will help them with:

  • health and wellbeing, including mental and sexual health
  • any substance misuse issues, including drugs and alcohol
  • personal development in custody and on release, including skills, education and training
  • other support (sometimes called ‘interventions’), such as managing difficult emotions

Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety, and how things like calls and visits work.


Around 1000 men live in Birmingham Prison in a mixture of single and shared rooms. There are 11 wings, including an older prisoners unit, a drug recovery unit and a first night centre.

Facilities include a library and gym.

Birmingham Prison has a diverse, multi-faith chaplaincy team providing support to prisoners.

Education and work

Prisoners have access to a broad range of vocational training, including bricklaying, plumbing, painting and decorating, carpentry, forklift truck driving, industrial cleaning and catering.

They can also take courses in basic skills, IT, social and life skills, business skills, creative and performing arts, barbering and more. Students have the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications on all courses. The education is provided by Novus.

Birmingham Prison has an active resettlement unit which helps prisoners with housing, benefits and employment issues supported by staff from Job Centre Plus and Citizens Advice.

Temporary release

Some prisoners may qualify for release on temporary licence. This can be used to gain work experience in the local community and prepare for release. Prisoners can apply for this within the prison.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Birmingham Prison

The charity HALOW Birmingham provides support and advice to the families and friends of men in Birmingham Prison.

Telephone: 0121 598 8050
Daily, 8am to 4:15pm
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Information on services and support for families and friends is also available from the visitors centre.

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem contact Birmingham Prison.

HM Prison and Probation Service publishes action plans for Birmingham Prison in response to independent inspections.

Contact Birmingham Prison

Governor: Paul Newton

Telephone (24 hours): 0121 598 8000
Fax: 0121 345 2501
Find out about call charges


HMP Birmingham
Winson Green Road
B18 4AS

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Safer custody hotline

If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Birmingham Prison, call the safer custody hotline. There is an answerphone out of hours which is checked regularly.

Telephone: 0121 598 8235
Daily, 7:30am to 5pm
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Published 19 November 2019
Last updated 1 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated visiting guidance based on 1 April COVID rule changes

  2. Added link to new safer custody information under Security and safeguarding.

  3. Updated visiting information: Reduced visit schedule and testing for visitors aged 12 and over.

  4. Updated visiting information: Testing for visitors aged 12 and over.

  5. Added link to information about testing for physical contact at visits.

  6. New visiting times and booking information added.

  7. Prison moved into National Stage 3 framework and is now preparing to open visits for family, friends and significant others. We will update this page with specific visiting information as soon as possible.

  8. Covid update

  9. Updated prison info

  10. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  11. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers

  12. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  13. Updated visiting information in line with new national restrictions in England.

  14. Updated visiting times and visiting procedure changes in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  15. Added confirmation of secure video calls made available at Birmingham prison.

  16. updated legal visits email

  17. Updated link

  18. Visit information update

  19. Coronavirus update

  20. First published.