Social visits have resumed at this prison. You can find updated information on timeshow to book, and what to expect below. Purple Visits video calls are available. You can also take a look at other ways to keep in touch.

If you need support:

You can email the team at HMP Berwyn directly by emailing [email protected].

For more information, support and advice on all aspects of the justice system, you can contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003 (9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm at the weekend).

See some information that needs updating?

If you notice anything that is incorrect on this page, please contact us on [email protected] Any further information can be found on the prison website at www.justice.gov.uk/contacts/prison-finder/berwyn-prison-information or you can ring the main switchboard on 01978 523 000.

Address:

HMP Berwyn

Bridge Road

Wrexham Industrial Estate

Wrexham

LL13 9QS

Pact Worker contact:    

Visitors’ Centre Telephone: 01978 523004    

Visitors’ Centre Email: [email protected]

Visiting Times 

 

AM

PM

Monday

Purple Visits 

Purple Visits

Tuesday

Purple Visits

14:15 – 15:00

15:45 – 16:30

Purple Visits

Wednesday

08:30 - 09:15

10:00 - 10:45

14:15 – 15:00

15:45 – 16:30

Purple Visits

Thursday

08:30 - 09:15

10:00 - 10:45

Purple Visits

Friday

Purple Visits

No visits

Saturday

09:15-10:00 (VP residents only)
10:45-11:30

14:15-15:00

Sunday

Purple Visits

14:15-15:00

Booking a visit:

All visits must be booked in advance by the residents at HMP Berwyn, who can book the visit via their in-cell laptops as usual.

Adults and children must all have identification; for more information regarding identification, please see the Identification Policy below.

Who can visit?

Up to 3 visitors (including children) per resident will be allowed on the visit. All visitors must be from the same household (and visitors will need to provide evidence of their address to prove there is no inter-household mixing.) Visitors from both England and Wales will be allowed to visit.

At your visit

In order to keep visitors, residents and staff as safe as possible, there will be a number of new rules and guidelines which have been put in place by the prison service. Download our quick guide to help you with what to expect at your visit.

Physical contact

Children aged 11 and under will now be allowed to hug the loved one they are visiting in prison. There are no restrictions to the contact children under 11 can have, if it is in line with the prison’s normal rules. Children can leave their seat but will need to stay in the area marked out during the visit.

From 22nd July 2021, prisons in England and Wales can begin to allow visitors who test negative for Covid-19 to have physical contact with the person they are visiting. 

In order to have physical contact, you will be required to show a negative Covid-19 test result for a test taken on the day of your visit. The testing is voluntary, but it will help prisons identify potential cases of Covid-19 before they come into the prison and therefore reduce the chances of reducing prison regimes in the future. 

Visitors who choose to be tested will do so when they arrive at the prison, or alternatively, can take a test in the community or at home on the day of their visit. Visitors who take a test at home must provide evidence of their negative test result. If you test negative, you will be allowed physical contact with the person you are visiting. Each prison will decide individually what physical contact is allowed, based on pre-Covid-19 visiting policies, so physical contact may differ from prison to prison.

If you test positive for Covid-19, your visit will be postponed. You will be able to rebook after your isolation period. Visitors will be given information on where to get help and support.

To protect prisons, visitors are encouraged to access the widely available twice weekly rapid testing in the community. 

You can read more about testing to physical contact here: https://www.prisonadvice.org.uk/News/testing-for-physical-contact-what-does-it-mean-for-you.

Expansion of visits

Visitors from two households can now visit a person in prison at the same time. You can find out the maximum number of visitors allowed on a visit by contacting the prison directly. Adults and children who are over 11 must continue follow social distancing rules from the person you are visiting in prison.

For more information

You can view the updated guidance here.

Family Support from Pact

Pact family support will be available by email and you can access this by contacting [email protected]. If your issue is complex and you need to talk to us in person, please include your number in the email and tell us that you would like a call back - it would also be helpful if you could let us know whether we are able to leave a message if there is no answer - and we will aim to get back to you as soon as we possibly can. If you have urgent concerns about the welfare of your loved one in prison, please call the prison Safer Custody line directly.

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline for advice and support on all aspects of the criminal justice system:

  • Call 0808 808 2003 (9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm at the weekend)
  • Email the team on [email protected]

If you are worried about your loved one while they are a resident at this prison, you can contact the Safer Custody team.

Other ways to keep in touch

Phone

To speak to a prisoner on the phone, the prisoner has to call you using a prison phone.

Prison staff can listen to and record most types of call. Some calls aren’t monitored, for example when a prisoner calls a legal adviser.

Letters

Letters to prisoners should be addressed to: 

HMP Berwyn

Bridge Road Industrial EST

Wrexham

LL13

(Prisoners name and prison number)

You must write your own name and address on the back of the envelope or it will not be delivered to the prisoner.

If you do not know the prisoners’ prison number, please address the envelope as above with the prisoner’s date of birth next to their name.

Security checks

You may be required to have your finger or thumb prints scanned as part of a security check. You may also have an iris scan.

Sometimes you will be sniffed by security dogs. Make sure you wear clothes that are not contaminated by any form of drug as you will be returned to the Visitors’ Centre and will not be able to have your visit. You may also be searched by a prison officer (of the same gender).

During your visit, officers will be with you throughout and will open and lock doors in front of and behind you at all stages.

Identification Policy

HMP Berwyn requires visitors to bring two copies of proof of address which need to be 3 months in date, even if you bring photographic ID. You will need to bring two forms of identification with you to all your prison visits.

You can find a list of acceptable types of photographic ID in List A below

If you do not have photographic identification, you will need to show two different forms of ID before you are allowed to visit. You can find a list of the acceptable forms of non-photographic ID in List B and List C below.

 

List A: Acceptable types of photographic ID

You can use any one of the following documents with your photograph on:

If you aren't able to provide one of the ID documents listed above, you will need to provide two different forms of ID – one from List B and one from List C.

If you don’t have photographic ID you must provide one of the following ID documents:

 List B

  • A Home Office travel document (convention travel document, stateless person's document, one-way document or a certificate of travel).
  • An older person's bus pass.
  • Freedom Pass.
  • Proof of age card recognised under the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS)without a unique reference number.

 

In addition to one of the above documents, you will also need to provide one of the items from the following list:

 List C

  • Your birth or adoption certificate.
  • An education certificate from a regulated and recognised educational institution (such as an NVQ, SQA, GCSE, A Level or degree certificate)
  • A rental or purchase agreement for a residential property (signed and dated).
  • Your marriage or civil partnership certificate.
  • A bank, building society or credit union current account card (which has your name on it).

Any combination of the above documents should be accepted, but you will need one from List B and one from List C.

Children’s Identification Policy

You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, passport or Personal Child Health Record (also known as the PCHR or 'red book').

NOTICE: Personal Child Health Record (PCHR/'Red book') is only accepted as ID for children 2 years old and under.

What can I bring in?

Please note, some of these rules may have changed during the Covid pandemic. Please contact the prison to confirm.

You can no longer take any items into a visit with you, including jackets/coats. These will have to go in the locker provided before you go through security. If you have medication that is needed, this will be subject to approval by the Visits Manager on duty.

Food and drink

£30 in coins will be permitted. Refreshments will be available to pre-order whilst waiting to enter the hall.

If you would like to know more specific information on what you can bring, please contact the prison directly on the details at the top of the page.

Money

How do I send money to a prisoner?

From 2nd November 2020 the way prisoners can send and receive money has changed. You can no longer send money by bank transfer, cheque, postal order or send cash by post to any prison. You’ll need to send money through the Money to Prisoners Portal using a debit card instead. 

The Money to Prisoners Portal service is free, secure and available in all prisons in England and Wales.

To get started on the Portal you will need the prisoner's date of birth and prisoner number.

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

You cannot give money to the prisoner during a visit.

Banned items

Do not attempt to bring any of the following into prison during your visit:

  • illegal drugs,
  • alcohol,
  • weapons,
  • a camera,
  • a mobile phone,
  • indecent or obscene material,
  • material that threatens the security of the prison,
  • material that is written in code.

If you are unsure what you can bring, contact the prison directly.

Financial Assistance for Visits

If you are on a low income or receive benefits you may be entitled to financial assistance for the cost of visiting your relative in prison. Help is provided by the Assisted Prison Visits Unit (APVU). Click here for more information.

A printable version of this Visitors' Guide is available to download here: Berwyn

A printable version of this Visitors' Guide translated into Welsh is available to download here: Berwyn in Welsh

Further Information

Safer Custody

If you are worried about your loved one while they are a resident at this prison, you can contact the Safer Custody team on 01978 523 772 (checked frequently between 8am – 10pm).

You may be asked to leave a voicemail. Please make sure you include:

  • Your name.
  • The reason that you are calling.
  • The name of your family member/friend (and their prison number if you know it).
  • Your telephone number (so that the prison can call you back).

Please wait at least 24 hours for a call back before contacting the prison again.

If you have non-urgent questions or concerns while your loved one is resident at HMP Berwyn, you can call the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003 (from 9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday).