Cardiff Prison can be found in the Adamsdown area of the city, postcode CF24 0UG, and is a category B Local/Training Male only facility.
Operated by Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Cardiff Prison holds prisoners from the surrounding court area of South East Wales and has a current capacity of 784 inmates in cellular accommodation. This was increased in 1996 after three older Victorian wings were refurbished and three new wings added to help house the number of life-sentenced prisoners, now standing at 96.
Overseen by the current governor, Richard Booty, Cardiff Prison accepts Category B & Category C prisoners along with those classed as stage 1 and stage 2 life sentences. It also houses people who have been remanded in custody from the local area. To assist inmates with their rehabilitation, the prison offers a full time education programme, training courses and employment in prison workshops, alongside a Detoxification Unit for those dependant on alcohol and drugs, a resettlement unit and work based courses.
Cardiff Prison Address Contact Details, Telephone Number and Postcode
HM Prison Cardiff
Tel: 02920 923100
Fax: 02920 923318
Cardiff Prison Visiting Times
The prison has various social and official visiting times and is open to social visits throughout most of the year as follows…
Social Visiting Times
Mon: 1.45pm – 2.45 pm & 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Tue: 1.45pm – 2.45 pm & 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Wed: 1.45pm – 2.45 pm & 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Thu: 1.45pm – 2.45 pm & 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Fri: 1.45pm – 2.45 pm & 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Sat: 9.45am – 11.15am & 1.50pm – 3.20pm
Sun: 1.50pm – 3.20pm
N.B. There are no visits on the fist Wednesday of each month due to staff training.
No visits on Christmas Day, Boxing Day & Good Friday.
Other Bank Holidays are on a Saturday basis.
Cardiff Prison Official Visiting Times
Mon to Fri
9.15am – 10.30am
10.15am – 11.30am
2.00pm – 3.15pm
3.00pm – 4.15pm
For cardiff prison visit bookings, please telephone 02920 923327. Lines are open 9.00am – 7.30pm.
Cardiff Prison Address, Parking and How To Get There
Due to its location close to the city centre, Cardiff Prison has good transport links and is easily reached.
By Road: From M4 Westbound, leave the motorway at J29 onto the A48M signposted for Cardiff. Take the 3rd exit off the dual carriageway onto the A4161 signposted to the Docks/East. Carry on along this road through several sets of traffic lights until you see the hospital on your left. Take the 1st left after passing the Blind Institute into Fitzalan Road.
From M4 Eastbound, leave the motorway at J33 onto the A48M signposted for Cardiff Airport and take the 2nd exit from the roundabout onto the A4232. Immediately after passing through the Buetown Tunnel, take the 1st left and then the 2nd exit off the roundabout. Follow the road over the flyover, from which you will see the prison walls, and then turn right, then left, then left again.
Parking: There is a multi-storey car park opposite the prison called the Knox Road Car Park, postcode CF24 0EA.
Train: Cardiff Queen Street station is adjacent to the prison and is only a 5 mins walk, a distance of approx. 400yards to the front entrance. Regular services are available from the main railway station in the city, Cardiff Central, or taxis are outside with journey times around 5-10mins depending on traffic.
Bus: Most bus services pass the prison on their way into the city centre. Ask your driver for more details on the best stop for you which you should alight, or call 029 2066 6444 for more information.