HMP Holloway

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A closed local female prison taking both adult prisoners and young women, Holloway is one of the the largest female prisons in Europe and is located in North London. In common with local prisons across the country, it experiences the difficulties of high population turnover. 

Holloway opened in 1852 as a prison for men and women but became an all female prison in the early 20th century. Rebuilt during the 1970s and 1980s in a style designed to meet the perceived needs of women prisoners, it is a hybrid between a prison and a hospital. There are single and double rooms and multi-occupancy dormitories. The needs of the women are many, varied and often complex, and the population is very diverse.

There are a number of exciting programmes currently ongoing at HMP Holloway. To find out a bit more about life at the establishment, please see below for Holloway case studies and vacancies:

HMP Holloway have been working closely with Clean Break Theatre Company to help women continue their creative development throughout their time in custody and after release.


Parkhurst Rd, London N7 0NU