General Information, HMP High Down

 High Down was opened in 1992 on the site of a former mental hospital. It serves the Crown Court at Guildford and Croydon, and surrounding magistrates’ courts. It was originally a category A prison but re-roled to a category B local prison in 2002. Originally holding 747, the prison expanded in 2008/9 with two new house blocks and ancillary works and now holds 1203. The prison is scheduled to be roled as a Cat C prison as part of the prison estate reconfiguration during the later part of 2018.

 High Down opened the renown “Clink” restaurant  in 2009 click here  , a ground breaking development in prisoner training opportunities.


  • House blocks 1–6 house around 200 prisoners each.
    • House block 1 – Built in 1992 and refurbished in 2017.
      • A-spur operates as first night accommodation.
    • House block 2 – Built in 1992.
    • House block 3 – Built in 1992 and refurbished in 2016.
    • House block 4 – Built in 1992. The detoxification and stabilisation unit.
    • House block 5 – Built in 2008.
    • House block 6 – Built in 2008. It operates as a vulnerable prisoner unit for sex offenders.
  • Health care inpatient unit – Has 22 beds.
  • Segregation unit – Capacity for 23 prisoners

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