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Clink Prison Museum

#189 of 1,522 things to do in London
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Address: 1 Clink Street | Clink Prison Museum Soho Wharf, London SE1 9DG, England
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+44 20 7403 0900
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10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 19:30

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Interesting insight into Londons past

This Prison museum is another that offers a fascinating insight into London's gory past. Well worth a visit in a great area, it shows various exhibits of life and the things... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Australia
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This Prison museum is another that offers a fascinating insight into London's gory past. Well worth a visit in a great area, it shows various exhibits of life and the things were. The kids loved trying out the various implements of torture. We visited with 2 adults and 2 teens and all thoroughly enjoyed it. Great location, with so much... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife wanted to check it out and it was a cool walk down the river. I was actually surprised to find that I enjoyed it. There was some decent history involved in the museum. It was a pretty basic setup and went right into the whole incarnation aspect of the prison. But it gave a very clear understanding of... More 

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Oxted, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is such a cookie little tourist event you must visit, very small and only need one hour to do this but it is a must. Makes a change to get up close to the props and manaquins.. lots of information and history and much fun. Loved visiting here and will do again

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Clink in December 2016 and although from the outside it looks like it will not be very good, once inside we were pleasantly surprised. They have taken a lot of time putting together lots of interesting historical facts and before you leave you even get a free photo! Well priced and defiantly worth a visit when your... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I telephoned first to check we would not have to wait to go in and we didn't! The various implements of torture and the information given brought history to life. Although we had no children with us, we felt the exhibits together with little notes would certainly excite a child's imagination. The only thing missing was the smell but we... More 

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Middletown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seems like 8 year olds really liked it, but I found it very much in need of a good refurbishment. Exhibits dusty & neglected.

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Paphos, Cyprus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Smaller than what we thought it would be. you are encouraged to touch the exhibits etc and they do give you a free photo/s at the end which you can download on line. We seemed to whiz through it it in about ten min. It cost us about 15 pounds for 2 people so not expensive. I guess you have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My freind recommended the clink to me And me and my two boys 10 and 7 loved it. I have to say it is a lot smaller than I expected but sill very good. With lots of things to reed and hands on exsibits... The staff are very engaging with children's questions All in all a brilliant place to vist

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across this place while wondering along the Southbank, it was less than £20 for a family of 4 and filled a good couple of hours. We were encouraged as we entered to feel free to touch and try out all of the exhibits. We all had great fun putting on the gruesome metal chains and trying out the... More 

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Mt. Sinai, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stumbled across this attraction while walking around the Shakespeare Globe area. Interesting information about what may be the oldest Prison of London. Displays depicted why people were imprisoned, how they were treated, (pretty barbarically), various torture devices. Gave historical information of the evolution of the prison system through the times. (not too evolved). Executions were a form of public entertainment... More 

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Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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