The Clink Prison Museum
The Clink Prison Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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.
How to get there
  • London Bridge • 7 min walk
  • Cannon St • 7 min walk
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  • ChrissieWilliams81
    Wyong Creek, Australia1,142 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique museum in London
    I visit here every time I go to London. You can hear the singing audio from outside. It’s a small museum, but there’s loads packed inside. I got spooked by actual people in there who I thought were mannequins! You can even get a free photo behind bars and there’s a little gift shop.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Elle W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best part of the day!
    2 nephews (aged 6 & 9) and a full day of 'London' experiences - "What was your favourite bit?" I asked "The PRISON!!!" they shouted in unison... Great value experience with enough interesting facts and stories to keep both the kids and the adults entertained. The boys loved the torture & the gore & finding the furry rats for a lolly at the end - they wanted to go back in as soon as we'd left - def. recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Pete & Nickie
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic value for money
    What a fantastic historical experience. Having just come out of a Tower of London visit this compliments that experience too This is a museum and not an actual prison. It does however graphically illustrate and explain what life would have been like in the actual prison (which used to be very close by). It allows a hands on experience as a prisoner with all the methods of torture! It also has great descriptions of life as a prisoner. It was also fantastic to hear the London accent of Claire behind the counter. She took time to talk to us and really enhanced our visit
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • MOTO MATT
    121 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is what it is
    Looks good, nicely set up but way to much reading for me. Would like to see more torture equipment. Was short but as it's not expensive what would you really expect. I would recommend it's worth a visit on your passing. I wouldn't choice to go again but would go if someone I was with wanted to have a go. There is a nice photo opportunity at the end.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Rob and Wendy
    Llanelli, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Chilling time in Londons Clink!!!
    Firstly £8.00 each for a London Attraction is Incredible and £2.00 for a Museum brochure is great aswell. We really enjoyed our visit and if you take your time and read the info on the exhibits it'll take at least an hour. You will get an insight into Londons dark underbelly with its Criminals, Murderers and Executioners. The gent at admissions and the lady in the shop were friendly and helpful. Dont forget your free downloadable photo from behind bars and watch out for the Rat Man!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Martin L
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem close to London bridge
    A hidden gem south of the Thames. The Clink prison museum is not very large; still if you take your time and read through all the information you can spend quite some time here. One can discover a lot of historical information. Besides, one can "try" some of the torture devices. Also the entry price is rather fair, especially for London. Indeed, I can recommend the museum to anyone interested in history, or people who want to know what a prison was like back in the middle ages.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 September 2023
  • sharrie
    Long Beach, California42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great introduction to our London trip
    This museum was close to our hotel. We arrived in London in the afternoon, exhausted from traveling for the past 24 hours. Wanted to do something medieval and historical but didn’t have a lot of time. They don’t close until 1800. This was a great start to our vacation!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • mazza9889
    London, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit the Clink Prison - Great Value for a London tourist attraction for all
    Clink St Prison, is really good, my grandkids loved it, very interesting, great that some of the items on display you are can actually touch. Which I think was part of the reason my grandkids enjoyed it so much. Being Londoners it' great to go out and see our city's history but can be so expensive. It's great to see that there are still some affordable tourist attractions in London that don't break the bank. I highly recommend to all people where ever you are from to visit The Clink Prison, for the history and the fact it's really good value and a free downloadable photo from your visit is included in the ticket price!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Anouska H
    Norwich, United Kingdom7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Affordable attraction for history lovers!
    Fun, cheap place to go in London to learn brief history of the area and how the prisons and the different tortures were used. Lots to read so more geared towards adults and older children rather than toddlers. It was informative and kept us occupied for around and hour.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 October 2023
  • KellyHarrison81
    Sunbury, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in London if you are a fan of the macabre
    Really interesting place. Especially if you are a fan of the macabre. Used to walk past this place all the time when I worked around the corner but never had time to go in. Really glad I made the trip back to do it. Reasonably priced for a London attraction. Make sure you get the free photo at the end of the experience! The guy who worked behind the counter was really knowledgeable so also make sure you ask him any questions you may have!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
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J_Vegas_Can
London, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
"The Clink" is the nickname given to a men's incarceration facility...until today, i never knew where the nickname 'the clink' came from (and i had worked at a prison) ... i do now ... great tour of the Clink Prison Museum situated on the banks of the Thames River and on Clink Street.
I particularly enjoyed the hands-on exhibits that visitors can touch, hold, manipulate, and even try on for the brave-at-heart!
Our teenage son enjoyed the tour and took the time to read the board and the display plaques.
My wife called it super interesting.
well done..
PS try out the free photo booth at the end and check out the unique souvenir gifts in the gift shop!
Written 8 July 2024
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Kylie C
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Just wandered past this place and went it. Wow it was an amazing experience reading and seeing the brutality of the past and seeing and touching all the “devices”! Highly recommend a visit. Also get a free picture at the end.
Written 30 June 2024
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woodie49
Brighton, UK972 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Heading in he opposite direction to the Trooping of the Colour we had this museum and Southwark Cathedral on our list of things we must do whilst in London. It was a bit tricky getting there from the Strand and back as we dont use the underground and buses were diverted. We had a pleasant walk along the Thames past the National Theatre and the Globe. We did watch the fly past on the Millennium Bridge after the rain mercifully stopped and we made our way by Borough Market to this gem. Small and prfectly formed this little museum is packed with information. It is horrifying to read how people were treated in those times. It doesnt take too long to look round, even when you read all the signs, but it is worth the small enry cahrge and you can even get your picture taken at the end. A ticket is given which, when you put the code into the site, you are given a photo to print or just save. A nice touch to finish with. It is but a short walk to the beautiful Southwark Cathedral.
Written 30 June 2024
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Tove R
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Small, noisy museum mostly about torture methods and some stories about people who sat in the prison. Should have done sametinget else with those 20 minutes and money
Written 16 June 2024
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Mark
Dublin, Ireland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Lovely little place for anyone who likes to learn a bit about history in an immersive environment! Brought our young daughter too and she loved the mannequins and interactive things!
Written 3 June 2024
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Justin M
Great Yarmouth, UK178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Having wanted to visit here for years, finally I went. The Clink did not let down at all.
The entry cost is one of the lowest I know (£8.80 Adult). Totally worth this and possibly even more. A very interesting museum, to see the history and the awful conditions that prison inmates were forced to be in. It’s also good to be able to touch the exhibits, sit in them and handle them.
There is also a chance to have your photo taken, this is free and given a ticket to a link so can download at home, this is free.
Highly recommended and definitely worth a vid it if your in London.
Written 27 May 2024
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moreholsthanku
suffolk, u.k.22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Fantastic find - loved it. Went with fiends & had a very enjoyable time learning what dreadful conditions & circumstances people then had to endure. All in the name of religion too!!
Written 12 May 2024
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stephfaulkner82
Shrewsbury, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great little museum that we stumbled upon by accident when walking around the Borough Market area. Very reasonable entry fees. Really interesting to look around. You could even try some of the torture devices! They were so heavy, I hate to think what they felt like to have to wear all that time ago...
It would make a great educational visit for children too. Unfortunately we forgot to do the free photo bit at the end that is included with the price I believe. There is a nice selection of Clink themed gifts.
Written 11 May 2024
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Toni J
Medway, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great service , is a very good museum
Love the picture booth! The museum has information about the original clink prison
Written 6 May 2024
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Katherine N
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Loved all the history. This is definitely for history geeks like myself. I took my teenage daughter too and there was enough to keep her interested. Absolutely loved the photo at the end.
Written 6 May 2024
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