Clink Prison Museum
Clink Prison Museum
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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 - 7:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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The area
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Neighborhood: 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 neighborhood'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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  • Roxy Hurry
    Coventry, United Kingdom57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Place, Tonnes of Information
    A fantastic museum, well laid out with tonnes of information. The blue plaque on the remaining prison wall is a really nice touch. There's a interactive tablet in the torture room which is easy to miss but has great information too, definitely made my toes curl! The only criticism I have is how much of the information and stories are directed at the religious turbulence of the time, I understand that there was a lot and definitely a main feature of the prison but it got a bit much and I started to skip information boards, it would be nice to try to choose some of the non religious prisoners from the 100 years it was open. But, overall it was fantastic, great displays, interactive content and I was made very welcome as a solo traveler. My photo didn't load onto the website but I had it within minutes of messaging the museum.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 7, 2023
  • NRK S
    Paris, France5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for education not for adults
    Dont want to give it a too low review as its a good little tour and a bit of history walk around. But I feel its very short. More for the kids though they learnt quite a lot about the old history of london so would advise it as an educational tour. Not really for adults. Lots of information and interactive things inside.
    Visited July 2022
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Caroline
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    This place is awesome! Loved our visit here and would definitely go again. Cheap to go in and you can handle the torture devices too. Lots to see and plenty of information about it. Very old and full of history. Get a free photo taken at the end.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Jen
    Woodford Green, United Kingdom6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family friendly
    Enjoyed our visit. Good value tickets for something ‘London’. Combine with a late lunch and a walk along the Thames and it’s a pretty perfect day without the usual huge price tag in London.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Su W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    great little museum. Read everything and take your time but there is also loads for little hands to pick up and touch....if you dare. There is also a free photo download area. We'll worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 7, 2023
  • arnottdavies
    London, United Kingdom318 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not for the squeamish - but children will love it.
    Not for the squeamish - but children will love it. A fascinating look at the old prison and what it got up to - well curated with lots to read and listen to. Well worth the admission for an hour of amusement, education and gore.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 15, 2023
  • Ann Z
    St Austell, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a find 👍
    This little find was absolutely brilliant ! The layout was really good, the figures and the equipment brilliant, there was so much information to read which made it fantastic , the person on the door was very friendly and helpful, the price was so cheap, we couldn’t believe it ! We highly recommend it , totally loved it !
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2023
  • lubumbashi13
    174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a quick visit!
    Worth a visit to this offbeat place. Our 13 year old daughter enjoyed reading the history of prison in London and seeing the torture devices. It's a relatively small museum but reasonably priced for what it is.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Debra S
    Brampton, Canada1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    Fun and interesting place to visit. Very informative and you get to handle some of the torture devices used. Great price too. Very close to the Borough Food Market. It's a self guided tour so you can take as long as you want. At the end of the tour you have the opportunity to take a free downloadable picture of yourself in prison.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 29, 2023
  • susannecianci
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool experience
    We had a very interesting visit to the Clink Prison Museum! Lots of information on various signs about the history of the prison and this part of London in ancient times. Not suitable for easy-to-scare kids, but for ours (11 and 8) it was fine. Very nice staff, even speaking German. There also is a quiz for kids, which made it even more interesting for them.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 18, 2023
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4.0
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Just had the most amazing day at The Clink Museum, which sounds strange because of the nature of it, but it was a truly enlightening experience. Who knew that Britain had such a twisted history.

From entry to end, every step was honestly so interesting. It really feels like to get a taste of London and Britain one must know these things. Having lived myself in London for nearly 40 years I can't say I knew any of this information. It really was an eye opener and fills in a lot of gaps as to how our city was created and how it came to be as it is today. The exhibits themselves are thoroughly detailed and the noises and lighting really bring the whole experience to life. You really get a feel for what it must have been like for all those whom had a stay there.

The lovely lady on the door was so friendly and welcoming, really connecting with us, which made the experience very personal. I honestly can say I was very touched by this experience and highly recommend others to go, to fully grasp this epic period of Britain's history.

We stayed at least an hour and half taking our time to read all the displays, though if reading is not your thing, every part of the exhibit also had audio accompaniment, which I thought was a thoughtful touch.

To top it off you get to become part of the experience with a free picture of yourself behind bars at the end!

Thanks so much to the staff at The Clink Museum for their hospitality and very interesting experience. May even go again...
Written May 27, 2021
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RONNIE DAVISON
London, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Visited by chance as we wandered through the area. Really enjoyed the visit, incredibly affordable with the lovely touch of a FREE souvenir photo at the end.

We were lucky that we had the entire visit to ourselves, it was a very hot day.

The door and venue host was wonderfully friendly, he is very knowledgeable and a real gem for a venue such as The Clink.

Even though its not the cheeriest of exhibits and histories it is well worth taking the time to read the information laid out.

It's not Madame Tussauds, it does not pretend to be, it is a really interesting stop as you walk and soak in the history of old London. I will happily take other visitors to London as part of a wander through the area and the river walk.

We paid £8 not much more than we had just paid for a coffee, think about that if you think something so historically interesting is not worth it, worth every penny.

Note: Hand sanitiser was available and very clear social distancing guide lines through out. Thank you.
Written August 17, 2020
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melwoodward78
Nottingham, UK141 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
Poor value for money. I am not even sure why we paid as lots of people were walking in off the street without paying! This is not an interactive attraction and my 14 year old found it very boring. Took no more than 10 minutes to walk through. Wouldn’t recommend.
Written October 28, 2021
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Samantha
Derbyshire, UK146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Visited the museum on a rainy Saturday afternoon. As other reviews state it is quite small but very interesting and informative there are lots of plaques on the walls explaining things and also interactive boards where you can find out more information about how the prison was ran etc. If you like history, for £8 admission in central london you can’t really complain and it got us out of the rain for an hour!!!
Written August 23, 2021
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Denisa A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
In my opinion, this is one of the best museums in London. It is incredibly interesting and I love the atmosphere of the dank feel of a medieval prison. It is extremely interactive and actually lets you handle the torture devices, unlike most museums that keep them behind glass. I love this museum and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this place to anyone interested in medieval and early modern history of England. Don’t listen to the poor reviews that people give this place, they only say it is only a 15 min experience because they don’t bother to read the interesting information (I spent one hour and a half there and didn’t even get to see it all, so it clearly isn’t a 15 min experience!)
Written August 30, 2021
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Adam
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
For the price you pay it's not worth it, very small space, like in 3 minutes you can visit everything, I don't recommend spending your money on this.

Pelo preço que se paga não vale a pena, espaço muito pequeno, tipo em 3 minutos você visita tudo, não recomendo gastar seu dinheiro nisto.
Expequitativa era 10, realidade foi tipo 4
Written March 15, 2023
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Ghenna_12
Brighton, UK144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
My husband, 16 year old granddaughter and I visited this museum yesterday.
There was an initial confusion regarding our online ticket purchase and the staff at the museum dealt with this with great professionalism and reassurance.
I would hesitate to say that we ‘enjoyed ‘ the museum as it was gruesome. However it was excellent! It’s very informative, descriptive and visually explicit. I have recommended it to several friends already.
The free online photo that you can take at the end is fun. It can take 24 hours to appear on the website but it’s free, so I’m not complaining.
Written August 9, 2021
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Ryan P
High Wycombe, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Great little museum to spend an hour or two in. Well worth the cost, the museum has a great range of displays, information and is surprisingly big. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area
Written February 13, 2022
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mikealbion
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Very helpful and friendly staff, reasonable prices
(family and concessions catered for )
Very interesting for all ages, lots of things to try out and put on, so take a camera / phone ! We all fully enjoyed the experience. Don't forget to use the free photo machine at the end. Take a photo for each person, (single or group photo) photo takes you looking through the bars of a cell, so bit of acting required.....LOL
collect your photo receipts and log onto web site. When asked for "site" insert clink, then enter ID & PIN great quality photos...and they are free!
We highly recommend this place for a visit.
Written August 6, 2021
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BristolSteved
bristol80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a small museum, taking 45mins to go through highlighting the history of the local prison and the tortures endured around 12th - 14th century. Gorey and gruesome facts presented well, you can pick up all of the items to get a feeling of what it would be like to be in prison here.
Travelling by train, we took advantage of 2-4-1 offer, so price good for us.
Written February 20, 2020
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