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Clink Prison Museum

#183 of 1,431 things to do in London
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Address: Clink Prison Museum Soho Wharf 1 Clink Street, London SE1 9DG, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7403 0900
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 7:30 pm

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Great little museum

We visited this museum with sons aged 12 & 7. They both thoroughly enjoyed the museum and looking at and trying out the various exhibits - various torture weapons and contraptions... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped by this museum on our way to tower bridge. It was a remarkable look back through a typically forgotten history. I was not too time-consuming and well worth the price.

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Thank PaulHiker123
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely day to visit the Clink Prison and a reasonable price too. Very informative about prison life in the 1500's, how the destitute lived and how they were victimised and placed in prisons. The torture used on individuals during those times were horrific, the instruments used were interesting but weapons of torture. No high tech gadgets make it more interesting.... More 

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Thank Bajanangie68
Winnipeg, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I know it seems strange to say it probably only good for children given the museums theme, I just found it hokey and very small. I think I walked through it in about 2 mins. I deleted all the pictures i took because they weren't very interesting. While the theme is an interesting part of London's history, I think a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited this museum with sons aged 12 & 7. They both thoroughly enjoyed the museum and looking at and trying out the various exhibits - various torture weapons and contraptions are on show that visitors can try on for size. They weren't so keen to read all the information that was displayed although I found this to be very... More 

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Thank Hutchkub6
Kettering, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This isn't the most high tech, modern attraction but is a fascinating insight into the history of early London. Younger kids may find it a bit gory (or really enjoy it...). A nice touch is at the end you can take a digital photo of yourselves in 'prison' which you can download for free online. Most attractions charge extra for... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our second visit but this time with our son. Although small it is fairly priced and very good. Free photo at the end that you can download. Just take your ticket. Nice that you can do that for free as many other places charge silly prices for photos.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Place is nice and well maintained. We felt it was more of just images and stories. Didn't find it that interesting

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

To be honest, before visiting it, I had expected more from the museum but it was informative nevertheless. You get t know a lot about the Clink prison.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small museum, with lots of interesting facts. You get to handle to torture devices, this part of the museum should be bigger and could be thought out a bit better but overall we had a good time and it's reasonably priced. Also it was quiet when we went which was good because we got to read all the information in... More 

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Buckhurst Hill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting look back at the origins of the Clink prison in London. Lots of Interesting facts to read about and special short & sharp children versions to keep the young ones interested as well. Lots of recreations of scenes from the prison and gruesome torture implements. As its all recreated you are able to touch them and interact... More 

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