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“Great little Museum!”

Clink Prison Museum
Ranked #189 of 1,674 things to do in London
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We read about this museum in our guide book to London and decided to pay a visit with our 7 year old daughter. Great museum, interactive hands on stuff for the children. Lots of information . Small but perfectly formed.

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

I knew about this place and happened to walk past with the Mrs during a weekend stroll so we decided to go in and see what they had to offer.

It is a walkthrough experience - once you pay your money the member of staff in the booth opens an electronic door allowing you to enter. The exhibits are very good, a lot of models and atmospheric sounds etc. You can pick up things like shackles and there are stories of real people who spent time in the Clink.

It is quite short though, just a few rooms. As we were getting in to the stories of inmates it came to an end at a small gift shop. There is a photo booth at the end that allows you to take a photo for free from behind prison bars. It prints a ticket to redeem the photo on the website but the 'free' part is a grainy low-res image. You have to pay to get it printed, which I assume is better quality. Not many people bothered judging by the amount of discarded tickets, although I picked a few up to check other people's photos on the way home. Some funny ones :). The end room also contains activities for kids like a coffin with holes that you put your hands in to and 'guess' what you are touching.

It was a little annoying trying to read the information with kids running about. I don't think it's a place for kids really unless they are attentive. It's too small and not appropriate for kids who want to scream and run around. There are metal shackles and torture implements on the ground in certain exhibits. Would be bad news if a child fell on one!

Entrance fees are a little steep. It was £14 for the two of us and we paid £2 for a guide book produced by one of the curators. As it is so small it isn't worth planning a trip to London for but worth one visit if you are in the area. There are lots of restaurants nearby so you can go for food after or visit the Old Operating Theatre museum towards London Bridge to extend your knowledge of gruesome 17th/18th century London.

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

This is built on the original site of the Clink prison which once formed part of Winchester House dating back to 1144. It can be found on Clink Street off Stoney st and is quite small and hidden away.Tours are available with a guide if you go with a group of 10 or more.
It's quite dark inside and might be scary for young children, lots of torture devices to look at and places where the prisoners were kept. There is definitely an eerie presence going on here.
This may not be for everyone as it is not an hands on museum but well worth a visit.
Nearest tube is London Bridge.

Thank Beatrice-TA
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Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

We visited the museum and were pleasantly surprised very informative. Showed actual prisoners stories and I felt gave a very good insight to life in London at that time.

Thank Mcs68
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

The museum is good, very informative and well laid out but unfortunately i was a bit disappointed considering we paid around £14 for two people.

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