Clink Prison Museum

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1 Clink Street, London, United Kingdom

Clink Prison Museum London Reviews

curious_claire curious_…
78 reviews
Small but informative museum Feb 15, 2015
This is one of those places i've walked past so many times and never gone in. Well this is why you need to show people around London as they make you do the touristy things. I was showing a French girl around and this place was on her list of places she wanted to check out (fantastic for me).

The location of the museum is good as it's in quite a touristy part of London, between London Bridge and Waterloo. It's lovely to do a walk following the river on a sunny day :) But it's at this spot because that's where the original Clink Prison was.

The entrance to the museum is quite modest considering it is a London attraction in that area! The tickets costs us £7.50 each making it a fairly cheap price for a paid London museum but after going through the relatively small museum i personally think the tickets should be £5.

The museum is very informative and what i like is that the torture weapons are out on display for you to touch and interact with. Something i'm sure goes down well withe children! But the way they have set the place up really helps you get an idea of what prison life was like there. And they give examples of real people there making you feel more emotionally involved with the stories being told.

Overall, i'd say this is definitely worth checking out if you have a spare 30 minutes and are in the London Bridge area. It's always good to do something a bit more 'different' in London
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Zagnut66 says:
Posted on: Feb 26, 2015
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andmar andmar
58 reviews
Sweet, small and spooky Dec 28, 2015
The Clink Prison Museum is built upon the original site of The Clink Prison, which dating back to 1144 was one of England’s oldest and most notorious prisons.

Spanning for over 600 years, it witnessed a remarkable amount of social and political change in England, and thus housed a multitude of sinners throughout its existence, including debtors, heretics, drunkards, harlots, and later religious adversaries.

It is a small but nice museum. Its location is excellent in order combine it with the visit to the near by sights and also i would recomend afterwards a walk along the thams river dow to the london eye, it is wonderful.
Vikram Vikram
312 reviews
A prison life told in a really touristy and nice shiny way! Oct 29, 2012
It's been described as the most 'notorious medieval prison' and is situated in probably the most notorious touristy part of London, Southwark - home to the London Bridge Tube, hte excellent market and some of my most favourite attractions. With such a plethora of sightseeing wealth, and the fact that this prison is hidden behind the famous Saturday Borought Street Market, I always would pass by it, but would've seen so much that day that I wouldn't have any stamina in wanting to see more.

So the Clink Prison Museum - from the outside, I thought it was just another one of those glorified prisons of yore, but was actually quite impressed by the way they tell the story in a very touristy'ish yet realistic way of the suffering, the dirt and the general plight of prisoners there. How the prisoners's relatives would have to butter the warden if the prisoner doesn't want to spend time down a hole that would fill with rot during rainy days, etc.... it really did make me wonder how it was back then.

I quite enjoyed this, not because I was expecting to be illuminated by the hallowed learnings of history, but because I expected clean value entertainment and I got it here - whether it was the eerie pre-recorded voices, the weapons used for killing and shackling prisoners, the detailed pictures of blood and death, or the fables and stories revolving around some of the famous inmates. All in all, it's good timepass and I would advise anyone who's visiting London (for the 4th or 5th time) to take a peek.
The entrance
Cut heads replicas
At one of the torture chambers
Apparently this was another tortur…
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cotton_foam says:
Posted on: Feb 26, 2015
jeanh2 says:
One of my books is about Elizabeth Fry the prison reformer, Vikram, and if you ever read it that will give you lots more insight into how it was back then. See my blog - unwillingly to Australia - for more details if interested ...
Posted on: Feb 26, 2013
dieforu says:
very interesting!
Posted on: Jan 11, 2013

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