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About the Clink Prison Museum

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.

Visitors will learn all about this scandalous truth of Old Bankside through a hands-on educational experience, with the opportunity to view archaeological artefacts, handle torture devices, and to view and hear all about the tales of torment and many misfortunes of the inmates of the infamous Clink Prison.

It's slightly cheesy, in a fun sort of way.

Ian has Visited - review is here.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Clink Prison Museum,
1 Clink Street,

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Fequently asked questions

Is the Clink museum scary?

Not particuarly, it's not a museum of horrors, but more of a historical museum that's set in a prison with a gruesome story to tell.

Why is it called the Clink Museum?

Although never proven, the most common explanation is that the nickname came from the clinking sounds made by the chains the prisoners wore on their ankles to prevent escape.

Is the Clink Museum free?

No, there's an entry fee to visit the museum.

How long does a visit to the Clink Museum last?

It's not unreasonable to expect to spend an hour or so in the museum. It's quite large for a basement space.

How do I get to the Clink Museum?

The museum if a short walk along the riverside path from London Bridge railway station just past Southwak Cathedral and Golden Hinde replica ship.

What's the nearest railway station to Clink Prison Museum

The nearest station is London Bridge which is 0.3 miles away.

Clink Prison Museum - Latest News

The Clink Prison Museum is unexpectedly good
The Clink Prison Museum is unexpectedly good

The headline is what you expect me to say about this notorious tourist trap, but actually, DO go to the Clink Prison Museum, for its reputation is ill-deserved.

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