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Clink Prison Museum

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Address: 1 Clink Street | Clink Prison Museum Soho Wharf, London SE1 9DG, England
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10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 19:30

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This is a very interesting museum that provides a fascinating insight into the early prison service. Lovely bubbly lady on the welcome desk who made us feel very welcome... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great visit, with lots of information available and interactive props of torture and prison life. Also containing slightly spooky mannequins and artifacts. Staff were very friendly and seemed genuinely interested in the museum. I thoroughly enjoyed an explanation of a set of items on a tray, and the free digital photography you can take at the end. Will visit again!

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting museum that provides a fascinating insight into the early prison service. Lovely bubbly lady on the welcome desk who made us feel very welcome. Definitely worth a visit and just a stones throw from Borough Market. Inexpensive too!

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a few hours to kill in London and came across the Clink prison museum whilst walking alongside the River Thames. I popped in and found it to be a very interesting museum full of information boards, props and artefacts which explain the history of the prison, what life was like for inmates, the tortures inmates received and famous... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have a day off during the week when it's not so busy and you can't stand the idea of visiting the Natural History Museum for the millionth time, then this is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon! I spend a lot of time in London Bridge and have never thought to visit here but I'm very glad... More 

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Thank LauraElizabeth92
Besancon, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is interesting enough, but it's more of a "tourist trap" than anything else. Still, I'm happy I did it, as it was tickling my curiosity. I'd like to note that the French guide (£2!) is full of spelling mistakes and is clearly from Google Translate. It's quite shameful that they would charge you for such a poor translation.

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Thank Sophie B
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting information about the old prison and torture. Old implements of death and torture are good, although the models are rather ordinary.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant little find. Well worth a visit at this small museum that very reasonably priced. Suitable for all ages and is a very interesting insight into London's brutal past. The lady on the till when we went in was very friendly and helpful and seemed genuinely proud of her museum. £7 for adults and £5 for concessions. You also get... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was definately educational for me to understand the life of a criminal who was taken to this prison and how they lived, treated and tortured. Very well presented, I must admit it was a little scary going through the different chambers. I loved the stories mentioned in each room. I recommend getting the booklet as well

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came across this attraction purely by chance. A very interesting museum small but full of history and well explained. The exhibits are well displayed and explained for both adults and children. Many of them can be handled to give you a more authentic feeling. Luckily enough they do not try to capture the smell of 16th century prisons. Admission... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Clink Prison Museum is located really close to the Borough Market. While nothing special, I did enjoy it. Pros: 1) The museum was basically empty. We were there at like 4 in the afternoon and we didn’t see anyone else there the hour we were there. That was nice and a change from what we had been experiencing in... More 

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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 neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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