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Clink Prison Museum, The

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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.

Positioned in the heart of modern day Southwark, the prison was situated in an area that has long been associated with more raucous, vivacious and unruly behaviour; it was the louder, ruder and wickeder neighbour to The City, and a place where Londoners sought entertainment.

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.

Opening Times

We are open all year around, 7 days a week
( Closed on Christmas Day )
Summer (July – September ) 10.00 – 21.00
Winter ( October – June )
Monday to Friday 10.00 – 18.00
Weekend 10.00 – 19.30
( last admission 30 minutes before closing )


1 Clink Street, London, SE1 9DG
020 7403 0900
Opening times:
Open all year around, 7 days a week ( Closed on Christmas Day )
Disabled access:
Please note, unfortunately this museum is not wheelchair accessible.
Adults £7.50, Children ( under 16 ) £5.50, Concession £5.50 (I.D required), Group of 10+ ? Email for a special offer

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