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Clink Prison Museum

Museums, History Bankside
2 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
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Time Out says

The Clink Prison Museum houses an exhibition tracing the history of one of England’s oldest prisons, located on the site of the original ‘Clink’ prison at Bankside, a red-light district in earlier times. The displays include instruments of torture and restraining devices.



Address: 1 Clink St
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: £7.50, £5.50 concs, £18 family ticket
Opening hours: Oct-Jun 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 10am-7.30pm Sat-Sun; Jul-Sep 10am-9pm daily
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2 out of 5 stars

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A small museum dedicated to the terrible stories of prisoners past.  I found it difficult to get my head around how brutal we can be to one another - but as one member of my group remarked:  "this sort of thing still goes on in other parts of the world".  All sorts of awful contraptions on show with vivid descriptions of how they were used to "extract confessions". The history of the prison is interesting.  The nearby palace was built 1144 (the remains of which can still be seen nearby) and the men's and women's prisons stood within its grounds. It continued its foul existence till 1780, when prisoners were released and the prison burned to the ground.  All that remains of the prison now is a single wall.  Thank goodness. 


Fairly interesting but a bit of a tourist trap nonetheless. Very small and overpriced for what it is.  


I agree with the review below. It is not interesting at all, tiny and expensive for what it is.


Avoid. This is a tourist trap of a quite small & overpriced museum. Badly wax puppets & blood effects presenting the Southwark/Clink prison & it's history. Even with the discount voucher - 2 for 1- it doesn't worth it. You can see the whole museum in about 20mins - the only interesting thing is in the end that you get your photo for free (send to you by e-mail) in prison's gaol.

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