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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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+44 20 7403 0900
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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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An interesting little museum

We visited the Clink after walking around Borough Market. Both the Clink and the market are very close to London Bridge. The museum is fairly small but full of interesting and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Conor O
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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wigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here to pass an hour on whilst in London sightseeing. At under a tenner for entry it's not too expensive. Only about a hour in duration which is enough when your down there as it's quite dark and There's lots of reading to understand the history of it all. Some good torture equipment that you can touch and read... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was an tiny museum with some interesting history bits. A bit dark, but maybe only really worth it for history buffs or people who like the macabre or dark bits of history.

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notts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a very big museum and a bit dark & depressing. Plenty of historical facts & stories but some gruesome torture scenes.

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Clink, on Clink Street (not far from London Bridge) is one of the capital’s oldest places of correction. The inside experience begins the moment the barred entry gate cuts you off from the outside world. From there, it is but a short hop to the dungeons. As you follow the prison trail in subdued lighting, emaciated faces stare from... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took two groups totalling 33 people today to this small but hugely interesting museum. We had a guided tour which lasted jut under an hour filled with facts about the history and background of the prison and the insufferable conditions experienced by those who were incarcerated within its walls. Gruesome instruments of torture, many of them originals sent a shiver... More 

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

visited as part of our trip to london certainly worth a look into the history of the prison. we managed to get a 241 voucher as we travelled by train

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Clink after walking around Borough Market. Both the Clink and the market are very close to London Bridge. The museum is fairly small but full of interesting and gory details of the prison and related torture instruments. It's also got quite a lot of history of the religious persecutions, and stories about real people who were incarcerated... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting if you care about history and you read English well. Lots if fun and interesting historical facts. And big tumbs up the posters to read are well light. Some museums I find to dark and my eyes get tired of reading. Not that one.!! Light is perfect to keep dark atmosphere and happy eyes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting little museum with loads of torture devices you can play with. You can walk around in your own time as well. Reasonably priced and you even get a free photo at the end! Would recommend going.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is small museum on the site of one of London's first prisons dating from 1144. It consists of about 5 or 6 small sized rooms below street level. These are filled with static displays and figures illustrating significant early prisoners. Its generally suitable for all but the smallest children, although there are some of the figures that are a... 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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