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The Clink Prison Museum, London

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The oldest prison in England, operating between the 12th and the 18th centuries, The Clink Prison Museum is where the slang term "the clink" originates. The museum recreates the life of prisoners through decorated cells and dungeon-like accommodations. Listen for the loud "clink" of the metal doors that gave the prison its nickname. Discover how both men and women were treated over the prison’s long history. Put The Clink Prison Museum into our London vacation route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Said one can learn to read through my plate and hobby exhibition haunted-house direction, so can be such fun people.
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  • Although not actually in the remains of the original prison, it stands on the site where it once was (legend says that the wall nearest to The Golden Hind II is an actual wall from then), it's a real ...  read more »
  • Its expensive even for concessions but I like the little rat that gives the info and all the items from the prison are interesting. 
  • Good,atmospheric but short lived. You can however touch everything and it's good fun for 10 year old onwards. My two girls came away with having learnt something about the area and what life in prison back then was like. Worth a quick visit on your way to the Golden Hinde and the Shard.
  • It is indeed a good lesson on prisons. But is far too harsh and too telling of real evilness in people for the allowance of children. We regret having taken our 3 and 7 year olds. They not only hated the ambiance, but felt scared. As parents we started on mildly seeing the museum 'till we were too deep in it; considering the information we wanted relaid to our kids. For grown ups, the price could be a little friendlier, just considering that the reviews are right about being a simple and short experience...
  • Situated right by the Cutty Sark, this is a little gem of an attraction that not many people are aware of. Ok, its not the London Dungeons but its also not very expensive. It is true to say that there is quite a bit of reading but it is well presented and not as 'hard going' as some other museums. I did learn quite a lot that I didn't from London Dungeons. It took me to a part of London that I probably wouldn't have visited and I liked that too. I also visited The Old Operating Theatre Museum which is a stones throw away and very good value for money. Both can easily be done half a day.
  • Very cool exhibit with a walking tour.
  • A fascinating museum set in an historic private prison (the prisoners weren't housed for free).
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