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The Clink Prison Museum, London

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#37 of 165 in Museums in London
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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  • August 20, 2017
    As there was 10 of us we booked the tour guide . Would definitely recommend as it made the tour so interesting and more informative . Worth a visit if in london .  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    A very interesting little Museum and disturbing at the same time, with a large collection of instruments of torture from different historical periods from macabre functionality. The special feature of the design is that it is the oldest prison in England used for ben 629 years between the 12th to 18th centuries.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Before arriving at the Clink, we passed Southwark cathedral and Borough Market. The Anchor Pub and the Golden Hinde are also nearby, so the area is full of history. Perfectly located museum! Before yo...  more »
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  • What better place to have a museum than an actual old prison. Located down a dark alley it welcomes visitors with an old skeleton and iron maiden. The creepiness is enhanced as you descend the dark stairs to the exhibits. A great detour as you walk along the southbank.
  • Another good addition to the creepy history of London, great value, good exhibits and hands on displays, informative and well researched with a broad history of the prison and the general London area, quite dark and spooky in parts, recommended.
  • Visiting here was on my mum's list of 60 things to do before she turned 60 and we both loved it. It's a great tourist attraction for all.
  • This quirky museum is great for anyone who likes the history of law and punishment.
  • It's a very small quirky tourist trap commercial "museum" that will still manage to surprise you with an eclectic selection of stories about then ancient prisons of Clink Street. The history of this street is fascinating. You can get much the same grisly stories at Tower of London. Note: Has slightly more interest in sexual matters than you'd expect from a tourist trap.

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