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Clink Prison Museum

KidRated’s Clink Prison Museum Top Tips:

  • Not for the faint-hearted!
  • History buffs may also enjoy the nearby Golden Hinde and Globe Theatre
  • Perfect for a spare hour on a rainy day 

The Clink Prison Museum stands on the site of one of the oldest and most notorious Medieval prisons. The original prison dates back to 1144 and served as a prison until the Eighteenth Century. Throughout its history, it incarcerated many interesting criminals. During your tour of the museum, you can learn more about these people.


Situated by the river in Southwark, you will also get the chance to learn about the history of the area. As it was outside the parameters of the City all kinds of naughty things went on, such as theatre, and other morally questionable activities. For those who enjoy learning about scandalous history, this is the place for you.


The museum is very interactive and you will get the chance to handle archaeological artefacts and even torture devices!


Some say the moniker, ‘The Clink’, came from the sound of the blacksmith closing the irons on prisoners’ wrists. Now if that wasn’t spooky enough, this Southwark relic is famous for paranormal activity. Nightly vigils are held allowing visitors to make contact with the long-gone residents, using ouija boards and glass divination. You can even team up with the UK’s biggest ghost hunting company to search for spooks; just don’t forget to prove you braved the hunt with a free downloadable photo.


It may sound like a whole load of fun but don’t be fooled – it’s very educational too. If your child is learning about the Medieval or Tudor periods in history at school, this museum is a great place to spark their interest.

Booking Advice:

  • No need to book in advance
  • Family tickets are discounted
  • Guided tours are also available



1 Clink St

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7403 0900


Opening hours:

July to September:
Daily 10:00 - 21:00
October to June:
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 19:30
Closed on 25 December. Group booking discounts available.

How to get there:

Nearest tube: London Bridge


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  1. Arie Stuijt

    I want our free photo’s. How can I get those? Date was April 30 afternoon. We came from The Netherlands.

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