The Clink Prison Museum

  • A visit to the oldest prison in Britain
  • The Clink dates back to 1144
  • See and handle artefacts and torture devices
  • Learn about the scandalous history of the Thames riverside
  • Entrance to The Clink Prison Museum
    A free downloadable photograph
    Important Information
    Opening Hours

    Days of Operation - Daily

    Times: 10.00am - 6pm

    Last entry time: 5.30pm

    Closed on Christmas Day

    Venue Location:

    The Clink Prison Museum 1 Clink Street London SE1 9DG
    Closest Tube Station: London Bridge
    Closest Train: London Bridge Rail Station
    Closest Parking: NCP Car Park, Kipling St, London SE1 3RU


    Dating back to 1144, The Clink was the most notorious medieval prison in London and is today the oldest prison in Britain – although luckily it no longer keeps any criminals! With a rich and gruesome history that spans over 600 years, The Clink witnessed an incredible amount of social and political upheaval during it’s time.Learn about the raucous, unruly and wicked inhabitants of the prison, ranging from debtors, harlots, heretics, drunkards and even religious adversaries. Horrible histories and terrible tales of crimes and famed prisoners; see archaeological artefacts and handle old-style torture devices that would have been used to torment and punish.Situated in Southwark, which back in medieval times was a vibrant centre for debauched entertainment, take a self-guided tour around the museum, learn the scandalous truth of the medieval prison and get a photo taken which you can download after your visit.

    The Clink Prison Museum
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