Step inside one of England's oldest and most famous prisons at The Clink Prison Museum, which is situated on the site of the original Clink Prison in Bankside.
Enjoy an interactive experience that takes you back to the dark and eerie days of London's medieval past, as you uncover the prison's history through original objects and creepy installations.
What is The Clink Prison Museum?
The idea of holding prisoners in one place led to the creation of the first purpose-built prison, The Clink. Dating back to 1144, the prison was in operation until 1780, making it the longest-running jail of its time. Today, its story is revealed in this recreation of the fascinating historical site, in the heart of London.
The infamous prison is located in Bankside (once called The Liberty of The Clink), an area known for its criminal activities and a raucous reputation. The neighbourhood was swarming with all kinds of questionable activities and people, from brothel owners to drunken vagabonds and petty criminals.
Being incarcerated at The Clink was beyond terrifying, as inmates met life-threatening conditions and were often punished using torture devices, from iron-clad chains to gibbets where prisoners would be left to hang.
The Clink Prison notoriously jailed some famous criminals who are still talked about today, such as Thomas Wyatt the Younger, who led the rebellion against Queen “Bloody” Mary. Criminals of more noble backgrounds were sent to the Tower of London.
What will I see in the museum?
As you arrive, walk down the gloomy entrance and ring the bell calling for the prison guard, before embarking on a journey through history.
Pluck up courage to explore the original cells, narrow corridors, and atmospheric chambers, where you'll get a taste of what life was like for the unfortunates who were held captive within these grim walls.
Examine intriguing objects and listen to immersive audio to enjoy a glimpse into prison life, and learn more about incredible historical events, from plots against the Crown to the Mayflower.
Follow the stories of famous criminals and their attempts to escape the harsh conditions, including the brutal methods of torture used to extract confessions, and find out how the prison helped to shape London's criminal justice system.
Finally, don't miss a chance to snap a photograph behind the bars in a dedicated booth to remember your visit!
How can I book the tickets?
How much are the tickets?
Adult tickets cost £8 each, while child, senior and student tickets cost £6.
Where is The Clink Prison Museum?
The Clink Prison Museum is at 1 Clink Street, in Bankside.
How can I get there?
The closest Tube and Rail station is London Bridge, which serves Jubilee and Northern Underground lines and mainline rail services to south-east England.
Or, arrive in style aboard an Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, which stops at Bankside Pier every 20 to 30 minutes. The museum is only 10 minutes' walk from the pier.
How long is my visit?
You are advised to allow one hour and 15 minutes for your visit to The Clink Prison Museum.