Visit the original site of the oldest prison in Britain
The Clink dates back to 1144 and spanned 600 years
Hear the tales of the inmates’ torture and misfortune
See artefacts and handle torture devices of yore
October – June
Monday - Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 7.30pm
July – September
Monday - Friday 10am – 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 9.00pm
Last entry is half an hour before closing.
Closed on Christmas Day
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 venue is not disabled friendly
Entrance to The Clink Prison Museum
A free downloadable photograph