Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: 1 Clink Street, , London SE1 9DG

Contact: 020 7403 0900



The Clink Prison Museum is built upon the original site of the Clink Prison. The Prison dates back to 1144 making it one of England’s oldest, if not the oldest Prison. Visitors will experience a hands on educational experience allowing them to handle original artefacts, including torture devices, as well as the opportunity to view and hear the amazing stories of the inmates and the notorious Southbank.

Owned by the Bishop of Winchester, The Clink Prison was used to control the Southbank of London known as “The Liberty of The Clink”. This area housed much of London’s entertainment establishments including four theatres, bull-baiting, bear-baiting, inns and many other darker entertainments.

The Clink Prison was only a small part of a vast complex on the Bankside that the Bishop owned called Winchester House. At one point in history Henry VIII planned to take control of the palace and use it as his own. Parts of the Great Hall still stand even today including the world famous Rose Arch Window preserved by English Heritage.

Visitors to the area included individuals such as William Shakespeare, King Henry VIII, Sir Francis Drake, Geoffrey Chaucer and many more.

Why not explore the prison that gave its name to all others? The clink Prison.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?
Please visit our website for information regarding all key stages.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
We offer a hands on educational visit, where you can handle and try our torture devices, whilst learning about crime and punishment.

The Clink Prison Museum welcomes a large number of educational groups and visitors each year, offering them a unique opportunity to learn about social, religious and historical issues relating to The Clink Prison and London's Bankside. Many of these issues and events relating to The Clink Prison don?t only represent regional importance but national and international significance.

When visiting The Clink Prison Museum students will have the opportunity to handle original historical artifacts relating to crime and punishment, used both in The Clink Prison and nationally.

The Clink Prison Museum is a research museum furthering the understanding and heritage of The Clink Prison Museum site as well as the overall subject area of prisons, crime and punishment.

The tour takes approximately 45 minutes.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We cater for whole year groups. All group sizes min 10.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We do not offer any worksheets or teacher packs but are more than happy for the teacher to do a pre visit to put their own together.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Yes photography is allowed throughout the museum

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
We can provide a risk assessment if required.  Free preliminary visits for risk assessments are available, alternatively we can email you our school risk assessment, please contact 020 7403 0900.

What is the cost of the visit?
Costumed guided tour minimum of 10, £6.00 per student for every 5 students a teacher goes free.
Self guided tour £4.00 per person minimum of 10, for every 5 students a teacher goes free.
For large groups please contact us for a reduced rate.
£7.00 per student for a guided tour

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
We do not always have a first aider on site. It is advisable that teachers bring along someone who is qualified in First Aid.

Please list facilities available.
We have a small gift shop at the end museum, we do not have eating facilities.

What are your disabled facilities?
The museum is not wheelchair accessible.

What are your opening days and hours?
7 days a week 10am – 6pm weekdays 10am – 7.30pm weekends

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
"Thank you for yesterdays fantastic tour, my learners absolutely loved it" - Oaklands College

I came to The Clink yesterday with my A2 students. I wanted to thank you for such a fantastic educational visit. The Tour guide was great, very informative and positive towards my students. It was well worth it and I will definitely be bringing A2 students in the future. Again many thanks for a fantastic visit” - Amersham and Wycombe College

The students found it very informative. We have another date for our tour into London and I was wondering if we could book again Kind regards - Hasmonean High School


Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums Themed Attractions

Curriculum Topics Covered: History Religious Education

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December