Clink Prison Museum London

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1 Clink Street, London, SE1 9DG

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8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Built on the original site of Clink Prison, dating back to 1144 one of England’s oldest Prisons. You experience hands on original artefacts, including torture devices & the opportunity to view & hear the stories of the inmates & the notorious Southbank.

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | History | Religious Education | Historic Buildings | Historical Heritage | Museums | Themed Attraction

What we offer

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. 

What makes us a great choice?

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.

Group Sizes Catered For

We cater for whole year groups. All group sizes min 10.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

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.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

You can take photos throughout the museum.

Risk Assessment Details

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.

Pricing Information

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

First Aid Information

We do not always have a first aider on site. It is advisable that teachers bring along someone who is qualified in First Aid.

Available Facilities

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

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Sorry,The museum is not wheelchair accessible.


"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


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