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The Clink Prison Museum

The Clink Prison Museum stands on the site of the original Clink Prison, which is believed to be the oldest prison in England. The prison was built in 1144 and was in operation until 1780, situated on the grounds of Winchester Palace, the then residence of the Bishop of Winchester. The common phrase “being thrown in The Clink” in-fact comes from this prison, as it is believed that the sound of the blacksmiths hammer heard upon the closing of the chains around the ankles or wrists of the ankles lead to the development of this saying.

Those visiting the museum can see many of the original artefacts such as the torture devices used on prisoners, and hear some of the rich stories from prisoners who were holed up within the prison walls. For those looking for a more ghostly experience, they can book a night in The Clink with Haunted Happenings, searching for ghosts and spirits throughout the night.


1 Clink Street
Soho Wharf

Tel: 0207 403 0900
Opening Times: Open Daily 10am-6pm
Adult : £7.50
Child : £5.50
Senior Citizen: £5.50
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