THE CLINK PRISON MUSEUM: 900 YEARS OF TORTURE AND MISERY IN SOUTHWARK, LONDON

With only a few rooms, a visit to The Clink is short but sweet. With a rather shlock-horror layout of torture equipment, displays including heads on pikes and an executioner's block dripping with blood, it also has plenty of information boards providing historical detail of what life must have been like for those imprisoned here over the past 900 years.

Four heads on a pike

The building is not the original Clink prison which is long gone, although it is on the site and does contain a part of the prison wall from the 17th - 18th century. The museum tells the story of The Clink, the most notorious of medieval prisons in the country, and the one which lent its name to all future prisons which are informally known as 'the clink'.


In darkened rooms with some grisly displays of the terrible conditions the prisoners lived in, their tortures and suffering and against a back drop of occasional whimpering and screams, the museum gives a vivid depiction of life for the inmates. Torture devices line the walls which you can handle and try on and there are display cases with eclectic finds of items from the 900 years of life within the walls.

The Clink is in the borough of Southwark, one of the oldest parts of London, originally settled by the Romans and again by the Saxons.