Located on the small but well-trodden Clink Street, this small museum is built on the site of Clink Prison, a medieval prison dating back to 1144. Back then they treated criminals very, very differently and the museum delights in showing you just what punishments were dished out to the criminals of medieval London.
There are a lot of different implements and devices that you can pick up and have a look at, as well as wax prisoner figures depicting some of the horrible fates that befell them. It’s detailed and informative, and makes for roughly an hour of exploring (if you read the information on offer). Bear in mind that despite the thematic similarity, The Clink is not the London Dungeons – the focus is not on in-your-face entertainment people expect from the Dungeons but instead genuine and informative history, so don’t expect actors to be jumping out at you on every corner. This museum is fascinating in a very different way, and gave its name to every other prison in the country. £7.50 for adults, concessions available.