School trips and Educational visits
A fun and educational tour to remember
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 artefacts 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.
Please note: The museum and our tours are suitable for children aged from 7 years to adult.
“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
"Thank you for yesterdays fantastic tour, my learners absolutely loved it" - Oaklands College
If you wish to learn more about the history of The Clink Prison, we have a variety of tours, and options you can book onto.
Option 1 (Guided tour)
£6 per person (min 10 / max 25 / 1 teacher free for every 5 children)
Option 2 (Self guided)
£4 per person (min 10 / max 25 / 1 adult or teacher free for every 5 children)
As part of our educational programme we do encourage groups to take advantage of our highly trained tour guide service. Your visit will include an introduction to the site along with a visit incorporating hands-on devices, audio and visual presentations. With the use of our tour guides the visit would also include comprehensive verbal presentation and further explanations to your students along with the opportunity for more interactive learning opportunities.
Relevance to History
Students will gain a good foundation knowledge of everyday life 1144 – 1780 including food, social issues, power within the country and religion. Students will also learn about some of the actual inmates within the prison along with their crime and reason for detention.
Religion played a very important role for inmates within The Clink Prison. Students will get the opportunity to learn how religious practices were still carried out in the most demanding and difficult times along with the persecution that took place.
Crime and the punishment of criminals has been a social debate for hundreds of years. On the site of England’s first prison students will be able to join the debate through learning how inmates were treated and the conditions they lived in.
A visit to the Clink Prison is a wonderful opportunity for your students to cover a wide range of issues and offers a good knowledge base for students studying the time period between 1144 – 1780AD. The museum gives a wonderful understanding of crime and punishment through the Medieval, Tudor and Elizabethan time periods, along with a comprehensive study of a number of the social, religious and geographic issues.
Relevance to Religious studies.
The Clink Prison was built on the Bishop of Winchester's land for his own use to control the Liberty. Over the life of the prison large numbers of inmates were imprisoned here for a variety of reasons. Some of the longest serving inmates were religious figures including some involved in the Babington plot and even alleged to be involved with The Gunpowder Plot.
Through a visit to The Clink Prison Museum students will learn of life back in the Medieval, Tudor and Elizabethan time periods, along with a comprehensive study of a number of the social, religious and geographic issues.
The Clink Prison Museum offers students the opportunity to analyse and visualise some of the old maps of the local area and how it has changed and developed over time. The Clink Prison is in the heart of an area that represents possibly the most dramatically changing area in London. The area was once known as the Red light District of London, which now offers expensive luxury apartments, modern office buildings and world-leading tourist attractions.
The Clink Prison Museum prides itself in offering groups a truly unique, fun, historical and educational visit.
Visitors will be challenged by the history along with the horrific true stories contained within the museum dating from the 12th century. Support is offered to all groups both young and old through the optional use of our tour guide team. As part of our educational programme your visit will include an introduction to the site along with a visit incorporating hands-on devices, audio and visual presentations. With the use of our tour guides the visit would also include comprehensive verbal presentation and explanation to your students along with further demonstrations and greater educational insight to the subject.
Relevance to History
Students studying social studies, history, politics, religion and American history would find a visit to The Clink Prison directly relevant to their studies. Whilst visiting The Clink Prison Museum students will learn of its involvement in many major events including the Mayflower, Babington Plot, the publishing of the first authorised English Bible and many more.
If you wish to learn more about the history of The Clink Prison and to book your next visit please call:
020 7403 0900