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Brunel Museum

Railway Avenue | Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF, England
020 7231 3840
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Ranked #588 of 1,100 Attractions in London
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Located in Marc Brunel's Engine House, an amazing exhibition of Thames Tunnels' history of construction.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Hampshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Probably the best value cuppa in all of London! Unfortunately we got there too late to see the DVD but the place opened my eyes to the skills and creations of the two great Brunels; father and son: Marc and Isambard Kingdom. Thank you.

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Chertsey, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
35 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe is a little different to most London Museums. It is staffed by volunteers and is quite a small establishment. its chief interest is the building itself, the original pumping-house for the world's first underwater tunnel. There are a lot of items on display but very few original artifacts. However, the museum tells a fascinating story... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went here with a group of friends yesterday evening - primarily for the cocktails in the herb garden on the roof. Really lovely venue and atmosphere. What I hadn't realised was that the price of the ticket (a very reaosnable 5 pounds) also included a tour of the big tunnel underground, from a very knowledgeable guide. Really interesting stuff. The... More

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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Signposted easily from the tube station - just as well as we hadn't brought our map! We were encouraged to watch the video, which was really interesting. Upstairs there are posters telling the story of Marc Brunel's building of the first tunnel under the Thames, with an interesting model of the tunnelling machine he used. There are some medals which... More

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Going in to the Grand Chamber was one of the highlights of a great weekend. Fantastic tour guide bought it all to life. Go there early evening and have a cocktail in the garden, we didn't have time but it looked very very inviting Find this place and go!

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The Netherlands
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We visited the museum and the site. There is some good information on the first tunnel under the Thames River. The museum will expand in the future, given more people will visit it. Worth going.

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Melbourne, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I visited the museum at the end of London Walk's Brunel tour. This included a privileged visit to the original access shaft which is closed to the public (not easy to climb into, by the way). That made is rather more interesting than it would be otherwise. The were 20 people in the tour group and they stayed in the... More

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Kent
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My son and I went on the TFL tour of the Brunel Thames tunnel which was very interesting and we decided to go in the Brunel museum afterwards as it was very close by. However, we only spent about 5 minutes in there and were quite disappointed. The museum is set in a lovely original engine house, but it felt... More

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Woking
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This small museum is a "must" if you are interested in the Brunel family history. It is situated in the building that was the engine house for the steam pumps during the construction of the tunnel under the River Thames. Marc Brunel was the designer and his son Isambard was the engineer for that project. The displays are interesting and... More

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

My other half and I did the Brunel Tunnel tour organised by TFL (not related the Brunel Museum tour) and were early so we decided for some extra Brunel to try the museum out. Firstly we couldn't find the entrance, I understand they were organising a fayre but it all seemed a little disorganised and 'mind the wood and saw... More

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