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Brunel Museum

Railway Avenue | Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF, England
020 7231 3840
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Ranked #651 of 1,041 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: Activities for young children, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I've visited a couple of times and love this place. Although it's not huge and there's not a whole lot to see, it's a great place with interesting things to read. The video downstairs is worth a watch. I would definitely recommend going on the tour to gain access to the Grand Entrance Hall (which is about to be renovated)... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I saw a programme on the BBC which included the story of the Thames Tunnel. It was very interesting so I made a note next time I was in London with a couple of hours to kill, to make my way over to Rotherhithe and investigate further. Yesterday turned out to be that occasion so I travelled up to Canada... More

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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144 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This museum is right behind Rotherhithe Overground station, where the Thames tunnel entrance is. It is housed in the heritage boiler house, used by Brunel an his workers to power the steam engines. Due to the limited size of this boiler house, the Brunel Museum is rather limited, it consists mostly of a diorama, explaining the building of the tunnel... More

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Manchester, UK
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Took a look around the Museum having done the London Walks Brunel Tour with Richard - a Trustee of the Museum. Tour excellent and the Museum finished off the wonderful history of Brunel. Museum is small but plenty to read and includes a video and if you get to speak to one of the experts there well worth a visit.... More

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Greater London
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5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This museum is housed in the Engine House at Rotherhithe which was part of the infrastructure of Brunel’s Thames Tunnel. The building is used as a museum displaying information on the construction of the tunnel and the other projects. As a museum it would be easy to miss as it’s tucked away down the back streets of Rotherhithe near the... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

The museum consisted of a few artefacts and story boards, certainly not worth the £3 entrance fee. Takes about 10 minutes to go round. The tour of the tunnel is unsuitable for anyone with mobility problems as the doorway is actually a small tunnel and is under 4feet tall. The guide gives a talk which he reads out of a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Visited Brunel museum on a Christmas'y theme. Found in "time out london" that Brunel museum does Christmas tours into an old tunnell entrance bunker... I always liked tunnels and old abendoned stuff. It was worth it... Learned a lot about London history that i had never red in any history book. The entrance is a small doors, around 4feet tall... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The museum is very interesting in itself and you can get a coffee etc as well in the small cafe. The highlight of the visit was to be able to descend into the chamber which Brunel created as part of the tunnel which is not used by the Overground train service. The guide was very knowledgeable and it was exciting... More

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

If you plan to visit this Museum be sure to have other things to do whilst you are in the area. Having spent 1.5 hours travelling from the suberbs, 30 mins max is required to do the Museum. Furtunate enough to get into the tunnel with the Curator who was a bit of a Wag. I will definitely keep an... More

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Brunel is undoubtedly one of the world's greatest engineers and I can't help feeling that his work deserves more than what the museum has on offer. Still, it provides a fascinating insight into the construction of the world's first underground river tunnel; and I’m sure if you were to visit when you can go on a guided descent, it would... More

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