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Brunel Museum

Railway Avenue | Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF, England
020 7231 3840
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Ranked #612 of 1,084 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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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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23 helpful votes 23 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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33 helpful votes 33 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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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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24 helpful votes 24 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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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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Canberra, Australia
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20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Did a walking tour with London Walks which ends at this museum. The museum itself it fairly small scale but what I learned during the walk made everything so much more interesting. Did the walk with Allan who was brilliant. You could tell he was really interested (and dare I say proud) of the accomplishments of Isimbard Brunel who really... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I had wanted to visit this small museum for years and it did not disappoint despite its small size. The staff were really nice and even had time to serve the coffee! It is really about the building of the first underwater tunnel in the world open to the public and sets out the many trials and tribulations that Marc... More

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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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