Greenwich Foot Tunnel
Greenwich Foot Tunnel
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The area
Neighborhood: Greenwich
Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the very concept of global time was established at Royal Observatory, just one of several buildings of architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park and a number of related buildings (and one world famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.

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MrLittlewood
London, UK73 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Unsafe primarily for two main reasons - cyclists who ignore the no cycling rules and most people do not wear face masks.

Cyclists peddle through the tunnel often at top speed. The lifts are frequently out of order but this does not deter cyclists. Including popular online food delivery services who cycle through.

COVID-19 pandemic ongoing. The majority of tunnel users do not wear face masks. Poor air circulation in the tunnel.

For health and safety it is best to avoid this tunnel until it is properly managed and made safe.
Written August 4, 2020
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MrLittlewood
London, UK73 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Unsafe primarily for two main reasons - cyclists who ignore the no cycling rules and most people do not wear face masks.

Cyclists peddle through the tunnel often at top speed. The lifts are frequently out of order but this does not deter cyclists. Including popular online food delivery services who cycle through.

COVID-19 pandemic ongoing. The majority of tunnel users do not wear face masks. Poor air circulation in the tunnel.

For health and safety it is best to avoid this tunnel until it is properly managed and made safe.
Written August 6, 2022
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HolidaymakerfromHove
Brighton and Hove, UK2,295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We took the DLR from Tower Gateway to Island Gardens so that we could use the foot tunnel on our visit to Greenwich. Very easy to find, less than a 5 min walk down a lane directly opposite the station exit.

The tunnel was free to use. We did see lots of cyclists but with the exception of a handful they were wheeling their bikes, not riding them. Approx 10 mins to walk through.

Quite a lot of stairs to negotiate if the lifts aren’t working, which luckily they were when we got to the other side and needed to go up!

Felt very safe and we enjoyed the experience.

Recommended
Written October 26, 2020
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Chris A
Birmingham, UK189 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
A curious engineering work which lets you walk under the Thames. Really though it's just a tunnel and people cycle through it even though there are signs saying not to. I also got microaggressed by tourists (harassing solo walkers when there are three of you has to count, surely?) and the lift doors jammed, neither of which were amusing.
Written March 13, 2022
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada4,600 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Opened in 1902, the Greenwich Foot Tunnel must be one of the oldest underwater tunnels around! Feels a bit weird walking under the Thames River, but an interesting walk nevertheless.

The ‘No Cycling’ sign is obviously a joke. In the short time I was there, I saw three cyclists barrelling along at top speed!

Given that the tunnel is open 24/7, don’t think I’d fancy walking through it in the wee hours of the morning!
Written April 3, 2023
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy7,149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I adore this sort of Victorian architecture.

Well, being pernickety it was built in 1902, the year after Queen Victoria died, so I suppose not Victorian strictly speaking.

I find it amazing that something built 120 years ago is still in daily use with people walking from the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich.

There are stairs and lifts (if working!) to descend to/ascend from the foot tunnel.
Written July 7, 2022
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Spachick64
Binfield, UK816 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Built 1902 , a pedestrian tunnel under the Thames linking North Greenwich ( Cutty Sark ) with Island Gardens (DLR)
Circular steps at both ends but also serviced by a more modern lift
Though it says no cycling it is actively abused by cyclists . This could be an issue if the tunnel is busy
It needs a seriously good clean . Tiles are grimy and the stairs need washing and the rubbish removing but as a free shirt cut across the river it serves a purpose . For me it was a novelty, but for the locals it’s a lifeline
Written November 1, 2020
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DavidSB
Heathfield, UK432 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
120 years old, interesting architecture, easy to access, worth traversing to see the Thames at Greenwich from both banks.
Try to avoid getting mown down by the odd idiot cyclist - signs all the way through saying "no cycling". Most don't, but there are enough idiots of all ages & genders who do to make it a hazard.
Written June 19, 2022
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Traveller162014
Leeds, UK1,520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Came here with my pal Daisy. As geographers, we are always keen to explore the many hidden passages urban areas have to offer. Greenwich Foot Tunnel did not disappoint. So long, and we were able to march from one side of the Thames to the other, while underwater. That's right, under the River Thames, one of the greatest geographical wonders of the UK. What a treat.
Written March 18, 2023
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Julia K
Sutton in Ashfield, UK244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We decided to visit Greenwich via the foot tunnel on one occasion during our recent trip to London. It's accessible from the Island Gardens stop on the DLR. Worth a walk-through and to read its history, in use on a routine basis by thousands of people living in London.
Written October 25, 2022
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