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Address: Brunel Engine House Railway Avenue | Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7231 3840
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Located in Marc Brunel's Engine House, an amazing exhibition of Thames...

Located in Marc Brunel's Engine House, an amazing exhibition of Thames Tunnels' history of construction.

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Raed up on Brunel First

This is a specialty museum that might benefit from a bit of advance introduction. Brunel was probably the most important engineer of the 19th c and did a great deal for advancing... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had looked forward to visiting the Midnight Apothecary for years since moving to Rotherhithe and finally made it a few weeks ago. To say I was underwhelmed is the understatement of century. There were 6 or so to choose from that mostly tasted the same, forget the pretty pictures you see online of instagram beautiful botanical creations these are... More 

Thank claire_rousell
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This for us was no exception although I am not too sure what we quite expected. In fairness we were already pretty well exhausted by the time we got here late afternoon and the film being shown did little to uplift us. Nonetheless this is a site of great historical and engineering significance.

Thank OwainWatling
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a specialty museum that might benefit from a bit of advance introduction. Brunel was probably the most important engineer of the 19th c and did a great deal for advancing life in England. This museum celebrates one event in his life - the building of a tunnel under the Thames just west of Greenwich. There is ample materials... More 

Thank jtbnyc
Uppingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A good insight into the life of the man. Could do with a bit of a tidy up, though the muddle is part of its appeal. Need to ensure you go into the tunnel entrance to watch the film. Film is a bit to long, and somewhat repetitive as much is also in the museum. A quiet area to visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the informative talk given inside the tunnel. It's a very small museum dedicated to the Brunel father and son team. Tea house inside and Brunel inspired souvenir shop.

Thank BrisbaneBetty
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is small, and there's not a great deal inside. However, the buildings are neat, and I found the volunteers to be excellent, and the gent who I spoke with was very well informed. I think it would appeal more to the traditional musuem goers, and probably not children.

Thank Joshua T
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is actually one small room with info boards and the adjacent tunnels shaft. The shaft is definitely impressive, but since the tunnel is now used by the Overground trains, you can only climb halfway down onto a concrete floor above the actual tunnel.

2 Thank G V
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

There isn't a lot to see in the museum, but I come here for the Midnight Apothecary. Cocktails may be overpriced at £8 but you won't find the like of them anywhere else, the staff are friendly and the tunnel shaft is always worth a visit. Even better when Would Be Souvlaki are there with their tasty wraps.

1 Thank Lucia Z
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

Having done no research into the museum before the visit, we expected the Brunel Museum to contain artefacts relating to Isambard Kingdom Brunel and celebrate his many engineering achievements. For £6 each, you view a small number of posters & a documentary about the early history of the Rotherhithe tunnel. Overpriced and under whelming.

Thank daihardtoo
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

This is a really important part of London's history that we knew nothing about. We were walking the Thames Path and stumbled across it. We were lucky that a walking tour was about to go down into the entrance to what was the first tunnel under the river. The guide was fantastic - a real pro. He gave a wonderful... More 

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