Brunel Museum
Brunel Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located in Marc Brunel's Engine House, an amazing exhibition of Thames Tunnels' history of construction.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Tony Guise
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible trip back to the early 19th century!
    Great museum for everyone the slightest bit curious about how tunnels are built and marvel in the Cool Space at how the first tunnel beneath a navigable river was built. The local area around the Museum is packed with fascinating places to visit. Just to walk along the Thames between former warehouses is very atmospheric. Thoroughly recommended.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • ClaudeLondon
    London, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interersting small museum in a quirky part of riverside London. Recommended
    Defintely worth a visit. Situated above and in the vertical shaft originally sunk to allow the digging of the Thames Tunnel, the first in the world under a navigable river and now used by the Overground rail line. History of the work and of Brunel etc. Next door is a church and churchyard with a memorial to the Capt Christopher Jones who was the captain of the Mayflower on its voyage to America. Just across the street is the quaint riverside pub the Mayflower serving good food and having a small terrace overlooking the river. All of this withing a few minutes walk of Rotherhithe station.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Little Jenny
    London, United Kingdom533 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Little gem
    This is a great little museum and well worth a visit for anyone interested in the achievements of Brunel. You can enter the start of the tunnel and learn a lot here about how the tunnel was excavated. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable. After our visit we took a trip to the Great Eastern Slipway which is a few stops away on the tube/DLR.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • Peter A
    Essex, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Immersive History
    Well worth the entrance fee, the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and patient. Access might be difficult if you are less able bodied. I took your advice and went to Wapping station to photograph the twin tunnel entrances.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Robert D
    2,718 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go on a guided tour weekend
    This hidden gem is well worth visiting. Be sure to go on one of the guided tour weekends. Check their website for the dates. The museum itself is interesting and tells the story of the first Thames tunnel. But the real highlight is when the guide takes you into the tunnel shaft and explains its significance.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Annie P
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting way to spend 1 hour. Small group tour!
    Brilliant place to visit and great way to spend about an hour. Volunteer gave a talk on the history and it was really interesting. who would have known the tunnel was supposed to be completed in 3 years but actually took 18 years!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • smwalker2022
    Braintree, United Kingdom5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but interesting museum
    A fascinating museum explaining how the first Thames tunnel was constructed by Marc Brunel nis son Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It is well worth visiting on the guided tour days as without the tour it would have been a little underwhelming and I would not have learnt so much. There is an interesting short presentation on the top floor setting out information about how the tunnel was constructed and in the basement there is some interesting old photos plus information about the construction of the latest London Sewer. In between there is a gift shop which although small has some relevant and interesting books for adults and children alike. We had a tour and the guide was informative and helpful. We were taken into the shaft to hear more about the history of the site and could hear the trains passing underneath as the tunnel is still used by TFL. As the museum is in Rotherhithe it is a little off the tourist track so quieter than some other London attractions. The price was good value for what is a small but interesting museum. If this is an area of engineering and history that you find interesting you will enjoy this museum.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Guide20898546518
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An outstanding volunteer made the experience that much better.
    Though I never fail to marvel at the Greenwich foot tunnel that I pass through often, I never really understood the history of such tunnels or Britain’s unique innovations in this regard. So after more than 2 decades in London, my husband and I were delighted to discover the Brunel Museum. We were lucky that we opted to go on a weekend, when volunteers are on hand to guide visitors through. Mike greeted us at the door and his abundant knowledge and infectious enthusiasm enriched our experience from the beginning. When we would straggle out of fixed interest in some little detail, he would often happen upon us again to explain some aspect of what we were observing in a way that made us see it anew. It made for a mast delightful day out at an affordable price. We enjoyed it so much that we are planning a followup trip to Bristol to view the SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
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Zelda F
London, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Visited for the Midnight Apothecary pop up bar, and it was brilliant. The bar was great with really lovely, very helpful staff and everything felt incredibly safe and socially distanced but still welcoming and fun. However, the best part of the evening was without a doubt the tour with Tim! He was absolutely brilliant and totally captivating — could have listened to him talk for hours! A really brilliant night out, which has inspired us to go back and visit the museum when it’s possible to do so and also to recommend the night tour to just about everyone we know. What a gem!
Written October 24, 2020
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Thank you for such a lovely review! We're glad that you had a great time, and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written October 25, 2020
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Tiziana
Crema, Italy2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We visited the Brunel Museum during a walk in the area and we have been impressed with that. It’s a small place but full of information and with a good communication of the fascinating story of Brunel and his achievements that we didn’t know. The staff has been extremely nice and helpful during the whole visit. We strongly recommend it.
Written May 23, 2021
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Thank you so much for coming to visit, and we're really thrilled you enjoyed it! Hope to welcome you back soon.
Written May 25, 2021
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Guide20898546518
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Though I never fail to marvel at the Greenwich foot tunnel that I pass through often, I never really understood the history of such tunnels or Britain’s unique innovations in this regard. So after more than 2 decades in London, my husband and I were delighted to discover the Brunel Museum. We were lucky that we opted to go on a weekend, when volunteers are on hand to guide visitors through. Mike greeted us at the door and his abundant knowledge and infectious enthusiasm enriched our experience from the beginning. When we would straggle out of fixed interest in some little detail, he would often happen upon us again to explain some aspect of what we were observing in a way that made us see it anew. It made for a mast delightful day out at an affordable price. We enjoyed it so much that we are planning a followup trip to Bristol to view the SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Written February 19, 2024
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ByeByeBlues7
London, UK442 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Not a spectacular place the front garden of the Brunel but it was friendly, welcoming and not too pointlessly trendy (plus we handn't been out in 8 months).
However, at a temperature of 7 degrees and no heaters, a fire is a must as the hot cocktails (£9 each - very clever idea) just won't do, no matter how many you gulp down. Each bucket of smoke, ehm, fire, I mean fire, was £10 (yes, 'bucket', you read right). We had to order two since it was a group of us. A portion of three small jackfruit tacos in a glamorous polystyrene take away box was £10 and it came with a very short corn on the cob (excess is a danger). Unfortunately I didn't tick the very short corn on the cob on the cool digital menu (Honestly, how could I.. ) and the barbecue chef refused to give it to me afterwards. If I wanted it at that stage, I had to pay for it extra through the cool digital menu.
I left two and a half hours later, freezing, without the very short corn on the cob and my eyes smoked to the point of pain..
..But man, those 3 small tacos really filled me up! And we also received multiple beautiful electronic receipts as souvenirs.

PS - Careful with your hot cocktails. The tables are unstable and they may spill.

...Thank God the company was good..
Written April 22, 2021
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Tom L
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
The museum is currently closed, but a small area of grounds around the museum remains open to the public. Be aware that if you visit the grounds and you are seen in the grounds by a member of staff or a volunteer at the museum you are likely to be treated like a criminal, even if you are doing nothing wrong, are not acting suspiciously, and look quite respectable. This museum has a serious public relations problem and those associated with the museum need to change their attitudes.
Written February 4, 2021
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Sallypotter
Blackpool, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
This was a very interesting museum. We originally wanted to go as it was a dog friendly option that we had read up on when planning a trip to London, was really glad we visited as learnt a lot and the area around the museum was nice. Had a meal afterwards in the Mayflower pub that was exceptional.
Written February 13, 2022
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smwalker2022
Braintree, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A fascinating museum explaining how the first Thames tunnel was constructed by Marc Brunel nis son Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It is well worth visiting on the guided tour days as without the tour it would have been a little underwhelming and I would not have learnt so much. There is an interesting short presentation on the top floor setting out information about how the tunnel was constructed and in the basement there is some interesting old photos plus information about the construction of the latest London Sewer. In between there is a gift shop which although small has some relevant and interesting books for adults and children alike. We had a tour and the guide was informative and helpful. We were taken into the shaft to hear more about the history of the site and could hear the trains passing underneath as the tunnel is still used by TFL. As the museum is in Rotherhithe it is a little off the tourist track so quieter than some other London attractions. The price was good value for what is a small but interesting museum. If this is an area of engineering and history that you find interesting you will enjoy this museum.
Written November 5, 2023
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Tony Guise
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Great museum for everyone the slightest bit curious about how tunnels are built and marvel in the Cool Space at how the first tunnel beneath a navigable river was built. The local area around the Museum is packed with fascinating places to visit. Just to walk along the Thames between former warehouses is very atmospheric. Thoroughly recommended.
Written August 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Little Jenny
London, UK533 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a great little museum and well worth a visit for anyone interested in the achievements of Brunel. You can enter the start of the tunnel and learn a lot here about how the tunnel was excavated. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable. After our visit we took a trip to the Great Eastern Slipway which is a few stops away on the tube/DLR.
Written September 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Robert D
Brooklyn, New York2,718 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This hidden gem is well worth visiting. Be sure to go on one of the guided tour weekends. Check their website for the dates. The museum itself is interesting and tells the story of the first Thames tunnel. But the real highlight is when the guide takes you into the tunnel shaft and explains its significance.
Written September 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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