Posted by: hiddenlondon | February 11, 2014

Hidden London Gem – the Brunel Museum


The Brunel Museum celebrates the engineering work of the Brunel family in London, and is at the site of the pump house that served the first Thames tunnel.  Marc Brunel, his famous son Isambard Kingdom Brunel and grandson Henry Brunel all made huge contributions to the London we know and love today.

The main exhibition tells the story of the Thames Tunnel, the first tunnel to have been successfully built beneath a river. The tunnel was opened to the public in 1843 and became a great tourist attraction, with stalls selling memorabilia in the tunnel’s archways.  In 1865 the tunnel was bought by a railway company, and the tunnel was converted for rail use, with the first train travelling through in 1869.

The Brunel Museum is not only a great celebration of this hidden piece of London history, but hosts special events such as a Valentines weekend (14 – 16th February) and music, including Pop Up Opera in the Thames Tunnel Shaft in April and June.

The Brunel Museum
Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 4LF



  1. It’s a great little piece of London’s history. You can read about my trip to the Brunel Museaum here

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