Brunel Museum

Brunel Museum in award winning sculpture gardens
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first and last projects are on the River Thames. The Thames Tunnel with his father Sir Marc Brunel is now an International Landmark Site and the oldest section of tunnel in the London Underground. The Great Eastern Steamship, his monster ship, was launched just down the river and is the prototype for the ocean liner of today. The Museum is a Scheduled Ancient Monument in award winning riverside gardens.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Everyday: 10am to 5pm, late Wednesday concerts and Saturday pop up cocktail bar rooftop garden. Heritage Boat Trips Thursday, Saturday 10.45am Embankment tube, Heritage Walks along the river from Bermondsey tube every Sunday 10.45am and every Tuesday 6.15pm and Descent of the Grand Entrance Hall., re-opened after 145 years. This huge underground chamber is where Brunel nearly lost his life. Also on advertised dates and for booked parties

Admission charges

Adults: £3.00
Concessions: £1.50
Children under 16: Free
Family: £5.00


  • National Art Pass

Additional info

The licensed riverside cafe/bar serves tea/coffee and home made cakes everyday and garden cocktails on Saturdays.

An exhibition in the restored Engine House tells the story of the men who worked in the dark, dodging flames and showered with raw sewage every day. Watercolours, peep-shows, engravings, and models, explain this epic feat of engineering. There is an extraordinary collection of souvenirs sold underneath the Thames over 160 years ago in the world's first underwater shopping precinct.

Collection details

Architecture, Industry, Land Transport

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Thames Tunnel Virtual Tour

The virtual tour shows the Thames Tunnel at almost the mid-point of the river. As the image rotates you can see the cross passageways linking the two tunnels. When the Tunnel opened in 1843 there were shops in each of the sixty arches. Before the trains came in 1869 this was the world's first underwater shopping arcade.
When refurbishing in the 1990s, London Underground preserved the Tunnel's original profile with arches and Doric capitals. Brunel had the walls rendered, but the first four arches on the southern side have been left in their original state with brickwork exposed.

Activities Pack Files

Downloadable sheets of suggested activities for students: debates, writing and art activities based on the Tunnel's dangers and disasters, its uses, its engineering, as a tourist attraction, the men who built it, the Thames, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Marc Brunel.

How to obtain

Email the Education department at or call 020 7231 3840 for more information.

Build a Bridge Templates

Three templates available as free downloads. Print out on cardboard, cut the pieces out and assemble them to build your own suspension bridge.

How to obtain

Email the Education department at or call 020 7231 3840 for more information.

Educational Programmes

Half day and full day educational visits are available, and can cover cross-curricular areas through different themes including The Banquet in the Tunnel, Meet Brunel Local History/Literacy, Brunel and the Local Area, The Underwater Shopping Arcade, The Thames Tunnel Fancy Fair, Science: Forces, Bridge Building Workshop and History, and
Citizenship and Gifted and Talented Arts Projects.

How to obtain

Email the Education department at or call 020 7231 3840 for more information and to make a booking.

Brunel Museum
Brunel Engine House
Railway Avenue
Greater London
SE16 4LF

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0207 231 3840

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