The Brunel Museum
Brunel's Thames Tunnel & Brunel's Great Eastern Steamship. An Award winning Museum in an ancient monument set in picturesque riverside gardens. An exhibition using new technology and spanning the career of both Brunels.

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Guided Tours by Tube Train Through The Floodlit Thames Tunnel

The Brunel Museum regularly organises tours by tube train through the Thames Tunnel, now part of the East London line. Courtesy of Transport for London the tunnel is floodlit, so travelers can clearly see the columns and Doric capitals of the one time fairground as they glide past the carriage windows.

You are traveling through the first underwater shopping arcade.
Public tours are arranged for Architecture Week, National Science & Engineering Week and Open House weekend, but on Valentine's Day couples throng the platform for a journey through the Tunnel of Love! Private Tours can also be arranged for clubs, companies and societies.

What Happens?
Your tour will meet at the Brunel Museum and walk thirty paces to nearby Rotherhithe Station for a short talk on the history of the tunnel and it's place in world engineering history. The party descends to the platforms to catch the first northbound train. As the train goes through the floodlit tunnel your guide gives a running commentary on the tunnel's eccentric past.

At Wapping we alight for spectacular views of the lighted portico and a talk about the art on the platform, taken from contemporary prints, before climbing a few steps into the shaft. The ascent to the booking hall is by lift and the descent back to the platform is by spiral staircase, guided all the way, don Brunel's original shaft. The next south bound train takes the party back to Rotherhithe and to the museum.

To take part either book tickets through the online shop or alternatively turn up on the day.


Tour group on the narrow platform at Wapping