Award winning Museum spanning Brunel's career. The Thames Tunnel is the birth of the tube and his Great Eastern steamship is the first modern ocean liner.

Christmas at The Brunel Museum


Half the diameter of the dome of St Paul’s the grand entrance hall of the Thames Tunnel is open to the public for the first time in a hundred and forty years. Crawl through a tunnel and descend by stairs to the floor of this immense chamber. Tickets cost £5 and include admission to the Museum. Subterranean tours leave on the hour from 12.00 to 16.00 every Saturday until Christmas. No booking necessary - just turn up and hold your breath!

The chamber will only be fully accessible when full conversion has been finished; until then we regret there is no access for wheelchairs.

For November dates our visitors can join the hundreds who flock to the Finnish and Norwegian Christmas Bazaars. Albion Street, close by the Museum, is thronged with Scandinavian merrymakers, who celebrate Christmas early!

Conversion Of The Shaft

Work has started on the new Museum with cranes and workers onsite. Below ground engineers have erected five thousand metres of scaffolding. Throughout these works the museum is open as usual.

The Museum

A Scheduled Ancient Monument on an International Landmark site and open every day. Attractive landscaped gardens and a cafe overlook a quiet and pretty section of the river. For opening times, admission and public transport see the Visiting page.

The Museum sits amongst converted warehouses & listed buildings in the St Marychurch Conservation Area and has featured in films and TV programmes. Find out all about the museum and Rotherhithe, an Old East India Company Town, on these pages. Registered Charity No. 1003287 Registered Museum 1961

For a virtual tour of the Thames Tunnel, one time shopping arcade and underwater fairground, click here 3D tunnel tour 

To order a book on the 'underwater fairground', price £5 and introduced by Michael Palin, go to Contact Us under The Museum and request a review or further details.


Temporary closure of the East London Line for refurbishment and upgrade means the Museum can expand. In November 2008, for the first time in 140 years, the original Brunel shaft is open to the public. When the line re-opens as part of the East London Railway there will be a new Museum on top...

Contractors Balfour Beatty Carillion, working closely with TfL, have installed a concrete floor at the bottom of the empty shaft. We are building a new Visitor Centre above the East London Line.


The Museum is very grateful to Balfour Beatty Carillion and TfL for making this exciting scheme possible. Please contact us if you would like to help...



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