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Brunel Museum

Museums, Military and maritime Rotherhithe
4 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)
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Time Out says

The Brunel Museum commemorates Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first and last projects. An exhibition celebrates the Thames Tunnel as the birthplace of the tube system, and the Great Eastern steamship as the first modern ocean liner. The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and International Landmark Site above the oldest tunnel in the Underground. Watercolours, engravings, and models explain this epic feat of engineering and tell the story of the men who worked in the dark, dodging flames and raw sewage every day.



Address: Railway Avenue
SE16 4LF
Transport: Rail: Rotherhithe Overground
Price: £6, £4 concs, £10 families
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5pm
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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I first visited the Brunel Museum for their Secret London Adventure films and it was really good, loved the setting, the documentaries were great and the garden bar on top of the museum with the roasted marshmallows was really good fun. 

Whilst there, I picked up a leaflet for a Mowgli performance they were having through the summer and thought that it would be great, it's based on Disney so what could go wrong, apparently, quite a lot! The production was awful, it was really amatuer and with tickets around £18 I truly felt robbed, we didn't even stay for the second half, it was that bad! 

So this review is mixed as I couldn't find a separate review for Mowgli, I liked the museum and is worth a visit to watch something there but definitely not Mowgli!! 


I really wanted to like this museum. I think both Brunel father and son are legends that deserve far more attention than this little museum is able to provide. Don’t get me wrong...the fact alone that this is the entrance site and engine house for the tunnel that was the first of its kind is impressive and gains a star all of its own just for that fact. But the museum is tiny and very outdated with no interactive facilities to maintain people’s interest. It’s basically just a few boards of info on the Brunels, a small display of items related to the tunnel and some watercolours of the tunnel. There is a dvd playing on a loop about Brunel but I’d rather watch that at home to be honest.

I enjoyed a quick snoop in the old tunnel entrance but it’s not in a grand state and I really think More needs to be done to sing the praises of these English legends. Overall I was disappointed. The outside has lovely little quirky touches like the train themed bench though.


This museum is pretty fascinating and teaches you so much more about Brunel and his son than what you may have heard at school and learned along the way. It is small and well worth a visit, even more so when they run an event so it is worth signing up to there events newsletter!


I came here as part of the Midnight Apothecary so my review really tailors around that. What a waste of my money! The two tickets I paid for included marshmallows and music; for the ticket amount, a drink should have been included. Rather drinks are an additional £7-8. Greek food (only grilled cheese for vegetarians) is additional money and cash only. Would've been smart if the organizers had bothered to let us know via email beforehand.

It turns out anyone could have walked up to the roof to roast marshmallows; no one was checking wristbands there. The music was held in the freezing ass cold tunnel so after just a few minutes there, and bundled in puffer jackets, we couldn't feel our toes. I was told no heaters could be brought in because of soot in the atmosphere; fair enough but then choose another venue for this!

There was mass confusion about a token system, with people asking each other about it whilst standing in queues and even a ticket person saying he didn't understand why someone upstairs was talking about tokens.

The museum itself is mildly interesting.

Never again.

The arts and culture programme of the museum is a wonderful addition to the local area, bringing a mixture of a rooftop cocktail garden, atmospheric concerts inside the tunnel shaft, pop up food events as well as other random quirky stuff that has been sorely missing from Rotherhithe and Canada Water

The new entrance to the Tunnel shaft has revolutionised this great local museum. It's now a quirky & hip concert venue and when the Midnight Apothecary is running on the Tunnel roof its hard to beat!

saturday nights toasting marshmallows around the fire, it dorsn't get better than that


Descending down for the tour was fun and information was very interesting. The games were geared for children aged 3-5. The cocktails in the garden were outstanding.

Really great walking tour from Bermondsey tube to the Brunel museum itself.

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