Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Brunel Tunnel - Free Entry, Open House weekend Sep 18-19th
Open House Weekend
September (18-19th) see's the big weekend in London for getting to see inside buildings normally closed to the public. Our museum's record was 1,200 people in one day!
The Brunel Museum is open seven days a week from 10:00 until 17:00 unless there is a special event on in which case see the publicity.
Entry to the Brunel Museum is a recession busting £2.00 and £1.00 for concessions. Children under 16 are admitted free of charge.
Telephone: 020 7231 3840
Nearest tube stations are Bermondsey and Canada Water on the Jubilee line.
Lots of buses run down Jaimaca Road and Brunel Road from Greenwich, Peckham and London Bridge. Use the Journey Planner link on this page to find your best route.
Brunel Tunnel - 8th Wonder
The Thames Tunnel
When first opened in 1843 the tunnel was described as the Eighth Wonder of the World. People came from far and wide to see it such was the pulling power of the first tunnel to be built with a tunneling shield under a navigable river.
on the first day of opening 50,000 people walked though the tunnel paying a penny a time. Within the first ten weeks 1,000,000 people had walked through. These were staggering numbers that any attraction would be delighted with today but bear in mind this is 1843 and the population of the whole of London is 2,000,000 people. In the age of sail and horse drawn coaches enough people came from France and Germany it was worth while to produce souveneirs in French and German. When visitors descended down into the tunnel there was entertainment laid on and shops were in each of the cross tunnel arches.