Although the engineering contributions of Marc Brunel and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel are largely taken for granted, here they’re given their due. With the help of a shield system they invented, these pioneers executed the first tunnel to be built under a navigable river, but London’s soft earth didn’t make it easy. It took from 1825 to 1843, and this redbrick building marked by a chimney was where steam engines pumped the seeping water out as diggers toiled. The tunnel, lined with arches and Doric capitals, was a commercial flop that deteriorated into a subterranean red-light district. But it later found new purpose as a part of the Overground Line and new respect through this museum, which often creates special events to bring guests into the tunnel.
Railway Ave., SE16
Our Rating Hours Daily 10am–5pm Transportation Tube: Rotherhithe Phone 020/7231-3840 Prices £6 adults, £4 children/seniors/students Web site Brunel Museum
MapRailway Ave., SE16 London
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