Grand Entrance Hall

Grade II* listed structure and the world’s first caisson. The chamber is half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe, and is open again for the first time in a hundred and fifty years. This is where work on the tunnel began, and where Isambard Kingdom Brunel nearly drowned. When it opened in 1843 it was the world’s most popular visitor attraction, with a million visitors in the first three months. There are guided tours most days of the week, and regular music and theatre events, but entry is by half size doorway and temporary staircase. Work soon begins to convert the chamber into gallery and performance space and the centrepiece of the Museum.

See our events page for details of upcoming tours.
Read the article appeared in the Daily Mail online on 26th Dec. about the Grand Entrance Hall ongoing renovation.

The Grand Entrance Hall illuminated …

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