Museum Visit: Brunel’s London

A 1.5 hour guided local history tour including a visit to the Engine House and descent into the Grand Entrance Hall of Thames Tunnel.

Brunel’s first project, first tunnel under a river anywhere in the world and the oldest tunnel in the London Underground. Designed as a cargo tunnel under the busiest river in the world, this is the story of London’s development as world city and the development of trade, industry and empire. This is also the eccentric story of underwater shopping arcade, fairground, theatre and banquet hall.

Links to the curriculum

  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
  • Local history study

Session times and cost

Sessions run at 10am or 12pm, and cost £60.

How to Book

To book, please email three preferred dates and the number of pupils you wish to bring to or telephone 020 7231 3840


  • Clipboards and pencils can be provided
  • There are toilets but no lunch facilities at the museum
  • A small lunch area on the ground floor or the picnic area in the Museum gardens can be used by visiting school groups
  • Goody bags can be purchased from the shop and must be ordered in advance


  • The main building and toilets are fully accessible.
  • The underground chamber has a spacious and fully accessible viewing platform. The lower level of the chamber is only accessible by 35 steps.
  • Museum staff are happy to help you plan your visit to ensure that it meets your group’s needs.