Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum will be open during Open Garden Squares Weekend, 17 & 18 June – do visit! The Museum is housed in the Engine House which was built by Sir Marc and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel as part of the Thames Tunnel. The garden is on top of the Rotherhithe shaft and home to the cocktail bar, The Midnight Apothecary, whose cocktails use flavourings grown in the garden.

The Brunel Museum

The Tower or Rotherhithe Shaft was the original entrance to the Thames Tunnel, the first tunnel a river anywhere in the world. The Tunnel was built between 1825-43. The day the Tunnel opened 50,000 paid to walk under the Thames! The Tunnel was built to facilitate trade across the river, however, not as a tourist attraction. Today the shaft is used as a performance space and the garden on top of the shaft is home to the cocktail bar, The Midnight Apothecary, whose cocktails use flavourings grown in the garden or foraged locally.

Building the Thames Tunnel (https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Thames_Tunnel)
Building the Thames Tunnel (https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Thames_Tunnel)
The Brunel Museum
The top of the shaft leading down into the Thames Tunnel today

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The Brunel MuseumIsambard Kingdom Brunel’s work is humourously remembered in two benches at the Museum – the Hungerford Bridge (1845) and the Royal Albert Bridge in Saltash (1854). And don’t miss the striking seats and table behind the Museum, or the remains of the priming pump from the Surrey Docks.

The Hungerford Bridge seat at The Brunel Museum
The Hungerford Bridge seat at The Brunel Museum
The Royal Albert Bridge seat at The Brunel Museum
The Royal Albert Bridge seat at The Brunel Museum
Priming pump from the Surrey Docks (L), The Brunel Museum
Priming pump from the Surrey Docks (L), The Brunel Museum

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Garden Barges

Garden Barges at Tower Bridge

The Garden Barges at Tower Bridge are absolutely fascinating – literally gardens on the roofs of barges linked to one another and moored on the bank of the Thames. The gardens are filled with trees, shrubs, and flowers, and there are even bee hives!

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Garden Barges

Garden Barges

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Garden Barges

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Do visit during Open Garden Squares Weekend!