Brunel Engine House, Railway Avenue

Brunel Engine House, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London SE16 4LF View on map

Scheduled monument and international landmark, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's first project with his father Sir Marc Brunel. The Thames tunnel opened as a banquet hall, shopping arcade and underwater fairground, now the oldest tunnel in the oldest underground system in the world. The Engine House was built in 1842, a year before the Thames Tunnel opened, and was used to house the steam engines that drove the pumps to keep the tunnel dry. Access to the Grand Entrance Hall, the underground chamber where Brunel nearly drowned.


Opening Arrangements

Daily 10am - 5pm. Late opening on Friday and Saturday as advertised.

Admission Charges

  • Adult: £6.00
  • Child: Under 16 Free
  • Other Charges: £4 (Concessions, Art Fund free)


On Thames path, directly behind Rotherhithe Railway station. Rail: Rotherhithe (London Overground Jubilee line from Canada Water). Bus: route 381 to Rotherhithe, routes 188, 1 and 47 to Canada Water.

Parking Spaces


On-street parking. One disabled space on cobbled drive.

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: Yes