Ticket Alert: Walk Through Brunel’s Thames Tunnel


Dogs and silly hats probably not allowed.

Tickets go on sale at 10am this morning for a late-May trip into one of London’s unique subterranean landmarks. The Thames Tunnel between Wapping and Rotherhithe normally buzzes with Overground trains. For three days only, however, you can walk along its length courtesy of Transport for London.

The tunnel, started by Marc Brunel in 1825 and finished with help from his son Isambard, is said to be the first beneath a major river anywhere in the world. It was originally created as a foot tunnel, but has carried rail lines for much of its life. Today, you can pass through its brick arches any time you like for the price of an Oyster fare, but it’s a rare day indeed when the public can inspect this extraordinary engineering up close.

The tunnel will open for tours on 24-26 May during a period of line closure. Tickets cost £18 (plus £1.50 booking fee via London Transport Museum), with all proceeds split between the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe and the Railway Children’s Charity.

Previous experience suggests these tours will sell out very quickly, so be ready at 10am. Tickets will be available from here.

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  • Nicolas Chinardet

    And of course, Londonist has been there already :)

    • http://joostschuur.com Joost Schuur

      It doesn’t look quite as quaint in your pics than in the one in this story.

  • HamFace4000

    Anyone know how long the tour lasts?

  • BethPH

    Gutted. Would have loved to have done this but am away that bank holiday weekend.

  • jude

    Got tickets! so exited! Cant wait!

  • Jason Millwall Medway

    £19.50 to walk down a tunnel …lol are you having a laugh

    • London Historians


    • Geoff Marshall

      ‘a tunnel’ ? No no. THE first tunnel to be constructed under a working river. Utter history, amazing achievement, worth the money.

  • David W

    got a ticket..can’t wait..tower subway next?

  • Terry

    In 2010 this tour was £8…… a ten pound increase in four years. Too much for me.

  • Dan Williams

    £18 to walk in a f**king tunnel? London you are funny

  • Who gets what.


  • sirp

    London is just like a lovely woman. Lets you enter their beautiful tunnel but takes all your money for the privilege.

    • HHGeek

      Well, aren’t you a bitter & twisted charmer?

  • London Historians

    If it looked like that, I’d jump at it. But £18 to walk through an old tunnel with Health and Safety harassing you every step of the way? They’re having a giraffe.

  • Bill Gee

    If you didn’t get a ticket of the £19.50 was too much – I recommend going along on a Saturday evening – I was there last Saturday and it was a lovely evening – cocktails, industrial archaeology, but mainly good conversations with people Id never met before


  • Nomadtraveller

    Can’t believe so many people are dismissive of this unique opportunity. This is history, British industrial heritage, achievement and spectacular event all rolled into one. I shall make sure I am one of the privileged ones who can claim to have walked this magnificent monument. It costs less than a round of drinks with your mates, but will be so much more fulfilling!