Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Have you ever made the journey along the slightly creepy Greenwich Foot Tunnel?

Around 1.2million people a year make the 1,217ft journey under the Thames.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel
 

HISTORY

Construction started in June 1899, supported by London County Council and designed by Sir Alexander Binnie. The tunnel replaced an unreliable ferry service and allowed 19th century dock workers a better commute, linking Greenwich with Island Gardens in Tower Hamlets.

The tunnel opened on 4 August 1902.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

View of the South entrance of the tunnel, by the Cutty Sark

 

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

Glass dome of the South entrance

 

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Detail of the South entrance dome

 

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View over to Greenwich from Island Gardens (North entrance)

 

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North entrance

 

TRIVIA

  • It contains over 200,000 glazed white tiles.
  • In 2012 several pedestrians reported a funny smell form the lifts and tunnel, with people falling ill and experiencing breathing difficulties. Fire, police and ambulance services were called to the scene but could find nothing out of the ordinary. It’s a mystery…
  • It’s a popular film and music video location and Benedict Cumberbatch can be seen cycling along the tunnel in a Sherlock episode, despite the fact, cycling is strictly prohibited.
  • It’s open 24 hours but I certainly wouldn’t want to be caught alone there on a dark night!

 

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

 

Find out more including opening times here.

5 Comments

  • Mary Mills

    Reply

    Suggest you look at https://fogwoft.com/ for what is REALLY going on with the tunnel

    August 4, 2016 at 9:16 am
  • Chris Carroll

    Reply

    I went to school in Blackheath many moons ago – too many to even contemplate really – and we used to do a cross country run from Lee Terrace, across the Heath, down through Greenwich Park, through the foot tunnel to the north bank of the river, and then back again.

    We used to wait on the Heath for the front runners to pass us before joining the back of the run!

    August 4, 2016 at 1:44 pm
  • Linn Eriksson

    Reply

    Yeah okay, now this bothers me because I cant find it. What sherlock episode is it that hes cycling through the tunnel?

    October 21, 2018 at 4:37 pm

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