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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel runs under the River Thames in East London, from Island Gardens on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets north of the river to Greenwich, south of the Thames. The Greenwich entrance is close to the restored Cutty Sark tea clipper.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel Dome

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel opened in 1902 and was designed by architect Sir Alexander Binnie. The purpose of the 370m-long, cast-iron tunnel, 15m under the Thames, was to replace the existing ferry to facilitate the crossing of dock workers from south to north London.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel, London


The Greenwich Foot Tunnel's sides are glazed with white tiles and it narrows in a section near the northern side due to damage sustained in World War II.

Nowadays the docks are long gone and the tunnel is mostly used by workers, to and from Canary Wharf and tourists.

Cutty Sark seen from the Thames at Greenwich

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel is open 24 hours. Cyclists must dismount while travelling through the tunnel.

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel is close to the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market, the National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, the Old Royal Naval College and the Royal Observatory.

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