I man of many firsts, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the civil engineer responsible for so many of the vital transport routes in the UK. Thanks to him we have the Great Western Railway, the Thames Tunnel, several bridges, and he was also designed the SS Great Britain.
He is such an important figure in our history that we have an entire museum dedicated to him. On the Saturdays of the 30th March 20th April, an every Saturday from 4th May the Brunel Museum will be offering a guided tour through London, exploring Brunel's impact on the city. The best way to learn see Brunel's work is on the River Thames, where he built so many of his great bridges, including Windsor Railway Bridge, Maidenhead Railway Bridge, and Hungerford Bridge. The Thames was also the first river Brunel tunnelled, and where he launched his last ship, the Great Eastern. On your tour, you will take a journey to see this ship, which is hidden on the Isle of Dogs. Along the way you will get to look at the arches of Brunel's underwater shopping arcade, and descend into a secret underground chamber where twice Brunel narrowly escaped death.
The Brunel Walks on Water and Underwater! tour initially costs £9 (or £7 for concessions), but you will need a travel card, as there will be additional transport costs.
On the day you will meet up at Embankment tube station at 10.45am, and from there you will head to the Thames and travel downstream on a clipper to Masthouse Terrace on the Isle of Dogs. You will then visit Brunel's biggest ship, the Great Eastern, which was the first modern ocean liner. At midday, a trip on the London Overground will take you to the Brunel Museum, where your tour will end with a free museum visit.