I am sure you are familiar with the huge Albert Memorial in Hyde Park by the Albert Hall, but did you know that there is a vast underground structure underneath it?

Time to reminisce about a place I visited four years ago today, in one of my earlier blog posts. Although I was already quite experienced in asking for permission to visit places – and getting into them – the chance to go into the undercroft that supports the Memorial is still one of the highlights of my tours.

Tunnels under the Memorial

It was exactly four-years ago today that found me waiting by the Memorial, hard hat and torch ready for a tour of this little known subterranean world, not really knowing what to expect.

You can read my blog post from that day here.

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  1. My great great grandfather was a Sapper living across the road in the South Kensington Museum (now V&A) when the Albert Memorial was being built. The Sappers were used in the building of the Albert Hall and other works in the area. I wonder if they were involved in these tunnels?

  2. Looks brilliant, would love to go exploring the underground network of paths and tunnels.

  3. How odd – I wonder if your calling it an ‘undercroft’ Ian is an indication of what you think its purpose might have been. Do you think they considered burying Albert beneath his effigy at some point in the past?

  4. IanVisits

    Nope – I think you might be mixing up undercroft with crypt.

  5. P. David Eastburn

    I did not know what the “undercroft” is and had to Google it.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercroft

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