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Address: 1 Unity Way, London SE18 5JN, England
Phone Number: 0208 305 4188

The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood Barriers in the...

The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood Barriers in the world. It protects 125 square kilometres of central London, which means 1.25 million people, historic buildings including the Houses of Parliment, offices, power supplies, tube lines and hospitals.It stretches 520 metres across the River Thames near Woolwich. The Thames Barrier was completed in 1982 and has 10 steel gates that can be raised into position across the River Thames if a tidal Surge is predicted.The Thames Barrier Information Centre is a small, informative exhibition about the past, present and future of the Thames Barrier. Open Thursday to Sunday open ten thirty to five o'clock, last admission four thirty. Monthly test closures of the Thames Barrier are held please see our website for dates.

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Feat of Engineering

The visitor centre is small but fun and informative, which does a good job in explaining why Thames Barrier is needed and how it works. The cafe provides the usual refreshment... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2016
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We used the cafe and visitor centre in June with visiting American family. We had a great day. The cafe is very good value (not gourmet, but friendly and efficient). The visitor centre is is fantastic (the main film is especially good) and even the teenager was entertained. Well done the Environment Agency. All Londoners should go and see the... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

The visitor centre is small but fun and informative, which does a good job in explaining why Thames Barrier is needed and how it works. The cafe provides the usual refreshment with a grassed area and terrace to enjoy the unique views of the barrier and Greenwich and Canary Wharf. Worth a visit as something different to do in London.

Thank Arharrold
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Biked passed the Thames Barrier on the Thames Path. To truelly appreciate this modern engineering feat you need to catch a River Boat through the barriers.

Thank Fiona B
Bexleyheath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

We visited the barrier for the 6th time on Saturday, there is a small but happy little play park for kids and a lovely information centre combined with a coffee/snack shop. It's lovely as it does not get overly busy so my son can play for a long time

Thank Victoria S
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Sunny day, great views, local museum of how it works and was built Cafe reasonable prices Not as interactive as I thought it would be, nonetheless it was s great afternoon.

Thank Michael G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

The Thames Barrier at Woolwich......it sits there unheralded, an almost ignored fixture spanning the river, guarding London 24 hours a day, every day, against a North Sea in-rush. But what a magnificent feat of engineering! Everyone associated with its design, construction, operation and maintenance must be really proud....and rightly so. The general public are not allowed on the piers but... More 

Thank wilfyhalo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Well worth going past Greenwich to see. A true feat of engineering. The river trip to get there was interesting and we wouldn't have thought to go unless a friend had recommended it

Thank Susan J
St Helens, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Surprisingly my wife's choice to visit this marvel! One advantage of marrying an engineers daughter is that she shares my interest in these types of trips. A fantastic idea and has already saved London from serious flooding on a lot of occasions and yet have probably never seen it! worth the trip along with the great view of London along... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

It's a great place to visit as part of a walk along the Thames path. There is a cafe, toilets and a small play area. The barrier itself is great to see close up, and the views of London from this Far East are unique and great. The information centre is, well, informative...

Thank GadgetBreed
Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

My friend was determined we would visit on our few days in London but it is not an easy place to find!! The easiest way seems to be on the underground, Jubilee Line to North Greenwich and the then the 161 bus (stops outside tube station)...not sure of the stop but it takes around 10 mins and goes past a... More 

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