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The Thames Barrier

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The Thames Barrier Information Centre is a small, informative exhibition about the past, present and future of the Thames Barrier. It explains the flood risk to London and the history and environment of the River Thames. There is a working model of...more
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Thames Barrier Information & Learning Centre 1 Unity Way, London SE18 5NJ, England
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Reviewed March 7, 2019

Great piece of engineering, I wish I could see it in operation. This should be a landmark, but many people don't even know about its existance.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JonDoe04134
Reviewed January 28, 2019

Flying into London City airport you get a great view of the Thames Barrier, protecting London from flooding by the waters of the North Sea. Interesting piece of engineering, whether seen from the air or closer by on land.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 923Dan
Reviewed January 26, 2019 via mobile

Fascinating - I think this simply describes the whole experience of visiting the Thames Barrier. Interesting to see how the barrier works to protect London from flooding.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Moniaits
Reviewed January 3, 2019 via mobile

We visited the information centre. There was a good video that explained about the construction and the reasons the Barrier is needed and is well worth watching. There is also a model that demonstrates how the Barrier work. This all helps to understand the scale...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Margaret C
Reviewed December 3, 2018

The Thames Barrier visitor centre seems a great value trip out for older children and adults, especially those who are interested in engineering and the history of the flooding in the area. When we visited we were the only goup there with just one other...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Colin D
Reviewed November 8, 2018

My Partner and I were visiting London to see 3 shows. We decided it was too nice a day to be in the busy centre of the City, so decided to take a boat trip to Greenwich and the Barrier. What a good choice, nice...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

Well presented info centre and view from bank of actual barrier. Remember my Dad talking about it as he worked for Havering Council. Didn't realise before my visit that it only opened in 1980s. Good explanation and pictures of how the barrier works - did...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

Very informative information centre. Sitting in the park by the barrier on a Saturday afternoon I could not believe how tranquil it was. The park also has a small playground which is ideal for small children. Worth a visit

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Anne M
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Went with friends from Tai Chi group. It is a wonderful place to attend once a year it opens for the public. Well worth a trip. The coffee and cake is also wonderful if you like strong black coffee. I must say the staff were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jacquie K
Reviewed July 16, 2018

I've always wanted to visit the barriers, I did enjoy it although was disappointed with building work that's happening in the park. Some one told us there used to be fountains that children could play what a shame no longer there especially with hot weather....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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July 29, 2018|
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Response from Vernonia |
Thank you 455Douglas. However, the question is what can I actually see. So, given that I have the dates, the directions and have already checked the website and all other resources, to no avail, let me simplify the question... More
June 27, 2018|
Response from 455Douglas1948 | Reviewed this property |
There are river boats that go to the barriers information centre and are expensive as you say, but special note you do need to check timetable as they are subject to the river tides. Again there are specific days when the... More
Thony J
May 29, 2017|
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Response from jane r | Property representative |
Hi yes you can get to us by car we are on the south side of the River between Greenwich and Woolwich, our post code is SE18 5NJ. There is parking on site at £2.50 all day.