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“Something a bit different to see in London - exhibition a bit of an anti-climax, but great as part of a day in the area”
Review of The Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier
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Westminster to Greenwich via the Thames Barrier Sightseeing Cruise
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River Thames High-Speed Cruise from Embankment Pier
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Owner description: 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 the Thames Barrier, a film on the construction, a virtual technical tour film and interactive displays. The View Cafe offers refreshments, snacks and light lunches with an outside play area and picnic benches. There is parking on site for cars and coaches, parking fee applies.
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Let me first say, The barrier is not set up as a tourist attraction. The nearest station is Charlton, some 20-25 mins walk away - not always obviously signposted.
Once there the structure itself is impressive, but as others have said, a bit surprising that the exhibition centre is a small place within the cafe 100 metres away.
The exhibition was interesting enough and reasonably priced, however - not much to see on its own.
We went with friends and made a day of it by preceding the Barrier with a drink in the sun on the river at the nearby Hope & Anchor (5 mins walk from the Barrier), then we got a bus to Woolwich (or another 25 minute walk if preferred), to catch the Woolwich ferry (free!), then we took the DLR (turn right on arrival and keep on Pier rd until you reach King George V) to Canning Town and back to Royal Victoria with a view to crossing the river by the new Emirates Cable car. On seeing the queue - we wandered down to have a drink at the "Caribbean Scene Royal" - and once the queues died - took the Cable car with great views over the river . (Only £4.50 one way - which seemed good value too. With the sun still shining - it was a good day all round!

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We spend total in travel 1,5 hrs. plus walking distance towards the viitor centre and the Barriers. Just to find out, that there is a limited opening time for the cafe' and visitor centre.
It was a cold and windy day and we would have loved a tea - but no.
Just to have a distant look at the opened barriers ? No good !
One have better views via Internet....
Waste of time and money to get there...

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

I was initially surprised by how small the exhibition centre was and that you didn't get up close with the actual barrier building which is magnificent but a couple of hundred yards up river.

That aside I found it really interesting and it kept us fully engaged even if it was for less than an hour. We then walked up past the barrier and watched boats go through, watched the planes land at City Airport. We were probably there for a total of 2 hours so it's not a full afternoon but if you're going to Greenwich or The Cutty Sark it might be nice to drop in.

There's a café which seemed good and has nice views. There's a large car park which was empty during the school hols, I'm not sure public transport would be so easy though.

Thank lucky-marshalls
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Barrier is a great engineering feat that must have paid for itself many times (closed in anger over 120 times). The exhibition does not do it justice being in a small basement. I was the only one there.

Thank Bruce2
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

I thought the Barrier was an incredible sight to see. We came on a school trip. The children (yr 5) were amazed at the size of the structure and talked about the Barrier on the journey home. The exhibition was facinating and the film very informitive. Would love to see the Barriers in motion and will visit again.

Thank Alison A
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