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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