The Thames Barrier is one of the largest moveable flood barriers in the world. It protects over 125 square kilometres of London and over 375,000 properties, historic buildings including the Houses of Parliament, offices, power supplies, tube lines and hospitals to name a few.
The Environment Agency maintains and operates the Barrier as well as the capital’s other flood defences. The Barrier is also one of London’s most striking and famous landmarks. With its distinctive stainless steel piers it spans 520 metres across the Thames near Woolwich.
Visit the Thames Barrier Information Centre, based next to the Thames Barrier in Woolwich, to view this amazing structure.
At the Information Centre you can learn about the history and environment of the River Thames and find out how the Thames Barrier was designed and built and how it works.
The Information Centre is open seven days a week. A small individual admission fee applies.
If your club, society or group like to learn more about the Thames Barrier, then you can book a Group Talk at the Information Centre. One of our Information Assistants will guide you through the centre, and tell you about the Thames, the Environment Agency and the Thames Barrier. You can also go for a short guided walk along the riverfront to get a closer look at the Thames Barrier.
Our café overlooks the Barrier so you can sit back and enjoy the view and the hot and cold snacks and lunches we have on offer. We can cater for groups too – just ask for our special group menu.We also have an outside picnic and children’s play area. We have on site coach parking – coaches park for free with any groups visiting the Information Centre.
Please telephone or visit our website for opening times.
Tel: 020 8305 4188