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The Thames Barrier
Ranked #440 of 1,909 things to do in London
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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. Opening Hours ( last entrance 30 min before closing): 29th October 2018 - 3rd April 2019 - Thursday to Sunday 11.00 - 15.30 4th April 2019 - 21st July 2019 - Thursday to Sunday 10.30 - 16.30 22nd July 2019 - 25th August 2019 - Monday to Sunday 10.30 - 16.30 26th August 2019 - 27th October 2019 - Thursday to Sunday 10.30 - 16.30 28th October 2019 - 5th April 2020 - Thursday to Sunday 11.00 - 15.30 Please note we are closed Bank holidays, Except Easter Good Friday.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Unfortunately, the information centre was closed for refurbishment, but to be fair we knew this in advance.
It was well worth the visit to get up as close as the bank of the river Thames and take some photos. It's possible to walk along the riverside and through a tunnel so that the barrier can be viewed from up and down river.
There are specific times when the barriers are operated to ensure all is well!
Other times are unpredictable based on spring tides etc
When the information centre is reopened it will obviously make the visit more complete.
There are car parks with pay meters. The blue badge holder parks free in disabled bays

Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank 455Douglas1948
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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Even on a cold January day this is quite an impressive sight as well as an amazing feat of engineering. We walked from the Greenwich foot tunnel but at present there is slot of construction work do you can't walk along the river's edge for some sections and indeed you walk along the Blackwell tunnel approach road for one section. The diversions are well signposted. There is quite a bit of interesting urban/industrial landscapes
It is worth noting that apart from at the Air Emirates centre and the Hope and Anchor pub there are no places to get drinks/snacks without taking a 0.4 mile diversion
The information center and cafe are BOTH closed for refurbishment at the moment with no opening date announced at this point in time.
We enjoyed the walk but it should be even better when the construction work is finished and the information centre/cafe reopened.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

The Thames Barrier Information Centre is on the south bank of the river, on North Woolwich Road. It contains the operations centre for the Barrier, a visitor centre and cafe.

I most recently visited the Info Centre area on a sunny July Monday afternoon whilst on a walk from Greenwich and Blackheath down through Charlton to Woolwich. I ate my lunch whilst sitting on the grassy berm above the river. The Tate & Lyle sugar factory is across the river (Henry Tate endowed the Tate Museum and perfected the manufacturing process of the sugar cube.) I had a pleasant bite and then a short nap before resuming my walk. It's a lovely spot on a sunny day.

Visit the Web site for the Thames Barrier and you can see when the operators test the barrier, which is well worth seeing. You can also see when the Info Centre and cafe are open so you won't be disappointed.

The Barrier was built in the 1980s to prevent tidal surges from the North Sea from funneling up the Thames estuary and flooding London. It's an engineering marvel and, in my opinion (as a former engineer), a thing of great beauty.

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank Abbotsbury92
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Beautiful views across the Thames and the famous Tate and Lyle sugar factory.

We walked along the Thames path from Greenwich but it is also nice if go from Woolwich station and walk down to the river and along the Thames path to Greenwich.
It must have saved London from flooding lots of times. Definitely worth seeing it.

The café provides seating both indoors and outside and goods are reasonably priced. Tickets can be purchased from here as well.
If not mistaken the ticket cost £ 3.75 which is quite reasonable for London attractions. The park provides playing area for kids too.

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank greekcypriot2009
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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Attending a sporting event nearby gave me the chance to take a closer look at the Barrier and also enjoy the River. There is a car park, but it can also be reached, on the South side by walking the Thames Path or by bus, where the entrance is marked on the A206 with a Stop nearby. At this time of the year the Information building and cafe are closed, but there are excellent views across the piers and the general structure, built to hold back the flow of the River is very impressive. Not a must see, but worth a visit if in the area.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank bsandrs
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