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TitleThames Barrier Information Centre
SummaryVisit the Thames Barrier Information Centre, based next to the Thames Barrier in Woolwich, to view the amazing structure of this flood defence system.
AddressThames Barrier Information Centre,
Unity Way,
London SE18 5NJ
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DescriptionThe Thames Barrier is one of the largest moveable flood barriers in the world. It protects 125 square kilometres of central London. That's 1.25 million people, historic buildings including the Houses of Parliament, offices, power supplies, tube lines and hospitals.

The Environment Agency maintains and operates the Barrier as well as the capital's other flood defences. These defences include floodgates like the Barking Barrier, and raised river banks.

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 River Thames.

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.

Overlooking the Thames, with spectacular views of the Barrier, the Café offers a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and lunches. There is also an outside picnic area and children's play area.
Interesting factsThe idea for a barrier started as early as 1953, after a great flood that drowned over 300 people. Tides rushing in from the sea used to be the main cause of flooding in London.

Work on the barrier started in 1974 and took ten years to complete.
Access informationAccess to the riverfront is restricted, as there are steep steps leading down from the bank. This is because the bank is a flood defence levee, and any ramps could compromise the integrity of the defence.

There is a toilet for disabled people that requires a radar key, which we can provide on request.
Telephone020 8305 4188
Further informationParking fees apply.

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