Thames Barrier Information and Learning Centre
Visit the Thames Barrier
The 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 to name a few.
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 Thames 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.
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.
Overlooking the Thames, with spectacular views of the barrier, our café offers a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and lunches. There is also an outside picnic area and children's play area.
There is a pay and display car park on site and free coach parking.
The Thames Barrier also has conference facilities for up to 50 people.
Find out about disabled access and facilities on the DisabledGo website using the link on the right.
Admission prices and opening hours
Find further information about the Thames Barrier, including opening times and prices, on the Thames Barrier page on the Environment Agency website.