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, including historic buildings such as 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 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.
Visiting the information centre
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.
There is a pay and display car park on site.