Thames Barrier Information 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 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.

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.

Find out more about the Thames Barrier Information Centre, including opening times and prices (Gov.UK website)

Contact the Thames Barrier Information Centre

1 Unity Way,
London SE18 5NJ

020 8305 4188