Looking north over the Thames Barrier from above across all the gates on a sunny day

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The Thames Barrier, one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world, spans 520 metres across the Thames, near Woolwich. Its ten, movable steel gates protect 125 square kilometres of central London from tidal-surge flooding. When raised, the 3300-tonne main gates stand as high as a five-storey building and as wide as the opening of Tower Bridge.

The Thames Barrier Information Centre is a small, informative exhibition about the past, present and future of this marvel of engineering and science. It explains the flood risk to London and the history and environment of the Thames. Visitors can see a working model of the Thames Barrier, a film on its construction, a virtual technical ‘tour’ and interactive displays.

Last entrance is 30 minutes before closing and pre-booked group talks are available 7 days a week.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£5.50 per ticket
Child£4.30 per ticket
Disabled£4.00 per ticket
Family (2 Adults + up to 3 Children)£15.00 per family
Student / Senior£5.00 per ticket

* Children under ages 5 go FREE with a paying adult.



  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • British Sign Language
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Coach parking
  • Drop Off Point
  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for Coach Driver
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Board/Flipchart
  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Grounds for outdoor activities


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Passenger lift
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Bus nos. 177 and 180 via Greenwich (stop at the top of Eastmoor Street). Bus nos. 161 and 472 from North Greenwich tube station.

Public Transport Directions

Rail Charlton station is situated on Woolwich Road and is approximately a one mile walk from the Thames Barrier Site. Woolwich Dockyard station is situated near Church Street and is within walking distance. Woolwich Arsenal station is the most convenient station to take a taxi to the Barrier Site.

London Underground North Greenwich (Jubilee Line) The station is approximately 2 miles from the Thames Barrier and only 5 minutes by taxi or bus (161 & 472).

London City Airport The City Airport is situated in North Woolwich only a short distance from the North Woolwich Ferry crossing.

Thames Barrier Information Centre

Type:Sightseeing Attraction

1 Unity Way, Woolwich, London, SE18 5NJ
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Tel+44 (0)20 8305 4161


  • Other AwardsVisit Greenwich Partner Visit Greenwich Partner 2021

Opening Times

Opening Hours: (1 Apr 2023 - 28 Oct 2023)
Saturday10:30 - 17:30

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