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

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The Thames Barrier Information Centre is a small, informative exhibition about the past, present and future of the Thames Barrier. It explains the flood risk to London and the history and environment of the River Thames. There is a working model of the Thames Barrier, a film on the construction, a virtual technical tour film and interactive displays. Last entrance is 30 minutes before closing.

The Thames Barrier is a marvel of modern engineering and science as one of the largest movable flood barriers in then world, spanning 520 metres across the river Thames near Woolwich. It protects 125 square kilometres of central London from flooding caused by tidal surges. It has 10 steel gates that can be raised into position across the river Thames.  When raised, the main gates stand as high as a 5-storey building and as wide as the opening of Tower Bridge, with each main gate weighing 3,300 tonnes.

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Guide Prices

Each package has a personnel guide for your group who will show you around the Thames Barrier exhibition. Where you can learn how the Thames Barrier was designed, built and works. There is a working model of the Thames Barrier, video on the construction, virtual technical tour film plus other films and displays about flooding and the environment.

A group talk includes a presentation or activity and refreshments.

Your group will have exclusive use of a room and exhibition.

*See website for more details.



  • 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

Thames Barrier Information Centre

Type:Sightseeing Attraction

1 Unity Way, Woolwich, London, SE18 5NJ
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Tel+44 (0)20 8305 4188


  • Other AwardsVisit Greenwich Partner Visit Greenwich Partner 2021

Opening Times

Season (1 July 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* From 1st July 2021 The Thames Barrier Information Centre offers only pre-booked group talks, available 7 days a week. If you wish to book, please get in touch to check the availability with your preferred time and date.

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