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Thames Barrier Visitors' Centre

The Thames barrier

Thames Barrier Visitors' Centre Review

Built in the early 1980s, the Thames Barrier is the one of the largest and most high-tech flood defense systems in the world. The barrier, which is raised to protect the city during exceptionally high tides, has a starkly futuristic design—sometimes compared to a row of crashed UFOs, bobbing out of the river. Multimedia presentations, a film about the Thames's history, working models, and views of the barrier itself put the importance of the relationship between London and its river in perspective. It's a treat for science and engineering geeks, but perhaps a bit far out of the way if your interest is only casual.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Unity Way, Eastmoor St., Woolwich, London, SE18 5NJ | Map It
  • Phone: 020/8305–4188
  • Cost: £3.75
  • Hours: Thurs.–Sun. 10:30–5; last entry at 4:30
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  • Subway: North Greenwich, then bus 161 or 472; National Rail: Charlton (from London Bridge), then bus 177 or 180
  • Location: Greenwich
Updated: 02-27-2014

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