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Thames Barrier Visitors' Centre

  • 1 Unity Way, Eastmoor St. Map It
  • Woolwich
  • Information Center

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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 probably too far out of the way if your interest is only casual.

Sight Information


1 Unity Way, Eastmoor St., London, SE18 5NJ, England

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Sight Details:

  • £4
  • Thurs.–Sun. 10:30–5; last entry 30 min before closing


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