Thames Barrier Visitors Centre

Unity Way, Woolwich, SE18 5NJ

Thames Barrier Visitors Centre, exterior picture

Address:Unity Way, Woolwich, SE18 5NJ
Map:See Thames Barrier Visitors Centre on a map
Telephone:020 8305 4188
Opening Hours:

Thursday - Sunday 10:30 - 17:00.
Last admission 16:30.

About: The £500 million Thames Barrier, inaugurated by HM The Queen in 1984, spans 520 metres across the Thames at Woolwich Reach. The 10 steel gates are raised monthly for testing. There is an exhibition with a 10 minute video and a working scale model. Also riverside walkways, children's play area and Thames Barrier Cafe.

Adults – £4.00 (£3.50 for disabled adults*)

Seniors (60 and over) – £3.50 (£3.00 for disabled seniors*)

Students (16-18 or in full-time education) – £3.50 (£3.00 for disabled students*)

Children under 16 – £2.50 (£1.75 for disabled children*)

Children under 5 – Free

Families (up to two adults and three children) - £11.00

*Carers accompanying disabled visitors will be admitted free of charge.

If you are bringing a group please contact us to book and order your food on 0208 305 4188 or email us. Please see our price list for prices and options.

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You can now access the visitors centre from the new Woolwich Arsenal DLR station. It has an information desk on your left near the top of the escalator. They will direct you to the nearby bus station. Ask the bus driver to let you know when to disembark, (the Barrier is some way beyond the path that leads to the Centre).

Staff at the Centre are very friendly and helpful. Light snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks at the Cafeteria are reasonably priced.

Downstairs there are fascinating displays of pictures, maps, articles etc on the history of the Thames and the various schemes proposed to prevent inner London flooding. Be sure to watch the short documentary film about the building of the Thames Barrier.

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