The Thames Flood Barrier is one of the largest movable flood defences in the world. Since its completion in 1986 the barrier has been closed 182 times (accurate as of February 2018). 95 of these closures were to protect against tidal flooding & 87 closures were to protect against tidal/fluvial flooding.
The Thames Barrier
Delta Span in the Maintenance Position
See the Thames Barrier By Boat
Thames River Sightseeing Are No Longer Operating Cruises to the Thames Barrier
Thames River Sightseeing operate sightseeing cruises through the Thames Flood Barrier five times each day between April – October. Passengers can join a cruise to the Thames Barrier from Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier.
M.V London Rose passing through the Thames Barrier
M.V Thomas Doggett passing the London Eye
Thames Barrier Information Centre
The Thames Barrier Information Centre is an exhibition demonstrating how the barrier was designed, built & operates. The Information Centre has recently re-opened following an extensive refurbishment. The refurbishment included improved outdoor seating & an additional conference room for groups.
The Thames Barrier Information Centre & The View Café
The View from the Thames Barrier Information Centre
Thames Flood Barrier
Barrier Gardens Pier is located on the South shore a short walk from the Thames Barrier Information Centre.
Groups who would like to visit the Thames Barrier & Information Centre can arrive or depart by boat with Thames River Services. Pre-booked groups can arrange to embark or disembark at Barrier Gardens Pier with one of our regular sailings which operate between April – October.