Thames Barrier

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
The Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier, Delta Span in the Maintenance Position
The Thames Barrier, Delta Span in the Maintenance Position

Delta Span in the Maintenance Position

See the Thames Barrier By Boat

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 approaching the Thames Barrier
M.V London Rose approaching the Thames Barrier

M.V London Rose passing through the Thames Barrier

M.V Thomas Doggett passing the London Eye
M.V Thomas Doggett passing the London Eye

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 Thames Barrier Information Centre

The Thames Barrier Information Centre

The Thames Barrier
The Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier

 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.

Thames Barrier Gallery