Thames Flood 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 596 times (accurate as of June 2019). 184 of these closures were to defend London from flooding. 97 closures were to protect against tidal flooding & 87 closures were to protect against tidal/fluvial flooding.

Thames Flood Barrier, Woolwich
Thames Flood Barrier, Woolwich Reach

The Thames Barrier

Thames Flood Barrier, Woolwich Reach
Thames Flood Barrier, Woolwich Reach

Delta Span in the Maintenance Position

See the Thames Barrier By Boat

Thames River Services 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
M.V London Rose

M.V London Rose passing through the Thames Barrier

M.V Thomas Doggett | Viscount Cruises / Thames River Services
M.V Thomas Doggett | Viscount Cruises / Thames River Services

M.V Thomas Doggett passing the London Eye

Ticket Prices

Join a cruise from the City of Westminster to the Thames Flood Barrier. Disembark at Greenwich Pier or stay on-board & return to Westminster.

Join a cruise from St. Katharine Dock (Tower of London) to the Thames Flood Barrier. Disembark at Greenwich Pier or stay on-board & return to St. Katharine’s.

Join a cruise from the Royal Borough of Greenwich to the Thames Flood Barrier & disembark at Greenwich Pier, St. Katharine Pier or Westminster Pier.

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.

Thames Barrier Information Centre
Thames Barrier Information Centre

The Thames Barrier Information Centre

Thames Flood Barrier, Woolwich Reach
Thames Flood Barrier, Woolwich Reach

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