The Thames Barrier, London
The Thames Barrier is a movable flood barrier in the River Thames east of Central London.Put The Thames Barrier on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our London trip itinerary app .
It has been operational since 1984 and prevents the floodplain of all but the easternmost boroughs of Greater London from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the North Sea. When needed, it is closed (raised) during high tide; at low tide it can be opened to restore the river's flow towards the sea. Built approximately 3km due east of the Isle of Dogs, its northern bank is in Silvertown in the London Borough of Newham and its southern bank is in the New Charlton area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
The report of Sir Hermann Bondi on the North Sea flood of 1953 affecting parts of the Thames Estuary and parts of London was instrumental in the building of the barrier.
The Thames Barrier Reviews
My Partner and I were visiting London to see 3 shows. We decided it was too nice a day to be in the busy centre of the City, so decided to take a boat trip to Greenwich and the Barrier. What a good ch... more »
Well presented info centre and view from bank of actual barrier. Remember my Dad talking about it as he worked for Havering Council. Didn't realise before my visit that it only opened in 1980s. Good e... more »
Interesting site of the barrier that protects London from flooding. A mix of industrial concrete and shiney prison style metal gates make up the high security complex that is the Thames Barrier. Nice views along the Thames. Some green parts, a slide and nice views of the river. Very quite at most times. Quite eerie at night. The nearby link to the Thames path has been brought forward recently, so it's easier to pass through from the foot tunnel over to the millennium dome along the river, without having to go back out on the roads. Perfect for a walk or cycle.
Great engineering feat with so many benefits to the London area. Excellent displays in the education centre and well worth the visit if you are an engineering buff or enjoy a good piece of community engagement and education on ways that they are trying to help the greater London area. Also great for youngsters to learn about and study.
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