Visiting our Information Centre is a great way to learn more about the Thames Barrier. Find out how the Thames Barrier was designed and built, and how it works. You can also learn about the history and environment of the River Thames.
Pause for refreshment at The View café and enjoy spectacular views of the Barrier and the River Thames. We also have an outside picnic area and children’s play area.
Thursday-Sunday, 10.30am-5pm. Last admission 4.30pm.
- Adults – £3.75 (£3.25 for disabled adults*)
- Seniors (60 and over) – £3.25 (£2.75 for disabled seniors*)
- Students (16-18 or in full-time education) – £3.25 (£2.75 for disabled students*)
- Children under 16 – £2.25 (£1.75 for disabled children*)
- Children under 5 – Free
- Families (up to two adults and three children) - £10.00
*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.
Please see our Group Talks page for more information:
Please note that our disabled lift is now fixed.
We have three parking bays in our car park where blue-badge holders can park free of charge. We also have a drop-off point for taxis and minibuses.
Access to the riverfront is restricted, as there are steep steps leading down from the bank. This is because the bank is a flood defence levee, and any ramps could compromise the integrity of the defence.
There is a toilet for disabled people that requires a radar key, which we can provide on request.
Directions and parking
Our address is: Thames Barrier Information Centre, 1 Unity Way, Woolwich, London, SE18 5NJ.
Our pay-and-display carpark is open from 7.30am to 5.30pm, seven days a week.
- £1.50 per day
- Free parking for coaches if booked in advance.
Scheduled boat services do not stop at the Thames Barrier. If you would like to visit the Thames Barrier by boat, you will need to contact Thames River Services, which operates passenger boat services on the River Thames: