NileGuide Expert Says:
A lovely park, playground, & tea pavilion combined with a defense barrier, what more do you need for a family day out
SE18 5NJ London, United Kingdom
tel: +44 20 8305 4188
fax: +44 20 8855 2146
NileGuide Expert tip:
Arrange a boat trip to see the barrier prior to arrival at the information centre, best visited in summer
Worried about potential disaster of the Thames River flooding London, a massive defense barrier was constructed near Woolwich. The futuristic barriers bear an uncanny resemblance to a fragmented Sydney Opera House. This construction is over 500 meteres long and cost a staggering £500 million. First used in 1983, the barrier has been put to task over 20 times. Some worry the barrier may not be able to handle rising water levels by 2015. A model of the barrier is in the Visitor Centre, as is much information pertaining to the purpose of the barrier, how it works and how it was built. Each autumn, the barrier is tested, allowing you to see the steel gates raised at high tide. Visit the playground and fountain display on the north side of the river. The barrier is best viewed from the river.