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The Thames Barrier

The Thames Barrier was built to protect London from rising tides. Its space-age silver buttresses are worth a look at any time, even more so when the barrier is raised (about ten times a year) for routine maintenance.

The barrier was built after the floods of 1953 in the hope of making such inundations a thing of the past. If flood waters threaten, it can be raised to hold back the tidal flow. The beauty of its silvery metal vanes make the structure part of the grand tradition of engineering-as-art.

A glimpse of the barrier is well worth the short journey to Woolwich. It is closed approximately once a month at low tide for maintenance, and once a year at high tide for testing (4 October in 2009).

Thames Barrier at night

The Thames Barrier Information

When: Daily

Where: London

Cost: Learning Centre £3.50; seniors & students £3; under 16s £2; under 5s free

Opening Hours: Learning Centre Apr-Sep: 10.30am-4.30pm; Oct-Mar: 11am-3pm; closed Christmas & New Year

Address: London, SE18 5NJ

Hotels near The Thames Barrier

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