The Thames Barrier is one of the world’s largest flood defence systems. It is on the river Thames near Charlton and Woolwich. It protects the low lying parts of London from tidal wave flood damage.

Accessing the Thames Barrier

You can take direct trains to Charlton or Woolwich Dockyard from Charing Cross or London Bridge Stations. When you get off at the station follow the signs towards the Thames Barriers. This area used to be the docklands of London, where some warehouses still remain, so some of the streets are shut from public access. Make sure to keep to the path otherwise you may have to track back to the main road adding a few extra minutes to your trip.

It takes about 10-15 minutes on foot from either stations to the flood barrier. There is a visitor centre and a cafe, plus a museum about the barrier’s history.

From the flood barrier you can walk up to Charlton house, a 17th century estate through Maryon park and Charlton Park. Well worth walking it because it takes you through urban forests and a couple of really nice parks. You can also take some good photos of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, the city “Gherkin” and all the other towers.

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