The Thames Barrier was completed in 1982 to protect London from exceptionally high tides and storm surges.
There is no access to the Barrier itself but in can be seen from the Thames Path and a viewing area near the
Information Centre. Displays in the Information Centre show how the Barrier works and how it was designed and built. Café.
Open booked visits only, see website.
www.gov.uk/guidance/the-thames-barrier The best route to walk is along Anchor & Hope Lane to the Thames, then turn right along the Thames Path with good views of the Barrier as you approach.
A freshwater wetland nature reserve opened in 2002 on a site which was once heavily industrialised.
It now supports a wide variety of wildlife which can be seen from the boardwalks and bird-watching hides.
Remember to look at the nearby Thames too as you walk to the Ecology Park. Admission free.
Open WThFSSu 1000-1700 (or dusk if earlier).
The Ecology Park is ¾ mile from North Greenwich.