The Thames Barrier Park offers stunning views of the miracle of modern engineering that is the Thames Barrier. The park is located on the north bank of the Thames, in the Silvertown area of London’s Docklands. Very different from London’s historic Royal Parks, the Thames Barrier Park is of contemporary design, having been built in 1995 with a postmodern aesthetic.
The Thames Barrier is an awesome piece of engineering built in 1982 to prevent The Thames from the very real risk of a catastrophic major flood. The park is located over 22 acres, with the chance for London tourists to escape the East London urban metropolis and witness the relaxing sea of green created by the beautiful trees, lawns plus Yew and Maygreen hedges.
Things to do for families at Thames Barrier Park
- Check out the cool structures of the Thames Barrier that prevent London from flooding
- Plane spotting flights taking off and landing from London City Airport nearby
- Check out the sunken ornate garden landscaped as waves on the river
- Play in the children’s area
- Go for a picnic on the lawn
- Take a break while cycling along the Thames path
The park is one of the most popular East London attractions in summer, with the fountain plaza where 32 jets provide kids (and adults!) the chance to cool down and splash around. The Thames Barrier Park also has excellent sporting facilities and is ideal for spring and summer picnics.