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Thames Barrier Park

The award winning Thames Barrier Park opened in November 2000, following the redevelopment of a 22-acre site owned by the London Development Agency.


Who is it for?

Newham residents, and visitors to south-east London

How are we doing it?

Redevelopment of a riverside area, complete with fountains, family areas, flower gardens and tended lawns.

What are the benefits?

Regeneration for the area.

Why is the LDA involved?

To assist with the regeneration of the area.

When is the project happening?

1995 to November 2000

How can I get involved?

Thames Barrier Park

Who can I contact for more information?

To check for latest information about the park, including opening times and facilities, telephone: 020 7476 3741.


The Thames Barrier Park

On the north bank of the Thames and with stunning views of the awesome flood Barrier lies a jewel in the crown of London's parks. Thames Barrier Park lies in Silvertown, and is supported by the London Development Agency.

Set within 22 acres of lawns, trees and hedges, the waterside park features fountains, gardens, wildflower meadows, a children's play area and a 5-a-side football/basketball court, with magnificent views of the barrier.

The history of the Thames Barrier Park

In 1995 the London Docklands Development Corporation launched an international competition to create one of London’s largest and loveliest riverside parks. The winning consortium was architect Patel Taylor in collaboration with Group Signers and engineers Ove Aarum. 

The Lord Mayor of London, the Rt Hon Richard Nichols planted the first tree in January 1998 and the Mayor of London, Ken Livingston, officially opened the park in November 2000. It has since won design awards in the UK and USA.

Visit the park

Discover Thames Barrier Park Wondering where to take the kids this weekend and during the school holidays or just looking for a place to relax, unwind and enjoy the sunshine? On the north bank of the Thames and with stunning views of the awesome flood Barrier lies a jewel in the crown of London's parks.

Set within 22 acres of lawns, trees and uniquely contoured Yew and Maygreen hedges you can discover the delights of this urban oasis. An excellent children's play area, 5 a side football/basketball court, great places to picnic and play, the Thames path, with magnificent views of the barrier, and a fountain plaza where 32 jets spring from the ground to provide a cooling and entertaining delight for children to splash and play.

We regret that the fountains are currently out of action until further notice.

The Green Dock

One of the most imaginative and attractive features is The Green Dock. Renowned international horticulturalist Alain Cousseran and Alain Provost selected colourful flowers and shrubs which reflect the river's ever changing spectrum of tints, shades and shapes creating a micro-climate where varieties of plants and butterflies abound.

Whether your out for a stroll, serious about keeping fit or preparing yourselves for the London Marathon or maybe even the 2012 Olympic games then a complete circuit of the boundary paths total 1km and conveniently bring you to the Visitor Pavilion Coffee Shop.

Here you can indulge yourself with excellent gourmet coffees, hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, salads, snacks, pastries, confectionery and ices while enjoying panoramic views in a relaxing atmosphere.

Thames Barrier Park is accessible to those with disabilities.


Thames Barrier Park
North Woolwich Road
London E16  2HP

Getting there:

  • London Underground: Canning Town (Jubilee Line) and change for DLR.

  • Docklands Light Railway (DLR): Pontoon Dock

  • Bus: Service 474

  • Cycle: See London Cycle Guided No 11 (free of charge from London Travel Information 020 7222 1234

  • Car and Coach parking free of charge

  • Link to Map

Opening Times:

Open daily (including holidays) 0700hrs

Closing Time (seasonal):
January  1645hrs
February 1730hrs
March  1830hrs (1930hrs*)
April  2000hrs*
May  2045hrs*
June  2115hrs*
July  2100hrs*
August 2030hrs*
September  1915hrs*
October  1815hrs  (1745hrs)
November  1645hrs
December 1630hrs

* British Summer Time (BST).  All other times = Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Opening days and times are subject to change without notice

For further information:

Telephone: 020 7476 3741

Thames Barrier Park is owned by the London Development Agency.

Key fact


The number of different wildflower types within the Park's colour themed meadows.

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