Join Environment Trust and the Lock Keeper of Richmond Lock on 3rd September on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Richmond Lock and Footbridge following its major repainting programme. 

Richmond Lock is hugely important to life on the Thames. After Old London Bridge was demolished in 1831 the river became almost unnavigable between Richmond and Teddington at low tide. This caused problems for the thousands of barges that took cargo up and down the Thames. To resolve the problem an Act of Parliament passed to ordering the construction of the lock, which opened in 1894.

Although the Lock is now over 125 years old, it continues to operate and play a major role in the health of the Thames. The Port of London Authority now care for this magnificent piece of Victorian engineering, and has just completed a major repainting programme - using 3,500 litres of paint!

Join us as we are taken on a tour by the Lock Keeper, see the 20 meter wide sluice gates in actions, and learn about the important role this iconic local structure plays on the health of the River Thames.

Covid-19 Precautions:

The Port of London Authority is taking every precaution to make sure visitors and staff are kept safe, and so we have arranged for two tours, the first taking place at 10am and the second at 11am

In line with the Port of London Authority’s policy, you must complete and bring with you the Port of London Authority's Covid-19 declaration form, which will be sent to you in advance of 3rd SeptemberThe declaration form confirms that you have not had any symptoms within the last 14 days. The Port of London Authority will retain the information for 21 days.

On arrival at the lock you will be asked to sanitize your hands and keep 2 meters apart where possible.

The tour will take place outside, with no access to the interiors or offices. Sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the lock.

Each tour will last approximately one hour, and will be led by the Lock Keeper. Please note that there is no step free access to the footbridge and the tour will take place by fast flowing water. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

This event is part of Environment Trust's project Burton: Exploring Without Boundaries commemorating the bicentenary of the famous Victorian explorer, Sir Richard Burton, whose mausoleum the Trust cares for in Mortlake. Read more about the project.

Places are strictly limited, booking is essential. If you are unable to book a ticket call the office on 07860 878 462 to join the waiting list.

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