Barbican Centre

Barbican Centre is Europe's largest centre for performing arts

Water feature and courtyard at Barbican Centre
Water feature and courtyard at Barbican Centre cc licensed photo by _gee_

The largest centre for performing arts in Europe, Barbican Centre is located in the Barbican Estate in the north part of London. The centre is the home of both the London and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. It also features a wide range of music concerts, both classical and contemporary as well as art exhibits, film screenings theatre and dance performances.

The Barbican Centre was built and paid for by the City of London as a gift to the nation and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on March 3, 1982.

It is a complex multilevel structure containing a concert hall that can seat an audience of 1,949; a theatre with a capacity of 1,166; 3 cinemas with seating for 288, 255 and 155 and an Art Gallery. There are also 7 conference halls, 2 exhibition halls a library, 3 restaurants and an outdoor courtyard area complete with a water feature. Yellow lines are painted on walkways to help you find this large but obscure centre.

The modernist design of the Barbican Centre has resulted in a people friendly venue that has helped attract a whole new generation to watch and participate in the performing arts.

For more information about the Barbican Centre as well as shows and schedules visit their official website link above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Address: Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

Phone: 020 7638 4141

Official Website: Barbican Centre


Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith and City LinesBarbican10 minutes
Northern LineMoorgate10 minutes
Central LineSt. Paul's10 minutes

How to get to Barbican Centre by Tube

From Barbican Station take the street level exit. Go right on Aldersgate St. and then left onto Beech St. and walk through Beech St. tunnel. If going to exhibition halls 1 or 2 go left at Golden Lane, otherwise keep going straight to the end of the tunnel. Cross the street at the end of the tunnel and follow Silk St. to the Barbican Centre entrance on your right.

From Moorgate Station take Finsbury Square exit and go right to Moor Place then right to Moorfields. Take the escalator between Moorgate Station and Boots up to the Highwalk the follow the yellow line all the way to the entrance.

From St. Paul's Station take exit 1 and go to your right along Cheapside until you get to Wood St. Turn left onto Wood St. and continue to the traffic light, then take the escalator, stairs or lift to Alban Highwalk. Follow the yellow line to the entrance.

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Rated 4.5 out of 5Barbican Centre Star Rating

5 Star Rating Definitely an interesting and refreshing visit. Although just stoped shortly by the art gallery as I spent more time at the Barbican Cinema, I found the exhibits eccentric, providing very tasty food for thought to the viewer.

Theodora Anagnostou - 8 days ago

3 Star Rating It's a wonderful concept but it lacks a bit. The conservatory is only open on select Sundays and Public Holidays, which makes it so busy with people and the plants aren't exotic or too interesting to warrant battling the crowds. If you go perhaps when it first opens in the day, it may be a different vibe

Ariana Zoe - 9 days ago

4 Star Rating A maze. Many levels. Limited toilets for gig goers and they are poorly signed. Food in the canteen was lovely and on the pricey side. Seats in the theatre comfy compared to lots. As we left with hundreds of others there were two comfy seats right in the way, people trying to avoid clambering in to them. They should be moved aside when the gig finishes!!

Dean Horler - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Experience London's one of the coolest architectural pieces! Experience the Brutal! Always free, nice exhibitions, installations, talks or events on the ground floor. You can also hire venues at Barbican. There are a cinema, art galleries, shops, and bars. Both art-house and blockbuster movies can be seen. Free study areas. Free, fast wifi connection. Nice restaurant. Great courtyard inside the complex. A coffee shop at the foyer/lounge. There are always cool, original designed objects & art and architecture books sold at the gift shop. Calm atmosphere.

Can - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating My first ever visit to Barbican was in 2003 from what I recall. One of my British friends introduced me to Barbican then and since then I have been coming back regularly. Barbican is an amazing cultural complex. I watched many affordable and good quality performances here. I am a film buff so -2 level is my usual destination. Not quite sure about the new idea to have a gift shop in the middle of the main hall but if does work then that's fine.

Aneta Rozmarynowska - 3 months ago


30th anniversary video showcasing the modernist design and features of Barbican Centre

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