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 below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Barbican Centre Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

Phone: 020 7870 2500

Official Website: Barbican Centre

Barbican Centre Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Went there to listen to one of my favorites musician. I was astounded how big & well designed this place is. Sound quality was extraordinary. Additionally I really recommend to stroll around to see all of the beautiful views. I hope to go there again next time when I will be visiting London.
Patryk Kamiński - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Excellent tour from our guide Oliver. He was funny, knowledgeable and relaxed. I had been here a few times on my own but really benefited from the tour which is reasonably priced. Also got food in the kitchen which was pretty solid.
Nah Bro - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Dystopian and yet so fascinating. Brutalist architecture set to move you to a jungle of concrete and vegetation. Feels miles away from London chaos. A refugee on the city and yet so much to see and do there.
Ruben Dias - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Interesting space. An ode to Cement. Unexpectedly huge. A bit of a labyrinth. Lots of spaces of interest, from art exhibitions to theaters, to play areas to outside spaces, to food courts to coffee shops and not to forget the big conservatory (provided you go on a Sunday or on a Bank holiday). Certainly a place of interest, can easily spend the day in it. Although a bit gloomy with lots of dark colours (could do with some white colour) it is definitely worth a visit.
Harry K - 4 months ago

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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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