Barbican Centre - Prices, opening hours, news, events and exhibitions

About the Barbican Centre

A cultural hub based in the concrete brutalist estate next to the Barbican tube station, it was built in the 1960s by the City of London to encourage people to live and socialise in the city.

Today is it one of the UK's leading art and theatre venues, with regular events every day, art exhibitions and films.

The art centre is free to visit and wander around, and some of the art exhibits are also free, but most of the theatre/film events have to be paid for.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Barbican Centre,
Silk Street,
London,
EC2Y 8DS

Link to Barbican Centre's website

 

Exhibitions open at the moment

Our Time on Earth
This exhibition of art, science, design, music and philosophy invites you to experience different global perspectives on our shared planet, and consider Earth as a community we all belong to.
Our Time on Earth
10am to 7pm
Barbican
Ends on Mon 29th August
2022-05-05
2022-08-29

Future events at Barbican Centre

Restored and remastered in 4K, experience Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) on the big screen!
Sunday, 10th Jul 1:45pm to :
 
Dr. Who: Classic Movie Double Bill
 

Barbican Centre Map

 

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to wear a face mask when visiting?

The UK government does not require face masks to be work indoors at the moment, but many venues ask people to wear them, and can refuse entry if they need to.

What's the nearest railway station to Barbican Centre

The nearest station is Barbican which is 0.2 miles away.


Barbican Centre - Latest News

See Doctor Who on the big screen at the Barbican
See Doctor Who on the big screen at the Barbican

In the 1960s, two Doctor Who movies were made, and in 2022, you can see them back on the big screen, at the Barbican Arts Centre.

Barbican Centre to spend up to £150 million on major revamp
Barbican Centre to spend up to £150 million on major revamp

The team that will lead the revamping of the Barbican Centre has been announced, and they have a pot of between £50-£150 million to spend.

Rare photos of The Jam and Paul Weller at the Barbican
Rare photos of The Jam and Paul Weller at the Barbican

A collection of rarely seen photos of The Jam in concert and behind the scenes have gone on display in the Barbican’s music library for a few months.

See old fashioned travel display boards at the Barbican
See old fashioned travel display boards at the Barbican

An exhibition has been running for a few months at the Barbican, showing a selection of works by the Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta.

Noguchi at The Barbican – all lamps and sculptures
Noguchi at The Barbican – all lamps and sculptures

The Barbican is currently hosting an exhibition celebrating the Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, often considered to be one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century.

Reimagining Spaces with Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative
Reimagining Spaces with Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative

In 1980 an architectural design practice was set up that was to challenge how buildings and urban landscapes are built, and its effects are still around us today.

Barbican arts center set for £50-£150 million revamp
Barbican arts center set for £50-£150 million revamp

As the Barbican arts centre approaches its 40th birthday, the site is looking at a £50-£150 million revamp to catch up with how society and arts have changed over the decades.

Save on tickets to Anything Goes at the Barbican
Save on tickets to Anything Goes at the Barbican

Felicity Kendal and Robert Lindsay are currently starring in the Cole Porter/P. G. Wodehouse classic at the Barbican, and there’s a sale on ticket prices at the moment.

Tickets Alert: 1950s British Transport films with live music
Tickets Alert: 1950s British Transport films with live music

Next month, the Barbican will be screening a series of British Transport Films featuring a range of views of 1950s Britain, accompanied by hybrid electronic and orchestral music.

The Barbican tells the story of the threatened Yanomami people
The Barbican tells the story of the threatened Yanomami people

Part art exhibition, part awareness campaign, a photographic exhibition about Brazil’s threatened indigenous people, the Yanomami has opened at the Barbican.

Jean Dubuffet at the Barbican
Jean Dubuffet at the Barbican

The first major exhibition of work by the French artist, Jean Dubuffet in over 50 years has opened at the Barbican.

Tickets Alert: Visit London’s largest free Conservatory
Tickets Alert: Visit London’s largest free Conservatory

Right in the centre of London is the city’s largest free to visit Conservatory, and it’s reopening after the pandemic lockdown.

Barbican Centre upgrade as Centre for Music is cancelled
Barbican Centre upgrade as Centre for Music is cancelled

Plans for a new concert hall in the City of London have been cancelled as the City decides to revamp the Barbican Centre instead.

A brief history of Brutalist architecture as a Barbican map
A brief history of Brutalist architecture as a Barbican map

A variant if you like of the tube map genre is a new map of the history of Brutalist architecture laid out on a diagram of the Barbican estate.

London’s Pocket Parks: Moor Lane Community Garden, EC2
London’s Pocket Parks: Moor Lane Community Garden, EC2

A pocket park worthy of the name has appeared next to the Barbican and is a few pot plants in a few concrete pots.

Michael Clark’s dance retrospective at the Barbican
Michael Clark’s dance retrospective at the Barbican

One of those people who rather exploded into the cultural scene in the 1980s, vanished in the 90s and has now embedded as an icon of dance has filled the huge art gallery space at the Barbican.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory

A decade ago, mysterious drawings were uncovered on black shale sheets in Nigeria, and after studying them, life-size scans have gone on display in the Barbican.

London’s Pocket Parks: Fortune Street Park, EC1
London’s Pocket Parks: Fortune Street Park, EC1

This is a busy pocket park that sits just to the north of the Barbican, with wide-open space, a children’s space, and a coffee shop.

Review: Masculinities at the Barbican
Review: Masculinities at the Barbican

If as a famous book once claimed, Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, is masculinity from the Barbican?

Barbican conservatory starts weekday openings
Barbican conservatory starts weekday openings

If you didn’t know it was there, it can be a surprise to learn that London’s second-largest glasshouse is in the Barbican centre.

Find the Dorothy Annan murals in the Barbican
Find the Dorothy Annan murals in the Barbican

It looks like it’s been there since the Barbican was built, but this long row of 1960s ceramic art only arrived at the Barbican in 2013.

London’s Alleys: Braidwood Passage, EC1
London’s Alleys: Braidwood Passage, EC1

This is a narrow dark modern-looking alley that provides the only gap in a wall that gives access to the warren of streets behind a long row of unremitting office blocks.

London’s Alleys: East Passage, EC1
London’s Alleys: East Passage, EC1

This alley is a result of the dissolution of the Monasteries, as it sits within the lands owned by St Bartholomew’s Priory.

Spend 20 minutes in the 1960s with the Barbican
Spend 20 minutes in the 1960s with the Barbican

A short film about the changing London landscape is a delightful 20 minutes slipping back in time to when men wore top hats and builders didn’t wear hard hats.

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