Barbican Centre entrance

Barbican Centre

Access information

The address of the Barbican Centre is Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.  The centre has a concert hall, two theatres, cinema, two art galleries, a public lending library, conservatory, conference facilities, restaurants and bars arranged on seven levels.
We will now provide some basic information regarding your visit. However if you require more details, The Barbican has an access guide on their, as well as an audio guide.  If you prefer to telephone, we will give contact telephone numbers at the end of this information.
If you’re arriving by car there’s a drop off point at the Silk Street entrance, which brings you in on the Ground floor of the Barbican Centre, known as Level G. There’s a second drop off point at the ‘Stalls Floor roadway’ entrance, which brings you in on ‘Level minus one’.
The Barbican has four car parks. Two are off Beech Street (which has westbound access only) and two are off Silk Street near the main entrance. If the Barbican car parks are full, alternative parking is available in Aldersgate Street.  It’s possible to book parking spaces in advance either online or through the Box Office, or you can pay on the day. Prices start from £5 for up to 2 hours.  Customers with a blue badge can obtain a voucher allowing free parking by presenting their blue badge at the Box Office. There are also wider accessible bays which are available for advance booking.
If you are arriving by tube the nearest station is Barbican on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. Exit the station and cross Aldersgate Street in front of you. Walk through the road tunnel before taking the first turning right into Silk Street. The Barbican is straight ahead. Alternatively, there’s a route which requires following signs to the Barbican. Exit the station using the stairs to the first floor, cross the road using the footbridge, then follow the signs to the Barbican. Other Underground stations nearby are Moorgate, St Paul’s, Bank, Liverpool Street and Mansion House.

The nearest rail stations are Liverpool Street, Farringdon and Blackfriars. City Thameslink services serve Barbican, Moorgate and Cannon Street.

Bus Route 153 stops outside the Barbican in Silk Street. Starting from outside Liverpool Street Station, it runs daily to the Barbican, Angel and Finsbury Park. Numerous other services also run near the Barbican centre.
The Main entrance at Silk Street opens automatically and is ramped. Inside there are lifts which give access to all 7 levels. From the bottom up, these levels are know as level minus two, minus one, level G, then levels one, two, three and four. The main lifts have tactile buttons and voice announcements. Within the Barbican Theatre itself there are a further two lifts which give access to all the theatre levels.
The Advance Box Office for the Theatre is situated at the Silk Street entrance on Level G.
Tickets for theatre performances on the day are available from the Box Office on level minus one.  On this level there’s a cloakroom and two entrances to the Theatre Stalls seating. You can collect your headsets, braille and large print cast lists at the Stalls Right entrance.  If you wish to listen to the introductory information 15 minutes before the start of the performance, please make sure you collect your headset in good time.
Toilets, including accessible toilets, are situated throughout the centre.
The Barbican Theatre seats 1666 people on four tiers – the stalls, the circle, (which is also known as the mezzanine), upper circle and gallery.  The stalls seating is accessed from level minus one, the seating on all the other tiers from Level G.
There’s a choice of restaurants, cafes and bars within the centre, including Searcy Restaurant and Bar on Level 2, telephone 0207 588 3008 for reservations, The Balcony and Bistro Bar on Level 1 – telephone 0207 382 6180, and the Waterside Cafe on the ground floor. Foyer bars and cafes open approximately one hour before a performance, and interval drinks can be ordered.
Please note that this information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.

Further information and contact details

At the Barbican centre Guide or assistance dogs are welcome in the theatre, or can be looked after by cloakroom staff during the performance. If you have not already done so, please could you let the theatre know if you are bringing a guide dog. The number to call for this, or any other information regarding your visit is 0207 638 8891, Monday to Saturday 9am to 11pm, Sundays and public holidays, 11am to 11pm.
If you need assistance in planning your visit you can also call House Management on 0207 382 7348 or 0207 382 7342, Monday to Friday 9.15am to 5pm.
Alternatively you can email on [email protected].
And as previously mentioned, there’s a wealth of information about the Barbican Centre, including their Access Membership Scheme for disabled visitors, on their website,