Gulbenkian Theatre and Cinema

The address of the Gulbenkian Theatre and Cinema is University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB.

Gulbenkian was founded as a result of a generous grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation in 1969, an organisation which has funded many arts projects around the world. It is the University of Kent’s Arts Centre offering innovative, engaging and high quality arts activity for the public, staff and students. It provides a key role in delivering the University commitment to public engagement and has a particular focus on the creative empowerment of children and young people.

Gulbenkian is situated at the heart of the University of Kent campus in Canterbury. If you are arriving by car, please follow the A2/M2 towards Dover and turn off onto the A28 towards Canterbury. Continue up to a large round-about and follow signs to ‘The University’. When on the University’s campus, follow the signs to the Gulbenkian Theatre.

Free parking is available to Gulbenkian customers after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends in any University car park.

For Gulbenkian customers attending events between Monday and Friday 8am to 5pm please park in the Visitor Pay and Display car parks on Campus. £2 for 3 hours and £6 all day (8am-5pm). The nearest Visitor Pay and Display is the Central Car Park (formerly known as Gulbenkian Car Park).

Please note when parking in the Giles Lane Car Park after 5pm weekdays & at weekends this is free. The car park barrier will lift automatically when a car approaches to allow access on entry and exit.

There are accessible bays located in the Central Visitor Car Park.

A regular bus service operates from Canterbury City Centre to the University and from Whitstable to the University. For details please telephone Travel Line on 0871 200 2233, Unibus on 08702 433711 or visit

The closest train station is Canterbury West. From there, buses are available by Westgate to take you onto the University’s campus. From the University drop off point, follow the signs towards the library and the Cornwallis buildings and on to the theatre. For details on how to get to Canterbury West station visit trainline’s website for up to the minute planning information.

Wheelchair spaces are available in the theatre, but please request one when booking. For seating arrangements please contact a member of the Gulbenkian Ticket & Information Team on 01227 769075 by email [email protected] or view the seating plan online via Please keep in mind that for some events there are bespoke seating arrangements that will vary from the seating plan.

There is level access to the foyer and cafe through automatic doors, as well as level access to the cinema, theatre and Colyer-Fergusson Hall.

Both Gulbenkian and Colyer-Fergusson Hall have accessible toilets.

The stairs within the cinema and Colyer-Fergusson Hall both have hand rails.

A Lift is available to the first floor of both the Cinema and Colyer-Fergusson Hall. Please be aware that people using a wheelchair can only be accommodated on the ground floor of the cinema.

The MobileConnect system operates over Wi-fi, and is received using an App on either iPods, iPhones or Android smartphones. The theatre will supply iPods to receive the audio description, but it is also possible to use your own iPhone or Android smartphone, as long as the App has been downloaded (it is important to keep the App updated to ensure that it works effectively). Please remember to bring your own headphones and ensure your device’s battery is topped up, or you might want to consider bringing a battery bank. It is also possible to use your own headphones with the iPods supplied by the Theatre. If you do pull out headphones from a device running MobileConnect, the app will stop relaying sound so as to not disturb the performance, after you have re-inserted your own headphones the audio description will then have to be restarted. Theatre staff will demonstrate how to use both the iPod and the MobileConnect app and help with any queries.

Useful Information and Contact Numbers

Gulbenkian runs an Access Scheme which is free for people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities. As a member of the Access Scheme, you may be entitled to concessionary ticket prices for some events, or a free companion seat. Find out more by downloading the access pack from or email: [email protected]

To ensure the best use of the Gulbenkian’s facilities please notify the Tickets & Information Office of your requirements when booking on 01227 769075 or by email: [email protected]. You can also contact the theatre’s Front of House manager Helen on [email protected]