The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre that hosts classical and contemporary concerts, film screenings, art exhibitions and theatre performances. One of the largest venues of its kind in Europe, the Barbican Centre features several theatres, cinemas, restaurants, conference and trade halls, a conservatory and a library.

Each year, the Barbican Centre holds thousands of events and receives approximately 1.5 million visitors. With such a diverse schedule of performances and events, the Barbican Centre is suitable for everyone from families with young children to avid cultural enthusiasts to film aficionados to industry professionals.

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Highlights of the Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre’s performance halls are one of its biggest draws. It features the massive Barbican Hall that hosts the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican Theatre for the Royal Shakespeare Company. There’s also the Pit, a 200-seat theatre that hosts a variety of shows and performances.

Other facilities in the Barbican Centre include the Barbican Film, a space with 3 cinemas for film screenings, and the Barbican Library, a public library with collections on the arts. You’ll also find 3 restaurants, 2 trade exhibition halls and 7 conference halls for industry events.

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Good to know when visiting the Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre hosts numerous events and performances throughout the year, so be sure to check the calendar for your trip to see what’s on. You can book tickets to the events online, by phone or in person to prepare for your visit. You could also book tours of the Barbican Centre to learn about its history and see the entire complex.

Even if you don’t attend a performance, the Barbican Centre offers free events like art exhibits, art installations, industry Q&A sessions and more. You can experience unique events, such as an introspective on democracy using a game of ‘Pong’.

Barbican Centre in London

Location: Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS, UK

Phone: +44 (0)2076 384141