The Barbican is at the heart of the City of London and is the creative heartbeat of this financial district.
The centre is located in the Barbican estate, which houses over 4,000 residents. Alongside the Barbican Centre, the estate is home to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the London Symphony Orchestra, making it a cultural quarter in the City of London where everyone can experience world-class arts and learning.

Explore the history and architecture of the Barbican and its surrounding area by downloading our walking guide.

Find out more about the history and architecture of the Barbican estate on one of our Architecture tours.

Alongside the Barbican, the City of London boasts many exciting cultural and historical attractions including markets, museums and architectural heritage sites:


Leadenhall Market
Cobbled walkways and glass roof make this market an attractive place to shop, eat and drink or simply to relax.

Smithfield Market
Meat has been bought and sold at Smithfield for over 800 years, making it one of the oldest markets in London.

New Spitalfields Market
This market houses the largest number of wholesalers and has the highest turnover, making it the UK's leading horticultural market.

Whitecross Street Market
Home to one of London's oldest markets, Whitecross Street has lots to offer. Visit this regular specialist food market at lunchtime for a delicious range of food and drinks.


Bank of England Museum
The story of Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its present role as the UK's central bank.

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman London's Amphitheatre
The new Guildhall Art Gallery displays about 250 works of art at a time. The original gallery was burned down during a severe air raid in May 1941.

The Clock Museum
The oldest collection of watches and clocks in the world, uncovering the story of the clockmakers of London.

Dennis Severs House
A beautiful Georgian terrace in Spitalfields, which used to be the home of Dennis Severs during the 60s and 70s.

The Geffrye Museum
One of London’s best-loved museums; devoted to British furniture, textiles, painting and decorative arts.

Museum in Docklands
The story of London's Docklands with a large collection of historical artifacts, models, and pictures.

Museum of Diversity and Immigration
Europe's first museum of immigration.

The Museum of London
The history of London right back to pre-Roman times.

St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Archive and Museum
An unusual exhibition tracing the history of one of the oldest hospitals in London.

Architectural heritage

As the home of the City of London, Guildhall has been the centre of City government since the Middle Ages.

The Old Bailey
Probably the most famous criminal court in the world, and has been London's principal criminal court for centuries.

Mansion House
One of the grandest surviving Georgian town palaces in London, with magnificent interiors containing elaborate plasterwork and carved timber ornament.

Middle Temple Hall
Thought to have been founded in the fourteenth century with its name is derived from the Knights Templar, who were in possession of the site for 150 years.

The Monument
Built to commemorate the Great Fire which devastated the City of London in 1666, the Monument offers panoramic views over London.

Prince Henry’s Room
One of the few houses in London which have survived the Great Fire of London in 1666.

St. Paul’s Cathedral
This world famous cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604AD.

Spitalfields City Farm
The nearest city farm to the square mile.

Temple Bar
When the boundaries of the City were more defined than they are today, Temple Bar was one of the gates through which people and traffic had to pass.

Wesley’s Chapel
This Chapel was built in 1778 by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. John Wesley’s Chapel, his house and the Museum of Methodism are all on site for visitors to see.

Discover more about the City of London
Visit the City of London website