Architecture Tours

Brutal or beautiful?

Photo of the Barbican Estate

Follow our Barbican guide on a 90-minute walking tour as you explore the Barbican and discover the fascinating history behind the building of the Centre and the surrounding estate.

How much concrete was used? Why is it called ‘Barbican’? Why is the lake so green…?

Walking along the Barbican highwalks, you’ll learn more about the construction, design and influence of the estate, along with surprising and rarely seen sights and discoveries plus little known insights into this unique architectural endeavour.

From concrete styles to architectural motifs and insightful facts, our Architecture tour will leave you thinking and looking at the Barbican from a fresh perspective... 

Architecture Tours are available throughout the year. If you are planning your visit beyond the dates available online, please contact our Box Office on 0207 638 8891 for further information on future tours.

Post-tour refreshments
Present your same day Architecture tour ticket in the Barbican Kitchen to enjoy a hot drink and cake for £3.50.
 

  • Tour duration: 90 Minutes
  • Meet at Tickets and Information Desk
  • If you have any access requirements please contact us in advance at access@barbican.org.uk or call the box office on 0845 120 7511

If you choose to collect your tickets please collect them from the Ticket Information Desk on the Mezzanine Level where the tour begins.

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Watch: Architecture

Discover more about the history of our Grade II listed building plus debates and discussion about architecture – with slight favouritism towards Brutalism…

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Watch: Barbican Portraits

Explore the unseen areas of London's Barbican Centre in this series of exploratory, behind the scenes videos leading you around, within and beneath the Centre's iconic architecture and intriguing spaces.

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Discover our year-round programme dedicated to transforming our public spaces with installations, exhibitions, talks and events.

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