Architecture Tours

New Perspectives

Barbican architecture

Discover the vast, bold and brutal Barbican estate on our 90 minute Architecture Tours.

Led by our expert guides, the tour takes you across the Barbican Centre and surrounding Brutalist estate. You’ll explore the site’s little-known nooks and crannies, venturing through criss-crossing highwalks, leafy courts and sweeping crescents, with plenty of stops along the way, including:

  • Our tranquil Lakeside Terrace
  • The striking form of the Sculpture Court
  • The trio of soaring residential towers
  • Ruins along the original London Wall
  • And more…

You’ll learn about the vision and ambition behind the design, and gain insight into the past, present and future of the site.

Capturing the staggering scale, other-worldly compositions and iconic forms of the Barbican, the tour will leave you looking at the centre and estate from a new perspective.

  • Meet at the Tickets and Information Desk
  • Our Architecture Tours take place predominantly outside. Please be prepared for all weather conditions
  • Present your same day Architecture tour ticket in the Barbican Kitchen to enjoy a hot drink and cake for £4.50
  • If you have any access requirements please contact us in advance at or call the box office on 0845 120 7511
  • Architecture tours are available throughout the year with new dates added frequently
  • To arrange a private tour please email or contact our Box Office on 0207 382 7211
  • If you choose to collect your tickets please collect them from the Tickets & Information Desk


No booking fee. Discounts subject to availability.

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Under 16:

£10. Proof of age required on collection.

Groups (10+):

£11.50. Call the Groups line on 020 7382 7211.


£8 on all tickets, only on Mondays.



How do you see the Barbican?

Images of the Barbican Centre and estate by our Instagrammers in Residence: 


Our Instagram

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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…

a photo of the barbican centre's engineering room with pipes and other tubes

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.

Backstage tours

Step behind the scenes for a new perspective of your favourite productions

Support new commissions by artists at the Barbican

Invest in artists and help us create ground-breaking new commissions across the arts by donating to the Barbican Fund


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