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The Secret Life of the Conservatory

Illustration of a Koi Carp in a light blue pond with green leaves

Escape into nature with the whole family with our free Conservatory trail, using sound and storytelling to bring our green utopia to life. 

Explore our conservatory, plug into the magical world of the Flora and Fauna and let yourself be transported as the plants are brought to life in a new way.

Accompanied by an illustrated activity sheet for children, where you can draw and collect your thoughts throughout your journey, this is an immersive storytelling experience for all the family to enjoy within the calm of our green oasis.


Duration: approx. 25 minutes. Age Guidance: 7+.

You are advised to bring your own headphones and a smartphone to access the trail. There will be a small number of headphones and devices available if you are unable to use your own. You will have access to control the volume of the stories yourself. Headphones are sanitised before each use.

Emma Hayes - Writer

Xavier Velastín - Sound Artist

Aleesha Nandhra - Illustrations and Activity Sheet Design

Produced by Barbican Creative Learning



A printed copy of stories is included in the accompanying Activity Sheet .

A wheelchair accessible route is available in the Conservatory.

Families at the Barbican

Accessible, fun and inspiring activities for the whole family to enjoy across the Barbican

Opening Times

The Secret Life of the Conservatory is not currently running but will be back again later this year. Check back soon for updates. Visits to the Conservatory are still possible on public opening days.

Your Visit

We recommend you allow 25 minutes for your visit.

Admission is free. Tickets for the Conservatory are released one week in advance online. A limited number of day tickets are released for online booking from 9.30am each day that the Conservatory is open. We will do our best to accomodate families who have not booked tickets, though booking is advisable to secure your slot.

If you're unable to attend, please contact [email protected] to return your free tickets.

Why not enjoy some food during your visit? The Barbican Kitchen has a family lunch offer! Grab a free half size margherita pizza with any purchase of an adult main dish from the hot counter. Monday - Sunday, 12 - 2.30pm.



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This project is supported by Wellcome.