Map & Directions
However you like to travel, here are some of our recommended routes to get to all venues within the Barbican.
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The Barbican is within walking distance to several tube and train stations and bus routes. You can also walk to the Barbican within 30 minutes from much of central London and explore the city on your way. Car parking is available if you are travelling by car and can be booked in advance.
Choose your preferred method of transport or the venue you're visiting at the Barbican to find for guidance on how best to get yourself there, whether you're looking for the most direct or a more scenic route...
For up to date travel information and routes, visit the Transport for London Journey Planner.
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We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate.
Barbican: 4 min walk; Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Circle lines
Moorgate: 7 min walk; Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Circle lines
St Paul's: 11 min walk; Central line
The nearest tube station served by the Night Tube (Friday and Saturday) is St Paul's on the Central line.
Plan your journey and find up to date travel information on the TfL website.
The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon.
Liverpool Street: 11 min walk
Farringdon: 11 min walk
Old Street and Moorgate are also served by Great Northern and Thameslink trains and are within walking distance of the Barbican.
Plan your journey and find up to date travel information on the National Rail website.
Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street. Alight at 'Silk Street'.
The Barbican is also close to Bus Route 4 and 56 which serve Barbican tube station.
We are easily accessible by bus from around the city; plan your journey and see live bus times on the TfL Interactive Bus Map.
You can walk to the Barbican within 30 minutes from all over central London, giving you the chance to explore the city on on your way.
Plan your route with our walking map from nearby tube stations and public transport.
Until autumn 2019, Moorfields Highwalks will be closed for public access. Find out about alternative routes.
Old Street: 11 mins
Liverpool Street: 11 mins
Farringdon: 13 mins
St Paul's: 13 mins
Cannon Street: 16 mins
Spitalfields Market: 18 mins
Blackfriars: 20 mins
Aldgate East: 22 mins
Tower Bridge: 25 mins
London Bridge: 25 mins
Columbia Road: 26 mins
Holborn: 27 mins
Tate Modern: 27 mins
Cycle racks are available at the entrance to Car Park 5 and exit to Car Park 3, which are accessible from inside the Beech Street tunnel. There are also additional bike racks on Silk Street and Golden Lane.
There are TfL Cycle Hire Docking Stations located on Silk Street and Beech Street. You can find the nearest docking station and bike availability on Citymapper.
Helmets and equipment can be left in our free cloakrooms, located on Level -1.
Plan your journey using the TfL Cycle Journey Planner.
The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has car parking on Beech Street and Silk Street.
On 18 March 2020, the City of London Corporation introduced traffic changes on Beech Street, Bridgewater Street and Golden Lane in a bid to cut air pollution. Polluting vehicles are restricted from driving through Beech Street, making it the UK’s first ‘zero emission street’.
There is now no through route on Beech Street except for zero emission vehicles. However access to car parks 4 and 5 is permitted for all vehicles.
Access to all vehicles will resume on 19 September 2021, pending further consultation on the scheme.
Zero Emission Zone
To access the Beech Street car park you will need to approach from Chiswell Street. You will not be able to travel eastbound on Beech Street from Long Lane because a central reservation stops drivers getting into the car park.
Find out more about the scheme at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/beechstreet
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The Barbican Theatre is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
There are three Cinemas at the Barbican - you can find out which venue your screening is in on the event page or your ticket after you've booked.
Barbican Cinema 1 is located within the main Barbican building on Level -2. Head to Level G and walk towards the Lakeside Terrace where you’ll find stairs and lifts to take you down to the venue floor.
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you’ll see a zebra crossing that will take you across the road to the venue.
The Art Gallery is located on Level 3 and can be accessed by stairs and lifts from Level G or via the Sculpture Court if coming from outside.
The Curve is located on Level G and can be found at the bottom of the Silk Street entrance ramp, opposite the Barbican Shop.
The Barbican Libraries are located on Level 2 within the Barbican. They can be accessed from the main building via stairs or lifts from Level G or via Frobisher Crescent from the highwalks.
Milton Court is located within the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is approximately a 5 minute walk from the Barbican entrance on Silk Street.
The Pit is located on Level -2 within the main Barbican building and can be accessed via the stairs or lifts on Level G, next to the doors to the Lakeside Terrace.
The Silk Street Theatre is located in the main Guildhall School building on Silk Street but can also be accessed from the Barbican if you exit via the doors next to Barbican Kitchen on Level G.
The Barbican Conservatory is located on Level 3, if you’re coming from inside the main Barbican building.
From the Barbican highwalks, follow signs to the ‘Barbican Centre’. Walking from Barbican tube station, you’ll see a steps with ‘Art Gallery’ above them, these will lead you up to the Sculpture Court where you'll see a sign for the Conservatory.