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The Barbican CentreLondon
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
  
The Barbican Centre is one of the world’s best arts centres and is the largest performing arts centre in Europe. It brings all the art forms under one roof and is renowned for its adventurous programming. All the venues have recently been remodelled and now incorporate the latest innovations.
 
During World War II the area east of St Paul's Cathedral and the docks was flattened by bombing. A massive rebuilding project called the Barbican Redevelopment commenced in the 1960s.
 
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Featuring the ‘brutalist’ style of architecture of the time, the Barbican was designed as a residential/office/entertainment precinct, linked above ground level by concrete walkways – the idea being to keep traffic away from people. This was achieved and now, fifty years later, it is still a pleasant, quiet area but buzzing with what is hottest in the arts.
 
Barbican Music
The Barbican is home to the London Symphony Orchestra with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as an associate. A number of international music festivals are held each year. The Centre presents the full spectrum of classical, jazz, contemporary and world music featuring all the world's best orchestras and artists. For details of Festivals & Seasons go to Web:  Barbican Music
 
Barbican Theatre
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The Bite (Barbican International theatre events) showcases throughout the year new theatre productions by artists, companies and producers from all over the world. In 2005, for the first time in 25 years, a pantomime was performed at the Barbican. For current programme, visit Web: The Bite
 
Barbican Art
Barbican Art Gallery and Curve display contemporary art. Recent exhibitions have featured innovative architecture, design and photography. The unusually shaped 100 metre long ‘Curved Art’ gallery has prompted some very unusual international commissions to be shown. Web: Barbican Art
 
Barbican Film
Barbican Film operates three state-of-the-art cinemas and has been described as ‘a cinematic treasure-trove’. Events have varied from the latest first releases to documentaries, live music with silent film presentations, animation, and Screen Talk interviews. Web:  Barbican Film
 
Facilities
The Centre has numerous bars and restaurants, bookshops, a library, exhibitions, foyers with free music, and public spaces. The Education programme brings artists, poets, storytellers and authors into close contact with the public giving a deeper understanding of the arts.
 
There is always something going on at the Barbican Centre.
 
Opening Hours
For comprehensive details of all opening times go to Web: Opening Hours
 
Disabled Access
Accessible. Excellent advice is available at Web:  Disability Access
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +44 (0)2076 384 141 - General Enquiries
Telephone  +44 (0)2076 388 891 - Box Office
Mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Getting There
The Barbican Centre website has the following information Web:  Visitor Information/ How to get to Barbican Centre
 
For additional information on getting to The Barbican Centre, visit TfL Journey Planner, link above.
 
- By Underground
Barbican Station   Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City lines.
Exit the station and cross Aldersgate Street in front of you. Walk through the road tunnel (Beech Street) before taking the first turning right into Silk Street at the Chiswell Street intersection. The Barbican is straight ahead of you. Alternatively, exit the station using the stairs to the first floor, crossing the road using the footbridge before following the signs to the Barbican.
 
Other nearby Underground stations are:
Moorgate Station  Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City Lines
St Paul's Station   Central Line
Bank Station        Central, Circle and District and Docklands Light Railway
Liverpool Street    Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines
 
- By Mainline Rail
The nearest rail stations are Liverpool Street, Farringdon and Blackfriars. City Thameslink services serve Barbican, Moorgate and Cannon Street.
 
- By Bus
Route No. 153 stops outside the Barbican in Silk Street. Starting from outside Liverpool Street Station, it runs daily to the Barbican, Angel and Finsbury Park. Running close to the Barbican are Bus routes Nos. 8, 11, 23, 26, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76,78, 100, 133, 141, 149, 172, 214, 242, 243, 271, 344.
 
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