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KidRated’s Barbican Centre Top Tips:

  • Best for kids & teens: hide and seek in the Conservatory. Art, theatre, cinema, live gigs, need we go on?
  • Best for parents: Great food and culture under one roof
  • Top tip: Barbican Members enjoy priority booking to events, discounted tickets and special offers in the restaurants

Welcome to the Barbican Centre, London’s other cultural wonderland along with the Southbank Centre, where even the coolest teens become culture vultures! With art galleries, cinema magic, live gigs, and more, it’s the ultimate spot for families seeking a dose of fun and enrichment. Plus, the Brutalist architecture adds an extra dash of coolness!


Whether your teen is an art aficionado, film buff, or music lover, the Barbican has it all – from cutting-edge exhibitions to mind-blowing performances. And for architecture enthusiasts, the iconic urban landscape is a sight to behold.


Plus, with festivals, talks, plays and dance shows the Barbican’s got it covered. On rainy days, the Conservatory is a winner. Let the little ones loose to run around, or soak up the sun in the courtyard.


Hungry? Fear not! The various food venues offer a smorgasbord of global delights sure to tantalise even the pickiest eaters. Just maybe skip the Martini Bar – unless it’s a parents-only affair later on!


So why wait? Dive into the Barbican experience today and treat your family to a day of fun, culture, and unforgettable memories! Find out what’s on  


Check out our Empty Pocket Guide to the Cinema for great money-saving tips at the Barbican cinema.

Booking Advice:

  • Buy tickets online as early as possible to take advantage of deals and discounts – here’s what’s on right now!
  • Entry to the Barbican is FREE as are some exhibitions



Silk Street

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7638 889


How to get there:

Nearest Tube: Barbican

Teen Verdict

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated


Love the Barbican. It’s perfect for a chill day out in central. If you’re thinking of taking your teenagers here or thinking of going yourself then deffo do it. It’s always got great stuff on especially if you’re into the artsy scene.

Parent Point of View

Things to do, places to go for kids and teenagers - cool, academic, fun and entertaining in London and beyond with KidRated

Laura Porter

  • The Conservatory is free to visit and open most Sundays. Look out for birds and fish!
  • While still available, there’s a free Big Adventure trail for families which guides you around many areas of this arts complex you may never see otherwise. And you get prizes too.
  • Have a picnic at Lakeside Terrace and let the kids run around outside. There are several restaurants – including Barbican Kitchen & Bonfire; – both with child-friendly options.
  • The Barbican Library has a good children’s library and book sales too.

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