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KidRated’s Barbican Top Tips:

  • Check the Barbican events calendar
  • Become a member for priority booking
  • Pop in on a rainy day there is always something to do and great things to eat

The Barbican Centre, much like the Southbank Centre is a cultural venue which has pretty much anything on offer.



Festivals, talks, plays, dance shows, films, opera, concerts, exhibitions and workshops can all be found within the brutalist architecture. You name it, it’s probably there at some point so check the event calendar.



If you fancy just dropping in on a rainy day, there’s plenty of space for kids to just run around. On sunny days you can hang out in the courtyard.



In terms of food, there is a lot of choice. You are bound to find something your kids will love. Particularly at the food hall which serves up a variety of dishes from around the world. Though it’s probably best to avoid the gin bar unless you return in the evening without the kids.


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
  • Check the website for how to buy tickets for other events at the venue



Silk Street

Phone number:

+44 (0)20 7638 889


How to get there:

Nearest Tube: Barbican

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Teen Verdict

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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

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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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