Accessing our venues
Getting around the Barbican
If you're planning your visit to the Barbican, you can find full information about the access provisions for each of our venues including access routes, seating arrangements, assistance dogs, captioning and hearing loops.
If you have any questions or special requirements, please email [email protected]
A Changing Places facility is located within the Beech Street Cinema complex for the exclusive use of severely disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet. The facility includes a height adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally placed toilet, a height adjustable basin and a shower.
The Changing Places facility will be available 10am daily until the end of the last film screening from 17 May 2021 onwards.
View a photo of our Changing Places facilities
The following is a list of accessible toilets available at the Barbican Centre (Silk Street) and Beech Street cinemas. Many of the toilets have double door entry (some single door) with automated push panel open and close controls and with a swipe lock and unlock door mechanism. Some doors are not automated requiring them to be opened, closed and locked manually. On the links below, you'll find full details and photographs of each accessible toilet and the facilities available in each room.
Priority is given to disabled people using these toilets.
Nearest for Auditorium 1, Auditorium 2 and Frobisher Rooms. Right hand transfer. Size 160cm x 132cm. In this small toilet, some wheelchair users may find difficulty turning.
Nearest for Art Gallery, Conservatory, Sculpture Court. Left hand transfer. Size 197cm x 167cm.
Nearest for Library. Right hand transfer. Size 150cm x 173cm. In this small toilet, some wheelchair users may find difficulty turning.
Nearest for Concert Hall, Ground floor foyer, The Curve. Right and left hand transfer. Size 218cm x 202cm.
Two toilets, available during Theatre performances only. Reached by a lift (93cm x 166cm). Right and left hand transfer. Size 150cm x 162cm.
Three toilets. Level access. Both right and left-hand transfer. Sizes vary (minimum dimensions 180 x 185cm).
The Barbican Centre is signposted on all main roads into the City. The car parks are off Silk Street and off Beech Street (westbound access only). There is a headroom restriction of 1.85m. All car parks stay open until midnight. There are accessible routes to all venues and lifts are available for anyone who needs them.
Please park in Car Park 5 as this currently the only easy access car park. There will be a clear route from the blue badge bays to the lifts via the Lakeside. If your blue badge has expired, please forward a new copy with your car registration number to [email protected].
Free parking for blue badge-holders
If you are an occasional visitor to the Centre, please take your blue badge to one of our reception desks on the day of your visit in order to receive a complimentary car park voucher.
If you are a regular visitor to the Centre, there is an automated number plate recognition system in our car parks for Access Members who are blue badge-holders to allow for free use of the Barbican car parks during visits to the Barbican Centre. Find out how to become an Access Member. To qualify for free parking please provide a copy of your blue badge (both sides), details of the number plate of the vehicle you regularly use (up to a maximum of three) and your access membership number to [email protected] or by post to:
Available parking bays
Car Park 5 provides flat access into the Centre where there will be a clear route from the blue badge bays to the lifts via the Lakeside. There are 6 accessible bays in Car Park 5. This is currently the most accessible car park.
Reserving a parking space
Blue badge holders may reserve a wide parking bay in Car Park 3 or Car Park 5, subject to availability. Bookings can be made by emailing [email protected]. Your vehicle registration number and the date and time of your booking will appear on the display stand notice located at your reserved parking bay.
Please note: 48 hours’ notice must be given and bookings can be made up to 3 months in advance
Cancelling a parking space
The number of accessible parking bays available at the Barbican Centre is limited, so please remember to cancel your booking should you no longer require it.
Car park photographs
View images of the entrance and accessible bays in Car Park 3 and Car Park 5.