Silk Street, London
Sun & Bank Holidays: closed
The Library is also closed on Easter Saturday and Christmas Eve.
How to get there
However you like to travel, here are some recommended routes to get to the Barbican. The Barbican is within walking distance of 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 guidance on how best to get yourself there, whether you’re looking for the most direct or a more scenic route…
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For up to date travel information and routes, visit the Transport for London Journey Planner.
The Barbican is within walking distance from a number of London Underground and Elizabeth Line stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s, Farringdon and Moorgate
Barbican: 4 min walk; Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Circle lines
Moorgate: 7 min walk; Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Circle lines
Farringdon: 8 min walk; Elizabeth line
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: 8 min walk
Old Street and Moorgate are also served by Great Northern and Thameslink trains and are within walking distance of the Barbican. The new Elizabeth Line can be accessed from Farringdon Station. 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. The Barbican is 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 your way. Plan your route with the Barbican's walking map from nearby tube stations and public transport. Walking distances are approximately the following…
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 the 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.
For those visiting by coach, Silk Street is the designated set down and collect point. Find out more.
The nearest river bus station is Blackfriars Millennium Pier, which is a 25 minute walk from the Barbican. Plan your journey and find up to date travel information on the TfL website