York Barbican

York’s exciting new concert and conference venue, bringing world-class music to the City.

The York Barbican is managed by SMG (UK) Ltd. SMG is one of the world’s largest international venue operators. The York Barbican is the latest addition to SMG’s expanding portfolio, which also includes The Bridgewater Hall and MEN Arena in Manchester, the Newcastle Echo Arena, Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle and Whitley Bay Playhouse, with Scunthorpe’s Plowright Theatre and Baths Hall to follow later in 2011.

The Barbican offers a diverse programme of events taking advantage of the venue’s 1500 seated and 1900 standing capacities. The opening season includes comedy, a range of music events, snooker, family shows and community events. The annual Festival of Remembrance and the Lord Mayor’s Carol Concert will return to the Barbican as a regular part of the programme, as will the Guildhall Orchestra.

In addition to its role as an entertainment venue, the Barbican is an important addition to York’s business tourism offer, hosting a range of events from large conferences to smaller meetings and private events. SMG is already working with Visit York and the hotel sector to attract conferences to York, increasing further the positive economic impact that the re-opened Barbican will generate in the city.

The Clifford Lounge Experience

Do you want to feel like a V.I.P? Or are you coming with a group for a special occasion, and want to make the night unforgettable? What better way than to have access to our exclusive Clifford Lounge bar area, separate from the main foyer. Through the Lounge’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows you can look onto the activity of the bars and the box office, but be removed from it all in this intimate space, complete with its own cash bar. For just £10.00 you can have access to this bar from when you arrive until the main act steps onto stage. Not only this, but you will receive a complimentary glass of Prossecco upon your arrival in the lounge, as well as the option to pre-order drinks for the interval.

Conferences & Events

Centrally located and easily accessed by public transport or car, York Barbican provides a unique and alternative venue for a variety of conferences and events. Newly redeveloped with upgraded facilities York Barbican is not only a concert venue, it also provides an exciting environment for a diverse range of corporate events.


Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 10:00am to 02:00pm


Paragon Street , York , YO10 4AH


0844 854 2757