James Orchestral Tour – York Barbican – Fri 28 April 2023

York Barbican, Paragon Street, York YO10 4AH

About the Venue

Originally built in 1989 as part of a complex including a swimming pool and sports hall, York Barbican was extensively refurbished and reopened in 2011 and regularly hosts concerts, conferences and snooker events.

It is situated in the south of the city centre, beside the historic city walls and takes its name from the nearby barbican (wall above the drawbridge) of Walmgate, which dates to the 12th century.

The venue has a seated capacity of 1500 and is arranged in raked stalls, rising to a balcony level.

Getting There


York Barbican is situated to the south of York city centre, off the A64 and A19 Selby Road and you will be able to reach it without having to negotiate the city centre itself if you want to, although if you have time, York is a stunning city which has many attractions if you are there early enough. The York Barbican website includes a Guide to York within its pages, and there is a list of some of them, with clickable links, at the bottom of this article.


York station is an approximately 20 minute walk from the Barbican, via Queen Street, Nunnery Lane and Bishopgate Street, following the line of the City Walls, or you can walk most of the way on the City Walls themselves.

Park and Ride

York has an excellent Park and Ride service – however, this ends around 9pm, before the end of the show.


Bus Numbers 66 and 67 run regularly from the station to the Barbican – check Google Maps, or this site has a journey planner app for other routes. https://www.itravelyork.info/plan-journey


There are a number of carparks within easy walking distance of York Barbican. Surrounding streets are resident permits only and this is strictly enforced.

Q-Park Barbican (313 Spaces) – YO10 4AH – 1 min walk – https://www.q-park.co.uk/en-gb/cities/york/barbican-theatre/ – parking needs to be pre-booked using the link to receive discounted rates. Prebooked parking is £7.50 for 6 hours.

Peel Street (78 Spaces) – YO1 9PZ – 5 min walk – £2.50 between 18:00 and 07:30

St Georges Field (150 Spaces) – YO10 4FH – 5 min walk – £3.00 between 18:00 and 00:00

Castle Car Park (317 Spaces) – YO1 9SA – 8 min walk – £3.00 between 18:00 and 00:00

View of York Barbican with Q-Park parking in foreground, York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and Museum in background

Eat and Drink

There are hundreds of places in York centre to eat and drink, from independent coffee shops to national chains, but not so much close to the venue. There are a few pubs within a couple of minute’s walk of the Barbican –

The Phoenix Inn, a small 18th century Real Ale pub with no food or TVs – opposite the Barbican at Fishergate Bar (Fishergate Bar is the name of the gateway, NOT a pub!)

There is a Wetherspoons a short walk away – The Postern Gate – serving the usual food and beer this chain is known for

The Mason’s Arms is an independent pub nearby, serving pub food, on Tower Street, by the crossing over the River Foss  

The Sea Horse Hotel is a small pub with B&B rooms (still available if you need accommodation) on Fawcett Street

The Edinburgh Arms is on Fishergate, just a few minutes walk away – a large sports and music bar serving food

York is a stunning historic city, dating from Roman times and has been continuously built and re-built upon through Viking, medieval and industrial eras. If you have time, do explore the city and visit some of the attractions, including

Jorvik Viking Centre
York Minster
York City Walls walk
The Shambles
Clifford’s Tower
York Castle Museum
National Railway Museum
York Chocolate Story

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