barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Car Parking and Entrances

University of Birmingham parking is available here:

  • North East Car Park Multi Storey Floors 1-5 (access via Pritchatts Road); B15 2SA. The Ground Floor bays are reserved exclusively for Hotel Guests displaying a guest permit only. Please note that this car park does not have a lift.
  • Pritchatts Road Car Park (at the junction with Vincent Drive); B15 2QU
  • Pritchatts Park (next car park along after Pritchatts Rd car park); B15 2QX

Parking charges:

  • Up to 1 hour £2.50
  • 1-3 hours £4.00
  • 3-5 hours £5.50
  • 5-8 hours £6.20
  • Up to 10 hours £7.00

Register with RingGo to pay via your credit/debit card via your mobile phone.

It’s free to park after 6pm. You can find more information here: car parking at UoB – please select Visitor Parking.

During evenings and at weekends, free parking is also available in the car parks and bays around the Barber, accessible via the University’s East Gate (off Edgbaston Park Road).

There are two parking bays for disabled visitors adjacent to the Barber: one at the front of the building and one in the yard at the rear.

Access to the main entrance is via a flight of stone steps with a central handrail. Access to the rear entrance for visitors in a wheelchair provides level access into the building.

Access into the Building

The reception desk at the main entrance is manned at all times and staff will assist visitors who need help with the steps or entrance doors. For level access, please contact the reception desk on 0121 414 3080, or via the intercom by the yard.

Inside the Building

The reception desk, shop and refreshments area are located on the ground floor beside the main entrance. The concert hall, lecture theatre and fine art library are also located on the ground floor.

The galleries are on the first floor and can be reached via a curving flight of marble steps at the end of the main entrance foyer or via the lift. These steps have a handrail, but this does not extend for the full flight and, therefore, visitors with mobility problems are advised to use the lift.

There is also a wheelchair available for visitors who need help getting around the building.


Our shop sells a wide variety of items, including a regularly updated range of collection and exhibition-related books, postcards, greeting cards and gifts.


Hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and confectionery, including a fantastic range of Fairtrade items, are available.


The lift provides access to all floors within the building and, for security reasons, is staff-operated. Visitors wishing to use the lift should seek assistance from staff at the reception desk or in the galleries – the Visitor Services Team are happy to help.


There are toilets on the ground floor, close to the main entrance. There is an accessible or adapted toilet on the first floor, close to the lift. Please ask a member of staff at the reception desk or in the galleries.


There is seating in three of the four main galleries and portable stools are also available at the first-floor gallery entrance. There are two wheelchair spaces available in the concert hall and one in the lecture theatre. Visitors wishing to reserve these spaces should contact staff at the reception desk, either in advance (0121 414 3080) or on the day. Please note that spaces are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions about access arrangements or would like help in planning your visit, please contact the reception desk on 0121 414 3080.

In the Gallery…

Enjoy looking at our collection – but please do not touch any works of art, frames or furniture, as this may dirty or damage them.

Please do not eat or drink.

You are welcome to take photographs for you personal enjoyment – and share them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media.

However, photography is not permitted:

  • In temporary exhibitions (unless otherwise specified)
  • Where you see this symbol next to the work of art. This may be because the work is still in copyright or is on loan to the gallery. It is YOUR responsibility not to infringe copyright
  • For commercial or media use without prior agreement*

Please do not use:

  • Flash
  • Tripods
  • Selfie-sticks

Please consider other visitors by not obstructing their view or taking pictures of anyone without their permission

*If you wish to discuss photography or filming for media or commercial use, please contact the Communications and Marketing Manager on or 0121 414 2946.

Photography Workshop with Kate Green (18 June)

Led by Birmingham photographer Kate Green, this workshop explored photography techniques and wellbeing.

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