Access

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Accessibility

We are committed to being an accessible Museum. We try to ensure that our historic buildings can be enjoyed by all of our visitors. Disabled visitors have designated spaces close to the Museum entrance and where possible we provide ramps into our buildings. Accessible routes around the Museum are clearly marked on our Museum map.

Blue badge holders

Concessionary rates are available for registered disabled visitors and carers can come in free.

Parking & Vehicles

There are designated parking spaces for blue badge holders close to the Museum entrance.  the Museum operates a ‘no vehicles on site’ policy during opening hours.  However, electric mobility scooters are allowed, with a 5mph speed limit. The Museum has a golf buggy and our team of staff and volunteers are happy to provide lifts for less mobile visitors.

Wheelchairs & Electric Scooters

The Museum has two electric scooters for hire.  This is free of charge, although donations to the Museum are welcome.  A security deposit is required while the scooter is on loan.  Please ring the Museum Office on 01494 871117 to check availability and to pre-book. Adult manual wheelchairs can also be borrowed from the Ticket Office.  Users of this facility must have a carer to assist them. Pre-booking is advisable.

The Museum has ramps into the prefab, Elliott and Sons Tea Room, Henton mission room and Borehamwood dairy to enable wheelchair access. Please be aware that our compact gravel paths are not ideal for wheelchairs and some paths can become very muddy in bad weather.  If possible, we would recommend booking a mobility scooter in advance instead. We regret that the Woodland Walk is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Loop Systems

Small portable loop systems are now installed at the Ticket Office and Tea Room for use by visitors with hearing aids. On request, the Museum can provide a portable loop for use on guided tours around the Museum for one user with a hearing aid. Please book in advance.

Access Guides

A visitors’ folder with information about buildings that have limited access is available at the Ticket Office.

Guide dogs

Guide dogs are welcome and, unlike other dogs, are allowed inside the historic buildings.  All dogs must be kept on a short lead because of farm livestock.

Toilet Facilities

The most modern and accessible facilities are the ‘Bakerloo’ mid site toilets on the Village Green (No.14a on the Museum map) there are two cubicles in the historic Caversham Public Conveniences (No.3 on the Museum map) have been adapted for wheelchair access, as far as possible.

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