Chiltern Open Air Museum is a large outdoor museum with a collection of 37 historic buildings, some of which, due to their historic nature, are not completely accessible. We try to ensure that our historic buildings can be enjoyed by all of our visitors and where possible we provide ramps into our buildings. Disabled visitors have designated spaces close to the Museum entrance and we have accessible toilets.
Blue badge holders
Concessionary rates are available for registered disabled visitors and if they require another person, as their companion or carer to enable them to access the museum, then they can come in for 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 wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters available to borrow these are free of charge, however, a security deposit is required while the scooter is on loan. As numbers are limited these are available on a first come first served basis, please ring the Museum Office on 01494 871 117 to check availability and to pre-book (lines are open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm). Visitors are welcome to use personal mobility scooters around the site. Due to the age and frailty of our historic buildings we ask that mobility scooters are not driven inside any of our exhibits.
The Museum has ramps into the prefab, Elliott and Sons Cafe, Henton mission room, WWI Nissen hut and Borehamwood dairy. 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.
Small portable loop systems are installed at the Ticket Office and Cafe.
A visitors’ folder with information about buildings that have limited access is available at the Ticket Office.
Assistance 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.
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.