museum landscape

Visitors with disabilities

The site is set on sloping ground and is steep in places. Access around the site is on rural surfaces; mainly rolled or loose chippings, which are in keeping with the nature of the site and buildings. Some paths are cobbled and their surfaces may cause some difficulty for visitors who use a wheelchair or have impaired mobility.

We suggest that, if possible, visitors using wheelchairs should use those with wide tyres as this makes access easier and smoother. The use of a powered wheelchair or four-wheeled mobility scooter allows access to the majority of the open areas of the site.

To enter or exit the site on the level, there is an automatic pedestrian gate into the Museum from the car park, activated by a 4-digit code number, which you can ask for in the ticket office. This gate is suitable for users of wheelchairs or four-wheeled mobility scooters.

Vehicular access

With prior permission, vehicles carrying people with limited mobility can drive to the far end of the site via our access road and park in the designated area. From here you will be able to explore the far end of the Museum site on foot, by wheelchair or mobility scooter.

To arrange this, please call first at the ticket office for a vehicle pass, you will then be directed to the most appropriate route.

No visitor vehicles are permitted in any other areas of the Museum site, so please only park and drive where indicated.

Download our accessibility map here.

Level access

The introductory exhibition in Hambrook barn has level access, as does Court Barn, which contains exhibitions on leadwork, masonry and glazing. The brick drying shed from Petersfield, with its exhibition on historic brickwork, and the pugmill and smithy have level access. All of these buildings are situated around the lower picnic area of the Museum, near the lake.

Access to the counter area of the café and the indoor seating area in the hall from Sole Street is without steps but uneven.

Further out on the site, the displays on farms and farmstead, and regional geology and land use, in the cattle shed from Redvins Farm, Goodwood have level entry.

Inaccessible buildings

A few of the buildings are inaccessible to those who need to use a wheelchair – this is due to the high thresholds of the doorways. The following buildings have single step and raised threshold entry to the ground floor:

  • Whittaker’s Cottages
  • Poplar Cottage

The following buildings have internal staircases to the upper floors:

  • Whittaker’s Cottages
  • Poplar Cottage
  • Bayleaf Farmhouse
  • Pendean Farmhouse
  • Titchfield Market Hall
  • Watermill from Lurgashall
  • Medieval house from North Cray
  • Tindalls cottage from Ticehurst

Each of these houses contains an album of photos showing the upper storey of the building. We are currently in the process of taking panoramic photographs, which will be added to this website when complete.

Toilet facilities

The toilet block by the Museum entrance has a separate wheelchair accessible toilet with level access. The toilet block behind the Market Square has a separate wheelchair accessible toilet. The toilet block near Bayleaf Farmstead has level access but no separate wheelchair accessible toilet.

Tours

For visitors who wish to join the daily 1.30pm Gridshell tour or simply see the Gridshell building we can, by prior arrangement, provide direct access by car. Please contact the Museum on 01243 811363 or email office@wealddown.co.uk in advance of your visit.

If you would like to arrange a group tour for visitors with disabilities, please contact the Museum on 01243 811363 or email office@wealddown.co.uk.

Feedback

We are constantly looking for ways to improve access to our buildings and exhibits. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact us on 01243 811363 or email office@wealddown.co.uk.