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Disabled Access Day

16 March 2019

Disabled Access Day is all about celebrating excellence in access and creating opportunities to do something new!

Here at the Historic Dockyard we strive to ensure that there are as many areas as possible are accessible to all!  We want to ensure that all of our visitors are able to have an excellent experience when visiting us and access for those that have difficulty in accessing historic locations is of a great importance to us.

All gallery spaces within the site are fully wheelchair accessible and our Command of the Oceans galleries have also been enhanced to include sign language with our audio visual displays.  We have lift access to all building and gallery spaces, including the mezzanine floor of our iconic structure, No.3 Slip.

Disabled visitors are able to get on board two of our historic warships (HMS Gannet and HMS Cavalier) with ramped wheelchair access, and for those that are unable to access the submarine, you can view the inside at the link here.

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Did you know that here at The Dockyard carers receive free admission with presentation of valid ID such as a disability letter. We also offer wheelchair hire – please call in advance to guarantee a booking.

There are disabled toilets located throughout the site, but most importantly, we are delighted to announce we now have a Changing Place!

Changing places are available for those with needs greater than a standard disabled toilet can offer. Within the Changing place is:

  • A height adjustable adult-sized changing bench
  • A tracking hoist system (or mobile host if this is not possible)
  • Adequate space in the changing area for the disabled person and up to two carers
  • A toilet with room either side
  • A screen to allow some privacy
  • A safe and clean environment

The Changing place can be accessed by letting a staff member know in the Steam, Steel and Submarines gallery that you would like to use it.  We are currently the only heritage attraction in Kent to have one of these facilities and hope that the space is utilised to support our visitors with more specialist requirements.

We strive to make The Dockyard a place for all to visit and enjoy and hope that our accessibility features will help create opportunities for something new to do!

 

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