Access : Disabled / Wheelchair / Pushchair

 

The Coffee House is accessed via four uneven steps and the Museum via three uneven steps

Because of our Grade 1 listing we are not permitted to install a ramp or provide handrails
to make access easier for people with disabilities/ wheelchairs/pushchairs.

Our staff and volunteers are always happy to help customers negotiate the steps.

There's a Disabled Toilet in south range of The Folly but direct access for wheelchairs from the Coffee House is difficult because of a narrow doorway between the north and south ranges.  We have applied to Historic England for permission to widen the doorway and are hopeful of a positive outcome. In the meantime, Coffee House wheelchair customers can access the disabled toilet either by entering the south range via the Museum Entrance (three uneven steps!) or via a rear entrance.

Staff are always on hand to advise and assist.

 

Access to the upper floors of the museum is normally via the staircase in the south range. Wheelchair
access to the middle floor is possible via a doorway from the rear garden. Please ask staff for assistance.

Regrettably, at this time, it is not possible for wheelchair users to access the top floor.

 

OUR PLANS TO IMPROVE ACCESS
 

As part of our ambitious Folly Transformation Programme we are planning to implement
a couple of projects that will help make The Folly accessible to all.

 


New Wheelchair Friendly Main Entrance
 

Our plan is to convert the north garage (to the left of the Coffee House)
into a new main entrance with ramped access.

Plans have been drawn and approved by Historic England.

The conversion works will cost approx. £150,000.

The Trustees are actively seeking grant funding for this project.
 


Installation of a Lift
 

Our plan is to install a lift that will allow enable
internal access to the middle and upper floors

The installation of a suitable lift will cost approx. £80,000

The Trustees are actively seeking grant funding for this project.