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World of Owls

32 Mount Shalgus Lane, Randalstown, Antrim, BT41 3LE

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About this venue

World of Owls is one of the largest most diverse collections of owls in the UK and Ireland. There is also other birds of prey, reptiles, insects & other animals to see. There is a small children's play park, tea, coffee and light refreshments available, as well as a gift shop. It is a voluntary registered charity with all the staff working for no reward to look after the animals and educate the guests. It is rustic and rural and the vast majority of the animals there have been rescued.

Access Guide

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Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Antrim.
  • Comments View
    • The World of Owls is located on the edge of Randalstown Forrest.
    • The parking is at the end of Mount Shalgus Lane off Staffordstown Road.

Opening Hours

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Randalstown Forest Park.
    • The car park is located within Randalstown Forest.
  • On Street Blue Badge Parking View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
  • On Street Standard Parking View
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The car park within the forest is 60m from the main entrance.
    • The car park surface and path is tarmac.
    • A space for a Blue Badge holder can be made available in the venues staff car park by prior arrangement.

Access Point (Main Entrance)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located at the front of the building.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • There is a gate which opens towards you (pull).
    • The gate is difficult to open.
    • The gate has a sliding bolt lock.
    • The width of the gap is 107cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.

Reception (Pay Window)

  • The desk/counter is 7m (7yd 1ft) from the main entrance at the front of the main building.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Outside Access (Shop Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the shop to the rear of the main building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).

Access Point (Shop)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located at the rear of the building.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • There is no gate at this access point.
    • The width of the gap is 104cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the shop.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 104cm (3ft 5in).

Inside Access (Shop)

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are not welcomed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • Coffee and teas are available and a seating area may be found outside the shop.

Getting Around

  • The pathways around the sanctuary vary from 100cm - 400cm in width.
  • The pathways are gravel tracks that can become muddy in certain weather conditions making the ground uneven in areas.
  • There are easy to moderate slopes around the grounds.
  • There are benches and picnic tables throughout the park around the bird pens and on the field in front of the reception.

Accessible Toilet (Left Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 210cm x 158cm (6ft 11in x 5ft 2in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 81cm (2ft 8in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • There is a/are waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf has the minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
    • The shelf is at a height of 79cm.
    • The shelf is not located where it is reachable.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 85cm (2ft 9in).

Level Change (Accessible Toilet)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the toilet.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 100cm (3ft 3in).

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located in the woods at the front of the venue.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.