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Basing House - Visitor Centre, Great Barn and Learning Centre

The Street, Old Basing, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 7BH

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About this venue

Visited by Henry VIII, besieged by Cromwell.... Unearth the amazing stories of Basing house, a nationally important historical site. This magnificent attraction dates from the Norman period, was the site of the largest private house in Tudor England and suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. The visitor centre entrance houses a gift shop and light refreshments.

Access Guide

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Introduction

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Basingstoke.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Basingstoke.

COVID-19 Information

  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are hand held.
  • There is a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is not a one-way system throughout.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • There are protective clear screens located at tills/counters.
  • Toilets are available.

Opening Times (1st March - 31st October)

  • Monday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Thursday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Friday Closed.
  • Saturday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Comments View
    • Open for pre-booked groups or schools only from 2nd October 2018 - March 2019.

Parking (Main Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • The car park is on Bartons Lane.
  • There are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 340cm x 600cm (11ft 2in x 19ft 8in).
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
  • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
  • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

Parking (Accessible Parking)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • The car park is opposite the Great Barn.
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
  • The car park surface is grass.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

Outside Access (Visitor Centre Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the visitor centre.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The main automatic door(s) is/are push pad or push button activated.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 200cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located leading up to and immediately beyond the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.

Outside Access (Visitor Centre Exit)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located leaving the visitor centre.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The main automatic door(s) is/are push pad or push button activated.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 180cm.

Outside Access (Great Barn Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the great barn.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 130cm.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the visitor centre entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played in the great barn.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • There is a hearing loop fitted in the Great Barn.
    • There is a sound and light show in the barn.

Level Change (Visitor Centre to Main Site)

  • The main route from the site to the visitor centre involves level paths, crossing The Street, Old Basing and a steep slope located at Garrison Gate.
  • If this route is not suitable. there is accessible parking located behind the musuem.
  • Please see the Basing House, Museum and Walled Garden access guide for more information.

Accessible Toilet (Toilet Block)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 18m (20yd) from the visitor centre exit.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the right as you exit the visitor centre.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 225cm (5ft 11in x 7ft 5in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm available.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The towel dispenser is 120cm (3ft 11in) high.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s) (Toilet Block)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are available in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.