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Birmingham Cathedral

Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QB

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Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Snow Hill.

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 Snow Hill Station.
    • The car park is located on Livery Street, off Colmore Row.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available within the car park.
  • On Street Blue Badge Parking View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
    • On street Blue Badge parking is located in Temple Row West.
  • On Street Standard Parking View
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 670cm x 190cm (21ft 12in x 6ft 3in).
    • Standard marked parking bays are located in Temple Row West.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is a horizontal strip of Blue Badge parking.
    • On street parking on Temple Row West is one way.
    • Enter Temple Row West from Colmore Row and exit towards Waterloo Street.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located in the Cathedral grounds off Colmore Row.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 200cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 122cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located at the front of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • Comments View
    • There is a third set of doors.
    • The second and third set of doors open automatically towards you, they are sensor operated, but can be opened by push pads or manually.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The doors are heavy.
    • The second and third set of door openings are 122cm wide.
    • To exit the Cathedral push pads are available at a height of 108cm.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played during some services.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are low to moderate.

Level Change (Altar)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the Alter.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
  • The ramp/slope is portable.
  • Please contact a member of cathedral staff for use of the portable ramp.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading up to the altar.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are low to moderate.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

Other Floors (Galleries)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is not a landing.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the Galleries.
  • Comments View
    • This staircase gives access to the Galleries but is only used on special occasions or for overflow.

Other Floors (Undercroft)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are low to moderate.
  • Comments View
    • There are no handrails for 2 of the steps.
    • The Undercroft is now only used for internal meetings.

Accessible Toilet (Left Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the Main Entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the north western corner of the Cathedral.
    • There is 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 250cm (4ft 11in x 8ft 2in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 62cm (2ft).
    • 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 an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 175cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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 wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located Accessible Toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 86cm (2ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a lock on the door leading to the corridor where the Accessible Toilet is located, during services it will be open, or staff will open upon request.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the lower floor of the north western side.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the bottom of spiral staircase in the north western side.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels in the female and male toilets are good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the Accessible Toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments View
    • There is a lock on the door leading to the corridor, during services it will be open, or staff will open upon request.
    • In the corridor there is a spiral staircase down to the lower floor and standard toilets.
    • The staircase has 14 steps, depth of steps are 18-20cm
    • There is a handrail on both sides of the staircase.

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.