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Wrest Park - Gardens

Wrest Park and Gardens, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR

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Introduction

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    • All areas of the garden are accessible except the Pavilion,the orangery and bowling green accessed by shallow steps.
    • There is a mobility cart that makes a circuit/tour of the garden.
    • For further details, please contact the venue or ask a member of staff.
    • There are four motorised scooters available to borrow, free of charge.
    • Visitors are urged to book the scooters in advance.

COVID-19 Information

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the village.
  • This venue is situated in Silsoe.
  • 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 Flitwick.

Opening Times (Summer April-September)

  • Monday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00.
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    • Opening times vary depending on the month.
    • For further details please contact the venue.

Winter Opening Times

  • Winter opening times do vary, customers are advised to contact the venue for the relevant information.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park is at the side of the venue.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There are 10+ designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 340cm x 590cm (11ft 2in x 19ft 4in).
  • The nearest designated bay is 120m (131yd) from the gardens entrance.
  • The furthest designated bay is 152m (166yd) from the gardens entrance.
  • 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 loose chippings.
  • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
  • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
  • The patron does not have to cross a road.
  • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.

Outside Access (Main Gardens Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located next to the visitor centre leading into the garden.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in) wide.

Level Change (Main Gardens Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).

Outside Access (Orangery Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in) wide.

Level Change (Orangery Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are shallow.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Outside Access (Bowling Green House Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 112cm (3ft 8in) wide.

Level Change (Bowling Green House Entrance)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are shallow.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Outside Access (Pavilion Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 135cm (4ft 5in) wide.

Level Change (Pavilion Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the steps.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is / are 10 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.

Level Change (Inside Access)

  • The gardens surfaces are made up of grass, gravel, dirt and loose chippings.
  • There are uneven areas on some paths around the gardens such as on the grass and dirt.
  • The majority of the gardens has uneven surfaces and easy slopes, although there are some moderate slopes in places.

Museum

  • Exhibits can be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
  • The availability of tactile signage does not depend on exhibition.
  • Touch tours are not available.
  • Video tours are not available.
  • Concessions are available.
  • There is not a wheelchair to borrow.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are no accessible toilet facilities in the gardens.
  • There are accessible toilet facilities in the house and next to the visitor centre.
  • Please see the separate guides for details.

Standard Toilet(s)

Level Change (Standard Toilets)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the toilet.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are shallow.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Additional Info

  • Staff do 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.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is normally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level (unknown at time of research).