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Knowsley Safari Park

Prescot, Knowsley, Merseyside, L34 4AN

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About this venue

Warmly welcoming visitors for over 43 years. A stunning five mile safari drive, foot safari, events and talks on a wide variety of animals. The safari park has a range of smaller attractions like Acorn Farm, Aerial Extreme, Komaru Outdoor Adventure and Space World which offer something for everyone. It brings Knowsley over half a million visitors each year.

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the grounds include A safari park drive thru experience, safari walk around experience, amusement rides, animal displays, boating lake and Oasis Restaurant.

Location

  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Prescot or Eccleston Park.

COVID-19 Information

  • There are external queuing points.
  • The external queuing points are clearly marked/signed.
  • There is a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are wall mounted.
  • 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.

Opening Times

  • The venue has seasonal opening times.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the front and 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 is/are 10+ Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 400cm x 500cm (13ft 1in x 16ft 5in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 14m (15yd 11in) from the park entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the park 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 tarmac.
    • There is a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The car park has allocated sections for cars and coaches. The Blue Badge parking bays are located by the coach parking area, opposite the Discovery Centre.

Park Entrance and Pay Booths

  • On the approach to the venue there are the main pay booths and the reception office.
  • There is a 4 lane vehicle entrance leading up to the pay booths .
  • The height of the pay booths is 110cm.
  • There is no hearing loop system at the pay booths.
  • The reception office is to the left when you approach the pay booths.

Outside Access (Reception Office Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped 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 single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 89cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right has you face the entrance.
    • 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 a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 2 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) has/have tactile paving at the top and bottom.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 17cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a second lower handrail.

Reception (Reception Office)

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the reception entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is available only on request.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Outside Access (Park Entrance - Blue Badge Holders)

  • This information is for the entrance located facing the Blue Badge bays.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 300cm (9ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • The entrance is opposite the Blue Badge bays.
    • The entrance is to the rear of the gift shop and the toilet courtyard area.

Level Change (Park Entrance - Blue Badge Holders)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.

Outside Access (Car Park Pedestrian Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the car park.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • There are no doors at this entrance.
  • The width of the door opening is 1000cm (32ft 10in).
  • Comments View
    • The entrance to the foot safari is fronting the main car park.
    • There are dropped kerbs with tarmac pathways leading to the facilities beyond.

Inside Access Pathways

  • Inside the venue the pathways around the park are tarmac and block paving.
  • The pathways have easy slopping gradients and vary in width.
  • The pathways are suitable for wheelchair users.

Changing Places (Courtyard)

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located in the courtyard.
    • The facility is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the car park entrance - Blue Badge holders.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do not need a key for the facility.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The width of the door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 350cm x 270cm (11ft 6in x 8ft 10in).
    • The facility changing bench height is fixed.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • The facility hoist is mobile.
    • The facility toilet is corner.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 125cm (4ft 1in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on the left.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • The facility has not got a non-slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.
    • No emergency alarm is fitted in the cubicle.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change table in the changing places.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm.

Accessible Toilet (Courtyard)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the car park entrance - Blue Badge holders.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the courtyard, to the rear of the gift shop.
    • There is level access to this 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 200cm x 280cm (6ft 7in x 9ft 2in).
    • There is 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 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • 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 not an emergency alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary and general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab 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 is a mirror.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 117cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 107cm (3ft 6in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin cannot 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 good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • 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 bright.

Standard Toilet(s) (Courtyard)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the courtyard toilet block.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the car park entrance - Blue Badge holders.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the courtyard toilet block.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the car park entrance - Blue Badge holders.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the standard female and male toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

Level Change (Courtyard Standard Toilets)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the standard female and male toilets.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the doorway of the standard male toilets.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).

Accessible Toilet (Car Park)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is written text and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the toilet block to the right as you enter the car park.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 154cm x 280cm (5ft 1in x 9ft 2in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is not a lateral transfer space.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is not a mixer tap.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary and general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is not a mirror.
    • 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 height of the towel dispenser is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • 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 wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (Accessible Toilet - Car Park)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.

Standard Toilet(s) (Car Park)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the toilet block as you enter the car park.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located in the toilet block as you enter the car park.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the standard female and male toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments View
    • The standard male toilets in the car park only have urinals.

Level Change (Standard Female Toilets - Car Park)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right as you face the entrance.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.

Level Change (Standard Male Toilets - Car Park)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 130cm (4ft 3in).

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 not normally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.

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