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National Museum of Rural Life - Getting Around The Farm

Wester Kittochside, Philipshill Road, East Kilbride, G76 9HR

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COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in November 2021.
  • Some buildings may have limited access though many have now re-opened. The Stables remain closed.
  • There have been no changes to the parking.
  • There is a member of the team greeting visitors outside the Farm on arrival, and an additional member of the team at the Farm Steading and/or Courtyard.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are free standing.
  • Hand sanitising stations have been installed at entrances and exit points, at the toilets, within the Tools Gallery, in the Picnic Field and in the Farm Steading.
  • The capacity has been reduced to accommodate social distancing. The online booking system controls the capacity with a set number of tickets being available for each hourly arrival time slot.
  • Tensa barriers are situated in certain areas to restrict access or promote an alternative route.
  • The footpath to the Farm follows mostly a one way route. Visitors with mobility issues are allowed to drive to the Farm when capacity allows. See access map here.
  • General signage, directional signage and floor markings have been added throughout.
  • There are protective clear screens located at desks/counters.
  • Protective screens have been added in the Shop, in the Café and at the Ticket Desk.
  • Face masks/coverings must be worn indoors at all times unless exempt.
  • Additional Information
    - Tickets should be purchased in advance via the website at which point contact details will be recorded and stored securely for 21 days after the visit.
    - Contact details are required for at least one member of the party.
    - Contactless card transactions are preferred on site.
    - Assistance dogs are still permitted on site but must be kept on a lead.
  • The venue is certified with the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard.
  • For more information on the 'We're Good to Go' Industry Standard please click here.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .
  • To see a video of the COVID-19 measures that are in place please click here.

Summary

Getting Here

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • There is a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • Staff do not receive deaf awareness training.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request and large print on request.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/near by.
  • The assistance dog toilet or toileting area is located to the rear of the main building.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact a member of staff.

Parking

Barn

  • The Barn is located to the right from the Farm Explorer bus stop drop off.
  • There is a moderate slope up to the Barn with a tarmac surface.
  • There are soft disinfectant wet mats to cross before the slope.
  • The barn area is surrounded by rounded metal style farm gates with spaces to suit all heights (shown in photographs 4 and 6).

New Barn

  • The new barn is located beyond the main barn.
  • There is a level concrete surface to and throughout the area.
  • This barn offers sheltered animal viewing.
  • The fencing gates have bars at suitable heights for all visitors.

Chicken Run

  • The chicken run is located down to the left before the farm buildings courtyard.
  • There is an easy slope over a compact earth surface.
  • The area is surrounded with wire mesh and a wooden gate to the left which is not for public access.

Pigsty

  • The Pigsty is located to the rear of the toilet block.
  • There are clear windows on the gates and a farm gate gives clear views of the field.
  • There is an easy slope down to the gate.
  • There are also some pigs in the pig run opposite the Farm Explorer bus stop.

Outside Access (Milking Byre Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right as you enter the courtyard.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 93cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of 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 not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 103cm (3ft 5in).

Inside Access (Milking Byre)

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the area.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are provided in some corridors/walkways.
    • The type of flooring throughout is concrete and metal plates.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in the majority of corridors/walkways.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The main museum has a portable loop available upon request from reception.
  • Comments View
    • There is a moderate slope on the walkway to the spectators area of the milking barn.
    • The slope is 103cm in width and offers rounded handrails on both sides.
    • Some side and rear areas of the spectators area have an open metal grid surface.

Outside Access (Threshing Barn Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear right as you enter the Courtyard.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the opening is 94cm.
    • 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 in front of 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 not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located just beyond the entrance.
    • There is/are 1 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 6cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The inner step is very worn. Care should be taken.

Inside Access (Threshing Barn)

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the area.
    • The type of flooring throughout is stone.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The main museum has a portable loop available upon request from reception.

Gig Shed Gate

  • The gig shed is located in the far right corner of the courtyard, adjacent to the threshing barn entrance.
  • Animals can be viewed and possibly petted from the gate across the entrance.

Outside Access (Stables Entrance (Closed))

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the courtyard.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) by sliding.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the opening is 100cm.
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • 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.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Comments View
    • There is an uneven lip to the concrete ramp from the surrounding ground in the courtyard.
    • The stables are currently closed to visitors.

Inside Access (Stables (Closed))

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the area.
    • The type of flooring throughout is concrete.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are low to moderate.
    • The stables are currently closed to visitors.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The main museum has a portable loop available upon request from reception.

Outside Access (Small Byre Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear left of the Courtyard.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) by sliding.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the opening is 100cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of 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 not a/are not handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The width of the ramp/slope is 100cm (3ft 3in).

Inside Access (Small Byre)

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step-free access throughout the area.
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • The type of flooring throughout is stone.
    • There is poor colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are low to moderate.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The main Museum has a portable loop available upon request from Reception.
  • Comments View
    • The 94cm wide central floor strip is the only area to be accessed in this barn.
    • There are shallow steps to either side of the walkway where farm animals only are allowed in pens.

Outside Access (Bothy Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear left of the courtyard, adjoining the farmhouse.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the opening is 81cm.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the opening is 81cm.
    • There is a slope with a very easy incline.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is/are 2 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The depth of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Inside Access (Bothy)

  • Access and Circulation View
    • There is step free access throughout the area.
    • There are corridors/walkways with a surface width of less than 120cm (excluding any permanent obstructions over a small distance).
    • Handrails with a rounded or oval profile are not provided in corridors/walkways.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is stone and concrete.
    • There is poor colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music/sound.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The main museum has a portable loop available upon request from reception.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located in the toilet block near the Farm Explorer bus stop or on the ground floor of the museum.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located in the toilet block near the bus stop, or the ground floor of the museum.