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Mompesson House - Second-hand Bookshop

The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EL

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  • View information about opening hours.
  • The most accessible entrance has steps, a manual door and a door permanently held open.
  • This entrance is at the front of the bookshop.
  • There is step-free access once inside.
  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • The following are also available: seating and a clearly signed hearing assistance system.
  • At the time of our visit the hearing assistance system was working.
  • This site is part of the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme.
  • The nearest toilet with adaptations for disabled people is in the adjacent courtyard. View information about this toilet (new tab)

Equipment and Resources to Borrow

  • You can borrow or hire the following equipment: manual wheelchairs. It is highly recommended that these are booked in advance, where this is possible. Please check the National Trust website for details.
  • Sensory packs can be borrowed which include: ear defenders and sensory maps.
  • You can borrow these from visitor reception. View more information about booking and collection of equipment.
  • Powered mobility vehicles cannot be borrowed or hired.

Route to (the Second-hand Bookshop)

  • From the visitor reception, proceed to the rear of the house and exit into the rear courtyard.
    Turn right, following the pathway around to the left.
    With the tea room ahead of you, there is a turning to the right signed to the toilets with a ramp leading down to the bookshop ahead and on the left.
  • The route to the area is step-free via a slight ramp/slope.
  • Path surfaces along the route are tarmac and paving stones.
  • The majority of the paths are not wide enough for wheelchair users.


  • Access into the shop is via steps.
  • There are 2 steps, which are unmarked, with no handrails.
  • The door is manual, opens inwards and has a high colour contrast with the surrounding walls.
  • The width of the door opening is 90cm.
  • Internally the door has a high colour contrast.
  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the doorway with a height of less than 1.5cm.
  • The majority of aisle widths are under 150cm.
  • All flooring in the shop is smooth and even.
  • Some of the flooring has a very shiny finish, which could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • There is step-free level access around the shop.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is step-free level access to the counter.
  • The height of the counter is 81cm.
  • The counter is placed in front of a patterned background.
  • The counter has a clearly signed hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested and working at the time of the survey.
  • Staff assistance is dependant upon the availability of the bookshop volunteers.