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Biggar & Upper Clydesdale Museum

156 High Street, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, ML12 6DH

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Introduction

Location

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

Opening Times (Summer)

  • Monday Closed.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 13:00 - 17:00.
  • Comments View
    • The summer opening times run from 1st April to 31st October.

Opening Times (Winter)

  • Monday Closed.
  • Tuesday Closed.
  • Wednesday Closed.
  • Thursday Closed.
  • Friday Closed.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 13:00 - 17:00.
  • Comments View
    • The venue will be open until mid December 2018, then it will be opened weekend only from Jan - March 2019.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is located off High Street.
    • 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 1 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 380cm x 600cm (12ft 6in x 19ft 8in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • 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 surface of the car park is tarmac and concrete.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) by sliding.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 109cm (3ft 7in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • 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.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • The gift shop is located in the entrance / reception lobby.

Level Change (Reception)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the rear of reception.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.

Level Change (Exhibition Area)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located at the entrance to the exhibition area.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.

Museum

  • Exhibits can be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
  • Braille signage for exhibits is not available.
  • Touch tours are available.
  • The availability of touch tours depends on exhibition.
  • Video tours are not available.
  • Concessions are available.
  • There is a wheelchair to borrow.
  • To borrow the wheelchair, please ask at reception.

Exhibitions and Rooms

  • The front of the exhibition area has exhibits from local history and ancient to modern times.
  • There is easy manoeuvring space for wheelchair users around the exhibits.
  • You can get up close to most exhibits and many are tactile, illustrated or have video displays.
  • To the rear is the Old Biggar area where there are full size reconstructed shops.
  • The shops are authentic and so are generally not accessible.
  • All have a 5cm step and narrow doors and limited manoeuvring space inside. However, they may be viewed from doorways.
  • There are motion activated sound effects as you move around the exhibition area.
  • There is also an archive room for personal research and a temporary exhibitions room.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter.
    • 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 151cm x 284cm (4ft 11in x 9ft 4in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are open waste paper bin and sanitary 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 not 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.