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The Royal Box

Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, KT10 9AJ

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Getting Help and Assistance

  • For a map of the racecourse please click here (new tab).
  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • The assistance dog toilet or toileting area is located on the Summer Lawn.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From London, take the A3 and follow the brown venue signs to Sandown Park. Exit A3 on to the A307 and continue to follow the brown venue signs. Alternatively, from the M25, exit at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London then exit onto the A307 and follow the brown venue signs. 
      If using a Sat Nav, please enter 'Portsmouth Road' rather than the Sandown Park postcode - this will bring you to the main car park which is just off the A307 (Esher High Street) and is directly in front of the Main Entrance.
    • Parking is free in the centre of the racecourse, which you can reach from the More Lane entrance. Please note that the course will be shut for approximately 10 minutes before and after each race as there will be horses on the course. The entrance/exit will otherwise be open/re-opened. Alternatively, for £5 you can park in the main car park off the Portsmouth Road.
      Coach parking is free - just follow the Sandown Park signposts on all approach routes and park in the area off the Portsmouth Road.
      There are allocated Blue Badge parking spaces in the main Portsmouth Road car park, which is free of charge to all Blue Badge holders. The parking is very close to the Main Entrance and the Grandstand.
  • By Bus View
    • There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.
    • There are a number of bus stops located along Portsmouth Road.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Railway Station is Esher Station .
    • Esher station is just a 10 minute flat walk from the Main Entrance and can be reached by crossing the centre of the course on racedays (please note that the course will be shut for approximately 10 minutes before and after each race as there will be horses on the course) or by the complimentary raceday minibus service.
      On a non-raceday, visitors should turn left out of the station onto Station Road and then right at the T- junction to join the A307 Portsmouth Road. The entrance to Sandown Park is on the right hand side.
    • For more information on National Rail please click here (opens new tab).

Raceday Parking

Outside Access (Royal Box Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located just beyond the Parade Ring.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is 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) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 105cm.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 4 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are not between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 13cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides of the step(s).
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance can be overcome by using the Main Grandstand entrance.

Other Floors

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are located after the entrance.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail 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 landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located after the entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is low.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is High.
  • The clear door width is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 135cm x 195cm (4ft 5in x 6ft 5in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is not a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Accessible Route

  • The accessible route to the Royal Box is via the Main Grandstand entrance and foyer via the ramp.
  • Either the upper foyer lift can be used to the first floor corridor or the Premier lift within Surrey Hall can be taken to the first floor.
  • The door into the Royal Box corridor is located to the left of the Sandown Bar.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the first floor.
  • Circulation View
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is consistent throughout the building.

Hospitality (Royal Box)

  • The room is located on the first floor.
  • There is step-free access to this area.
  • There is a/are single, light manual door(s) to access this area.
  • The door/opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • There is step-free access within this area.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The type of flooring in this area is carpet.
  • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is a bar/service counter.
  • The height of the bar or service counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) ranges between 30cm and 115cm.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Background music varies according to the function/event.
  • The type of service provided in this room can vary.
  • The layout of the room varies according to what it is being used for.
  • There is a single width door leading out to the viewing area. The door is over 75cm wide. There is step free access to the rear row of seating. There are 2 steps down to the front row of seating. The seats have armrests.
  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available within the room/suite.
  • There are not standard toilets available within the room/suite.
  • There are not ambulant cubicles available in the standard toilets.
  • There is not a separate parent and baby room within the room/suite.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located along the Main Grandstand first floor corridor.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located along the corridor leading to the Royal Box.
    • There is step-free access into the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.

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