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Bawdsey Radar

Transmitter Block, Bawdsey, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3BA

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  • Services / facilities within the building include Interactive exhibits and radar museum.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include picnic area and seating.

Opening Hours


  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Melton near Woodbridge.


  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the entrance to the transmitter grounds.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • 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 grass.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

Outside Access (Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the entrance.
    • 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) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm.
    • 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 leading from the car park through to the entrance at the rear.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is 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 115cm (3ft 9in).
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located at the rear of the building leading down to the entrance.
    • There is/are 13 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • These steps are also used to access the picnic and dog assistance areas.


  • The desk/counter is 1m (3ft 3in) from the 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 moderate to good.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Counter (Souvenir Area)

  • The counter is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the entrance.
  • There is level access to the counter from the entrance.
  • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
  • The height of the counter is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • There is a lowered section.
  • The height of the lowered section of the counter is 75cm.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does play background music.
  • Music is played as part of some displays.
  • Motorised scooters are welcomed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • There are various information screens and information points. These points have various styles of seating including benches, standard chairs with no armrests and stools.
      There are lowered tables at a height of 48cm for children with appropriately sized stools.


  • Exhibits can be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is available.
  • Touch tours are not available.
  • There is a wheelchair to borrow.
  • To borrow the wheelchair, ask any member of staff.
  • Comments View
    • There are interactive, audio and visual exhibits located throughout the building.
      There are clipboards with child-friendly information leaflets and colouring available.


  • The venue operates a one way system. The exit door is to the right of the souvenir area counter.
    The exit door opens towards you and is held open during opening hours.
    The door is 78cm wide with a locked extension leaf. There is a lip at threshold.

Picnic and Seating Area

  • There is an area at the rear side of the building that has picnic tables and benches. The tables are 96cm high and have moveable bench style seats.

Assistance Dog Spending Area

  • The spending area facility is external.
  • The spending area is located to the side of the building near the entrance.
  • The spending area is not clearly signed.
  • There is ramped/sloped access to the spending area.
  • There is a clear unobstructed route to the spending area with a clear width of 2m.
  • The spending area has minimum dimensions of 2m x 3m.
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre (150cm x 150cm).
  • The external spending area gate/entrance is not sheltered/covered.
  • The external spending area is not enclosed.
  • The type of flooring/surface in this area is grass.
  • Other features/facilities available in this area include; a water bowl.

Toilet with Adaptations (Right Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the approach from the car park to the venue.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 88cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 220cm (4ft 11in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is not 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 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 125cm and 160cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • 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.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • There is a fair colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located on the approach to the main building from the car park.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the building entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels in the shared toilets are moderate to good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the shared standard toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • An assistance dog toilet area can be provided onsite.
  • The assistance dog toilet area is located on the grass at the side of the building near the entrance.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.