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Basing House - Museum, Garden and Basing House

Barton's Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 8AE

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About this venue

Visited by Henry VIII, besieged by Cromwell.... Unearth the amazing stories of Basing house, a nationally important historical site. This magnificent attraction dates from the Norman period, was the site of the largest private house in Tudor England and suffered at the hands of Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. The visitor centre entrance houses a gift shop and light refreshments.

Access Guide

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Introduction

Opening Times (1st March - 31st October)

  • Monday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Thursday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Friday Closed.
  • Saturday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday 11:00 - 16:00.
  • Comments View
    • Open for pre-booked groups or schools only from 2nd October 2018 - March 2019.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the village.
  • This venue is situated in Old Basing.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Basingstoke.

Parking (Main Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is on Bartons Lane.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 340cm x 600cm (11ft 2in x 19ft 8in).
    • 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 tarmac.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • 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 main car park is over 200m from the visitor centre.
    • There is accessible parking near the visitor centre on The Street and next to the museum and walled garden off Redbridge Lane.

Level Change (Visitor Centre to Main Site)

  • The main route from the site to the visitor centre involves level paths, crossing The Street, Old Basing and a steep slope located at Garrison Gate.
  • If this route is not suitable. there is accessible parking located behind the musuem.
  • Please see the Basing House, Museum and Walled Garden access guide for more information.

Parking (Accessible Parking)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The car park is behind the museum and walled garden.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is grass.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • 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 car parking is located off Redbridge Lane.
    • There is a designated marked parking area for Blue Badge holders.
    • There is no standard parking spaces.
    • Visitors must first go to the visitor center to purchase tickets.
    • There is also accessible parking available next to the visitor centre.

Outside Access (Accessible Parking Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located leading from the accessible parking.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 99cm (3ft 3in) wide.

Outside Access (Old House Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of Old House.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open (no doors).
  • The door opening is 130cm (4ft 3in) wide.

Level Change (Old House Entrance)

  • From the walled garden to the museum, there is a moderate slope and a bridge crossing a ditching leading to Old House.
  • There is a moderate slope that leads to Old House.
  • After the entrance to Old House there is another bridge leading into Old House.

Outside Access (Kiosk Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the kiosk.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 77cm (2ft 6in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • There is a second entrance which has steps leading up to it at the side of the building.

Level Change (Kiosk Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading into the kiosk.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Reception (Kiosk)

  • The reception desk is 1m (3ft 3in) from the kiosk entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are varied.

Level Change (Basing House)

  • The route from Garrison Gate to Old House, the museum and walled garden, has a grass surface with easy and moderate slopes.

Level Change (Walled Garden)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading down to the walled garden.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading down to the walled garden.
  • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Outside Access (Museum Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in the walled garden.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in) wide.

Level Change (Museum Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the museum.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Museum

  • Video tours are not available.
  • Concessions are available.
  • There is a wheelchair to borrow.
  • To borrow the wheelchair, please contact a member of staff.

Accessible Toilet (Museum and Walled Garden)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • 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.
    • The accessible toilet is 30m (33yd) from the accessible parking entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located just after the accessible parking entrance.
    • There is level access to the 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 locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 235cm (5ft 7in x 7ft 9in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 108cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is not a push button style of alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted 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 are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • 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 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 sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink 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 grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Accessible Toilet (Garrison Gate)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • 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.
    • The accessible toilet is located at Garrison Gate.
    • There is not level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is light.
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 170cm x 210cm (5ft 7in x 6ft 11in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is not a push button style of alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted 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 are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (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 a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink 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 grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • bc 95.

Standard Toilet(s) (Garrison Gate)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are available in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.