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Beeston Castle - Visitor Centre

Chapel Lane, Beeston, Cheshire, CW6 9TX

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About this venue

Re-live 4,000 years of history as you explore the fascinating 'Castle of the Rock' exhibition. Travel through time from the Bronze Age to Beeston's glory days as a medieval fortress to its ultimate decline in the Civil War. What we see today is a picturesque ruin of a once formidable castle as captured by Turner in his 1809 painting.

Access Guide

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Visitor centre,public toilets.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include cafe with outdoor seating only.

Opening Times

  • For up to date opening times please refer to the website or contact the venue on 01829 260 464.

Location

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

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located in front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 3 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 32m (34yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • There is a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • The spaces reserved for Blue Badge holders are unmarked.

Outside Access (Visitor Centre 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.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 175cm (5ft 9in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • Comments
    • The second set doors open towards you, are 85 cm and push pad operated.

Level Change (Visitor Centre Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading up to the entrance.
  • 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 up to the entrance.
  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are shallow.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments
    • The ramp overcomes the steps.

Outside Access (Visitor Centre to Castle Grounds and Woodlands)

  • This information is for the entrance located leading out of the visitor centre.
  • The main door(s) open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 180cm (5ft 11in) wide.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 3m (3yd 10in) from the visitor centre entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is 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 bright.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located next to the visitor centre.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the standard toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 88cm (2ft 11in).

Level Change (Standard Toilets)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the toilets.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.