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Botany Gardens

Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DF

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Introduction

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Aberystwyth University lies in the centre of the west coast of Wales on the A487 and at the end of the A44. The University campus is located at the north end of Aberystwyth off the Penglais Road (A487).
    • There are multiple campus car parks for staff, students and permit holders. There is a visitor car park at the rear of the campus near the Arts Centre, this is a pay and display car park but is free for Blue Badge holders. There are Blue Badge bays around the campus for multiple buildings.
  • By Bus View
    • The nearest bus stop is the National Library stop. This bus stop is approximately 160m from the main reception. This bus stop is served by the 302, 512, TrawsCymru T2, X28 and YP8 routes. There is an additional bus stop approximately 100m from the reception building which is served by the National Express service.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest train station is the Aberystwyth Station which is approximately 1.4km from the University on foot. The train station is linked to the university campus by the 302, TrawsCymru T2 and X28 bus routes. This train station is served by the Arriva Trains Wales and Vale of Rheidol Railway.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff and visitors.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located in front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (Hafan)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the rear of the campus.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Arts Centre and the Student Union.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by anybody.
    • Parking charges apply for non permit holders.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment machines are located at the entrance to the car park.
    • There is not a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment cannot be made by phone.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Student Union Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Student Union Building.
  • Comments View
    • The upper level of car park is for staff permit holders only.

Site/Campus Car Park (Visitor)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located at the rear of the campus near the Arts Centre.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Student Union and Arts Centre.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 5 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 470cm x 600cm (15ft 5in x 19ft 8in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by visitors.
    • Parking charges apply to visitors only.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
    • Free parking for Blue Badge holders is restricted to unlimited.
    • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.
    • There is not a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
    • Payment cannot be made by phone.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Student Union Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Student Union Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 60m (65yd 1ft) from the Student Union Building.
  • Comments View
    • Parking charges apply between 8am and 5pm on Mondays to Fridays.

Outside Access (Reception Office)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located on the approach to the entrance from the car park.
    • The ramp or slope does not bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in the doorway.
    • There is / are 1 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are shallow (2cm - 10cm).
    • The steps do not have handrails.

Reception (Reception Office)

  • The reception office is located to the left of the side entrance.
  • The desk is 1m (3ft 3in) from the reception office side entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • This office is used by the staff who work on the site.
    • The office is used for storing various garden supplies.
    • There is a desk to the right of the entrance 75cm high.

Getting Around (The Site)

  • The pathways around the Botany Complex are either tarmacked surface or loose chippings.
  • The site is set on a steep gradient hill. The gradients vary as you proceed around the site.
  • There are uneven surfaced pathways to access the greenhouses on the complex.

Exotic House

  • Beyond the main entrance there is a single heavy door that opens towards you that is 90cm wide.
  • Beyond the doorway is a slight ramp to access the Exotic House.
  • The pathways within the Exotic House are concrete, with various widths from 70cm to 150cm wide.
  • The floor surface could become slippery when wet.

Potting Green Houses 1-3

  • The green houses are located to the right of the main entrance up a steep pathway.
  • Fronting the entrance to the green houses are a gravelled pathway which is sloped.
  • The entrance into the green houses is via a sliding door 90cm wide.
  • There are benches to either side that are 90cm high.
  • The floor surface in the green house is loose chippings.

Green Houses 4-5

  • The green houses are located to the right of the main entrance up a steep gradient pathway.
  • Fronting the entrance to the green houses are a tarmac surfaced pathway which is steep gradient sloped.
  • The entrance into the green houses is via a sliding door that is 90cm wide.
  • There are benches to either side that are 100cm high.
  • The floor surface in the green house are loose chippings and concrete.

Teaching Greenhouses

  • The teaching green houses are located to the rear of the Exotic House.
  • Access to the green houses is directly to the right from the car park.
  • There is access from the office area via single door that open toward you 80cm wide.
  • Beyond this entrance there is a steep gradient slope.
  • The surface on the approach to the green houses is a mixture of loose chippings and concrete.
  • Access to the greenhouses is via sliding doors that measure 140cm wide.
  • There are potting benches 90cm high.
  • The floor surfaces in the teaching greenhouses are concrete.
  • These surfaces could become slippery when wet.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are not available.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located in the toilet block adjacent to the main entrance.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • There is stepped access to the standard toilet surveyed.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 8m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.