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Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans

Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1BY

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About this venue

St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain. It stands over the place where Alban, the first martyr, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago.The building itself is a blend of architectural styles spanning a millennia and contains recycled Roman bricks from Verulamium. Of special interest are the 13th century wall paintings, a rare watching loft and the shrines of Saint Alban and Amphibalus, the priest who converted Alban to Christianity.

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Introduction

  • This is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain and stands over the place where Alban, Britain's first saint, was buried after giving his life for his faith over 1700 years ago.

Opening Times (The Cathedral and Abbey of St Albans)

  • Monday 08:30 - 17:45.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 17:45.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 17:45.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 17:45.
  • Friday 08:30 - 17:45.
  • Saturday 08:30 - 17:45.
  • Sunday 08:30 - 17:45.

Opening Times (The Cathedral Shop)

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:45.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:45.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:45.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:45.
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:45.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 15:45.
  • Sunday 13:00 - 17:00.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is St Albans Abbey.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Christopher Place.
    • The car park is located in Upper Dagnall Street.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • Pay and display parking is available in surrounding roads to the Cathdral.

Outside Access (Cedar Tree Door Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in Sumpter Yard.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • 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 92cm (3ft).

Level Change (Cedar Tree Door Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments
    • The surface leading up to the entrance is uneven due to cobbles and irregular York stone.

Outside Access (Abbot's Door Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located near Abbey Orchard.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 65cm (2ft 2in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 158cm (5ft 2in).

Level Change (Abbot's Door Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of and beyond the second set of doors.
  • There is/are 4 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are low.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Outside Access (West End Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the Cathedral, close to Romeland.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 92cm (3ft).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments
    • Entering via the West End entrance is by footpath only. The paths inside the Cathedral grounds are level and have an even surface but some of the paved areas in the park surrounding the Cathedral can be uneven.
    • No drop off points for cars is available within the grounds, however it is a very short walk from the road.
    • Individuals in wheelchairs or who have difficulty going up steps can use the lift to the main Cathedral floor level.

Level Change (West End Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located immediately beyond the entrance.
  • There is/are 5 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are low.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • There is a lift to access this area/service.
  • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • The lift does not bypass the ramp/slope.

Lift (West End Entrance)

  • The lift is located to the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the West End entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is low.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments
    • A wheelchair is available to borrow if required.
    • Mobility scooters can enter the Cathedral provided that the speed is that of a slow walk.
    • All dogs are welcome. There is no drinking water or other facilities provided for dogs except assistance dogs on request.

Level Change (Nave)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading up from the Nave to the high altar and information centre.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading up from the Nave to the high altar and information centre.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are low.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

Level Changes

  • There are many level changes with ramps and steps throughout the Cathedral. Some areas are inaccessible to wheelchair users.
  • Most of the ramps have an easy to moderate gradient, apart from a steep ramp near the Cedar Tree
  • entrance.
  • The steps vary from shallow to deep.

Accessible Toilet (Outside Portaloo)

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Abbot's Tree Door entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left of the Abbot's Tree Door entrance.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 255cm x 280cm (8ft 4in x 9ft 2in).
    • There is 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 165cm (5ft 5in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is not 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 general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab 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 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 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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 wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 89cm (2ft 11in).

Level Change (Accessible Toilet - Outside Portaloo)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • Comments
    • There is also a permanent medium ramp on the path leading to the portaloos.

Standard Toilet(s) (Standard Toilets - Outside Portaloos)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s)
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left of the Abbot's Tree Door entrance.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Abbot's Tree Door entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s)
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left of the Abbot's Tree Door entrance.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the Abbot's Tree Door entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (Standard Toilet - Outside Portaloo)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the path leading to the portaloos.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the female and male toilet entrances.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.