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Hill Close Gardens

Bread and Meat Close, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6HF

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About this venue

Rare survivals of Victorian gardens once used by townsfolk living above their business to escape from the crowded town, now lovingly restored and nationally recognised.

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a tea room, a visitor interpretation room, and a room for hire.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include a small garden centre and greenhouse, a children's garden and a collection of various gardens.
  • Comments View
    • The venue holds children and family educational workshops and offers various events including Teddy Bears Picnic, Summer Pruning Workshop, Summer Propagation, Planning Your Vegetable Garden and Hedgehog Day.
    • The venue is also used by local community groups including Bee Keepers, a bridge club and church groups.

COVID-19 Information

  • The information in this section was taken in June 2021.
  • There are external queuing points.
  • The external queuing points are clearly marked/signed.
  • There is a member of staff available at the entrance.
  • There is a member of staff at the main entrance.
  • There is hand sanitiser available at the entrance.
  • The hand sanitisers are free standing.
  • The height of the hand sanitiser is 67cm.
  • Hand sanitisers are available inside the venue.
  • There are additional hand held sanitisers throughout the building.
  • There is a limited number of people allowed inside.
  • There is a Track and Trace system in place.
  • There is not a one-way system throughout.
  • There is clear signage inside to help with social distancing.
  • There are protective clear screens located at desks/counters.
  • Toilets are available.
  • The venue is certified with the 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard.
  • For more information on the 'We're Good to Go' Industry Standard please click here.
  • For more information about the measures in place for Covid-19 please click here (new tab) .

Opening Hours

Location

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

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Access Point (Main Gates)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located off the Bread and Meat Car Park on Bread and Meat Close.
    • There is not an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
    • The gate is permanently held open.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located leading to the main gates.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is a single gate that opens away from you to the right of the main gates.
    • This gate is permanently held open and is 77cm wide, as seen in photograph 4.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located ahead and to the right of the main gates.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The main automatic door(s) is/are push pad or push button activated.
    • The push pad or push button is 140cm from floor level.
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The width of the door opening is 117cm.
    • 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 to the left of the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

Access Point (Rear Entrance)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located off Hill Close Gardens.
    • There is an information board/map at this access point.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this access point.
    • This is no gate at this access point.
    • The width of the gap is 96cm.
    • There is a further gate beyond the first set of steps, as seen in photograph 3.
      This gate is single, opens towards you and is permanently held open.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located is located beyond the second access gate.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located midway.
    • There is/are 4 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 15cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 3 and 4 show the first set of steps.
    • There are two additional sets of steps along the route to the venue, as seen in photographs 7, 8, 9 and 10.
    • There are three and six steps respectively.
    • Both sets of steps have handrails on each side and are 20cm deep.
    • This entrance is more than 100m from the main entrance.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 2m (2yd 7in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested by an AccessAble surveyor.
  • The hearing assistance system was tested on 15/06/2021.
  • The hearing assistance system was working at the time of testing.

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 good.

Outside Access (Lammas Room - Tea Room)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the venue.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 71cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • There are double sliding doors to the left of this entrance.
    • These doors are 250cm wide and are permanently held open in good weather.

Entrance (Lammas Room - Tea Room)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the end of the main corridor.
  • Entrance View
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 112cm.

Eating and Drinking (Lammas Room - Tea Room)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located at the end of the main corridor.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • This room is only open as a tea room at weekends and bank holidays throughout the summer.
    • The room is also available to hire.
    • There is outdoor seating with armrests ,available as seen in photograph 5.

Bleasdale Room

  • There is a self-service buffet bar with a coffee machine, as seen in photograph 1.
  • The height of this buffet bar is 90cm and the height to the top of the coffee machine is 136cm.
  • Photograph 4 shows the interactive screens. The height to the top of the screens is 103cm.
  • There are tables and chairs with armrests available, the height of the tables is 75cm.
  • Photograph 5 shows the single automatic exit door to the left as you enter the room that leads into the garden.
  • This door is 95cm wide.
  • There is an additional exit door at the rear of the room, as seen in photograph 6.
  • This door is single, slides open and is 140cm wide.

Accessible Toilet (Visitors Centre)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located in the reception area.
    • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 210cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 11in).
    • 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 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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 an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are sanitary and general domestic waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 134cm and 147cm 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 48cm (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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 114cm (3ft 9in).
    • 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 not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • 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 good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • 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 87cm (2ft 10in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Visitors Centre)

Garden Centre

  • The doors to the greenhouse are double, open away from you and are 110cm wide.
  • These doors are permanently held open.
  • The paths around the garden centre are block paving, paving stones and compact earth.

Parks and Gardens

  • The park or garden does have footpaths.
  • The path(s) has a / have compact earth, tarmac, gravel and muddy surface(s).
  • The majority of the path(s) is not / are not wide enough for wheelchair users.
  • There are slight and steep slopes on the paths.
  • There are bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.
  • Comments View
    • There are 16 gardens plots to visit.
    • Photographs 1 to 5 show the children's garden.
    • Some of the gardens have gated entrances.
    • The gates are held open and vary in width from 70 to 85cm.
    • Several of the gardens have outbuildings with exhibits.
    • These buildings have steps varying from two steps to six steps.
    • Some of the steps have handrails and some do not.
    • The steps vary from medium to high.
    • Some of the paths are narrow and steep in places, and care should be taken to look out for overhanging and thorny branches.

Standard Toilet(s) (Garden)

Level Change (Standard Shared Toilets - Garden)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in the doorway.
  • There is/are 1 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate to good.
  • 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).

Additional Info

  • 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 areas around the venue.