Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have a range of award-winning facilities for our disabled visitors.
There is dedicated parking for blue badge holders outside the entrances to the Gatehouse and the Farm Shop.
The entrance to the Hall and Gardens is through our Gatehouse. We will happily open the gates for you if the doorway is too narrow. Double doors across the estate provide access to the Farm Shop, Café & Restaurant and our Coach House.
2 for 1 entry for carers. Carers of disabled visitors (who themselves are only able to visit the House &/or Gardens with the help of a carer) are admitted free of charge.
We have disabled facilities in the Hall, the Gardens, the Coach House and the Farm Shop.
To ensure all visitors experience the Hall we have a panoramic virtual tour of the upper-floors available on the ground floor. With both sound and text this provides a successful alternative view for those who cannot easily access the upper floors. Electric scooters/electric wheelchairs cannot be used in the Hall. The upper two floors are not accessible to wheelchairs. However we do provide ramps to enable manual wheelchair access on the ground floor. The Hall is not suitable for pushchairs as the upper floors are not accessible, we recommend leaving pushchairs at the front desk.
Access to the Long Gallery for wedding guests with accessibility needs can be discussed directly with our Wedding Manager Justine Shakespeare on 01522 812501/email: email@example.com
Due to the nature of our period properties we are unfortunately unable to list our accommodation as ‘suitable for disabled guests’. Shakespeare Cottage has a downstairs bedroom with an ensuite wet room which can be helpful for any guests who are unable to make stairs. All queries can be discussed with our Accommodation Coordinator Emily Hancock on 01522 699162/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are organising a group visit and there are members of your party for whom the stairs will be a problem, please inform us in advance and we will ensure we have extra guides to conduct our “virtual tour” of the upper floors of the Hall.
Most of the 5 acre gardens can be explored by wheelchair along a mixture of grass and gravel paths. We provide a series of ramps and graded slopes to provide access to the various levels in the gardens. It may be difficult on the gravel, grass and ramps for some users depending on the weather conditions. A free map indicating the routes that avoid steps and narrow bridges is available from the Gatehouse or available to download click here. Please be aware that the distances to get around the garden in a wheelchair are longer due to the location of the ramps.
Visually impaired visitors
We have created sensory tours of both the Hall and the Gardens with accompanying tactile drawings and plans. As our tours are designed to be experienced with a sighted companion we can provide a volunteer to accompany our visually impaired visitors, bookable in advance by calling our estate office.
Assistance dogs are welcome in the Hall, Gardens, Farm Shop, Café and Restaurant.
The Doddington Team are always available to help you plan your visit. Please call us on 01522 694308 to ensure you have the access support you need.