Information About the Museum’s Accessibility

The centre of the Museum site is flat with parts set on sloping ground, which is steep in places. Access around the site is on rural surfaces; mainly rolled or loose chippings, which are in keeping with the nature of the site and buildings. Some paths are cobbled and their surfaces may cause difficulty for visitors who use a wheelchair or have impaired mobility.

Download or view a Museum map here (PDF, 1.5Mb) – the red line marks our accessible route.

Wheelchair Users

Please note that we do not offer a wheel chair hire service at the Museum. 

We suggest that, if possible, visitors use wheelchairs with wide tyres as this makes access around the Museum easier and smoother. The use of a powered wheelchair or four-wheeled mobility scooter will enable access to the majority of the open areas of the site.

Hearing Loops

The Museum has hearing loops (sometimes called audio induction loops) in the shop and café.


There is limited waiting space immediately outside our visitor centre, at which people with accessibility needs may depart or enter vehicles. Vehicles must then be moved to the main car park where disabled parking is available.

  • Disabled parking bays have been marked out in our overflow car park field, in the area closest to the entrance.

Level Access

The café, shop and ticket office, and visitor centre are modern buildings with level access. A disabled access toilet is situated in the café building.

Beyond the visitor centre there are unmade paths around the Museum site, which are steep in places. From the Market Square, there is level access through our crafts and industries area, and beyond to many of the buildings and houses in our collection. Please refer to the Museum map for the red accessible route – you will be given a copy of the map upon arrival at the ticket office.

Go to Museum map

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