Kiplin Hall & Gardens is for everyone.
Although we have tried to cover everything below, if you have any questions regarding our accessibility, please send us an email or call 01748 818178.
We have 4 wheelchairs available if you would like to borrow one.
3 are standard chairs and 1 designed for slightly rougher terrain, although it is not suitable for all the areas in the woodland and around the lake.
If you would like to borrow a wheelchair, please telephone first and we shall reserve for your use. There is no hire charge, but we do ask you to leave some security at the till.
To make a reservation, please call 01748 818178
Full Access Statement
Parking is provided in the courtyard in front of the Hall for visitors with mobility limitations.
Coaches may park a short distance from the front door, to make access to the Hall easier for older and less able people visiting as part of a group.
Access to the Hall and Tea Room is via a low stone step where a wooden ramp is provided to assist access for visitors in wheelchairs, those with pushchairs or using crutches or a walking stick.
Toilets – A fully accessible toilet is provided in the toilet block on the drive close to the Hall, with a red cord to activate an alarm in the Hall kitchen where a member of staff or volunteer is always to be found during opening hours. Ladies and Gents Toilets are available on the Ground Floor, accessed from the Tea Room, with one change of floor surface.
Three general purpose wheelchairs and one tougher terrain wheelchair are available for use by visitors.
The ground floor of Kiplin Hall is all on one level, with no steps or ramps.
Access to the First and Second Floors is via an 18th century staircase, which has shallow treads that many visitors with mobility limitations can manage to allow them to reach one or both upper floors. Due to the layout of the Hall and listed building regulations, it is not possible to install a lift.
For visitors who cannot gain access to the upper floors, an A4 ring binder with photographs and information about the rooms and their contents – furniture, paintings, family memorabilia etc – is available in the Tea Room on the Ground Floor of the Hall, where visitors are welcome to sit. An A3 folder has printouts of the graphic panels in the special exhibition on theSecond Floor. Also photographs of the exhibition and the objects and archival material on display.
Access to the grounds for users of wheelchairs and pushchairs is via gravel paths, with some areas easier to pass than others. Some other areas are accessible along the tarmac drive and over the lawns.
The newly restored Walled Garden has lawned path and hard tamped paths which provide good access.
There is a grass ramp down to the West Lawn, which leads to the lake path, which is part hard surface and part ‘country’. Depending on ground conditions and the type of wheelchair, and to some extent the person doing the pushing, it is possible to push a wheelchair some of the way around the lake. The total distance around the lake is approximately 1 mile.
Seating around the lake is limited, but there is good seating in the gardens. New benches will be acquired when funding becomes available.
The Woodland is accessed from the tarmac drive, along a grass path and, near the wood, over some tree roots. The paths in the woodland leading to the pond are covered with wood chippings. The path leads up hill further into the wood, over bumps and tree roots and is not easily accessible.
Access to the Hall and grounds is free-of-charge for one carer accompanying a visitor with disabilities.
If, due to visual impairment, a visitor requires assistance, a member of staff or a volunteer will accompany them around the house and explain the details of each room.