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Accessibility

Find out everything you need to know about accessibility before your visit to Locomotion.

The museum is fully wheelchair accessible. However, the site is partially open-air and visitors will need to use outdoor footpaths up to 1km in length to view all our buildings. Please note that there is no access to any of the historic buildings at the western end of the site. These buildings are currently undergoing renovation work.

Museum staff will be happy to help if you need assistance during your visit.

Download a map of Locomotion

Toilets

Wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities equipped with hand rails and emergency cords are available in the Collection Building.

Information for visitors with impaired mobility

The main museum building is fully wheelchair accessible. However, it is a partially open-air site and visitors will need to use outdoor footpaths up to 1km in length to view all of our buildings.

Our outdoor paths and areas have the following surfaces:

  • Car park (including accessible car park) is gravel
  • Events area in front of the main museum building is concrete with railway lines embedded
  • Path to the historic buildings is tarmac (the area directly in front of the Black Boy Stables is rough gravel)

We have a number of wheelchairs available for visitors' use. You can pre-book these using the access requirements box when you book your ticket. All our wheelchairs will be cleaned between uses using anti-viral wipes.

We are currently operating a one-way route around the main museum building. Seating has been provided along the route and we have a small number of “walk and rest” stools available for use. These will be wiped after use using anti-viral wipes. It is possible to take short-cuts through the one-way system.

Cab access has been suspended although visitors are still welcome to use the steps to view into the cabs, The steps are made from metal and have handrails on both sides. The steps are cleaned regularly using anti-viral cleaning product during the day.

It is possible to view the interior of some of our carriages via platform access.

Information for visitors with visual impairments

Emergency exits are clearly marked with symbols to aid reading.

Download our booklet of unmissable objects.

Guide and assistance animals

Working guide and assistance animals are welcome at the museum.

They should be appropriately trained, supervised and kept with you at all times, ideally on a leash. Where possible, dog owners should bring their Assistance Dogs UK (ADUK) identification book and animals should wear the appropriate tabards or harness, but this is not a requirement for entry.

If you plan to visit with an animal other than an assistance dog, please get in touch to discuss your request with us.

Visiting with babies and small children

The unisex accessible toilet has baby changing facilities suitable for all parents.

Find out more about planning a family visit to the museum.

Accessible parking

Accessible parking spaces are located close to the entrance and exit of the museum. These do not normally need to be booked. All our parking is free of charge.

Hidden disabilities

We welcome and support visitors who choose to wear a Sunflower item as part of the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme. Please note that we do not provide Sunflower items. Find out more about the scheme on the Hidden Disabilities website.

Any further queries?

If you have any more queries, please call us on 033 0058 0058.

Part of the Science Museum Group