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Disability Access Information Service

The Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret

Venue Accessibility Profile (last updated: 5 February 2008, 18:30)

Address Details

Name The Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret
Address 9A St Thomas Street
Borough Southwark
Town/City London
Post Code SE1 9RY
Within the congestion charging zone? Yes
Access summary Disabled access is difficult, due to very narrow, dark, unavoidable spiral stairs at the entrance and numerous steps within the venue. Facilities for disabled people are very limited. Induction loop in Theatre on request.

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Further Details

Type of venue Museum
Further keywords historic buildings, history, architecture, medicine, hospitals
Venue leaflet available Yes
Accessibility guide available No
Audio CD available No
Member of Attitude Music Charter No
Accessible meeting room available No
Accessible performance space available No

Contact Information

Box Office No. 020 7188 2679
Switchboard/Enquiry Line No 020 7188 2679
Fax 020 7378 8383

Getting To

Nearest BR station and approximate distance (metres) London Bridge
Nearest tube station and approximate distance (metres) London Bridge
Bus information 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 381, 521, RV1


On-site parking availability No
Off site parking? N.C.P. car park located on Tooley Street, approximately 250 meters away.
Best place to drop off passengers Outside building
Taxi services Book your own Cab
Blue Badge icon View the Blue Badge parking map for this area

Main Entrance

Level Access No
Ramp Length No
Steps to Main Entrance 30
Steps Highlighted? No
Handrails One side
Door Type Double
Door Opening Inward
Further Entrance Notes A single door remains open for public entrance during opening hours. This has a narrow wooden doorway, approximately 60-70cm wide, with a small step down into the foyer.

Access Inside

Venue is all on one level No
Venue has unavoidable steps Yes
Number of steps between each floor There is a staircase from the admissions desk into the museum (17 steps). Inside, 9 steps lead up to back of theatre.
Are the steps highlighted? No
Are there any handrails? One side
Floors served by lift None
Location of accessible fire exits and refuges There is no accessible fire exit at this venue.
Policy for evacuation of wheelchair users There is no access for wheelchair users.

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible screens/areas No access
Wheelchair inaccessible screens/areas The building is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Limited Mobility

Staff will assist Yes

Facilities for Hearing Impaired

Induction loop available Yes
Locations of induction loops / infra red systems Theatre - on request. To be installed at admission desk.
Details of Captioned/Subtitled/Signed screenings No facilities at present.

Services for Visually Impaired

Are audio described tours available? On request
Are touch tours available? Groups and school parties.
Magnifiers available for loan Yes
Torches available for loan Yes
Magnifiers available for loan Yes
Magnifiers available for loan Yes

Information Formats

Braille Yes
Large print Yes
Guidance Yes

Guide Dogs

Are guide dogs welcome? Yes
Guide dogs can remain with owner Yes
Restrictions Yes
Number limit 2
Information and restrictions relating to guide dogs Dogs are likely to have difficulty with spiral stairs at entrance.



Location Located in the reception area.
Wheelchair accessible No
Staff will assist Yes
Other details Very small shop area, often becomes crowded.

Toilets and Phones

Adapted toilets Male:
Location of toilets There are no wheelchair adapted toilets. The museum houses 2 unisex toilets.
Unavoidable steps to one or more of the above Yes
Further details One step leads up to a corridor, which houses a male and a female toilet.
Public telephone available No
Use of private phone available if necessary Yes

Seating, Concessions and Activities

Seating bookable No
Reserved seats No
Available concessions All disabled people
Wheelchair users
Senior citizens
Workshops, classes and activities Check museum website for details of lectures and events.


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