We aim to make our facilities as accessible as possible so that we can welcome every visitor to enjoy Moore’s work in our beautiful setting.
Carers and companions accompanying disabled visitors
Admission for a carer or companion who is visiting with a disabled visitor is free of charge.
We have disabled parking bays in all of our car parks. The nearest car park to the Visitor Centre is the Archive car park; please follow the disabled parking sign off the village green to the main entrance. Additional disabled parking bays can be found in the main visitor car park across the road from the main entrance and at The Hoops Inn. If it is more convenient for disabled visitors to be dropped off at the Visitor Centre entrance, then please feel free to do so before parking your vehicle in one of the car parks. Please display your blue badge when parking in a disabled parking space.
The Studios & Gardens are an outdoor venue in a rural setting. The estate consists of cultivated grassland, fields where you will find grazing sheep and a small area of woodland. Most of the outdoor sculptures are located in areas of grassland throughout the grounds. The territory in the fields can be uneven, so care should be taken in these areas. The studios are several minutes’ walk from the Visitor Centre however most can be reached by gravel pathways.
We have several mobility scooters and wheelchairs that you can borrow for your visit. We would recommend that you contact us to reserve these at least 24 hours in advance, by calling 01279 843333 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You must have driven a mobility scooter before to use one at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. Our mobility scooters and wheelchairs can be reserved free of charge. Our mobility scooters are intended for outdoor use to assist disabled visitors to traverse the 60 acre estate; our wheelchairs may be used inside or outside. We would advise disabled visitors who use their own mobility scooter or wheelchair to ensure that it is suitable for the uneven grassland and unpaved paths. Some of our studios and galleries are accessed via a small step, we have portable ramps that can be deployed in each space to facilitate access. Please note that many of our studio spaces are quite small and room to turn a scooter or wheelchair is limited. The studio invigilator in each space can assist you as needed.
Henry Moore's family home, Hoglands, is a listed building with small rooms, narrow doorways and some internal steps. We regret that most personal wheelchairs are unable to access Hoglands, as the narrowest point of the route through the house measures 60cm wide. However, we can provide a narrow manual wheelchair for disabled visitors. Only the ground floor of the house is open to the public, so wheelchair users can visit all of the rooms open to the public by accessing them from both the front door and the conservatory door. Due to the size of the rooms, we regret that we can only accommodate one wheelchair user in each small tour group of Hoglands. Please let us know if you would like to reserve our manual wheelchair when booking your timed Hoglands tickets.
Facilities at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
The Visitor Centre, café, shop and interpretation room for schools and groups are fully accessible. Most of the studios and facilities at Studios & Gardens are located at ground floor level. There is a lift in the gallery to provide access to the first floor. Fully accessible toilets are located in the Visitor Centre, the Aisled Barn and adjacent to the Bourne Maquette Studio in the middle of the grounds.
Baby changing facilities are located in the Visitor Centre and Aisled Barn.
Seats are located at intervals across the grounds and folding stools are provided in the gallery.
Staff at the admissions desk and information assistants throughout the grounds are happy to help with any questions you may have.
Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other badged assistance dogs are welcome in our sculpture gardens, gallery and studios and in Hoglands (Henry Moore's family home). Drinking bowls are available at the visitor centre.
Blind and visually impaired visitors
Our studio invigilators and guides are able to offer an oral interpretation of each space and its contents. We can provide large print versions of our studio texts. Please ask a studio invigilator or visitor centre staff if you would like a copy.
Many of Henry Moore’s sculptures feature textured surfaces. We encourage visitors to touch the sculptures outside in the grounds to explore these details, however we regret that visitors are unable to touch the artworks or displays inside the studios, gallery or Moore's family home.
We also offer group tours to blind and visually impaired visitors. Please see Tours below.
Deaf and hearing impaired visitors
Hearing loops are located at the admissions desk and the café counter in the Visitor Centre.
Tours for groups with additional needs
A number of our volunteer guides are experienced in guiding groups with additional needs, visual impairments, autism or learning disabilities. If you would like to ask about a group visit please call 01279 843333 or email email@example.com to talk through your requirements.
If any of the information provided above in our access statement is unclear or could be improved, we would appreciate your feedback so that we can continue to improve our facilities for all visitors. If you have any further suggestions on how we can improve our accessibility, please contact us.