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​Abbey House museum is a member of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS). Situated in Leeds, the museum is approximately 3.5 miles from the city centre.  Located on Abbey Walk, just off Abbey Road (sometimes referred to as Kirkstall Road), the entrance to the museum is on a short but fairly steep hill.

We look forward to welcoming you but for more information before your visit, please call us on +44 (0)113 230 5492. 

Disabled parking

There is one disabled parking space immediately outside the entrance to the museum and four more spaces are located across Abbey Walk in the Vesper Lane car park.  Access from the car park to the museum entrance is primarily flat and a pedestrian crossing over Abbey Walk is in place.

Museum entrances

The main entrance does have level access although the museum is set back from a steep road when arriving from Kirkstall Abbey on Kirkstall Road.  The entrance is automatic, opening outwards with a clear opening space of 87cm.

Lifts and access to galleries

The majority of the galleries, Victorian street and special exhibitions are fully accessible. Please note that there are cobbled streets and some narrow spaces in the Victorian Streets.

Seating is available around the museum and in the café.

The lift to the second floor is available through the Victorian street which has capacity for one wheelchair at a time. 

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets in main entrance foyer and shop in the Museum.

Facilities in the accessible toilets include an emergency alarm, a fire alarm with a flashing light and a baby change unit. This toilet is not RADAR key operated.

Borrow a wheelchair

A wheelchair is available from the museum entrance and shop to borrow on your visit. Unfortunately we cannot provide assistance around the Museum for wheelchair users.  Please telephone +44 113 2305492 in advance of your visit to ensure the chair is available.

Entry to the museum is free of charge for carers.

Guide and assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome and dog bowls are available at the front entrance.

Induction loops / Sound enhancement systems

An induction loop is in place in the entrance foyer and shop.

Handling sessions

Handling sessions are advertised via our events website - see the tab on the right. Touch tours can be arranged with two weeks’ notice for individuals and small groups. Call +44 (0)113 2305492 to book.

Access provision for groups

Tailored handling sessions or touch tours on a group-specific interest area for groups can be organised.

If a member or members of your group require access provision, please contact Sarah Allen, learning and access officer, at least six weeks in advance of your visit on +44 113 230 5492 or sarah.allen@leeds.gov.uk.

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