Access at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Leeds Industrial Museum is a member of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS).  Situated on the outskirts of Leeds, the Museum is approximately 2 miles from Leeds City Centre.

Access to the Museum is via Canal Road, off Kirkstall Road where a car park leads to a mostly flat walkway to the museum entrance.  There is alternative access via Cardigan Fields (Vue cinema complex) on Kirkstall Road.  Please note that access from Cardigan fields is via a footbridge with a steep cobbled path to the main museum entrance.

We look forward to welcoming you but for more information before your visit, please call us on 0113 3783173.  We are keen to have feedback from visitors on ways in which we can improve our access provision.

Disabled parking

A disabled parking bay and drop off point is available directly outside the Museum entrance.  There is additional, but unmarked, parking off Canal Road, about 100 yards from the Museum entrance.

Museum entrances

The entrance door to the museum and shop is an automatic door and has a wide clearing space.

Lifts and access in the building

A large proportion of Armley Mills is fully accessible.  Some things to note are;

  • There is a single chair lift to Millspace and the temporary exhibition gallery
  • There is a single chair lift from the temporary exhibition space to the lower ground floor exit by the waterwheel
  • Wheelchair access to the lower floor display areas of the Mill and the Victorian Schoolroom is via a large goods lift
  • There is no wheelchair access to the conference room
  • Access to the Mill cottages and colour garden is via a flag stoned/cobbled path

Access outside the building

  • The Mill is situated between the River Aire and the Leeds/Liverpool canal
  • The paths around the outside of the building are gravel, flagstone or cobbled in places. The pathway around the building is steep as you head back to the museum entrance from the lower galleries and locomotive shed
  • If you speak to a member of staff they will arrange for you to get the goods lift back to the entrance in the lift

Accessible toilets

There is an accessible toilet on the upper floor of the museum and another in the locomotives gallery.  Facilities in the accessible toilets include emergency alarms and fire alarm with a flashing light. These toilets are not RADAR key operated.

Entry to the museum is free of charge for carers.

Guide and assistance dogs: Guide and assistance dogs are welcome and we can provide dog bowls on request.

Induction loops / Sound enhancement systems: An induction loop is in place in the museum entrance and shop.

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 specific access provision, please contact us at least six weeks in advance of your visit on 0113 3783173 or