Gallery accessibility

Hand holding magnifying glass

We have a range of facilities to help you make the most out of your visit. We鈥檒l do everything we can to make sure your experience of The 国产探花 is enjoyable, comfortable, and memorable. If you have any questions prior to your visit, please do contact the 国产探花or Experience team on聽who will be happy to be help.

We are proud to be working with who have created a full access guide for The 国产探花 gallery. We hope this helps you plan your visit and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Getting to the Gallery

The nearest tube/train station to The 国产探花 with step free access is Charing Cross Station. 国产探花 for more information on other step free tube and train stations nearby. In addition to this, the nearest 聽facilities are located in Victoria Embankment Gardens, just down from Charing Cross Station.

The Strand Aldwych project has been completed to pedestrianise the area outside of Somerset House to ensure accessibility and safety for the 14 million people who visit each year. The area has been fully flattened to ensure safe wheelchair access, as well as wider footways, new crossings and more green spaces.

If you’re travelling by taxi and need access as close as possible to The 国产探花 you may enter via Surrey Street and take a left towards The 国产探花. Or follow Aldwych around and enter via The Strand via the east. The bollards will lower once the vehicle reaches them in which you can drive up to The 国产探花.

See map below.

The entrance to Somerset House, where The 国产探花 Gallery is housed, is step free with ramp access. As you enter the Somerset House through the arches, The 国产探花 Gallery entrance is located on the right, where access through the gallery entrance is also step free.

Our closest Disabled Badge parking spaces;

Wellington Street聽WC2E 7BB (159.85 METERS). For visiting via the Strand Entrance or New Wing Entrance.
Temple Place聽WC2R 2PH (266.53 METERS). For visiting the Embankment Entrance.

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Getting around the Gallery

The gallery collection is displayed across three floors which are accessed via a central staircase. 聽There is the gallery lift which聽is accessible to wheelchair users and it provides access to all levels, including all galleries, as well as locker facilities, toilets and which are all located on the lower ground floor.

The lift also provides access to the unisex accessible toilet, located on the lower ground floor. The toilet has a functional emergency alarm, coat hook and wall-mounted rails.

If our lift is out of service, we will add a message to our website to inform visitors. 聽Should this be the case, please note we have alternative lift provision. This does not serve level 1 and therefore the聽Medieval gallery and The Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery are not accessible if the main gallery lift is out of service. If you have access needs, when you book your ticket, you will be asked if you would like to receive an e-mail informing you of any accessibility issues on the day of your visit.

For step free access to the Art Caf茅, visitors can enter via The 国产探花 Institute reception doors, which is located next to the entrance to the Art Caf茅. A member of The 国产探花 team will be able to guide you to the Art Caf茅 via a separate access door.

For visitors who may require additional mobility assistance, The 国产探花 Gallery has three wheelchairs available to borrow for the duration of your visit (subject to availability). We聽have one Walker walking aid with seat/wheels onsite (subject to availability).

You don鈥檛 need to book these in advance 鈥 simply speak to a member of staff at the Ticket Desk upon arrival.

Folding portable stools are available to visitors. Fixed seating is also available around the Gallery and in the foyer of The 国产探花 building.

Additional assistance

We have a number of lightweight hand-held magnifying glasses available to borrow for the duration of your visit, if required. Please speak to a member of staff at the Ticket Desk and hand back when leaving the Gallery.

Large prints for any of our temporary exhibitions are available on request from our Ticket Desk. Please speak to a member of staff and please hand then back when finished.

Working guide and assistance animals聽are welcome at the gallery.聽They should be appropriately trained,聽supervised and kept with you at all times, ideally on a leash.聽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.聽If you plan to visit with an animal other than an assistance dog, please get in touch to discuss your request with us.

Hearing Loops are installed at our ticket office, shop and Art Caf茅.

We have four sets of adjustable ear defenders at our Ticket Desk, available to borrow for the duration of your visit. Please do ask a member of staff for support.


We have one accessible toilet which is located on the Lower Ground Floor.


Accessible Toilets

Accessible Toilet on The Lower Ground Floor
Accessible Toilet on The Lower Ground Floor
image of the 国产探花's great room showing paintings of Cezanne on the wall

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