Gainsborough Old Hall

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Today's visit was designed to look at disabled access to Gainsborough Old Hall.

There is on road parking on the streets immediately around the Old Hall, with no time limits.

There is level access into the building with press pads to open the external doors. Inside there is level access to the ticket office, shop and tea room.

There is disabled access to the Great Hall and Medieval Kitchens with their associated room. Floors are tile and a bit uneven.

There is level access to the panelled room, Tyrwitt Room and the exhibition about the Pilgrim Fathers through the white Fire Exit door from the tea room. This avoids the three steps in the corridor – check with the ticket office.

The upper floors with Solar, Tower bedroom, Upper Great Chamber (ballroom), and Tudor bedroom can only be reached by a wide spiral staircase or modern wooden staircase.

The Stewart's room and the Green Room above the kitchens are reached by a narrow spiral staircase.

The Old Hall doesn't have a book with photogrpahs of these rooms but there is a free audio guide which gives a lot of informtion about them. This is worth borrowing as there is no written information in the rooms.

The toilets are below ground and there is a stair lift giving wheelchair access to a disabled toilet . Ask at the ticket office for help.

There are generous concessions for seniors and the disabled, who can bring a carer in free of charge.

There is a small shop and the Chambers Coffee House and Cafe (separate review) next to the shop serves very good home made cakes. The fruit cake is highly recommended.

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