The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

The Beaney reopened in July 2020, following temporary closure due to Covid-19. Visitors are encouraged to pre-book their visit here.

The Beaney has an accessible entrance at Best Lane, with step free access into the building, a platform lift and a flight of ‘easy going’ steps, which are comfortable for the ambulant disabled and allow for pushchairs and other mobility equipment.

In order for us to operate our one way route through the building, we have daily accessible sessions with reduced visitor numbers and lift access at certain times. You can pre-book onto an accessible session here. However, if you require full lift access and wish to visit outside of our accessible sessions, please get in contact prior to your visit to check we are able to accomodate this.

Portable seating is also available to pick up from the Atrium. Visitors will need to carry their seat around with them and drop it off at The Garden Room at the end of their visit so it can be disinfected.

Although the building toilets are currently still closed there are fully accessible public toilets available to the side of the building accessible via Orange Street Car Park.

A 12 space disabled car park is also available at the rear of the building.

To assist the visually impaired, we also have braille signage available. We advise if using these that you please wear gloves, which can be provided by a member of staff upon request. Braille touch points are sanitised regularly by our team for your safety.

Also we have Touchable Beaney objects on display by request;

  • Touchable Epstein in People and Places gallery (please ask a member of staff for gloves)
  • Tactile painting in the Materials and Masters gallery
  • Carved cabinet in the Materials and Masters gallery

When you arrive at the Beaney please notify a member of staff that you would like to access the Touchable Beaney objects and we will make them available for you.

For the latest information about access at The Beaney contact 01227 862162

Nearest Disabled Parking

Orange Street, Canterbury
Disabled Spaces: 18
Located next to Best Lane entrance.
Vehicles displaying a valid Blue Badge only.
Maximum stay 12 hours

Watling Street, Canterbury, CT1 2UD (0.2 miles)
Disabled Spaces: 11
Accepted payments: coins, cards, pay-by-mobile
Monday to Sunday 7am to 9pm (Free outside these hours)
Maximum stay 12 hours

North Lane, Canterbury, CT2 7EB (0.3 miles)
Disabled Spaces: 3
Accepted payments: coins, cards, pay-by-mobile
Monday – Sunday 7am to 9pm (Free outside these hours)

Pound Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2BZ (0.4 miles)
Disabled Spaces: 10
Accepted payments: coins, cards, pay-by-mobile
Monday – Sunday 7am to 9pm (Free outside these hours)

Canterbury Roman Museum

Access to Roman level is via a lift, then level access throughout. The museum is fully accessible for people with disabilities and we offer a range of activities including tactile tours and multi-sensory object investigation sessions for blind and partially sighted people.

Entry prices
We extend our concessionary rate to guests with a disability.

Free entry is offered to carers.