Accessibility at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

The Beaney is currently closed until further notice in line with Covid-19 government guidelines. When we reopen, visitors are encouraged to pre-book their visit.

  • The Beaney Best Lane entrance stairs leading into the Visitor Information Centre.

Access & Facilities

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 an accessible sessions online.

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.


Disabled Car Park

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


Braille Signage

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.


Touchable Beaney objects

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.

Fothe 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)


Artefacts in exhibition case The Beaney Museum

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