Throughout the 31+ years that I have been organising specialist holidays for disabled travellers eager to see the world, many of my clients have shown a great interest in visiting London – most notably for the unparalleled and often freely accessible collection of art that the British capital offers.
The British Museum, as well as many of London’s other world-renowned museums, is not only accessible in terms of ticket prices (entrance is free!) – it is also exemplary at catering to the accessibility needs of wheelchair users and visitors with other disabilities. In order to help you make a smooth entrance into the astounding world of art and antiquities that this collection has to offer, here is our comprehensive Wheelchair Users’ Guide to accessing the British Museum.
Parking Your Car
I am regularly asked for help organising self-drive holidays for disabled tourists, and if you want to visit the British Museum with your own vehicle too, you need to reserve one of the accessible parking spaces in advance.
To reserve a parking space at the Museum, call +44 (0)20 7323 8299 at least 24 hours prior to your visit.
Make sure you have to hand the details of your registration number, the make and model of your vehicle, and the date of your visit to complete your reservation.
Making your Entrance
Making your entrance as a wheelchair user Can Be Done at the Great Russell Street entrance south side of the museum, where two self-operable lifts are in place on either side of the steps, or at the Montague Place entrance on the north side, which provides level access.
Guide and assistance dogs are welcomed, and if your canine companion needs a refreshment to keep them going, dog bowls are available at the Information Desk at the Great Court.
Concessions for Paid Exhibitions
As I mentioned, entrance to the British Museum is free, but if you are planning on visiting one of the amazing special exhibitions you are entitled to concession rates and a companion can join you free of charge.
Disability tickets for special exhibitions can be booked online or via +44 (0)20 7323 8181.
Accessing the Galleries
If you’re visiting one of the special exhibitions you are guaranteed wheelchair-friendly access, and nearly all other galleries are accessible for you too. Ask for a free map of the museum in the Great Court – it will show you where the lifts are.
There are several accessible toilets available throughout the building – you can find them in the Great Court as well as at the Ford Centre for Young Visitors, at the Clore Education Centre, and to the north of Room 66.
Making the Most of Your Visit
It would take days to see the whole of the extensive collection here, so I recommend you do some research in advance if you’re coming to see specific works. London offers endless possibilities for discovery in terms of art, architecture, and much, much more, so make sure you have allocated time to spend a few days in this marvellous metropole.
My team and I are experts in organising holidays for disabled travellers, so contact us at 020 8907 2400 for advice on the best accessible accommodation and attractions in London.
Have an amazing visit!