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VAQAS MLA ACCREDITED MUSEUM LEICS & RUTLAND HERITAGE FORUM

Contact

Phillip Lindley

01455 251218

Address

Lower Bond Street,
Hinckley,
Leicestershire,
LE10 1QU

Details

Local history museum for Hinckley and District housed in 17th century thatched cottage with garden and tearoom. Pre-booking essential.

Coach park: Coaches must park in the nearby bus station 5 minutes away.

Visit hrs: 1

Coach parties acceptedEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Guided tours for groups

Awarded the Quality Assured Visitor Attraction award.

Prices

Group rates for pre-booked groups:
Minimum charge for group of 10+ is £10.

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

Awarded the Quality Assured Visitor Attraction award.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 4
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria

Notes

Access statement: Introduction: We aim to provide an excellent service to all visitors and continually strive to improve. We are a small volunteer run museum and aim to enable as many people as possible to enjoy our history. We currently offer: Pre-Arrival: A website www.hinckleydistrictmuseum.org.uk An email address to answer your enquiries. Bus stops for local services and the Leicester – Nuneaton – Coventry buses (Arriva 158 and Stagecoach 10 and 48) are within view of the museum, and the town bus station is within 10 minutes walk. Railway station (Leicester – Birmingham line) is within 15-20 minutes walk (there is a taxi office at the station). Arrival and Car Parking Facilities: Free car parking in car park located between the museum and the undertaker`s premises subject to availability (the car park is not owned, managed or maintained by the museum). The car park is on a steep slope. Limited on-street parking opposite the museum: Monday to Saturday 30 minutes, no time restriction on a Sunday. Large long-stay Council pay-and-display car park adjacent to the museum (free of charge on Sundays and Bank Holidays). Drop off outside the museum entrance. The road is busy and off road parking is recommended. Main Entrance and Reception: Direct access from busy pavement into the museum. 4 brick steps up from the pavement at main entrance with hand rails at each side. The inward opening 36.5 inch wide entrance door is always open during opening hours. There is a side entrance suitable for wheelchairs – please ask in advance of your visit if possible to enable help to be on hand. This entrance takes visitors through a garage and a paved area of garden to enter the museum at the rear of the building. There is a charge for entry to the museum (£1 adults, 50p children; prices may vary on event days; minimum charge of £10 for a pre-booked group visit) payable at the reception counter. All internal doors are open during opening hours. Public Areas - General (Internal): Flooring, except entrance hall, toilet and upstairs gallery, is carpeted. Level access through 42 inch wide opening into main gallery on ground floor. 2 internal steps up to extra display area, toilet and tearoom. Wooden stairs to first floor display areas, with handrails on both sides. There is seating provided in all display areas. All windows are curtained to protect contents from sun damage. Lighting is provided by spotlights and other electric lights throughout. All internal doors are open during museum open hours. Public Areas – WC: There is one small unisex wc (no wheelchair access) on the ground floor. Toilet door is inward opening and 25 inches wide. There is no alarm call system. The nearest disabled access toilets are located in the Atkins Building opposite the museum (not usually open on Sundays and Bank Holidays). Also in Station Road and in Hinckley Library, Lancaster Road, both approximately 5 - 10 minutes from the museum – neither are open on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Public Areas – Tearoom: Located on ground floor accessible by 2 steps up from the entrance hall (ramp available) and through display areas. 3 internal doors - 1 is 31.5 inches wide, and 2 are 28 inches wide. Light refreshments (biscuits, cakes, crisps) and beverages (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soup, fruit juice) are served, many of which are Fairtrade products. No alcohol is served. The tearoom staff take orders at your chosen table. Public Areas – Shop: A small sales area is in the entrance hall, selling souvenirs, leaflets and local history publications. A further display of saleable publications is in the tearoom. Staff take payment at the reception counter. Cash and cheque payments only accepted. Displays: Interpretation boards are all in large text and have pictorial representation where appropriate. There are items displayed in a variety of glass cabinets. Lighting is provided to each display and is directed towards the display or within the cabinets as appropriate. Some cabinets will not be internally lit if the contents are fragile. When appropriate, folders are available in the main gallery on the ground floor containing information relating to displays on the first floor for those unable to negotiate the stairs. Folders of additional information will accompany displays as appropriate. A 4 seat viewing area is on the ground floor, up 2 steps from the entrance hall, where a selection of short video films may be seen. On busy days the films will be shown continuously, otherwise they are shown on demand (a list is on display). Staff are available to help visitors with any enquiries about items on display. Public Areas – Garden: The garden is at the rear of the museum building and cannot be seen from the road. It is planted with traditional cottage garden plants. There is a paved area running the length of the building. 4 brick steps with wooden handrail to one side, opposite the garden entrance door from the museum, lead up to the lawned areas. There is also another set of 5 brick and slab steps with no handrails, at one end of the garden. There is seating provided in the garden, and in the summer refreshments may be taken into the garden. Additional Information: Guide dogs are welcome within the museum and garden. Smoking is not permitted inside the museum or in the garden. Staff are available throughout the museum to assist visitors. Please switch off mobile phones when in the museum and garden. Contact Information: Telephone 01455 251218 (out-going message only when closed). Email hinckleymuseum@hotmail.co.uk Website www.hinckleydistrictmuseum.org.uk Address: Hinckley & District Museum Framework Knitters` Cottages Lower Bond Street Hinckley Leicestershire LE10 1QU Opening hours: From Easter Monday to the end of October on Saturdays & Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 4pm. Sundays 2pm – 5pm. Mondays in July and August (which are not Bank Holidays) 11am – 3pm. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Local public transport: Bus information tel. 0871 200 22 33 Train information tel. 08457 48 49 50 Accessible taxis: Fosseway Cars tel. 01455 456789 We welcome your feedback to help us continually improve our services to visitors. Please add you comments to the Visitors Book at the reception desk, or send them to us by post or email (addresses above).

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Map reference: SP 425941  Lat: 52.54311 Long: -1.37474

Take the A47 or M69 to Hinckley, near town centre on B4667

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1.6 km from Hinckley station