Join us on Saturday 16 March 2019 as we take part in the National Disabled Access Day and discover more about St Paul’s Cathedral. Whilst we aim to improve accessibility every day of the year, Disabled Access Day puts disabled people at the heart of Cathedral life and showcases inclusive ways to explore St Paul’s.
When Christopher Wren was designing St Paul’s, the concept of accessibility was still centuries away. But in recent times we have worked incredibly hard to be inclusive of all people and Disabled Access Day gives us the chance to show people they should not be nervous about visiting us, whether as a sightseer or worshipper.
Activities throughout the day include many different guided tours led by Cathedral guides including touch tours and BSL signed tours, clay and candle-making workshops and pop-up discovery tables. Multimedia guides that have British Sign Language, subtitles, audio-described and family tours will also be available for visitors, as they are every day Monday to Saturday.
St Paul’s is fully accessible throughout the Cathedral Floor and Crypt for sightseeing and services. There is a wheelchair ramp at the North Entrance and a lift suitable for wheelchair users that affords access to the Cathedral Floor and Crypt from street level. Our staff and volunteers receive excellent training so they can deliver tours that enhance the experience of all our visitors. Entry is free to all disabled people and their friends, family or carers.
We continually review the ways in which we can improve accessibility in all areas for wheelchair users, people with vision and hearing impairments, and to suit the diverse needs of our visitors.
This year will see construction begin on permanent ramps and steps on the North Transept. Although the Cathedral has been repaired and improved at many points in the past 300 years, this ambitious project will represent the most significant fabric addition to the Cathedral in its history and become a lasting feature of one of the world’s best known and most loved buildings. Step-free access into the Cathedral is needed every single day of the year and we expect this need to continue to grow.
As well as a permanent ramp we have an ambitious project looking at how we can dramatically improve the sound quality across the entire Cathedral. Although the Cathedral is already equipped with a hearing loop system, new technology will help us mitigate the delay which currently accompanies all spoken word and music under the dome.
We want you to feel welcome here on Disabled Access Day but also on every other day of the year.
For more information about Disabled Access Day please visit: https://www.stpauls.co.uk/access-day