NCEM Accessibility

The Building

Wheelchair Access
The National Centre for Early Music is completely flat-floored throughout making it an accessible building for wheelchair users with or without an accompanied helper. There is an entrance ramp from Percy’s Lane and the Walmgate entrance is flat allowing access from both directions.

Hearing Loop
The National Centre for Early Music has a state-of-the-art induction hearing loop to ensure good quality of sound. Please let us know before arrival if you require the use of our hearing loop during your visit as it is not always turned on.

There are two designated disabled car parking spaces in the adjacent car park.

If you need to book a taxi suitable for wheelchair travel contact C & P Services on 01904 413121 or Station Taxis on 01904 623332. Please book as early as possible as they operate a busy service.

Our staff are keen to make sure your visit to the National Centre for Early Music is enjoyable. If you have any special needs please let us now in advance when either booking tickets for events or using the Centre's conference facilities.

Around York

The Centre has a copy of a Braille map of York City Centre, produced by the Royal Institute for the Blind, which visitors are welcome to consult.

Talking Signs
The City of York Council has installed 17 'Talking Signs' throughout the City of York. Talking signs relay information in an audible, verbal format and provide the same information to visually-impaired people that printed signs provide to the sighted community.

A REACT unit is needed to activate the talking sign. If you are wearing this unit, and come within five to seven meters of a talking sign, the sign automatically begins speaking the information associated with that sign. The signs give orientation advice about the location rather than route guidance and help visually-impaired people have a more independent journey around York.

The REACT units are available from:
- The York Blind and Partially Sighted Society, 61 Bootham, York
- Tel: 01904 636269

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