Leeds Art Gallery Leeds Art Gallery

Leeds Art Gallery

The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA, United Kingdom | 0113 247 8256 | Website
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Bad wheelchair access and signage

0.5

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This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Walking Aid, Wheelchair, Hidden Impairment

Overview

Signage for access was bad and even finding the way into building was a task. Once inside I had to fathom how to reach the gallery, signage was terrible. The answer? Through the cafe, which has the heaviest door known to man. Not possible to open from a wheelchair. Signs inside the building for finding the galleries with a step free path are non existent. As a result I realised when I got home I missed an entire exhibition. For everyone else there is a bridge to the Henry Moore Foundation, if you need step free access you must go outside, round the corner and locate a plain wooden door that's that doesn't look like an entrance for visitors and press a button for entry. A map showing step free routes would have been very helpful and saved a lot of faffing about. The cafe you must pass through is very narrow and especially difficult when busy.

Transport & Parking

0.5

We arrived on a coach. We had difficulty finding the gallery from the sat nav instructions and ended up driving around in a circle until locating it, bad signage. The coach ended up having to drop us in a side street which was had uneven paving some wheelchair users may struggle with.

Access

0.5

Very bad signage, step free routes totally unmarked. I ended up missing an entire gallery as a result. To get to the Henry Moore everyone else can simply walk across a footbridge while those needing level access must go outside and around the corner to a door that doesn't look like a gallery entrance. Having to go all the way around outside in the cold and wet like that was particularly unfair on helper with hidden impairment. Extremely heavy doors make Leeds City Art Gallery totally inaccesible without a helper or reliance on friendly strangers.

Toilets

4.5

Clean and tidy standard disabled toilet with a radar lock.

Staff

4

Knowledgeable about the artworks and gave good directions on how to access the Henry Moore building.

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