Magnificent Marina at the Usher Hall!
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair
I went to the Marina (of Marina and the Diamonds) concert here at the Usher Hall. The venue is beautiful with lovely cornicing on the ceiling and the disabled seating in the grand circle was fantastic with a great view. It was a really nice balance of being accessible and also being amongst everyone and able to enjoy the atmosphere. Both security staff and venue staff were really helpful and welcoming. It was the first night of Marina's tour and on a Monday night but despite that she managed to get the place buzzing; it was a really fun night and I loved it. The crowd were really friendly and lots of people chatted to me afterwards. The accessibility of the venue was reflected in the concert where you truly felt everyone was welcome no matter who they were and it really represented the celebration of difference of all kinds.
Transport & Parking
I didn't come by car as I stayed nearby but I understand that there are disabled parking spaces available very nearby and meter parking without time limits. The train station is a bit of a walk (or wheel) but doable and there are lots of buses available as well.
The venue is easy to access with automatic doors, spacious lifts and corridors and plenty of space for me to manoeuvre in the disabled spaces. For an old building it's fantastic and the only thing I would change is that I was left downstairs to find my own way upstairs to the seating and if it had been more crowded that could have been a problem. Once upstairs, I hadn't a clue where I was going but the security staff saw that and were fantastic and summoned someone to show me to my seat. She couldn't have been more helpful but other venues have someone to get you to your seat as soon as you enter the venue and it's much easier and I think the Usher Hall could learn from this. The staff who helped me though went out of their way to rectify this so huge thanks to them! Overall, access is great.
The accessible toilet in the Grand Circle is very close to the disabled seating and it was clean and very spacious with lots of grab bars and well signposted.
The staff were really helpful and apart from the point I made above, they couldn't have done any more to improve my experience.
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I would definitely recommend this venue and I'll definitely be back!