Our aim is to make your visit to SML as welcoming and enjoyable as possible. SML has a many different venues and experiences available for everyone to learn about this fascinating ‘hidden gem’ of a site. There are some physical challenges, including unsurfaced paths and slopes, and due to the age of some buildings we unfortunately cannot provide access for every visitor to every part of the site. We continually try to improve access for all our visitors and we are confident that we do offer opportunities for everyone to participate in.
Our access work is supported in the following ways –
– our membership of and attendance at the Inclusive Access Forum which has a membership of people with different disabilities who advise on access improvements and issues
– training for staff including disability awareness
– by working closely with special schools in Sheffield who have taught us how to ensure people with complex and multiple learning disabilities can access our programmes
– free entry for an assistant or a carer who you need to support you on site.
Accessibility Support Information
There are 2 main visitor hubs at Sheffield Manor Lodge – the Discovery Centre and Manor Oaks (Rhubarb Shed Cafe).
Access to Discovery Centre and Scheduled Ancient Monument
Parking on site is free. There are 2 accessible allocated parking bays for disabled drivers. Access from the car park to the Discovery Centre is via a level surfaced path.
There is an accessible toilet at the Discovery Centre.
Refreshments & Shelter
The Discovery Centre provides shelter and hot and cold drinks and snacks are available to buy. There are chairs and tables both inside and outside on a grassed area.
The Scheduled Ancient Monument
Access onto the scheduled ancient monument & grounds of the Manor is on level grass tracks from the Centre. The C16th Turret House is approximately 250 metres from the Centre. Access into the bottom floor of the Turret House & exhibitions is over a lipped threshold. Access onto the 1st and 2nd floors & further exhibitions is via a spiral stone staircase. For people using wheelchairs vehicle access can be arranged, by prior notice, to the Turret House.
Accessibility to Manor Oaks – Café, Artist Studios
The artist studios and ground floor of the cafe are fully accessible.
Parking at Manor Oaks is free. There is one disabled bay for parking next to the cafe and artists studios. The main car park currently does not have accessible bays marked out. The car park is on level ground, the bottom car park provides pedestrian access via a slope or steps. Access from the car park to the café and studios is best gained by returning to the entrance gate of the car park and crossing the vehicle track. This route is surfaced and level and is shared with site vehicles.
There is a large accessible changing toilet with a hoist and adult sized bed, with a parking bay outside at the cafe. If you require access to this, please speak with a member of staff or the café team.
Accessible toilet layout
Movement between hubs
We have a network of paths which are open to the public and link the different parts of the site. The distance from the Discovery Centre to Manor Oaks is approximately 800m. The paths do vary in type of surfacing material and in gradient. We suggest that, if possible, visitors using wheelchairs should use those with wide tyres as this makes access easier and smoother.
Vehicles carrying people with limited mobility are permitted to drive within the site on certain routes. Please call our office first to discuss where and what you would like to access and we can advise you about how to do this safely in your own vehicle. Please do not drive straight onto the site without making prior arrangements as you will be challenged by staff.
Activities for Children
Green Estate has an annual programme of organised activities for children and families – many of which are accessible to all. In addition we also have informal play opportunities at the Discovery Centre which are accessible to most children. For more details please contact 0114 276 2828 during office hours .
We are constantly looking for ways to make our site more inclusive. To volunteer and/or make a suggestion please contact Juliet Grace on: firstname.lastname@example.org