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, Makaton and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
– ideas given to us by our clients with learning disabilities who are on site each day about how to make our events and activities accessible to all
– 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 3 main visitor hubs at Sheffield Manor Lodge – the Discovery Centre, Manor Oaks & Manor Cottages.
Access to Discovery Centre and Scheduled Ancient Monument
Parking at the Discovery Centre 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
When open 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 decked patio 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.
Accessiblility to Manor Oaks – Farm, Café, Artist Studios
Please note: all public access at Manor Oaks for 2018 is restricted to the Rhubarb Shed Café, and on specific event days to the studios, to allow us to safely undertake exciting new developments.
Parking at Manor Oaks is free. 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.
Refreshments & Shelter
Shelter is available in the café. Access to the café is currently via a level and surfaced path. Hot meals, sandwiches, soups and hot and cold drinks are available at Rhubarb Shed café at Manor Oaks.
Access to the Farm Yard
Closed to the public during 2018.
1940s Manor Cottages
Accessibility to the Manor Cottages area is always by prior arrangement or on specific event days and will have staff supervising any activity. Parking is adjacent to the cottages themselves and is fully accessible for disabled drivers or accessible minibuses.
An accessible toilet is situated in the welfare building along a level, paved path.
Refreshments and Shelter
Manor Oaks cottages can offer access to hot & cold drinks to pre-arranged groups only. If this will be required please ensure you request this when booking your visit.
Access to the 1940s Cottages
Accessibility to the downstairs of the 1940s themed cottages is fully accessible. Access to the 1st floor is via a staircase. Access to the Dig-for Victory garden is along level paths.
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, and a further 250m to Manor Cottages. 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 – Jon Bradley during office hours on 0114 276 2828.
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