Facilities and access

  • The Museum is fully accessible with a step free entrance with automatic door and lifts for all stairs. There is also step-free access to the Reading Room
  • An adult-sized wheelchair for free loan during your visit
  • Induction loop in the Earley Charity Learning Studio
  • Portable seating for use in the galleries
  • Disabled visitor parking
  • Fully accessible toilets
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • We do not currently offer large-type booklets of our gallery interpretation or audio guides, but we are working to make these available soon

The Museum of English Rural Life is accessible to a wide range of visitors and we always strive to meet the access needs of everyone who visits us. If you have a specific need which you would like to ask us about, please contact us.


We encourage visitors to travel by foot, bike and public transport wherever possible.

Facilities and general

  • Baby changing
  • A small cafe serving sandwiches, snacks and hot drinks
  • High chairs for cafe
  • Garden with picnic benches
  • The Nook, a quiet space for reading and relaxing
  • Lockers

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