St. Dunstans (Abbey) car and coach park is adjacent to the Abbey entrance; parking is available on payment of the Town Councils current tarriff (for details telephone 01458 831769). Entrance to the Abbey can be gained either from Magdalene Street or from the rear (North East) corner of the car park.
Coach parking is also available at Northload Street West car park (approximately 400 metres from the Abbey).
Other car parks are Northload Street East and West, Bowyers Close and Silver Street - all close to the Town Centre; here fees are due to the District Council under their current tarriff.
Note: Over the years surveys suggest that the majority of car drivers opt to park for at least 4 hours - to have enough time to see all the sights and attractions in and around the town.
Wheelchair access is possible to 95% of the whole complex.
The Ticket Office, Gift shop, Toilet and Museum are all interlinked, are modern and are all ramped, with stone and tarmac surfaces.
The grounds have compacted gravel/dust paths, which are, believe it or not, excellent for wheelchairs and wheelchairs can go onto the grass, if the ground is not too wet. We do keep two manual wheelchairs on site, for people to use when here, but they will require help from their companion.
There is one accessible toilet on site for disabled users.
A large print map can be made available on request as well as a guided tour of the grounds in Braille with an accompanying written version.
There are Hearing Induction loops in the Ticket Office and Shop to assist hearing aid users.
The Lady Chapel is accessible for viewing, by wheelchairs users, via a 'bridge' across its centre, without any steps!
From March to October, daily, we have costumed guides, who will tell visitors tales of the past; one character has several presentations each day, usually in the Abbots Kitchen and this can be enjoyed by all our visitors.
We do have an outdoor summer cafe (mid-May until late-September) which has some 'fixed' circular tables and chairs; a number of these units have space to accommodate a wheelchair.
There is sadly no parking on site for disabled or other visitors; there is however a private car/coach park adjacent to our entrance (fees are payable), where one can park, or drop off as appropriate.
We try to provide a safe place for visitors, within the constraints of an historic property; but please take care. Varying ground levels can be dangerous, especially in wet weather. Take care around the ponds and rough stonework. In the wildlife areas beware of uneven ground and badger holes. Children must be supervised at all times. A First Aid kit is kept at the ticket office.
Are welcomed provided they are kept on leads at all times. We request this as we have badgers, squirrels, ducks and geese on site. Two 'dog loos' can be found within the grounds and plastic bags can be obtained from the ticket office, if needed. In summer a water bowl is provided by St. Patricks Chapel.
You are welcome to picnic within the park, however we would ask you not to picnic within the confines of the Abbey Church itself. Please ensure all litter is either binned or taken home.
From early-May until end of September we have an outdoor cafe, situated in the shelter by the Car Park wall (west end). The cafe sells teas, coffees, cold drinks, biscuits, sandwiches, pasties, ice creams ... even home made cakes and cream teas. For those who are purchasing food, then a glass of wine, and bottles of beer or cider can also be purchased.
Large groups can be catered for by prior arrangement.
Photography and video is welcomed, provided it is for personal use only. Photography or video taken for any other or any commercial purpose is not permitted without prior written permission of the Director and prior payment of fees.
No services, prayers, music, ceremonies or rituals are permitted, without the the prior written permission of the Director.
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