Rockingham Castle, Rockingham, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8TH t:+44(0)1536770240 f:+44(0)1536771692 e: estateoffice@rockinghamcastle.com

Information for visitors to Rockingham Castle with disabilities

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We have made great efforts to ensure that we can cater for disabled visitors at Rockingham Castle.  We welcome comments from visitors as to how we might improve our service.

Parking
The parking area for our disabled visitors is located immediately outside the Norman Towers which form the entrance to the Castle.  On arrival at the Ticket Office you will be provided with a Welcome leaflet.  The map inside indicates the disabled parking area.  If you identify your need to any member of staff they will be delighted to assist you with directions.

Wheel Chair Access
Due to the architecture it is not possible for visitors in wheel chairs to enter the Castle via the main visitor entrance.  The access is via the ramp to the Gift Shop the location of which is identified on the Welcome Leaflet.  We have a portable ramp providing access to our Restaurant in Walkers House.  Whilst this can and is put in place on a need basis it would be helpful to know in advance that you need this ramp.  The Castle Courtyard is gravelled as are the paths in the formal garden.  Please call the Office to discuss your visit if you have any questions.

Large Print Welcome Leaflet & Guide Book
A large print Welcome Leaflet is available at both the Ticket Office on arrival or at the Entrance to the Castle.  A large print Guide Book is available on loan, free of charge, also at the Entrance to the Castle.

Audio Tour
An audio tour, narrated by the Castle's Owner, James Saunders Watson, is available to hire.  These are available to all our visitors to enjoy and accordingly at very busy times may not be available.  If you would like to book the use of one of these tours please email or telephone the Office and the necessary arrangement will be made for you.

Photograph Album & Panorama
There are a number of areas in the Castle which are not accessible to those with limited mobility (The Long Gallery and Salvins Tower).  In each case we have photographs which are located in the Gift Shop which give a flavour of the Long Gallery, view from Salvins Tower & tour of the gardens.

Garden Access
The formal gardens are generally accessible to those with a mobility constraint.  The paths throughout the formal gardens are gravelled.  We have installed handrails, ramps and added a "by pass path" to a set of steps in the Rose Garden.  The beautiful Wild Gardens are set in a steep sided Valley where access is more difficult.  Please telephone or email the Office prior to a visit if you have any concerns about visiting Rockingham.

WC's
There is a full disabled WC situated adjacent to the Ticket Office on the visitor car park.