Imperial War Museum Accessibility

  3 Star Sage Accessibility

The numerous displays on WWI, WWII, and the Cold War were fascinating to me….and bored my girlfriend to tears (you’ve been warned!) You can make it a quick visit to see the authentic tanks, planes, and submarines in the lobby or spend most of the day looking at displays illustrating various aspects of the wars. The step-free entrance is on the west side of the building to the right of the main entrance.

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Is there an accessible entrance? Yes, there is a step free entrance on the west side of the building, 50 m past the main entrance on the right.
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? A staff member is there to open the door.

Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? On Lambeth Road, north of building. From there it is 50 m to the entrance with 13 steps or 150 m to the step-free entrance.

What are the nearby tube stations? Lambeth North, Elephant & Castle

What bus lines pass nearby? Routes 1, 3, 12, 45, 53, 59, 63, 68, 100, 159, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 344 and C10 all pass close to Museum

Where is the closest disabled parking? At the back of building, to the south. Call 020 7416 5320/5321 to book a space. From the parking to the entrance is 10 m.

Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? No cobblestones or hills

What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having to go up steps? 99% using the elevators

Which parts are not accessible? All areas of the museum are accessible except the upstairs of the 1940’s house in The Children’s War exhibition. The mock WWI trench is dimly lit and has uneven ground but can be done in a wheelchair.

Are there loaner wheelchairs? There are 10 loaner wheelchairs and many portable stools.

Is there an accessible bathroom? Yes
Is the door wide enough for a wheelchair? Yes
Are there grab bars? Yes
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? Yes

Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up stepsYes, torus are every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30 and 1.30. Private tours for wheelchair users and slow walkers can be pre-arranged by calling.

Does advance notice need to be given for…
…handicapped parking? Yes, call 020 7416 5320/5321 to book a space.
…opening of an accessible entrance?
…loaner wheelchairs? Possible, please telephone 44 (0)20 7416 5000
…accessible tours? No

Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? Free for all

Opening Hours: 10-18:00 daily
How many hours do most able-bodied tourists spend there on their first visit? 1.5 – 5 hrs, 3 hrs avg

Address: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7416 5320

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