St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's marks Disabled Access Day with a series of tours and events
People of all ages and with disabilities of any kind are being encouraged to visit St Paul's this January, as the Cathedral takes part in Disabled Access Day.
On the first day of its kind in the UK, landmarks, venues and attractions, including St Paul's, will put on special events and tours for children and adults throughout the day on Saturday 17 January.
St Paul’s has long been concerned about access for all, shown in its lifts, ramps, guided touch tours, audio description guides, British Sign Language multimedia tours, audio induction loop, the work of the Schools & Families department and the recent appointment of a new accessibility advisor.
But this day, organised by a group of disabled people, will give the Cathedral a chance to put people with all disabilities right at the heart of activities, both for sightseeing and worship.
Saturday, 17 January 2015
Doors open for sightseeing from 8.30am - 4pm
Entry for anyone registered disabled and their helper/carer/friend is free all day
Entry at North Transept after 9.45am (before that, entry via main west end doors with accessible entrance via South Churchyard)
Schedule 8.30am - Main west doors open for sightseeing (until 9.45am, accessible entry is via the South Churchyard)
9.45am - North Transept doors open
10am - Guided tour
10.30am - Touch tour for those with visual impairments
11am - Majestic Mosaic tour and workshop for children (accompanied by adult)*
11am - Meet Sir Christopher Wren tour for children (accompanied by adult)
Midday - Guided tour
12.30pm - Short talk
12.30pm - Lunchtime Eucharist (all welcome to attend and receive Communion)
1pm - Guided tour
1pm - Meet Sir Christopher Wren tour for children (accompanied by adult)
1.30pm - Majestic Mosaic tour and workshop for children (accompanied by adult)*
1.30pm - Touch tour for those with visual impairments
1.30pm - Short talk
2pm - Guided tour
3pm - Guided tour 3pm - Meet Sir Christopher Wren tour for children (accompanied by adult)
3pm - Short talk
4pm - Last entry for sightseeing
4.30pm - Cathedral closes for sightseeing
5pm - Choral Evensong, sung by the full Cathedral Choir
*Majestic Mosaics tours must be booked in advance by emailing Donna McDowell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Guided tours, short talks, Majestic Mosaic tours and Meet Sir Christopher Wren tours are designed for all people, regardless of ability or disability.
No booking is required to visit on the day, but if you are planning to come as a group of 6+ or are intending to attend Evensong, please email Lynn Johnson - email@example.com
Lynn Johnson, Visits Manager at St Paul’s, said: “When Sir Christopher Wren was designing St Paul’s, the concept of accessibility was still centuries away. But in recent times, we have worked incredibly hard to be inclusive of all people and this Disabled Access Day will give us the chance to show people they should not be nervous or intimidated about visiting us, whether as a sightseer or worshipper.
“We are truly excited about this special day and hope it’s something we can be involved with for many years to come.”
For more information please contact Ed Holmes, Press and Communications Manager, St Paul’s Cathedral on 020 7246 8321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s is the Cathedral church of the diocese of London, which it has served for over 1,400 years. The current building has become a potent symbol of the life of a nation and is one of the world’s most beautiful buildings. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the late seventeenth century, its stones have absorbed the hopes, fears, sorrows and joys of generations and stand as a enduring symbol of our communion with those gone before and those still to come. Each year nearly two million people flock to the Cathedral for services, concerts, debates, educational events, performing arts and sightseeing. All are most welcome.