Lumiere Durham 2013. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

Accessibility


Durham is famed for its cobbled, steep and winding streets. This means getting around is challenging for some people. If it rains the cobbles can get slippery. The streets will also be very busy at times during Lumiere.


Lumiere Access 2017

Important note: This information is not a full access guide to Durham City, it is intended provide some basic details to help visitors to plan their visit to Lumiere.  We recognise that everyone has a different need so we have provided factual information and have not made any suggestions about suitability.  DisabledGo links are included where guides are currently available.  Links to This is Durham Riverside walks also included where available.

Useful links from DisabledGo:

Sniperley Park and Ride

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/sniperley-park-and-ride

Belmont Park and Ride

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/belmont-park-and-ride

Howlands Park and Ride

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/howlands-park-and-ride

Durham Bus Station

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/durham-bus-station-2

Durham Train Station

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/durham-train-station

Gala Theatre and Cinema

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/gala-theatre-and-cinema-2

Customer Access Point and Clayport Library Durham

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/customer-access-point-and-library—durham

Prince Bishops Shopping Centre

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/prince-bishops-shopping-centre-2

Botanic Gardens

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-university/botanic-garden-49

 

 

Installation reference and title

Location of installation

Access information

1 The Common Good

Miners’ Hall, Redhills

Steep incline from Flass Street, narrow footpath, no dropped kerbs, cobbled road.

Uneven surface and steep incline from entrance gate to Redhills 4 steps to flagged viewing areas with bench seating.

 

2 Harmonic Portal

Castle Chare

Junction with North Road: gentle slope, flagged pavement, tarmac road, adequate lighting.

Route from Milburngate: very steep towards St Godric’s Church, cobbled road, tarmac pavement, adequate lighting.  Accessed via 13 steps or narrow tarmacked path from Milburngate.

Footbridge: access from train station to Church Chare via footbridge accessed via 53 steps (flights of 6/6/9/10/11/8/1) exit footbridge via ramp or steps.

 

3 Arclight

Railway Viaduct

The area at the North Road/A690 roundabout is tarmac with kerbed paths with dropped kerbs in places.  If accessing from North Road towards viaduct there is an upward slope.

 

4 Northern Lights

Railway Station

Steep incline towards train station, tarmac footbath and road surface, adequate lighting.  Stepped footbridge from city centre at the top of North Road.  Alternative footbridge from Castle Chare with ramped and stepped access – This footbridge is accessed via 53 steps from the station approach (note: Castle Chare very steep with paving and cobbles).

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/durham-train-station

 

 

5 Colour by Light

North Road

North Road has a gentle incline towards the bus station and viaduct.  There are low kerbed paths in place.  The path surfaces are flagstones and the road is tarmac. There is an information map and seating area at the bottom of North Road at junction with Milburngate/The Riverwalk Shopping Centre.  Bollards, bins and street furniture along route.

 

6 Fire Tornado

Milburngate

North Road/Milburngate: Access is from a steep downward slope which leads to The Gates car parks.  The surface is tarmac with footpaths and dropped crossing points in place

Pennyferry bridge: allows access between Framwelgate Waterside and Freeman’s Place. Access to the bridge is by either steps or ramp. There are 16 steps at the Framwelgate Waterside with highlighted nosings.  Ramped access has an incline with 2 stopping points (no seats) and handrails.

Framwelgate Bridge: stepped access from Coach and Eight pub (4 flights consisting of 9/11/11/18 steps).  Stepped access from Thai River (5 flights consisting of 11/11/5/10/10 steps).  Paving on this route is a mixture of block paving and tarmac. The path is of adequate width with seating at regular intervals. Path is well lit.

 

7 Heron

Riverbank

Viewing point from Framwelgate Waterside

North Road/Milburngate: Access is from a steep downward slope which leads to The Gates car parks.  The surface is tarmac with footpaths and dropped crossing points in place. 

Framwelgate Bridge: stepped access from Coach and Eight pub (4 flights consisting of 9/11/11/18 steps).  Stepped access from Thai River (5 flights consisting of 11/11/5/10/10 steps).  Paving on this route is a mixture of block paving and tarmac. The path is of adequate width with seating at regular intervals. Path is well lit.

Milburngate Bridge: Steps from Milburngate bridge to Framwelgate Waterside. NO ACCESS DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

Pennyferry Bridge: access between Framwelgate Waterside and Freeman’s Place. Access to the bridge is by either steps or ramp. There are 16 steps with highlighted nosings.  Ramped access has an incline with 2 stopping points (no seats) and handrails.

 

8 Lightbench

Framwelgate Waterside

Stepped and ramped access from Freeman’s Place to Framwelgate Waterside.  There are 7 steps with a central handrail.

 

9 Illumaphonium

Walkergate behind Ebony

Stepped access between Millennium Place and Freeman’s Place: available next to the Premier Inn/Missoula.  There are 4 flights of steps consisting of 8/11/12/12 steps.

Stepped access between Missoula and Ebony: 2 flights of steps consisting of 7/7 steps.

Stepped access between Ebony and Gala Theatre: 2 flights of steps consisting of 8/8 steps.

Seating available within Millennium Place with adequate lighting in the area.

Lift access from Walkergate Car Park and Freeman’s Place to Millennium Place: There is lift access from within Walkergate Carpark and also from Freeman’s Place below Fat Buddha restaurant. There are power assisted doors to each lift. Access to Level 1 – Riverside ground level, Level 5 – bars and lower level of Millennium place, Level 7 – upper level, restaurants and Gala theatre. Car parks close at midnight.

Platform lift: Within Millennium place there is a platform lift available to go between the upper and lower levels of Millennium Place, this is situated next to the Bishops Mill pub.

Access from Milburngate Bridge: There is ramped access from Milburngate bridge. The ramp is situated behind the library with adequate handrails and lighting. The surface is block paving.

Access from Claypath:  steep downward slope from Claypath towards Millennium Place. Paved foothpath.

 

10 Anonymous

Side of Gala Theatre

Stepped access between Millennium Place and Freeman’s Place: available next to the Premier Inn/Missoula.  There are 4 flights of steps consisting of 8/11/12/12 steps.

Stepped access between Missoula and Ebony: 2 flights of steps consisting of 7/7 steps.

Stepped access between Ebony and Gala Theatre: 2 flights of steps consisting of 8/8 steps.

Seating available within Millennium Place with adequate lighting in the area.

Lift access from Walkergate Car Park and Freeman’s Place to Millennium Place: There is lift access from within Walkergate Carpark and also from Freeman’s Place below Fat Buddha restaurant. There are power assisted doors to each lift. Access to Level 1 – Riverside ground level, Level 5 – bars and lower level of Millennium place, Level 7 – upper level, restaurants and Gala theatre. Car parks close at midnight.

Platform lift: Within Millennium place there is a platform lift available to go between the upper and lower levels of Millennium Place, this is situated next to the Bishops Mill pub.

Access from Milburngate Bridge: There is ramped access from Milburngate bridge. The ramp is situated behind the library with adequate handrails and lighting. The surface is block paving. 

Access from Claypath:  steep downward slope from Claypath towards Millennium Place. Paved foothpath.

Gala Theatre and Cinema

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/gala-theatre-and-cinema-2

 

11 Sagacity

Durham Clayport Library

Stepped access between Millennium Place and Freeman’s Place: available next to the Premier Inn/Missoula.  There are 4 flights of steps consisting of 8/11/12/12 steps.

Stepped access between Missoula and Ebony: 2 flights of steps consisting of 7/7 steps.

Stepped access between Ebony and Gala Theatre: 2 flights of steps consisting of 8/8 steps.

Seating available within Millennium Place with adequate lighting in the area.

Lift access from Walkergate Car Park and Freeman’s Place to Millennium Place: There is lift access from within Walkergate Carpark and also from Freeman’s Place below Fat Buddha restaurant. There are power assisted doors to each lift. Access to Level 1 – Riverside ground level, Level 5 – bars and lower level of Millennium place, Level 7 – upper level, restaurants and Gala theatre. Car parks close at midnight.

Platform lift: Within Millennium place there is a platform lift available to go between the upper and lower levels of Millennium Place, this is situated next to the Bishops Mill pub.

Access from Milburngate Bridge: There is ramped access from Milburngate bridge. The ramp is situated behind the library with adequate handrails and lighting. The surface is block paving.

Access from Claypath:  steep downward slope from Claypath towards Millennium Place. Paved foothpath.

Customer Access Point and Clayport Library Durham

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/customer-access-point-and-library—durham

 

12 Anon

Millennium Place, Corner of Claypath

Stepped access between Millennium Place and Freeman’s Place: available next to the Premier Inn/Missoula.  There are 4 flights of steps consisting of 8/11/12/12 steps.

Stepped access between Missoula and Ebony: 2 flights of steps consisting of 7/7 steps.

Stepped access between Ebony and Gala Theatre: 2 flights of steps consisting of 8/8 steps.

Seating available within Millennium Place with adequate lighting in the area.

Lift access from Walkergate Car Park and Freeman’s Place to MillenniumPlace: There is lift access from within Walkergate Carpark and also from Freeman’s Place below Fat Buddha restaurant. There are power assisted doors to each lift. Access to Level 1 – Riverside ground level, Level 5 – bars and lower level of Millennium place, Level 7 – upper level, restaurants and Gala theatre. Car parks close at midnight.

Platform lift: Within Millennium place there is a platform lift available to go between the upper and lower levels of Millennium Place, this is situated next to the Bishops Mill pub.

Access from Milburngate Bridge: There is ramped access from Milburngate bridge. The ramp is situated behind the library with adequate handrails and lighting. The surface is block paving.

Access from Claypath:  steep downward slope from Claypath towards Millennium Place. Paved foothpath.

 

13 Our Moon

Durham Castle

North Road has a gentle downwards slope from the bus station and viaduct towards Framwelgate Bridge.  There are kerbed paths with dropped kerbs in place.  The path surfaces are flagstones and the road is tarmac. There is an information map and seating area at the bottom of North Road at the junction with The Riverwalk Shopping Centre.

Framwelgate Bridge: mix of cobbles and paving, slight incline towards Market Place, adequate lighting.

 

14 Dome and Arches

Market Place, Saddler and Silver Street

Market Place: The surfaces within the Market Place are mainly level, paved and free from kerbs. There is a slight incline from St Nicholas Church towards the statue.  There is a level change of 3 steps around the statue at the exit from the Market Place onto Silver Street but there are alternative routes using the gentle slope either side.  There is a mixture of fixed stone and wood seating which are low level, some with arm rests.

Saddler Street: There are 14 steps at the junction with Saddler Street, the steps have handrails to the centre and side. There is alternative sloped access (very steep) to the side of the steps which leads onto Saddler Street between the Market Place and Palace Green.  Saddler Street has a steep incline on the approach to North Bailey and Palace Green. The surface is paved and cobbled with narrow paved footpaths.

Silver Street: Surfaces are a mix of cobbles and flagstones. The street is a very steep incline from Framwelgate Bridge into the Market Place with no seats along the route.

 

15 Control No Control

Prince Bishops Shopping Centre

Prince Bishops has an even and flat surface.  There are regular rest points (seats with backs and benches). Access is recommended via Claypath as Silver Street is steep and cobbled.

Prince Bishops Shopping Centre

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/prince-bishops-shopping-centre-2

16 Drawn in Light

Elvet Bridge

Viewing from Old Elvet Bridge: Old Elvet Bridge surface is a mixture of cobbles and flagstones. There is a steep incline from Elvet Bridge towards Saddler Street.

Viewing from Boat House area (below Old Elvet Bridge) via route behind Market Cross Jewellers: There is a very steep slope from Saddler Street behind Market Cross Jewellers and Klute where the path goes under Old Elvet Bridge leading to waterside. The surface is a mixture of cobbles and flagstones with a hand rail to one side.

Viewing from Boat House area (below Old Elvet Bridge) via steps next to The Tin of Sardines: 2 flights of steps (42 in total) with handrail to 1 side.

Access to Boat House area (below Old Elvet Bridge) from Prince Bishops car park:  this viewing area can be accessed via the lift in the Prince Bishops car park. https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/prince-bishops-shopping-centre-2

 

17 Methods

Cathedral

Durham Cathedral, is situated at the top of a steep hill.  The road surface is cobbled and on either side there are narrow paths with kerbs.

Access inside the Cathedral is mostly via ramps. Access to the Undercroft and Toilets is via steps  and a lift. There is a level route as well, that requires leaving the Cloister and following a route outside the main building.

Within the Cathedral Church, the Chapel of Nine Altars, the Gregory Chapel and the Shrine of St Cuthbert have no ramps. There is a stairclimber which can enable manual wheelchair users to visit these areas under the guidance of a Cathedral employee.

The Cathedral exit from the Undercroft to North Bailey is a cobbled surface.

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/durham-cathedral-2

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/undercroft-20

 

18 Entre Les Rangs

Cathedral Cloister

The cloisters can be found inside the Cathedral, situated at the top of a steep hill. The road surface is cobbles and on either side there are narrow paths with kerbs.

Access inside the Cathedral is mostly via ramps. Access to the Cathedral Shop, Undercroft Restaurant and Toilets is by and a platform lift. There is a level route as well, that requires leaving the Cloister and following a route outside the main building.

Within the Cathedral Church, the Chapel of Nine Altars, the Gregory Chapel and the Shrine of St Cuthbert have no ramps. There is a stairclimber which can enable manual wheelchair users to visit these areas under the guidance of a Cathedral employee. 

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-county-council/durham-cathedral-2

 

19 Horizontal Interference

The College

Paved footpath and tarmac road, gentle incline towards Prebends Bridge.

 

20 Frequencies

Riverside and South Bailey

Riverside: tarmac footpath, no lighting, seating at regular intervals along the route

South Bailey: Paved footpath and tarmac road, gentle incline towards Prebends Bridge.

http://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/durham-riverside-walk-p671691

 

21 Know Thyself

Count’s House

Prebends Bridge: from the bridge there is a steep slope towards Count’s House, the surface is a tarmac footpath.

 

22 White Line

Above River Wear

http://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/durham-riverside-walk-p671691

 

23 Shimmer

Prebends Bridge

South Bailey to Prebends Bridge: is a tarmac road with some cobbled areas. There is a kerbed path on one side, the path is narrow in places.
Prebends Bridge to Quarryheads Lane: Very steep incline towards Quarryheads Lane, this area is not well lit.

http://www.thisisdurham.com/things-to-do/durham-riverside-walk-p671691

 

24 Visual Illusion

Outside Crown Court Gardens

Tarmac path outside Crown Court Gardens

 

25 What Matters

St Oswald’s Church and Churchyard

Approach from New Elvet has a steep incline.  The front entrance to the church has tarmac paths of adequate width.

 

 

26 Cosmoscope

Crown Court Gardens

The area is generally flat and covered in grass with tarmac paths throughout the gardens.

 

27 Cosmic Architecture

Lower Mountjoy, University Science Site

Approach via Stockton Road and South Road has even blocked paved surface with resting points with adequate lighting.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.7683051,-1.5723207,2a,75y,259.02h,63.17t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1seiqmTh6RsC5i53ftr2aPiA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

 

28 For the Birds

Durham University Botanic Garden

Botanic Gardens

https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/durham-university/botanic-garden-49

 

 

 

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Please note…

there is fixed street furniture such as litter bins, seating and traffic bollards around the city. This street furniture varies in design, material and size. There may also be advertising boards, café tables and seating outside some of the shops and restaurants.


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