When Portico was restored in 2015 we tried to balance retaining original features such as pews with enabling access to all. The building is now accessible throughout, excepting the organ loft, which is only accessible via a steep and narrow spiral staircase. 

Lifts

There are lifts both inside and outside Portico. Please note there is no internal staircase. This means using the external steps or the internal lift.

Toilets

There are accessible toilets downstairs. Please note there are no toilets on the upper floor.

Blue badge holders

Blue badge parking is available inside the grounds.

 

Pews and cushions

Portico has original wooden pews dating to 1841. These pews are part of Portico’s unique heritage charm. The base of the seats are covered with thick padded cushions. However, the seat backs are upright wooden and some people find these uncomfortable, especially people with back issues. We recommend you bring a cushion with you if you have any back issues

Reserved seating

Seating is usually first come first served. However, we are always happy to reserve seating in advance of events for anyone with access needs. We also hold an Access Register for our regular visitors.

Access Register

If you have access needs please sign up to our Access Register. It means you won’t have to repeat your needs everytime you book. It also enables you to book a complimentary ticket for an accompanying carer if you need one to enable you to attend Portico then they can request a complimentary ticket.

Join the Access Register

Audio loop

There is a built-in audio loop for hearing aid users.

Lighting

There is some external lighting at Portico but the car parking areas, owned by the local council, do not have many streetlights. If you are sight-impaired you may wish to bring a bright torch or, if you are a blue badge holder, park in the Portico grounds.

Baby changing

There is a baby change unit in the bathroom for people with disabilities.

Something else?

We want to make Portico as welcoming as we can. If you have any suggestions or needs that are not being met please let us know.

Contact Lizzie with your idea