My visit to the Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Blue Badge Parking: Yes, off-site
Concessions/Carer prices: Full price disabled adult, carer concession available with proof of necessity
Wheelchair/Mobility Scooter Hire: No
Accessible Toilets: Yes
I visited the Centre for Life Science Museum in central Newcastle on the 12th August. This is a place I’ve visited many times and is one of Newcastle’s most popular attractions.
Parking can be found at various points around the site, with a multi-story nearby with blue badge spaces (Times Square Car Park). It is also near to the metro (Central Station), train station (Newcastle Central Station) and many bus routes. People may find it easier to travel to the museum via public transport due to the difficulty/price of parking in the city centre.
The entrance has a bit of a slope down to it, but once you get inside the museum it is almost all very flat, making self-propelling easy. The entrance has an automatic sliding door.
The main exhibition is currently ‘Game On 2.0’, though this changes every few months. Whenever I have visited, the main exhibition space has been laid out thoughtfully for wheelchair users and I found the same on my visit on this occasion. The only issue I spotted was that the exhibition contained low lighting in places, which may make things difficult for some visitors.
The permanent exhibitions in the museum are all accessible too; and all activity stations are at a suitable height for wheelchair users. There is both a ramp and a lift available to access the upstairs area. The ramp is very long and somewhat steep so the lift may be the preferred option! There are a few stations in the museum where video is used; all of which contain subtitles.
The Planetarium and Science Theatre have shows on throughout the day and are both wheelchair accessible as well as having seating. These both have a hearing loop installed.
The 4D ride is one of my favourite parts of the museum; but it isn’t suitable for those with back and neck problems, which may be something to consider. Wheelchair users are permitted to sit at the front of the seating area. If you want to sit on the ride (which you will need to do if you want a 4D rather than a 2D experience!), you need to be able to climb up two steps and transfer into a fairly high seat. A hearing loop is also available in the 4D ride.
This is a place I’d really recommend visiting and I think careful consideration has been taken in making it accessible to all visitors.
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