Need to know about access at Sheringham Park?
We want everyone who visits Sheringham Park to have a wonderful day. For those needing to know more about facilities and access, here’s some answers to your questions – as it’s reassuring to know what to expect.
When you arrive
Can we park a little closer?
There are five disabled parking spaces in the car park on a hard standing surface, approximately 70 metres from the visitor centre and courtyard café. Elsewhere the car park is hard surfaced with a grass-surfaced overflow area.
We have wheelchairs available for transfer to the visitor centre from the car park. There is a free phone in the car park to enable you to contact visitor reception on arrival to arrange this.
Is it possible to borrow a wheelchair?
Three manual wheelchairs and three powered mobility vehicles are available for loan up to 90 minutes at a time, when the visitor centre is open. Current opening hours are:
Saturday: 9:30am - 4pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm
We are also open between 27-31 December: 11am - 4pm (9:30am - 4pm on Saturday)
The first hire of the day (at 11am during winter) can be booked, otherwise they are let out on a first come first served basis to maximise their use.
Are guide and assistance dogs welcome?
Dogs including assistance dogs are permitted throughout the property (assistance dogs only in the Bower). We ask they are kept on a lead where cattle are grazing, in the car park and around the visitor facilities.
Can I explore the estate in a wheelchair?
A map of the estate is displayed in the car park. Copies of this can be obtained from visitor centre, along with maps showing recommended routes for wheelchair and powered mobility vehicle users.
A 1 ½ mile sealed surface path passes through the wild garden and down to the parkland. For wheelchair and powered mobility vehicle users you will have to return to the visitor centre on the same route. All other paths have a natural surface.
It is important to note that the landscape is undulating gradually going downhill away from the visitor centre, which means there is a gradual ascent when returning.
During your visit
Are there benches to rest on?
There is seating throughout the estate, so you can sit, rest and admire the view. All seating in the courtyard café is outdoors, with some tables that can accommodate wheelchair users.
Do you have accessible toilet facilities?
There are toilets next to the visitor centre building, including a left-hand transfer disabled WC.
Can I learn about the history of Sheringham Park?
Situated 100 metres from the car park, the visitor centre features an exhibition about landscape gardener Humphry Repton. Entry into the building is on a level surface from the main path and a small concrete ramp from the courtyard. The floor is a stone surface and level throughout.
When is the best time for a quieter visit?
If you're wanting to visit at a slightly quieter time, then we'd recommend visiting on a weekday outside of the school holidays.
Do you cater for food allergies in the courtyard café?
If you have a food allergy or intolerance, please speak to a member of our catering team when you visit, who will be happy to help you find out more about the ingredients we use in our café.
You can download the full access statement for Sheringham Park here.