Welcome to our special annex (with your own front door), a large room plus a wet room, with microwave, washer/dryer and fridge; dining table and chairs; sofa bed and luxury 6 foot Hypnos bed complete with white linen. There are views onto a lovely garden and parking is free (a rarity in Brighton!). There is a flatscreen TV, Freesat box and WiFi. The annex is designed to be accessible for wheelchair users. Near Preston Park
We have tried to think of everything you need for a lovely stay away from home. There is an iron, ironing board and hairdryer. Everything is freshly decorated. Do let us know if you have any special requirements and we will do our best to help. Wheelchair users welcome (but there is a storm lip at the doorway to get in, so please read our Access Statement below in Guest Access section, to help you understand if it is suitable for your own particular needs).
You have your own front door and it is a completely private bedroom and ensuite accessible wet room. There is a gentle ramp to the door and level access inside. We provide a shower stool in the wet room and doors are wide enough for wheelchair access. We understand that everybody is unique, so please check below or with us to ensure it will meet your own needs.
ACCESS STATEMENT, The Annex, Elms Lea Avenue, Brighton, BN1 6UG
We appreciate that everyone has different needs, so have put this little document together to help you understand if the Annex is right for you. It is suitable for many wheelchair users (with assistance). If you have any further questions at all, please call Sue on (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). There is also lots of information on Accessible Brighton (travel, parking, visitor attractions, etc). Do let us know if you find anything else that should be added or amended!
APPROACH AND PARKING
We have off road parking right outside The Annex.
Lighting will automatically come on during the hours of darkness when movement is detected.
There is a short, very shallow slope approx. 80cm long and 90cm wide to the front door.
The front door has a storm lip (approx. 4cm high) so wheelchair users may need assistance entering.
The door is 83cm wide.
The key pad for entry is at a height of approx. 160cm (however, there is a lower key entry if you prefer).
INSIDE THE ANNEX
There is one MAIN ROOM containing: -
1) a large 6 foot wide bed. The bed height is 60 cm. There is approx. 125cm of space to the left of the bed for access.
2) a sofa/sofabed – height to seat 46cm
3) 4 dining chairs – height to seat 45cm
4) dining table – height to underside of table 71 cm; height to table top 74cm; diameter 70cm
5) full length wardrobe
6) bedside table – height 78cm
7) chest of drawers – height 80cm
8) work-surface and sink - height 93cm
There is a fridge for cooling medicines and a microwave (NB No oven).
The flooring is smooth tiles (dark wood effect). There is good visual contrast between the floor and wall surfaces.
THE WET ROOM
Has level door access from the main room. Door width 81cm
The shower has a sliding rail for the shower head.
There is a basin at a height of 80cm
The toilet height to seat is 42cm
There is a movable shower stool (with arms)
There is a fixed handrail to the side of the shower
The walls are fully tiled
The floor has non slip tiles and is a full wet room (with no shower tray).
There is good visual contrast between wall and floor surfaces.
AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT
The TV and Freeview box are both operated by remote handsets with volume control.
DOCTORS AND DENTISTS
Information on local facilities (including out of hours) are in the Welcome leaflet kept in The Annex.
There is a Sainsbury’s Local open 7am – 11pm a level walk c 800 m.
Before you arrive in Brighton you can apply for a Helping Hand Card.
The Helping Hand Scheme is designed to give Brighton & Hove Bus, Compass Bus and Streamline Taxi customers a helping hand when using bus services; a simple way to help drivers help you.
The credit card sized information card holds a brief written instruction for the driver that can be shown upon boarding the bus. The driver is made aware of the customer's needs or requirements quickly, directly and discreetly without the customer having to verbally communicate it.
The scheme can be very helpful for hidden disabilities and many customers are now using the card off the bus; in taxis, shops and leisure establishments like the cinema.
For example, "Please face me, I lip read" or “Please wait until seated” or ‘Please call out my stop” or “I have epilepsy” can help anywhere at any time.
The Helping Hand Scheme is administered by Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus.
How to apply for a Helping Hand card
Applying is easy by ringing (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) where one of our customer service advisors will be happy to help, and by request, post out an application form.
The bus stops (route 5 and 5A, approx. every ten minutes in and out of Brighton and Hove) are almost directly outside our property.
Streamline Taxis (Teleph(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) is the largest Taxi Company in Brighton. All drivers are CRB checked and they have both manual and electric wheelchair accessible vehicles. Their wheelchair accessible vehicle drivers have been specially trained in the safe loading and unloading procedures of wheelchairs. Brighton & Hove Council has a page with details of other Accessable Taxi drivers.
Parking in Brighton is notoriously difficult and expensive. However, Orange/Blue Badge holders can park for free and for unlimited time in Voucher Parking spaces and in on-street pay and display spaces in Brighton & Hove. Additionally Blue Badge holders with a clock are allowed to park on yellow lines for up to three hours, provided they are not causing an obstruction.
Please note, parking in the city centre car parks is not free for Blue Badge holders. For further enquiries, you can also call the Blue Badge Shop on (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC TOILETS IN BRIGHTON
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation support the use of the Can't Wait Card. This is designed for people who may have an immediate need to use a toilet whilst out and about to be able to show it to businesses who may be able to offer use of their facilities. Further details can be found on the Bladder and Bowel Foundation website
To view or download opening hours and locations please visit (URL HIDDEN)
All Brighton Council’s new toilets are fully accessible, gender neutral units. These do not require RADAR keys. Some of our older sites still require RADAR keys. You can apply for a RADAR key from Brighton & Hove City Council.
A fully attended Changing Places toilet is available at The Colonnade, Madeira Drive in Brighton. Wetton Cleaning Services have sponsored the installation and equipment.
The opening hours are:
9am to 6pm (October to day before Good Friday)
8am to 8pm (Good Friday to end of September). But please check the Council website in case of changes to these hours.
For any further information on accessible toilets, please email (EMAIL HIDDEN) or phone us on (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
SCOOTER & WHEELCHAIR AND EQUIPMENT HIRE
Please note that it can be difficult to hire a wheelchair at weekends, so please reserve as soon as possible.
Brighton & Hove Shopmobility,
• Churchill Square Car Park no. 1 , Level P3, Grenville Street, Brighton BN1 2RF
• London Road Car Park, Providence Place, Brighton BN1 4GE
• Montague House, Montague Place, Brighton BN2 1JE
Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (emergencies only) (URL HIDDEN) (EMAIL HIDDEN)
The service operates on a “call, collect, go” basis – just call in advance to organise and decide whether you want to collect or have a scooter delivered to you. Open Monday-Friday (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Please telephone to check opening times, prices, hire time, return and pick up points. Manual and powered wheelchairs and scooters.
Clearwell Mobility Ltd. 18 Boundary Road, Hove, BN3 4EF. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
(URL HIDDEN) Manual wheelchairs. Delivery available with charge.
Clearwell Mobility Ltd, 110 Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6BA, Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
(URL HIDDEN) Manual wheelchairs. Delivery available with charge.
Churchers Mobility Centre, 187 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2AB, Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), or mobile (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). (URL HIDDEN) Manual wheelchairs and scooters. Free delivery available.
Red Cross Equipment Loan, for adults and children. Unit 7, St Joseph’s Business Park, St Joseph’s Close, Hove, BN3 7ES. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Manual wheelchairs, self-propelled wheelchairs, attendant push wheelchairs and commodes. Also hire out crutches and walking sticks amongst other available equipment.. Suggested donations depending on type of equipment and length of loan. Delivery subject to availability.
BEACH FIRENDLY WHEELCHAIRS
Special ‘all-terrain’ wheelchairs are available on Brighton seafront They are free to use. You can get one on the day, but booking is advised and can be done up to a week in advance. A £25 refundable deposit is payable before taking them out. The wheelchairs are available from the council’s seafront office at: 141 King’s Road Arches on the Lower Esplanade in Brighton. For bookings or further information, please call the council’s seafront office on (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Southern Mobility Centres: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Mobility Equipment Hire Direct Ltd: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
ACCESSABLE PLACES TO VISIT IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE. (the following is lifted directly form Visit Brighton’s website)
Accessible Countryside for Everyone (URL HIDDEN)
This website provides information on walks, countryside and green spaces which are accessible to those using wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs and buggies. The site aims to provide a comprehensive directory of what is available within each area by drawing together the information that exists across many different organisations and websites, offering a single point of reference.
The website also lists organisations relating to Disabled Sport and Recreation as well as organisations that support disabled people generally.
Accessible Parks for Everyone
By typing in accessible parks into the search the link should take you to a very useful page listing all the parks that are accessible and what facilities they have. If you have no web access we can print a copy for you.
Booth Museum of Natural History, 194 Dyke Road, Hove, BN1 5AA, Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). (URL HIDDEN) email: (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Over half a million specimens, natural history literature and data extending back over three centuries are housed in this fascinating museum, including hundreds of British birds displayed in recreated natural settings as well as butterflies, skeletons, whale and dinosaur bones.
Open: All year, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am-5pm (closed between 12pm-1.15pm) and Sundays & Bank Holidays 2pm-5pm, closed Thursdays.
• All areas of the museum are accessible for wheelchair users and for people with limited mobility. Wheelchair access is via the rear door.
• Accessible toilet but there are two steps down to the area, so only suitable for ambulant disabled visitors
• Scooters are not permitted, user would need to transfer onto manual wheelchair
• Power wheelchair are allowed, but may not be able to access some areas
• The museum is all on one floor and is carpeted
• The galleries are well lit
• Most of the exhibits are in glass cases, some at a high level
• Tours can be organised for the visually impaired through the curator. Please pre-request.
• Some tactile exhibits and interactives available
• Hearing loop available.
Brighton Beach, Seafront office, 141 Kings Road Arches Brighton BN1 2FN. Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN)
Open: All year round
• Ramps down to the promenade at various points along the seafront.
• Two all-terrain beach wheelchairs available for hire from the Seafront Office. Please contact for details
• Accessible Toilets at various points along the seafront. Please check the website or ask us at Visitor Information Points
• Changing Places available at the Colonnade Toilets on Madeira Drive.
• Beach Accessible Walkway on Hove Seafront, west of the King Alfred Leisure Centre
• Madeira Lift, Restored Grade 11 listed Victorian lift, linking Marine Parade and Madeira Drive. Open: Daily, Easter-Sept (subject to change). Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (Concorde 2). Admission: Free
Brighton Fishing Museum, Arch 201, Kings Road Arches, Seafront, Brighton (lower promenade opposite the Old Ship Hotel), BN1 1NB.
Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). (URL HIDDEN) email: (EMAIL HIDDEN)
The fishing industry and beach leisure trade of Brighton is presented at this museum. There are exhibitions including boats and fishing artefacts. Visual images include archive and contemporary film and slide show.
Open: Daily 10am-5pm.
• Wheelchair access to the Museum with a few steps up to the gallery to view boat.
• DVD playing with fishermen’s recollections, and tactile tours available on request.
• Accessible toilet on seafront nearby (RADAR key operated).
Admission: Free but donations welcome.
Brighton Marina Village, off the A259 2 miles east of Brighton Pier, Brighton, BN2 5WA, Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). (URL HIDDEN)
One of Europe's largest marinas offers so much more than simply somewhere to park your boat with shopping, eating and drinking, sailing, diving, fishing, boat trips, 8 screen cinema, 26 lane bowling, fitness suite, casino and a stunning boutique hotel plus free parking for all Marina visitors. The Marina offers something for everyone.
Open: All year round. Individual businesses have their own opening hours.
• Full wheelchair access
• Accessible toilets.
• Disabled ramp located next to McDonalds to allow access to the upper deck and Boardwalk restaurants
• Lifts to the upper deck and Boardwalk restaurants
• Disabled parking spaces are located on the ground floor of multi-story car park (east & west) and on Level 6
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery,
Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1EE, Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Permanent and temporary exhibitions of art, design and local history. Shop and café.
Open: Tues- Sun & Bank Holidays 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays, 24th December from 2.30pm, 25th and 26th December and 1st January.
• Fully accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
• Wheelchair accessible passenger lift between the ground floor and first floor galleries
• Fully accessible toilets located on ground floor and first floor
• Visitors using mobility scooters are asked to leave them in the foyer and transfer to a manual wheelchair, wheelchairs are subject to availability
• RNIB PenFriends are available for use in the galleries
• Tactile tours can be booked for groups of visually impaired visitors and sign language interpreted group tours are available for the hard of hearing. All group tours must be booked in advance.
• Hearing loops at reception and in the teaching spaces.
Brighton Pier, BN2 1TW, Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Fun-fair rides, amusement arcades, bars, restaurant and take away stalls. Please note fishing is not allowed. Guide dogs only.
Open: Daily. 10am-10pm at the weekends, 11-6pm during the week. Please note: different parts of the Pier open at different times. Weather may affect opening times, please check.
• Step free access
• Wheelchair accessible
• Accessible Toilets
• Braille menus in the restaurant available
Admission: Free but individual prices for rides and stalls.
Brighton Toy & Model Museum, Trafalgar St, Brighton, BN1 4EB.
Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). (URL HIDDEN)
Toy soldiers, aeroplanes, dolls, teddies, buses, ships and one of the finest vintage ‘O’ gauge model railway layouts to be seen.
Open: All year, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm), Sat & Banks Hols 11am-5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
• Fully wheelchair accessible, but one very small gallery has one step leading to it
• Fully accessible toilet
• Scooters are not permitted
British Airways i360, Lower Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2LN
Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) , Next Generation Text Service: preface the number with (URL HIDDEN) Email: (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Take a flight to the skies and see Sussex as you have never seen it before. Cruise up slowly to 450 feet (137 metres) to enjoy breath-taking 360 degree views of up to 26 miles from the world’s first vertical cable car and tallest observation tower. Open: August 2016 Please check website for more details. Admission: Adult £15.00, Children (4yrs-15yrs) £7.50, Concessions £12.50. Reduced price tickets via the website. Fast track and Champagne/VIP experiences also available, please enquire.
• Fully accessible
• Accessible lift connects upper and lower level
• Accessible toilets on upper and lower level
• Hearing loops available in the ticket office and shop
• Assistance dogs permitted
• Limited number of wheelchairs available to use during the vertical cable car flight, available on first come. Wheelchairs are free to use but card details will be needed in order to hire one.
Hove Museum & Art Gallery, New Church Road, Hove, BN3 4AB, Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). (URL HIDDEN)
Art and crafts, local history, Hove film makers and toy gallery.
Open: All year, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat and Bank Holidays 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm. Closed Wednesdays.
• Full wheelchair access to all areas
• Mobility scooters are not permitted, users need to transfer to a manual wheelchair (subject to availability)
• Fully accessible toilet on the ground floor
• Accessible toilet for on the first floor suitable for ambulant disabled visitors
• Passenger lift to the first floor galleries
• Pictogram map of the museum in the entrance, along with a tactile plan and braille guide to the museum, large print also available
• RNIB PenFriends available to support temporary exhibitions
• Hearing loop in the education room.
• Tours for the visually impaired can be organised.
• Visitor parking is available onsite for Blue Badge holders only.
Sea Life Brighton, Marine Parade, Brighton. BN2 1TB
Tel +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Fax: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Web: (URL HIDDEN)
The world’s oldest operating aquarium with over 150 species and 50 displays of sea-life including rays, sharks, turtles and sea horses. It features the UK’s first glass bottomed boat, a walk-through tunnel, a jelly disco, behind the scenes tour, feeding demonstrations and an interactive rock pool.
Open: Daily 10am-5pm (last entry 1hr prior to closing)
• Accessible step free entrance is located through the tunnel off the beach
• Wheelchair access to all areas apart from the auditorium
• There is a step that runs alongside some of the displays in the Victorian arcade which means wheelchair access is restricted by approx. a 70 cm distance
• Interactive Rockpool
• Accessible toilet and café
• Free entrance for carer with disabled person
Admission: Payable. Reduced price tickets are available from the Brighton Centre Box Office.
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, BN1 1EE.
Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), Web: (URL HIDDEN)
Built for the Prince Regent, later King George IV, the Royal Pavilion is remarkable for its exotic oriental appearance both inside and out. This magnificent royal pleasure palace was revered by fashionable Regency society and is still a distinctive landmark for vibrant Brighton & Hove today.
October to March 10am–5.15pm (last entry at 4.30pm)
April to September 9.30am–5.45pm (last entry at 5pm)
Closed 24 December (from 2.30pm) and all day on 25 and 26 December. Also for 1 week’s maintenance in January – please check in advance.
• Wheelchair access to ground floor, enjoying the sumptuous Music Room and Banqueting Room, drawing rooms, The Great Kitchen and the Kings Apartments, as well as the Royal Pavilion Shop.
• Wide doorways and no steps to negotiate
• Wheelchairs available on request.
• Tactile tours can be booked in advance for groups of visually impaired
• Sign language interpreted group tours are available by arrangement in advance for the hard of hearing.
• Audio visual room with video presentation about all aspects of the Royal Pavilion
• Specially adapted ground floor toilet available.
• Visually descriptive audio guides for people with visual impairments.
• Scripts for the hearing impaired available in English
Visitors using mobility scooters are asked to leave them at the front entrance or in the museum and transfer to one of our manual wheelchairs. If you do this, please bring along a companion to push the wheelchair or if you need a member of staff to assist you, please ph(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or email (EMAIL HIDDEN) in advance to book someone to help.
Admission: Payable. Carers go free.
The Lanes & the North Laine
Once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, this historic quarter, bounded by East Street, North Street, West Street and the sea, is a fabulous maze of narrow streets and ‘twittens’ (Black Lion Lane and Ship Street Gardens). Partially developed during the late 16th and early 17th centuries as the small fishing town grew, most of the buildings appear to date from the 18th and 19th century. The height of the buildings and materials used still convey the atmosphere of a medieval town. The Lanes are very popular today with their extraordinary mix of jewellers, boutiques, specialist shops and cafes.
The North Laine is home to nearly 400 independent businesses ranging from the quirky to the cutting edge.
Open: All year.
• Fully accessible but please bear in mind that some of the twittens can be very narrow. Can get crowded.
• Accessible toilet located at Royal Pavilion Gardens.
Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, BN1 6SD.
Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). (URL HIDDEN)
Perfectly preserved Edwardian manor house with notable collection of furniture. Find out how the upper classes and their servants lived ‘upstairs/downstairs’ in the early 19th century.
Open: 1 April - 30 September, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm Sun 2-5pm, last admission 4.15pm
Closed Mon (including Bank Holidays) and only by arrangement for schools and groups during the Autumn / Winter months.
• The basement and ground floor only of Preston Manor are accessible for wheelchairs
• Access is via a ramped side entrance at basement level and a lift to ground floor level. If you require assistance please ring the bell at the bottom of the front entrance steps to alert staff
• The walled garden and pets’ graveyard are accessible to wheelchairs from Preston Park
• Hearing loop available at reception
• Tactile tours can be booked for groups of visually impaired visitors and sign language interpreted group tours are available for the hard of hearing. All group tours must be booked in advance
PhotoRoute maps are accessible, step free, wheelchair friendly routes enabling visitors with disabilities to access and enjoy Brighton city centre, Brighton seafront, the main attractions and hotels with disabled access. Accessible Photo Routes can be downloaded free of charge from Accessibility page of (URL HIDDEN)
Dropped kerb maps
Map showing the location of dropped kerbs in the city centre can be downloaded from Accessibility page of (URL HIDDEN)
Care has been taken to ensure that the information on this list was correct at the time of going to press. This list is intended as a guide only and does not imply any recommendation. All information is subject to change. Issued with the compliments of:
VisitBrighton Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) Email: (URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN)
Brighton & Hove City Council is committed to equal opportunities. If you need information in an alternative format, we will do all we reasonably can to help – please contact them for assistance.
NB Opening times correct as this is written, but do check before you travel in case things have changed!
Other things to note
If you would like to know more about the suitability for your wheelchair, please do get in touch and we will be very happy to help. Any other questions are also very welcome... Check in from 4pm, but please let us know your approximate time of arrival. Check out by 10.30am,
Check in after 4pm and Check out 10.30am unless otherwise agreed in writing. No smoking. No parties please.