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General access information

Cecil Sharp House, home to The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) aims to be equally accessible to all who visit and perform here.

In 2012 Cecil Sharp House signed up to Attitude is Everything Charter of Best Practice at Bronze Level. The Charter helps deaf and disabled people be as independent as they want to be at live music events.

Cecil Sharp House now has step-free access for visitors in wheelchairs, following the recent installation of a lift. The lift can be accessed from the car park on the Gloucester Avenue Gate side of the building and serves all floors of the building.

We would like to thank visitors to Cecil Sharp House for their patience during the building works in 2013 which resulted in a lighter, brighter and more accessible venue.

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) was awarded a grant of £378,842 from Arts Council England, as part of their small capital grants programme, to improve access at Cecil Sharp House. This project was also supported by The Headley Trust, City of London's Corporation Charity City Bridge Trust and the Friends of Cecil Sharp House.

Find out how you can support the ongoing improvements to Cecil Sharp House
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Accessible parking

There are three parking bays for disabled visitors, conveniently located near the front entrance and accessible via the Regents Park Road entrance to Cecil Sharp House. These bays can be reserved for visitors with access needs.

There are 11 steps leading to the main entrance from the car park.

There is on street parking nearby - for details of charging hours and restrictions, please see Camden Council parking website.


Family facilities and toilets

There are two wheelchair accessible toilets and baby changing facilities on the ground floor and one accessible toilet plus baby changing facilities on the basement level.


Tickets for companions

Cecil Sharp House visitors with a disability are invited to join our free Access Address Book. By registering you may be eligible for tickets at concessionary prices, to bring a companion who can assist you during your visit, and pay for two tickets for the price of one.
Disabled access tickets can be purchased for EFDSS promoted events via Musicglue


Contact us

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7485 2206 if you like to:

  • Talk to our friendly Front of House team about your visit
  • Reserve a parking space
  • Receive information in alternative formats
  • Book a ticket for yourself and a companion
  • Join our Access User Group
  • Register on the Cecil Sharp House Access Address book
  • Discuss any other access queries


We will offer every possible help for your visit.  



Written directions to Cecil Sharp House


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