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At the heart of English folk

Access

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.

 

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 would 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 personal assistant
• Register on the Cecil Sharp House Access Address Book
• Discuss any other access queries

 

Access to the venue

Download written directions to Cecil Sharp House

Cecil Sharp House has step-free access for visitors in wheelchairs via our lift. The lift can be accessed from the car park on the Gloucester Avenue gate side of the building and serves all floors.

Our stage can be accessed by wheelchair users via a ramp which can be put in place by staff.

 

Accessible parking

There are three parking bays for disabled visitors, conveniently located near the front entrance and accessible via the Regent’s 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.

 

Local public transport

We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Camden Town or Chalk Farm which are both a 10 minute walk from the venue. Bus route 274 runs past Cecil Sharp House along Regent’s Park Road and route C2 stops on Parkway, a 5 minute walk from the venue. We are easily accessible by bus from around the city. Bus routes 24, 27, 29, 31,88, 134, 168, 214 and 253 all go to the Camden Town Station.

 

Tickets for personal assistants

Cecil Sharp House visitors with a disability are invited to join our free Access Address Book. By registering you can be eligible to bring your personal assistant who can assist you during your visit for no extra cost. Disabled access tickets for you to print at home can be purchased online in advance of EFDSS promoted events via Musicglue.


Box office

The box office is at the Reception desk at Cecil Sharp House. There is a hearing induction loop at the reception desk as indicated by signage. You may be asked to provide proof of your entitlement to a personal assistant ticket.

 

Viewing area

The majority of our events are all seated and we can organise a direct sight line of the performance for customers who require it. If in a large group we may only be able to accommodate you and a companion. For standing events we can provide an area in front of the stage (either to the left or right, depending on the event set-up and customer preference), please let the box office know if you would like us to provide these.

  

Accessible 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.

 

Hearing loop

Kennedy Hall has a hearing loop installed as indicated by signage within the venue.

 

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcomed at Cecil Sharp House. Please ask us if you require drinking water for your dog.

 

Strobe lighting

On the very rare occasion that strobe lighting is used, warning signs will be placed within the venue.

 

Promotional materials

Alternative formats of our season brochure are available upon request – including large print, braille and audio.

 

In 2012 Cecil Sharp House signed up to Attitude is Everything Charter of Best Practice at Bronze Level. Attitude is Everything improves deaf and disabled people's access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.

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The Full English

Unlocking hidden treasure of England’s cultural heritage. The Full English is the world’s largest free digital archive English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs. Containing more than 58,400 items from 12 of the country’s most important early 20th century folk music collections, you can delve into wherever you are in the world.

 

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