Botanic Gardens

University of Leicester, Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 2LD

0116 271 2933

botanicgarden@le.ac.uk

www2.le.ac.uk/institution/botanic-garden

Guide Last Updated: 22/06/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the grounds include various different planted floral gardens, greenhouses and a sunken garden, plus an arboretum.

  • Monday 10:00 - 17:00.

  • Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00.

  • Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00.

  • Thursday 10:00 - 17:00.

  • Friday 10:00 - 17:00.

  • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00.

  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:00.

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • The garden is closed on 25th December, 26th December and 1st January.

  • The Botanic Garden is located in Oadby, at the junction of the outer ring road (A563) with the A6. Glebe Road leads off the A6 next to this junction.

  • Visitors can park on Glebe Road outside the entrance.

  • Bus routes 31, 31A, 80 and 80A run from the railway station and city centre, and stop on Leicester Road, close to the junction with Glebe Road.

  • Leicester Station is located on the south side of the City Centre, just off the Inner Ring Road. Leicester is on the London - Sheffield and the Birmingham - Stansted lines.

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

  • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).

  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • General on street parking is available on Glebe Road, outside the entrance to the garden.

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  • This information is for the entrance located off Glebe Road.

  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.

  • There are no doors at this entrance.

  • The width of the door opening is 350cm (11ft 6in).

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The width of the door opening is 113cm (3ft 8in).

  • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.

  • The ramp is permanent.

  • The second set of doors is actually a gate, located to the left after you pass through the first entrance.

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  • The paths are mainly tarmac, with some compacted gravel and some flagstone surface paths.

  • There are also some unsurfaced areas of the garden.

  • The paths have an easy gradient although some in the arboretum area of south east corner can be steep and dragging (photographs 5 and 6).

  • Photograph 8 show the sunken garden in the north west corner of the garden.

  • The sunken area can only be accessed by 3 medium steps with no handrails.

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

  • The ramp/slope is located in the north east corner of the garden.

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located next to the ramp.

  • There is/are 4 step(s) to the area/service.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The ramp or steps here are used to continue on the path around the very north east corner of the garden, and also the exit by Beaumont House.

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  • This information is for the entrance located just off the path leading around the side of The Knoll, in the centre of the garden.

  • There is stepped access at this entrance.

  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The width of the door opening is 75cm (2ft 6in).

  • There is a/are step(s) at this entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.

  • There is / are 1 step(s) to access the entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

  • There are a further 2 sets of medium steps inside this greenhouse (photograph 3).

  • There is a similar door to exit the greenhouse, with 2 steps (shown in photograph 4).

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  • This information is for the entrance located on the far north side of the garden.

  • There is stepped access at this entrance.

  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The width of the door opening is 99cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a/are step(s) at this entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.

  • There is / are 2 step(s) to access the entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

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  • This information is for the entrance located on the eastern side of the garden, by Hastings House.

  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.

  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are light.

  • The width of the door opening is 96cm (3ft 2in).

  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

  • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

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  • Monday 10:00 - 15:30.

  • Tuesday 10:00 - 15:30.

  • Wednesday 10:00 - 15:30.

  • Thursday 10:00 - 15:30.

  • Friday 10:00 - 15:00.

  • Saturday 10:00 - 15:30.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of Hastings House, towards the south east corner of the garden.

  • There is stepped access at this entrance.

  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • There is a/are step(s) at this entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.

  • There is / are 1 step(s) to access the entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are deep.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

  • There are two classrooms here, a seminar room (photographs 1 and 2) and a lab (photographs 3 and 4). The entrances are the same to both.

  • Access from the main path around the garden to these entrances is via a gate, 86cm wide and permanently held open, and a shallow step (shown in photograph 5).

  • The courtyard area between this gate and the rooms has a cobbled surface (photograph 6).

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  • This information is for the entrance located off Glebe Road opposite the second gate at the main entrance.

  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.

  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 113cm (3ft 8in).

  • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is located leading to and beyond the exit.

  • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.

  • The ramp is permanent.

  • After this gate, turn left and exit the first entrance back onto Glebe Road (shown in photograph 5).

  • The handle to open this gate is located in a box on the gate (shown in photograph 3).

  • The opening to this box is 80cm - 94cm high, so may not be accessible to all.

  • There is an exit located in the north east corner of the garden by Beaumont Hall (shown in photograph 6).

  • Visitors are also welcome to exit the garden via the main entrance.

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  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 150m (164yd 2in) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located within the toilet block at the rear of The Knoll, in the centre of the garden.

  • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a twist lock.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 152cm x 203cm (4ft 12in x 6ft 8in).

  • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.

  • The lateral transfer space is 82cm (2ft 8in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is sensor.

  • There is not a mixer tap.

  • There is not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.

  • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There is a mirror.

  • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the hand dryer is 103cm (3ft 5in).

  • There is not a towel dispenser.

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.

  • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The cubicle also contains a baby change table, which is 89cm high when extended.

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  • There are male and female toilets located in the toilet block in the centre of the garden.

  • There are shared toilets located next to the classrooms by Hastings House, towards the south east of the garden.

  • A male standard toilet was surveyed.

  • The toilet surveyed is located in the toilet block.

  • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.

  • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 150m from the main entrance.

  • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.

  • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.

  • The shared toilets are accessed by 2 medium steps only (shown in photograph 4).

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

  • The ramp/slope is located leading around the block to the toilets.

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • The width of the ramp/slope is 119cm (3ft 11in).

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located leading off the main path through the garden to the block.

  • There is/are 4 step(s) to the area/service.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).

  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

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