Current access arrangements
Please note: Apart from for a limited number of special events, link to the events section the Maison Dieu is now closed to the public until building works are completed in 2024.
The main entrance is on Biggin Street via a flight of 15 even steps, with a handrail. From the top of the steps there is level access throughout the first floor of the building, to all main event spaces and toilets.
We regret that due to current work to improve access to the building (including a new accessible lift) there is currently no lift access.
A new wheelchair accessible ground floor entrance on Biggin Street (beneath the Zeebrugge Bell), and large accessible lift will be installed before the building re-opens in 2024.
The Maison Dieu currently has an accessible toilet on the first floor, near the main entrance. New accessible toilets are being installed as part of the Reawakening the Maison Dieu project.
The nearest car park is the Maison Dieu pay and display car park (Satnav: CT16 1RL) which is about 5 minutes walk away.
There is a large pull-in parking space for loading/unloading and coach and disabled drop-off only, outside the main entrance on Biggin Street. Please re-park immediately afterwards.
For parking in Dover please click here.
By bus and rail
Several buses stop nearby and it’s a 10 minute walk from Dover Priory railway station.
During the closure period, an action-packed programme of Maison Dieu-inspired events is taking place as outreach in accessible community venues and online. To find out more, visit the events page or email email@example.com
Join our Access Group
To help make the Maison Dieu an outstanding venue for people with disabilities, we have already worked with community groups and specialist access advisors during the development of the project.
However, it's important we continue to have input, so are looking for local people with a range of access needs to form a Maison Dieu Access Group. Chaired by the Engagement Officer, this will meet regularly (about every three months) from spring 2023 onwards, to advise the project team on the needs of adults and children with disabilities and special educational needs.
This will include physical and intellectual access to the building, including the development of a social story to introduce the building to visitors, touch tours, multi-sensory resources, audio tours, an accessible website, signage and interpretation.
It will include advising on locally available training for staff and volunteers; and how to engage with audiences with different access needs; including people with sight and hearing loss, autism and dementia.
As well as how to trial and promote our new inclusive offer to local disability groups.
We are also keen to engage artists with disabilities, to deliver creative workshops as part of the Maison Dieu engagement programme. Advice here would be welcome too.
Members will receive travel expenses and free access to a range of special events.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Maison Dieu Access Group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org