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image for Group Visits item typeGroup Visits at RHS Garden Hyde Hall

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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Gardens

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The Queen Mother's Garden

The Queen Mother's Garden

Address

Creephedge Lane,
Rettendon,
Chelmsford,
Essex,
CM3 8ET

Details

Garden tours will be approximately 1 hour. Your trained guide will cover everything you need to know about Hyde Hall from its humble beginnings as a farm, to all the exciting new developments being planned. There will also be ample opportunity to ask questions along the way.

- Free familiarisation trips
- Free coach park and designated drop off point
- Free admission for group travel organiser
- Free admission and refreshment voucher for coach driver
- Picnic areas
- Licensed restaurant and café
- Gift shop and bookshop
- Plant centre
- Manual wheelchairs available for 'on the day' use
- Accessible toilets and baby care facilities
- Mobility vehicle (shuttle service to main garden)
- Visitor lounge and reading room
- Assistance dogs welcome

Christmas Parties and Christmas Packages available.

Coach park: Yes

Drop off: Yes

Driver: Free admission and refreshment voucher

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Visitor Centre with cafe, gift shop and plant centre. Licenced restaurant and information centre within main garden.

Opening details

Please see website for further details.

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 1 - Sat 30 Sep Sculptures by Alison Catchlove
Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep Essex Plant Heritage Autumn Fair
Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sep Essex Plant Heritage Autumn Fair
Sat 7 - Sun 8 Oct Taste of Autumn Food Festival

Location

Directions

Plan route to RHS Garden Hyde Hall using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TQ 781995  Lat: 51.66649 Long: 0.57442

By car:
Hyde Hall is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Chelmsford and is signed from the A130 (southbound).

Leave the M25 at junction 29 for A127 (signed Southend). From the A127 exit onto the A132 (signed Wickford/South Woodham Ferrers).

Or leave the A12 at junction 17, then at the roundabout take the second exit for the A130 (signed Southend/Basildon)

From the A130 Rettendon Turnpike roundabout follow the tourist attraction flower symbols towards South Woodham Ferrers on the A132. At the Shaw Farm roundabout turn left into Willow Grove/Creephedge Lane.

Please be aware that if you are using Sat Nav please enter CM3 8ET via Creephedge Lane.

By Public Transport:
From London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford (about 8miles away) or to Wickford (5 miles away). Taxis are usually available at the station.

Buses - The No.3 service from Southend to Chelmsford stops at the garden.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Chelmsford station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Visitor Centre with cafe, gift shop and plant centre. Licenced restaurant and information centre within main garden.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu