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visitors exploring the Quaker Tapestry

visitors exploring the Quaker Tapestry

visitors exploring the Quaker Tapestry
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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Museum, £2.50-£7

VAQAS SMALL VISITOR ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR - SILVER

Address

Friends Meeting House,
Stramongate,
Kendal,
Cumbria,
LA9 4BH

Details

The Quaker Tapestry Museum is known around the world because it is home to an international tapestry project, 77 panels tell the story of Quakers through the ages.

It was recently nominated a Visit England ‘Hidden Gem’ and one of the ‘six best tapestries’ to see, according to world traveller and writer Alexander McCall Smith.

The visual impact and beauty of the award winning Quaker Tapestry, a celebration of over 350 years of social history, inspires all those who visit. Like a modern Bayeux Tapestry in pieces, this internationally created exhibition includes interactive displays, films, personal audio guides, gift shop, garden and award winning Cafe.

Within our beautiful 19 C Friends Meeting House, the exhibition is professionally designed to give easy step-free access to wheelchair users and caters for all those with disabilities. Groups and school parties are welcome. Embroidery workshops and courses are also held here at the museum in Kendal and for groups in other parts of the country.

A new interactive exhibition Money, Shoes, Chocolate and all that! Provides an insight into why two Kendal banks opened for business on the same day, how chocolate became a force for good, and the reason for over a thousand people to gather for a ‘fashionable Kendal wedding’ in 1874, according to a Westmorland Gazette report.
It’s brought to life with mini film clips using actors, storytelling and hands-on activities for our younger visitors. You will also discover a local businessman whose legacy lives on 300 years later and how the people behind Castle Mills, Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Ltd, Isaac Braithwaite’s and K Shoes, did much to improve the lives of the townspeople. You can even find a number of lovely chocolatey things on offer in the café.

The Friends' Meeting House is a grade II* listed building, designed and built in 1816 by Francis Webster, and built on a site that has been used for Quaker worship for 300 years. It is regarded as one of the finest Georgian buildings in Cumbria.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Parking, Shop mobility scooter available, Cafe, Garden, Toilets

Opening details

Open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.00. Last admission 16.00. Please phone for details or check our website.

Prices

Adult £7.00, Adult with small child (0-4 years) £2.50, Child (5-16 years) and students in full-time education FREE. Discounts for pre-booked groups of 10 or more.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • 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
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Parking, Shop mobility scooter available, Cafe, Garden, Toilets

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
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format

General

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

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Notes

  • We have a mobility scooter available for use free of charge which can access most areas.

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SD 517927  Lat: 54.32758 Long: -2.74416

Close to Kendal town centre rail and bus stations, overlooking the river Kent with entrances on New Road and Stramongate.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Kendal station