We've done everything we can to make our old and much-loved building as accessible as we possibly can. Please do get in touch before your visit to let us know how we can help by calling 0113 256 3239 or emailing email@example.com.
The Gallery building on Town Street is accessible with mostly level entrance to the rear (there is an approx 1 inch step), disabled toilets and parking. Please be aware that the main Gallery entrance on Town Street has a flight of stairs. The front door is propped open automatically during gallery opening times. Outside of those times please ring the buzzer. Tuesday’s are appointment only. Book here.
The Spinning Mill building where we hold our workshops, courses and Open Studios is fully accessible with a lift access and parking. Accessible toilet is situated on the ground floor.
The Twisting Gallery where our weaving workshops and Open Studios take place is accessible by lift. It is located close to Red Lane Mill on Water Lane. There is a disabled parking space. Accessible toilets in Red Lane Mill lobby and the first floor of the Mending Rooms (accessible by lift from the studios)
Please note The Old Woollen (our market and event space) is wheelchair accessible with a brand new flat concrete floor and ramp access. It has no toilets. There is a small WC outside. The nearest accessible toilet is in the Sandsgate building.
The Archive is based in Red Lane Mill off Water Lane and is accessible with a level entrance, disabled toilets and parking. The Archive is not dog friendly for the safety of the valuable and unique collection. You can view a 360 degree tour of the Archive here. Please make an appointment to visit the Archive here.
Transport and Parking
Please see our Visit Us page for information on local transport. If you require additional support in getting to Sunny Bank Mills, give us a call on 0113 256 3239 and we will do our best to help.
Parking at Sunny Bank Mills is free and there is lots of parking all over the mill site. Tenants have allocated spaces so please look for spaces marked Visitors. The woodland carpark behind the 1912 mill has many unallocated spaces for all visitors. You can park on Town Street for 2 hours maximum.
Blue Badge-holder parking
Please be aware there are limited blue badge-holder parking spaces on Town Street. There are disabled parking bays located all around the site but for the gallery we recommend parking in the Main Yard or in the Sandsgate carpark.
The entrance at the back of the Sandsgate (Gallery) building in the main yard has mainly level access with a very slight (approx 1 inch) step. The back door is often shut and does not open automatically, please ring the buzzer and a member of the gallery team will let you in. Walk along the corridor and turn right at the Archive display. There is a ramp into the corridor to the Gallery.
Wheelchair access and seating
The Sandsgate building where the gallery is situated is wheelchair accessible from the rear entrance with a slight 1 inch step. There are lots of chairs and sofas available in the Gallery. The Gallery is open and airy with a flat concrete floor and lots of windows giving natural light.
There are accessible toilets across the Sunny Bank Mills site. They are situated next to the Gallery, on the ground floor of the Spinning Mill, next to the Archive in Red Lane Mill.
Sunny Bank Mills is dog friendly and we welcome well behaved pooches with glee. We may even photograph them for our social media series Dogs at Mill.
However the Archive is not dog friendly for the safety of the valuable and unique collection.
We often take photographs for marketing and social media at events. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know. You are welcome to take your own photographs for personal use. Please tag us if sharing on social media @sunnybankmills on instagram and twitter and @sunnybankmillsgallery on facebook!
Some Gallery events might offer BSL interpretation, but it is always best to check our What’s On page to be sure.
There is no induction loop currently in the Gallery.
Sunny Bank Mills Gallery can arrange access to exhibitions for visitors, including groups with mental health issues, children with autism and their families or carers, and those with dementia or Alzheimer’s who would prefer a private view of the Gallery spaces. Please contact us in good time, as we will have to make operational arrangements in order to facilitate this out of hours.
If you represent a specific interest or access group, then we would like to hear from you. Our staff can provide a welcome and tour of the current exhibition.
Please inform our staff of any allergy requirements.
Our gallery team eat lunch in the gallery. Please interrupt them if you need help! (They are used to it!)