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Access statement

Download a detailed summary of access at The Courtauld Gallery.


A photograph of a door and two neo-classical columnsUpon arrival

The Courtauld Gallery is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

There are two steps and two sets of glass doors located at the entrance to The Courtauld Gallery.

Ramped access is available at an alternative entrance. For assistance upon arrival, please speak to a member of staff, or telephone 020 7848 2531.

Once inside The Gallery, a lift provides access to all levels including the galleries, café, toilets, and locker facilities.

A hearing loop is installed at the Admissions Desk. Please switch your hearing aid to the ‘T’ position.


The Courtauld Gallery has two wheelchairs available for visitors to use whilst inside The Gallery.

You do not need to book these in advance. Please speak to a member of staff at the Admissions desk upon arrival.

693A9708 gallery visitors paintingSeating

Fixed seating is available around the Gallery and in the foyer.

Folding portable stools are available to visitors. Please speak to staff at the Admissions Desk upon arrival.

Accessible toilet

A unisex toilet available for wheelchairs users is located on the lower ground floor and can be accessed via the lift.

This toilet has a functional emergency alarm, coat hook and wall mounted rails.

Magnifying glasses

Lightweight, handheld magnifying glasses (2x magnifications) are available from the Admissions Desk to borrow for the duration of your visit.

Please hand back to the Admissions Desk when leaving the Gallery.

Guide and hearing dogs

We welcome all guide dogs and hearing dogs.

Accessible car parking

A parking space for Blue Badge holders is available but must be booked in advance by contacting Somerset House. This parking space is subject to availability.

Please contact Somerset House directly at or call +44 (0)20 7845 4600 (Monday–Friday, 10.00–17.00, choose option 9). At weekends, please email or telephone +44 (0)20 7420 9439.

The Courtauld Gallery Shop

The Courtauld Gallery Shop is located on the left-hand side (east) as you enter Somerset House from the Strand.

Assisted ramp access is available to the Shop. Press the gold buzzer on the right-hand side of the shop doors upon arrival. Staff will be on hand to assist you and there is no need to book in advance.

Some merchandise may be out of reach for wheelchair users but staff members are on hand to help.

Contact us

Contact us if you require further information about access to The Courtauld Gallery.

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