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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Madingley Hall,
Cambridge, CB3 8AQ

Access Issues

Mr Ian Hardwick, Head of Hall Operations and Estates Development

Location, Services and Transport

Located in Madingley Village, around three miles from the city centre. See the website for maps and travel directions.


Madingley Village itself is quiet and peaceful, with little traffic. Madingley Road, however, is always busy at peak times.

Services and shops

Three Horseshoes public house in Madingley Village has a good reputation. There are no other services or shops in the village.


Sufficient parking. Marked disabled parking at the front of the Hall.

Other transport options

Buses are very infrequent. You are advised to travel by taxi if you are not driving.

General Information

Madingley Hall can accommodate around 90 students for short-term courses at the Institute of Continuing Education, which is based on the site. The Hall can also be hired for training events, conferences and other functions. Access to most areas of the ground floor within the Hall is currently good.


No smoking in any building.

Medical facilities

First aiders always on site.

Emergency procedures

Please advise on your application form if you will need help evacuating in an emergency. Ground level access and egress only.

Accommodation and Catering

Wheelchair-accessible rooms

Three rooms suitable for wheelchair users, all en-suite.

Other rooms

All rooms are en-suite and many are on the ground floor.

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs

Live-in assistants and assistance dogs possible on prior arrangement.

Early induction and vacation stays

Can be booked direct through or by calling reception on 01223 746222. Accommodation for courses is on a fixed short-term basis.

Catering arrangements

Fully catered and served meals. Self-catering would not be possible.

Special diets

Special diets can be catered for. Please inform staff of any dietary requirements upon application.

Physical Access

College grounds in general

Grounds generally level and all areas accessible by wheelchair. Paths are generally gravel.

College buildings in general

Level access to Hall via front entrance. All areas on the ground floor, including the attached courtyard, library and administration buildings, are accessible. There are currently no lifts to the upper floor, but most public areas are at ground level.


Ground floor of Hall, fairly spacious, with moveable furniture. High bar counter.


Sandwiches, snacks and bar meals are available throughout the day.


No chapel.

College offices

Administration offices attached to main Hall at ground level, some accessible.

Common rooms

Seating area in bar. Lounge on upper floor, accessed by stairs with a continuous handrail or platform lift suitable for wheelchairs.

Computer facilities

Wireless internet and laptop loan available.

Dining hall

Dining hall ground level, spacious, with moveable furniture.


Extensive gardens around Hall. All accessible, although the gravel paths and some steep slopes may be difficult for those with impaired mobility.


Clothes washing service available on request. Please speak to reception.


Ground floor teaching room has large collection of books available for borrowing (but is not a library)

Porters' lodge and post room

Reception on ground floor of Hall near main entrance, level and accessible. Porter on duty 24 hours. Call 100 from an internal phone to contact reception. Mail posted on noticeboard nearby.

Sport facilities

Croquet lawn, (very) level.


Accessible toilet on ground floor of main Hall.


  • Teaching and seminar rooms on both ground and upper floors. Sessions can take place at ground level but please inform in advance if this is necessary.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome. No other dogs allowed.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information available. Information in other formats may be possible on request.

Library and magnification equipment

Photocopier available on request.

Signs and wayfinding

Large sign to Hall off main road. External signage has been improved.  Internal signage is currently under review


  • Most stairs have continuous handrails.
  • Lighting around the Hall and in public areas generally good.
  • Garden paths are not automatically lit at night, as you are encouraged not to visit these areas in the dark.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Fixed induction loop in reception. Portable loops available. Please inform in advance if you require an induction loop to be used.


Vibrating fire pagers available.


  • Dining hall rather echoey and can be noisy when busy. Acoustics consultants have advised there is little that can be done to improve acoustics in the dining hall.
  • Madingley Hall as a whole is quiet and peaceful, away from traffic and city noise.
  • The reception layout has been completed and is easir to access with mobility issues
  • Bar area has been improved with noise dampening panels fitted to assist with acoustics and noise transfer

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Please inform upon application of any Specific Learning Difficulties or support requirements. Support will be given as needed.

Planned Access Improvements

Ground floor doors are planned for automation in 2018/2019

Other Useful Information

Please inform of any specific requirements or support needs upon application. All efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.

The information on this page is the responsibility of Madingley Hall. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the college. This page was last updated on 16th July 2018. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with Madingley Hall.