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Gulbenkian Arts Centre strives to be inclusive and welcoming to all. Our building has level access with various facilities available and we provide a wide variety of accessible performances, classes and activities.

To ensure the best use of our facilities please notify the Tickets & Information Office of your requirements when booking by email:

Access Scheme

Gulbenkian’s Access Scheme is a free scheme for people with physical, sensory or learning disabilities. As a member of our Access Scheme, you may be entitled to concessionary ticket prices for some events, or a free companion seat. Find out more by downloading our access pack or email:

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Download the Gulbenkian Access Scheme Form_2020


Take a look around our venue with our Accessible Welcome video and find out how best to get to Gulbenkian from various car parks and bus stops near our venue.

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Mobility requirements:

Wheelchair spaces: If you require a wheelchair space please let us know when booking. For seating arrangements please see Gulbenkian’s seating plans, or contact a member of our Ticket & Information Team by email Please keep in mind that for some events there are bespoke seating arrangements that will vary from the seating plan.

Dedicated parking spaces are available in the Central Car Park.

Level access to the foyer and cafe through automatic doors. Level access to cinema, theatre and Colyer-Fergusson Hall.

Disabled accessible toilet in Gulbenkian and Colyer-Fergusson.

Handrails on the stairs in the cinema and Colyer-Fergusson Hall.

Lift available to first floor for Cinema and Colyer-Fergusson Hall. Please be aware that we can only accommodate wheelchair uses on the ground floor of the cinema.

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Hearing/Visual impairment requirements:

Mobile Connect System available using the app available from Google Playstore and Apple Appstore (Sennheiser Mobile Connect) that connects through Wi-fi, in the cinema auditorium.


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Assistance dogs welcome.

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Captioned Subtitles:
We offer a captioned subtitled screening on a Monday evening screening where available. If Monday or Captioned subtitles are unavailable we endeavour to screen another film that week with captioned subtitles or foreign language subtitles. To find out which events will have captioned subtitles, please visit what’s on and filter by ‘On Screen’ and ‘Captioned.’

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Audio Description:
 We offer audio description on a range of film screenings where available. There are specific seats where Audio Description is best available in our cinema. Please see Cinema Audio Description seating plan for more information. To find out which events will have subtitles, please visit what’s on and filter by ‘On Screen’ and ‘Audio Description’

Pre-show visits/Touchtours: We offer pre-show visits and touch tours on some events.  Please contact our Front of House manager Helen on or phone ticket office on 01227 769075 /email

Relaxed performances: We offer relaxed performances/screenings for some events.  Relaxed Performances/screenings are specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including guests on the Autistic Spectrum, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability or parents who want to attend our performances with young children.  There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement in the auditorium and we make some small changes to the light and sound effects. Find out more about Accessible Film Club. To find out which events will be relaxed, please visit what’s on and filter by ‘Relaxed’.

Seat Sizes and Fat Accessibility: Our seats narrow from the centre out. The widest seats are 44 cm wide (side to side) and 46 cm long (front to back). There is a gap of 7cm which is the arm rest and the leg room is 40cm. There are exceptions to this leg room specifically in the front row. For more information or to discuss booking an armless chair, please contact ticket office on 01227 769075 /email

Accessible Film Club - open to all, especially those with learning disabilities and autism.
Drama and singing groups for anyone who's interested in drama/singing but also finds it a bit difficult fitting in!
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ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

Our projects with young people

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