COVID - Staying safe

We have worked hard to make the Attenborough Arts Centre as safe as possible while our doors have been closed
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All of our public programme continues to run at reduced capacities to ensure customers feel they are safe in their surroundings

wear a face mask

Face coverings are now mandatory, please respect those around you. We are still encouraging mask wearing while moving around the venue and our staff will continue to wear them.

Our venue hire and community hires are now open again
good to go
Our COVID safety measures have been awarded ‘Good to Go’ by Visit England
track and trace
Sign in with either NHS Track and Trace or our own track and trace form

Getting here

Attenborough Arts Centre is situated on Lancaster Road, a short walk from Leicester railway station as part of the University of Leicester campus.

Attenborough Arts Centre

University of Leicester
Lancaster Road
Leicester LE1 7HA

By train

We are a 10 minutes walk from Leicester railway station.

If you would like more information about the train services available to and from Leicester, visit East Midlands Railway’s dedicated journey page by clicking here. Listed on the site are Leicester Railway Station’s facilities and their key accessibility areas.

By bus

Buses 47, 47A, 48, 48A and 80/80A (term-time only) all stop on University Road.

Car parking

Attenborough Arts Centre has four car parking spaces for disabled blue badge holders and we can make special arrangements at other venues if you notify us in advance. Please call us on 0116 252 2455.

Visitor parking is now at the multi-storey car park at Freemen’s Common. Visitors will be directed to the multi-storey car park where they can pay as they park. If there are specific, exceptional visitor requirements, please contact

Weekdays: There is metered road parking around the venue, and Pay and display in Victoria Park (De Montfort Hall, entrance on Granville Road and University Road).

Evenings and weekends: Free in the Medical Sciences Building car park next door – you may need to buzz at the barrier to gain entry.

Other venues

As well as the events taking place at Attenborough Arts Centre, we also use some other venues on or near campus.

Fraser Noble Hall
The main entrance to Fraser Noble Hall is on University Road, Immediately adjacent to New Walk, via the car park.

Botanic Garden
The main entrance to the University of Leicester Botanic Garden is on Glebe Road.


The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive. We want everyone to feel welcome and get involved in what we do.

We are proud to champion emerging talent and disability-led artists, supporting those starting their careers. Our outstanding access and inclusive work has been recognised through multiple awards and grants from Arts Council England, BBC Children in Need, Leicester Shire Promotions and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

You can read our full web accessibility statement here.

We use AccessAble to easily showcase further information about our venue for everyone. By clicking here you can see pictures of the centre, inside and outside, access in-depth information about our site, and learn about our stair and door widths as needed. We want to be as open and honest as possible to allow everyone access to our building.

There are four disabled toilets in the building which are all wheelchair accessible located on the ground and first floor and two gender neutral toilets on the first floor.

There is an induction loop hearing system in all rooms, turn hearing aids to the position ‘T’.

Guide, hearing and other working dogs are most welcome in all areas of the building, please let us know when booking if you are bringing an assistance dog.

We are part of the Changing Places scheme and have the following accessible facilities. We have a fully accessible, spacious adult changing facility with a height-adjustable changing bed, hoist and shower. The hoist can be used at any time required, the battery just needs collecting from reception.

There are four accessible car parking bays for blue badge holders directly at the front of our building, places can be reserved by asking front of house. There are also two spaces at Fraser Noble Hall. The double yellow lines outside the building allow blue badge holders to park for up to 3 hours.

Relaxed performances are tailored for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment.  The atmosphere in the hall is more informal, with lighting muted, audio quieter, and audience members will be free to make noise if they want to. The theatre doors will close but audience members can come and go as they please.

Should you require particular assistance, you will be entitled to one free companion ticket for your parent / carer. Seating is unreserved unless otherwise stated.

A number of performances and events are British sign language interpreted. Also a number of staff members have been trained in basic BSL and Deaf awareness.

An audio guide for both our What’s On guide and Creative Learning guide is available on request from front of house and on our website under ‘Audio brochure’. A volunteer can assist in a Creative Learning class should you require additional support, please let front of house know when booking.

Spaces for wheelchair users are available in our hall and all 3 studios. Please contact our box office for further information. All public areas are also accessible to wheelchair users including a ramp into the entrance of the building and a lift. We also have a wheelchair accessible fire escape route and evac chair.

Café and Shop

the attenborough cafe
Porcelain animals
A hidden gem, our café is an excellent place to relax during the day and enjoy the best coffee on campus and indulge yourself in some delicious cakes and light meals.

Open 9am – 4pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 3pm (Sat-Sun)

Struggling to find the perfect gift for the person who has everyone? Looking for something different to surprise a special someone with? Or just fancy supporting local artists and creators? Our shop is a great way to support the Attenborough Arts Centre and you can grab yourself some art in the process.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm