The University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible and inclusive.

We work to make our venue, website and programme accessible as we subscribe to the social model of disability, that says that people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference. As a team we are constantly learning new ideas and applying our knowledge to work with different community basis to improve. If you have any concerns or access requirements, please contact our front of house team and we will be able to advise you accordingly.
The top part of a pyramid made of red charity boxes, with stickers on them saying 'Rights for Disabled People NOW!'.


See the venue access guides (opens in a new tab) we’ve created with AccessAble.

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. 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.

A volunteer can assist in a Creative Course 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.

Virtual Tour of Attenborough Arts Centre

British Sign Language (BSL) Introduction to Attenborough Arts Centre Galleries

Web Accessibility

Accessibility on Attenborough Arts Centre website

We hope you find our website easy to use. Attenborough Arts Centre is committed to providing accessible and usable information and services on our website and are working towards complying with Priority 2 of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Here are some of the things we have done to try and make it easier for you to access our information and services:

A stylesheet is used on our website and relative font sizes on all text with the exception of graphical text.

Images and ALT text

All images on this site are accompanied by a brief alternative text which describes the image or its function as appropriate. This alternative text (alt text) is generally visible only when the browser’s automatic image loading feature is turned off.

When watching videos

Videos created and produced by Attenborough Arts Centre will either have subtitles, a written transcript or both. We host our videos on YouTube and often add other artists and performers videos into a playlist; therefore we cannot guarantee that all videos will have accurate captioning or transcripts.

Downloading PDF documents

A free PDF reader is available from the Adobe Acrobat web site.

The Access Adobe website provides useful tools and resources. Adobe also has a free online conversion tool for pdfs.

The BBC’s My Web My Way site explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for you.

Making Text Larger

PC Keyboard Shortcut
Mac Keyboard Shortcut
Menu Commands
Internet Explorer 7+
Hold down the CTRL key and press the plus (+) key. View – Text Size
Hold down the CTRL key and press the plus (+) key. Hold down the Apple key and press the plus (+) key View – Zoom – Zoom In
Google Chrome
Hold down the CTRL key and press the plus (+) key. Hold down the Apple key and press the plus (+) key – Zoom – Larger
Hold down the CTRL key and press the plus (+) key. Hold down the Apple key and press the plus (+) key – Zoom – Zoom In