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.

By car

After 5pm visitors can park in the Maurice Shock Medical Building car park for free, which is to the left of the centre.

Visitors with a blue badge can park in our accessible bays at the front of the building for free, but we recommended calling beforehand to reserve a space.

At the top of Lancaster Road is Victoria Car Park, which is open 24 hours and is a 5 minute walk from the centre.

By bicycle

We have metal bars outside of the centre for bikes to be locked up to.

Although our building is secure, all belongings left in this place will be subject to your own risk.


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.

Our Galleries
We want everyone to feel comfortable in our galleries, whether it is their first time or tenth time. For this reason we have made the videos below to find out what an art gallery is, share some ways your could explore them, and a British Sign Language tour of the galleries with award winning Deaf artist Olivier Jamin.
What is an Art Gallery?

Join Attenborough Arts Centre team to find out what an art gallery is.

Let’s explore an Art Gallery!

Attenborough Arts Centre Learning and Outreach team share some of the ways they like to explore art galleries.

British Sign Language (BSL) introduction to AAC gallery: led by artist Oliver Jamin

Join award winning Deaf artist Olivier Jamin to explore the Attenborough Arts Centre gallery which has BSL, voice-over and subtitles.

Attenborough Arts Centre