Can you help keep Firstsite fantastic, fun and free?

The impact of shutting Firstsite has been huge for us and the communities we work with, which is why we are reaching out to you to help us.

Whatever you can give today can help us continue our work, collaborate with more communities and find creative solutions to the world we find in front of us.

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Our galleries, café and shop are now open every day 10am – 5pm. Find out more about our new way of visiting, and what we’re doing to keep you safe.

Access and Facilities

Please note: Due to Covid-19 pandemic we currently have measures in place to ensure we are Covid Secure – these affect the facilities we have on offer – please find out more here


We want you to enjoy your visit to Firstsite, we offer a range of facilities but our team are always happy to help with any further requirements, please contact us or visit our welcome desk on arrival should you require any further assistance or information.


Firstsite is situated on street level with step-free, level access throughout. A wheelchair is available (on a first come, first served basis). Our cinema has four wheelchair spaces and the front row also has step-free access.

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Personal Assistants are offered a free ticket for any session when accompanying a person with disabilities.

Accessible Parking

Four accessible parking bays are available next to the Firstsite entrance.

These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please telephone our welcome desk on 01206 216 700 when planning your visit so we can ensure easy access.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building.

Baby Changing

We have two baby changing units which are located in the blue and yellow accessible toilets.


You can leave coats and luggage in the cloakroom behind our reception desk. A £1 donation is much appreciated.

First Aid

There are first aid boxes located around the building and our Duty Managers are trained in Emergency First Aid.

Food and Drink

Refreshments are available in the café located in the entrance of the building. Please don’t take food or drink into the exhibition spaces.

Hard of Hearing

Hearing loops are accessible in our cinema, meeting rooms and learning spaces. Assistance dogs are welcome.

We also offer Hard of Hearing screenings of a range of films.


If you need help or more information before or during your visit, our staff will be happy to help. Ask at the welcome desk, chat to our Gallery Assistants throughout the building, or contact +44 (0)1206 713 700 or [email protected] with any questions.


Fully accessible toilets are available throughout the building.

Accessible events

Find out more about our accessible events here at Firstsite:

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Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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