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Branklyn Garden accessibility guide

Welcome

Contact the property for accessibility enquiries

Telephone: 01738 625535

Email: branklyngarden@nts.org.uk

We have a complimentary ticket policy for personal carers.

Our Front of House team wears Trust name badges, and Branklyn Garden aprons if working in the tearoom. They will be happy to answer any questions you have about your visit.

At a glance

There is level access to:

  • The garden entrance
  • The shop
  • The tearoom’s lawn seating area
  • The toilets

There is an accessibility map of the garden. Please ask a member of the team upon arrival.

There is generally good mobile signal throughout the garden and at our main car park. 4G is available.

Dogs are welcome throughout the garden and inside the café. They must be kept on a lead and under close control at all times. There are water bowls set out within the garden.

Emergencies

In an emergency between 10am–5pm, please ring the head gardener on 01738 625535. If you receive no answer or the emergency occurs outside of these times, please call 999.

Getting here

Branklyn Garden
116 Dundee Road
Perth
PH2 7BB

Branklyn Garden is on Dundee Road on the eastern edge of Perth, 1 mile from the city centre.

By public transport

Perth Railway Station is 1.3 miles away.

Perth Bus Station is 1.4 miles away. The nearest bus stop to Branklyn Garden is on Dundee Road, 370ft from the garden entrance.

For more information about public transport across Perth and Kinross, including bus routes and timetables visit Perth & Kinross Council.

By car

Branklyn Garden is situated just off the A85, a major road linking the east and west coasts of Scotland. The A85 can be joined from the A9 if coming from the north, or the M90 if coming from the south.

For directions to the main car park, sat-nav users should input either ‘NTS Car Park for Branklyn Garden’ or ‘Fairmount Terrace, Perth’ as their destination. For accessible parking, go directly to Branklyn Garden.

Parking

Branklyn Garden’s main entrance is signposted on the A85, and this is the turn for accessible parking. However, for the main car park continue on to the next right turn at Fairmount Road.

The main car park is 200m from the garden entrance, and an entrance and exit are signposted. Of the walk from the car park to the garden, 100m of it consists of a steep tarmac slope with two roadbumps.

Accessible parking

Accessible blue badge parking is available just outside the garden entrance. There are two dedicated bays, 5m and 15m from the garden entrance respectively.

If the blue badge bays are occupied, we will always try to find somewhere suitable for you to park. Unfortunately, we are not able to reserve parking spaces ahead of time. If you require assistance from a staff member to find a suitable parking space, please call 01738 625535.

One of the accessible parking bays just outside the garden entrance gates

Getting around the garden

The garden is built on a hill. There are slopes and steps throughout, and path surfaces differ throughout the garden, including grass, stone, gravel and wood bark. There is also an unfenced pond. Please ask a member of the team if you are at all unsure of the best route to take.

An accessibility map is available upon arrival, a copy of which can be viewed below. This details a route around the garden’s accessible pathways, which can accommodate wheelchairs.

  • Distance from car park: 200m to the main entrance gates
  • There are benches placed throughout the garden.

Facilities

Shop

The shop is located 5m inside the entrance gates to Branklyn Garden, in a building to the right. It is also where entry is purchased, and membership cards scanned.

It is 10m from the accessible parking and 205m from the main car park.

  • The door width is 65cm.
  • There is circulation space of 1.5m.
  • The counter height is 92cm.
  • The till point does not have an induction loop.
  • The wooden rafters are 214cm from the floor.

Staff are available to assist with any objects too high or heavy to reach and can provide price information for items.

Tearoom

The tearoom is located inside Branklyn House, with an outdoor terrace and lawn seating.

From the main entrance, it is a gravel pathway around a central oval plant bed which is 1.5m at its smallest side (on the right), and 2.5m at its widest side (on the left, directly in front of the house). The path then becomes one again and narrows to 0.8m at its smallest. Finally, just before reaching the café lawn it becomes 6m of uneven flagstone path.

  • There are six steps up into the tearoom serving area and indoor seating. There is a handrail beside the first four steps that lead onto the terrace, followed by a further two at the tearoom doorway.
  • The door width is 84cm wide.
  • The counter height is 89cm.
  • The till point does not have an induction loop.
  • There is circulation space of at least 1m when customers are sat inside and up to 2.5m otherwise.
  • The terrace is covered by an awning.
  • The lawn seating area is on uneven and gently sloping ground.
  • Outside seating consists of single-seater cushioned chairs, as well as cushioned wooden benches, arranged at tables. Table sizes vary; there is seating available for groups of 2–6 people.
    There is also indoor seating available.
  • A highchair is available.

Staff are available to assist with any price enquiries and the carrying of items.

Toilets

The garden has two disabled-access toilets, men’s and women’s. The women’s toilet has baby-changing facilities.

  • There are no steps on entry, and the floors are tiled.

Last updated: October 2022