Our Relaxed Opening times are a designated period of time when we particularly welcome those who would benefit most from visiting at a quieter time and appreciate the opportunity to explore the exhibitions in a calm and relaxed environment. During Relaxed Opening we make a number of changes to give people the confidence to visit us and expect understanding when they do.
Sounds and films
You can expect the following:
- On first arriving in Block C: the introductory film will be lowered in volume. There is an alternative route to avoid this area if preferred.
- Outside areas: all soundscapes will be turned off.
- Teleprinter building: one silent film runs on a small screen with subtitles. Sound effects will be turned off. In the second room there is a large screen D-Day film and sound will be turned off. House lights will be kept on. This room contains large flickering multiple images, but can be easily avoided.
- Huts: all projections and sounds will be turned off including the large screen in Hut 11A.
- Mansion: Sound will be turned off in Bill Tutte exhibition. Films will run with subtitles. There will be no background audio in the library.
- All other spaces in the Park are already accessible as quiet spaces.
- Please see below for full information in our ‘Supplementary information document’
Arriving and exploring
We recommend booking online in advance to reduce any possible queuing.
On arrival, you may wish to pick up a sunflower lanyard or item to wear. If you use a lanyard, we’ll be aware that you may like extra support or time to process. You can ask us what we can do to assist you. We understand not every visitor will want to wear a lanyard.
We will be around if you need us but will otherwise leave you space and time to enjoy your visit. We are friendly, aware and happy to help.
Quiet spaces and lunch
There are two designated quiet spaces on this day: Learning Room 4 in Block B, and the First Aid room in Block C. Both will be signposted.
You are welcome to borrow a set of ear defenders during your visit; we have a number of pairs available.
The room at the east end of Hut 4 café (signposted) and Hut 1 will be available for eating packed lunches, if you prefer to bring your own food.
You can download our visual story and sensory map to help prepare for your visit, below. Further accessibility information can be found here.
Optional onsite multimedia guides with headphones are available providing video introductions to different areas of the park, please see supplementary information below.