DDA and accessibility

Facilities for guests with special needs

We welcome visitors with special needs and have tried to adapt our building and services to meet your requirements.

Wheelchair users

The Society's house is an 18th century building which has grown over the years through the interconnection of several adjoining houses. Whilst it is possible to access all public areas in a wheelchair, there are some uneven floors, awkward corners and narrow doorways. Access to the Folkestone and Adelphi rooms is via Lift C which is unsuitable for electric wheelchairs

There is a dedicated wheelchair ramp adjacent to the main entrance. On arrival please ring the intercom and the doors will be opened automatically.

Once inside please go to the main reception desk where you will be given further assistance in locating the rooms you require.

There are two wheelchair accessible toilets, two wheelchair accessible lifts and dedicated wheelchair points in both theatres.

Should you find the manoeuvrability of your wheelchair restricted by its size we keep a narrow gauge manual wheelchair available at Reception.

A Blue Badge parking bay is available on John Adam Street opposite the entrance to the House. However from Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 6.30pm, parking is restricted to a maximum 4 hour stay.

Two hour parking meters are located in John Adam Street opposite the entrance to the House. Blue Badge holders are entitled to park at a meter/pay-and-display bay for an extra hour once the paid time has expired.

Hard of Hearing

A 'Deaf Alerter' paging system is attached to the main house fire alarm. If you would like to carry a pager whilst visiting the building please notify our staff at Reception.

Induction loops are installed in the following areas: Reception, Fellows' Library, Great Room, Durham Street Auditorium, Adelphi and Romney Rooms. Mobile loops are available for use in all other rooms including the Gerard Bar and Fellows' Restaurant.

A captioning service by Ai-Media UK is also available on request at events which are part of the RSA Public Events Programme. If you would like to request that an upcoming public event is captioned then please email: rsa.events@rsa.org.uk.  

Visual Impairments

Large print versions of our publications and menus are available on request.

The building is quite complicated. We provide floor plans to help visitors find their way around and staff are available to provide assistance.