Compton Verney is an award-winning art gallery in a Grade I listed Georgian mansion, set in 120 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland within the beautiful Warwickshire countryside.
The gallery is home to six diverse collections from around the world, showcasing works that reflect the interests of founder Sir Peter Moores, whose vision for the gallery was to provide a venue to share his passion for art. Since opening in 2004, the gallery has built a reputation for quality in everything it does – from innovative, world class exhibitions to the warm welcome from staff and volunteers.
There is level access from the main entrance to:The Welcome CentreThe GalleryTicket desk in the Welcome CentreToilets in the Welcome CentreToilets in the GalleryThe Compton KitchenGallery ShopThe ChapelThe ParkPlayground and Forest School
There is level access from the car park to:Various areas throughout the park
Travel by public transport
Bus service is run by Johnson’s and is the No. 6, Stratford upon Avon to Banbury. You need to request the driver to stop.
Travel by taxi
We have a wheelchair accesible minibus which runs from our main car park to the gallery
There are 12 dedicated Blue Badge parking bays in the car park, located in front of the Welcome Centre. We provide a minibus which has an automatic ramp. The minibus can take 1 wheelchair at a time. The ramp is also suitable for a standing passenger, for example a visitor who requires a walker or can't manage the steps into the vehicle.
Path to main entrance
The doors to the Welcome Centre are open automatically on a sensor. The main door to the Gallery is operated by a push pad.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Platform lift in British Folk Art Gallery
Lift to the Learning Centre
Ticket/ information desk
Ticket desk in the Welcome Centre
The Welcome Centre has level flooring throughout, automatic doors, disabled toilets, a low level counter for admission tickets and hearing loops.
Things to See and Do
The Welcome Centre
The Welcome Centre has a small shop and interpretation area where you can find out about the history of the site.
The Gallery has level access throughout. The collection and exhibition is over four floors with lift access throughout. The collection is quite diverse and some areas are low lit to protect the artworks from light damage. Large print guides are available for every collection and the team of staff and volunteers are always on hand to offer assistance. We use a variety of display methods - some works are hung on the wall, others are in cabinets. Where there are art works on the wall the mid-point for the hang height is generally between 1400mm to 1500mm. All doorways are DDA compliant although, due to the historic nature of the building, do vary in width.
Toilets in the Welcome Centre
Toilets in the Gallery
There are 3 accesible toilets in the main building - 1 on the ground floor,1 on the first floor and 1 on the third floor.
The shop stocks a variety of items which are displayed at different heights. The counter has a low level area. The team are always on hand to offer assistance if required.
Place to eat and drink
The Compton Kitchen
The Compton Kitchen provides a varied menu that changes every week on a three week cycle. The team will advise on dietary requirements. The cafe is assisted service - some items you help yourself to, other items are served by staff. Staff are always on hand to help with trays. The counter has a low area and there is a tray rail.
The Chapel is located behind the gallery and can be reached via footpaths. Please be aware that there is a reasonably steep incline. We can assist you with this if required.
There is ramp access to the Chapel. The footpath directly in front of the Chapel has a loose gravel surface.
Getting around outside
Throughout the park there are footpaths which have either a tarmac or compacted gravel surface. There are a few inclines in places.
The dipping pond and bird hide are accessed by boardwalks and paths which are wheelchair accessible.
Throughout the Park we have picnic benches that are adapted for wheelchairs.
The path to the ferry and the ferry itself is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs due the narrow path and stepped access to the ferry.
The courtyard and the path around the outside of the building is loose gravel, although an alternative routes through the Gallery are available.
Designated Walking Trail
Various routes around the park
Birdhide by the lake
Various areas throughout the park
We have various picnicing areas throughout the park. The tables in the Willow tunnels are the closest to a footpath.
Playground and Forest School
The playground and Forest school area are located in woodland. The route to both is along a wooded tree avenue which is grassed. The path is slightly sloped and you may find some natural obstacles such as tree roots or holes dug by wildlife. The playground itself has a variety of play items suitable for children up to the age of 14 which include climbing frames and trail, swings, a zip wire and den making.
The Forest School is next to the playground and is used for school sessions and drop-in activies. The area has a wood chipped surface and the activites are all based around nature, for example, a mud kitchen and bug hunt.
Customer care support
We have stick stools available around the gallery for visitors to borrow.
We have 2 wheelchairs for visitors to borrow on a first come first served basis.
We have various regular three-pin sockets around the building which visitors are able to use if they have the correct adapter to charge thier wheelchair.
Emergency evacuation procedures
All team members have been trained in safe evacuation proceedures and will assist visitors as required.
Customer care support
We have audio on a film in the Welcome Centre which covers the history of the site and in the British Folk Art Gallery on an iPad that has headphones. Audio is used in some exhibitions which is either ambient sound as part of a display or artwork or as part of a film or sound recording which is available via headphones.
Some tour guides have been trained to give audio-described tours.