The Italian Chapel is on the small island of Lambholm in Orkney. It was part of Camp 60, which was built in WWII to house 550 Italian Prisoners of War who were brought here to work on the Churchill Barriers, which connect the island to Mainland Orkney. The building was given to the Prisoners to use as a Chapel and a school, but when they all saw Dominico Chiochetti's beautifull artwork it was decided to turn the whole building into a Chapel. Their faith was incredibly important to the men being so far from home, so having somewhere to worship and to reflect made their time here less difficult. The artwork and ironwork inside is as stunning today as it was when they left.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Inside the ChapelCustodian Pod Ticket Office/Shop counterCustodian Pod Ticket office/shop counterImmediate area outside the Chapel from the ticket office
Getting hereFor further information on accessible travel in Scotland, go to Transport Scotland.
Travel by public transport
The road is tarmac and mainly on the flat, with a slightly steep incline for 20 metres at the top which takes you up into the carpark.
Travel by taxi
Accessible taxis should preferably be booked in advance, but it's not essential. All their drivers are aware of dropping off facilites at our venue.
We have blue badge parking right next to the ticket office. The surface from the carpark to the ticket office entrance is a mix of both concrete and tarmac, all level access with no kerbs.
Getting around inside
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Ticket/ information desk
Custodian Pod Ticket Office/Shop counter
The inside if the ticket office is well lit and the staff are easily visible. Souvenirs and booklets about the Chapel and some local tourist information leaflets, are available in this building, and are all easily accessible to wheelchair users. If required, asistance can be given through the use of pens and paper.
Things to See and Do
Inside the Chapel
Once inside the 720mm door there is plenty of room to manouver around inside the Chapel. The main floor is concrete with a 1.5m wide carpet running up the center of the building. There is a 110mm concrete step up into the altar area and then another 120mm concrete step up to the altar itself.
Custodian Pod Ticket office/shop counter
Getting around outside
Immediate area outside the Chapel from the ticket office
The area outside the Chapel is all grass covered. People are welcome to walk round the back of the building if they wish. There are also two benches outside where people may sit and take in the view across the bay.
Customer care support
Emergency evacuation procedures
Customer care support