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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Museum, free entry


Room in the museum

Room in the museum

Special Offers

  • Offer: On presentation of your Staffordshire Enjoy Card receive 20% discount off all purchased in the bookshop.
    Dates valid:
    • Tue 10 Jan - Sun 31 Dec 2017


Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

01543 264972


Breadmarket Street,
WS13 6LG

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 17 Jun - Sun 24 Sep Johnson & Garrick


Discover the life and times of Samuel Johnson, England's greatest man of letters and famous wit. Follow the story of the young Samuel Johnson from his difficult childhood to national celebrity and Dictionary fame. Experience five floors of exhibits in a beautiful Grade I listed building including period room settings, an introductory film, interactive displays and activities for children.

Guided tours and school bookings available by prior arrangement - please contact the Museums & Heritage Officer to discuss your requirements.

Please note that, due to the nature of the building's Grade I listing, there are many unavoidable steps.

Facilities for groupsGift shopWelcome Host

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Guided tours by prior arrangement Facilities for blind/partially sighted facilities for deaf/hard of hearing guide dogs accepted LDTA member

Opening details

1 April - 30 September: 10:30 - 16:30

1 October - 31 March: 11:00 - 15:30

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day)


Free entry



See location of Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 117095  Lat: 52.68353 Long: -1.82796

Road: Easy access from the A38, A5, M42, M40, M6, M1 and M5.

Public Transport : There are two train stations in Lichfield (Lichfield City and Lichfield Trent Valley). Lichfield is a 35 minute journey from Birmingham New Street and under 2 hours from London Euston. Lichfield City station is a short walk away from the Museum. For more information please telephone National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950.

•Lichfield bus station is on Birmingham Road, opposite Lichfield City Station. There are regular buses between Lichfield and Cannock, Stafford, Walsall and Birmingham. For more information please telephone Traveline on 0870 6082608.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 km from Lichfield City station


  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Guided tours by prior arrangement Facilities for blind/partially sighted facilities for deaf/hard of hearing guide dogs accepted LDTA member

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • Samuel Johnson Birthpace Museum is a Grade I listed building with many stairs. A pictorial guide to the museum and our introductory DVD are available in reception for visitors who can enter via the short flight of steps to reception, but are not able to climb the main stairs.


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 4
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system
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