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Draft Code of Practice on Accessible Heritage Sites


Prepared by the Irish National Disability Authority, this draft code of practice explains the obligations of public bodies to ensure that, as far as practicable, the whole or part of a heritage site in its ownership, management or control and to which the public has access, is accessible to people with disabilities and can be visited by them with ease and dignity. 

'Heritage sites' includes monuments, protected buildings and structures - both existing or planned, parks, nature reserves and national parks.

The objectives of this Code are to 1). support public bodies by providing a practical interpretation of their legal requirements via a journey sequence through a heritage site set out in pages 10 to 21 of the Code; and 2). give practical advice on how these requirements can be met while appreciating the range and diversity of heritage sites involved and the need to balance accessibility with site conservation and preservation.

The Draft Code will be revised after consultations with stakeholders during April 2008.

The document can be downloaded from the right-hand panel in PDF format.