Durham is a medieval city and its cobbled streets, while beautiful, may make it difficult for some to make their way around. If you are concerned about access please consider attending at times when we predict there will be fewer people, Thursday and Sunday after 8.30pm. If you have questions about accessing LUMIERE, please contact Artichoke on or try calling the festival information line on: 03000 26 26 26. Lines are open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm.

Crowd Management Systems

Crowd Management Systems will be in operation during busy periods on:
Saddler Street
North Bailey
South Bailey
Palace Green

For your own safety and that of others around you please co-operate with the event stewards.

Wheelchair users and people with limited mobility

Please be advised that the roads up to and away from Palace Green are cobbled and steep which may prove challenging for some people with limited mobility, people with buggies and wheelchair users. The riverside walk which is part of the one-way system is a stretch along the riverbank, which while tarmaced, can be bumpy in places.

The best time to visit Palace Green, the Cathedral, and the College Gardens is after 8.45pm. There are many installations to see right across the city so if you'd like to avoid heavy congestion and peak periods visit the other areas of the city first. We would particularly advise wheelchair users, people with buggies and people with limited mobility to come at quieter periods after 8.45pm.

There are many installations around the city that are accessible to wheelchair users and those with limited mobility, here are just a few of these. Along Framwellgate Waterside, you can see Helvatictoc, A New Moon, and watch how your phone changes Binary Waves. From the Gates Shopping Centre up to  North Road you'll see the interactive Liquid Space, Capitalism Kills Love and the exquisite Metamorph.

Wheelchair Access Route
We are implementing a route for wheelchair users which we hope will help make it easier to move around the peninsular. When exiting Palace Green either through the Cathedral or via Duncow Lane, wheelchair access is permitted into the North Bailey and Saddler Street. Please note: for safety reasons wheelchair users may incur a wait until crowds clear. The artwork on Prebends Bridge and the riverside walkway is wheelchair accessible but the terrain is bumpy and narrow. Please be advised and take care.

Car Parks

There are car parks with disabled spaces at the following:

Prince Bishop Car Park, DH1 3UJ
0191 383 9592
Open 24 hours. Charges apply between Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm: £2.00 - 2 hours, £3.20 - 4 hours, £6.00 - 6 hours, £11.00 - maximum, £1.50 overnight.
400 spaces. Level 1 reserved for badge holders.

Riverside & The Gates Car Parks
The Gates, Durham, DH1 4SL | 0191 384 3951
Open 7am-10pm. 0-2 hours: £1.60, 2-3 hours: £2.20, 3-6 hours: £6.00, 6-12 hours: £12.00.
230 spaces at each car park. Approx. 70 for family and disability badge holders.

Sands Car Park
Walkergate, Durham, DH1 1SQ | 0191 383 5551
Monday to Saturday 8.00am - 6.00pm
0-2 hours: £1.20, 2-3 hours: £1.80, 3-4 hours: £2.40, 4-5 hours: £3.00, 5-6 hours: £3.60, over 6 hours: £6.00. Sundays and evenings 6.00pm to 8.00am £1.20 per visit.
136 spaces, 2 disabled spaces.

Further travel information to LUMIERE can be found on the Travel page.

Lumiere 2009
'Winter Garden' by Simon Corder
Lumiere 2009