Prince Bishops Accessibility
Here at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, we understand the needs of our customers and we are constantly striving to make your shopping experience a safe, secure and enjoyable one, that is accessible to all members of our community.
If you're already planning your next shopping trip to Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, you can find more information by viewing the store directory and online interactive map or contact us directly over email or by phone 0191 375 0416.
For convenient access to shop level, two lifts are located on each level of the car park, situated in the main stairwell opposite the parking payment machines. There is a functioning lift located in the car park, situated in the pedestrian entrance just off New Elvet Bridge, but please be aware that you can no longer access shop level using this lift. A number of our individual retailers also have their own internal lifts. You can find more information here by viewing the store directory our and interactive map.
Female toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are located on level 7 of the car park, by the main stairwell. Male toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are located on level 5 of the car park, similarly by the main stairwell. All toilets are accessible via a direct lift and are signposted throughout the shopping centre. The main public toilets are open in line with shopping centre core trading hours which are 9 am to 6 pm.
We have plenty of designated accessible parking spaces available, located on level 1 of the Prince Bishops car park, close by to Shopmobility Durham scheme (more information available below). Prince Bishops Car Park operates using a user-friendly Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system. It’s easy to use; you just need to remember your car registration number when you return to the pay station to pay for your parking. You can find more details and information about our car park here.
Throughout Prince Bishops there are various help points where members of staff can come to your aid should further assistance be required. For more information on these locations, call us on 0191 375 0416. The Prince Bishops Security & Service Team make constant regular visual patrols around all areas of the centre and car park and can be identified by their light blue tabards showing the shopping centre logo. You can also find more information here by viewing the store directory our and interactive map.
A number of our stores have many accessible features, such as internal lifts, accessible fitting rooms, Braille menus and hearing loops systems. For more specific accessible needs, please do not hesitate to get in contact with each individual retailer. You can find the contact details for all the centre retailers in the store directory.
Shopmobility Durham City Centre
Shopmobility is a scheme offering assistance to any member of the public who has limited mobility, be it due to a disability or illness. Through the scheme shoppers and visitors to Durham City can hire motorised scooters, manually operated and power-assisted wheelchairs to assist in the accessibility to the shopping facilities, leisure activities and beautiful sights of Durham City.
For additional information, you can visit the Shopmobility website or call them directly on 0191 3868556. Shopmobility Durham is located on the ground floor of the car park at Prince Bishops Shopping Centre. Normal opening hours are Monday - Saturday 9:00am-4pm.
The scheme provides a number of services:
Equipment Hire –accessible equipment, such as motorised scooters, manual and power-assisted wheelchairs and walking sticks, are available to rent on either a long or short-term basis. Click here for more information.
Valet and Maintenance Scheme – available if your equipment is in need of cleaning or repair. Click here for more information.
Excursions – if you would like to visit places of interest but suffer from mobility problems, Shopmobility’s mini-bus is on hand to take you around Durham and the surrounding villages. The mini-bus is fully accessible, having been fitted with a tail lift. Click here for more information.
Self-Drive Bus – available to book for groups of up to 16 people, with removable seats and a wheelchair accessible tail lift.
Anybody can be a part of the Shopmobility scheme. Membership is £10 for the year, giving you unlimited access to the above services, or you may register as a visitor if using the service more infrequently. All Shopmobility Durham ask if that you provide 2 forms of identification – a driving license, utility bill or blue badge, for example – and complete a short registration form.
Friday Shopping Service - This is a new initiative designed to encourage people to access the facilities of Durham City Centre. It provides a door to door transport service between your home and Prince Bishops Shopping Centre between 9 am and 4 pm.