Tower of London is oldest UK building with a Changing Places facility

The Tower of London’s New Armouries Building, which dates back to the mid-17th century, has been recognised by Muscular Dystrophy UK as the oldest public building registered on the Changing Places UK Toilet Map.

…Everyone has the right to use a public toilet…

… even this most challenging of historic settings isn’t a barrier…

The Access Association writes:

Robert Burley, director of campaigns, care and support at Muscular Dystrophy UK, describes the installation as a “much-needed step in the right direction to making tourist attractions more accessible to all and tackling the exclusion that disabled people face”.

“Everyone has the right to use a public toilet when they need to and Changing Places toilets are a lifeline for more than a quarter of a million disabled people across the UK. Having access to one of the 1,524 Changing Places toilets across the country can make a world of difference for people with conditions like muscular dystrophy, ensuring greater independence and making planning days out much easier,” he adds.

The new facility includes a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and wash basin, ceiling hoist, non-slip floor and a peninsular toilet with drop-down hand rails.

“The installation of a Changing Places toilet at the Tower of London builds on Historic Royal Palaces’ commitment to accessibility, and demonstrates that even this most challenging of historic settings isn’t a barrier to offering all our visitors the facilities they need to explore and enjoy this magnificent landmark,” says Preethi Narasimhan, project manager at the Tower of London.

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