Sonica aims to cater for everyone’s needs and is committed to ensuring an open and accessible approach to all of the work we present.

Alongside discounted tickets for disabled patrons and their carers, Sonica offers a range of facilities to make your festival visit more enjoyable.

Find out about access at all venues: accessible parking, drop off points, entrances, ramps and lifts, wheelchair and mobility scooter provision, guide dogs and more below…

The Art School

20 Scott Street, Glasgow, G3 6PE

Getting to and from the Venue

  • The closest accessible parking is located at Cambridge Street Car Park and Charing Cross Car ParkThere is a drop off point at the entrance of the building. 
  • The nearest bus stop to the venue is at 378 Sauchiehall Street. Buses servicing this stop include City Sightseeing: C1; First Bus: 3, 4, 4A, 18, 19, 19A, 747, N2, N6, N9, N18, N240, N267, X1A, M11, X81 & 4B; Glasgow City Bus: 15; McGill’s: 7; Stuarts: 240X.
  • The closest train station is Charing Cross Station. Queen Street Station and Central Station are also a short walk away. TransPennine Express offer a handy guide to visiting Glasgow by train, or visit National Rail.
  • The closest subway is Cowcaddens.

Venue Access

  • There is one entrance to the building on Scott Street.
  • The outside pavement is not flush with the entrance to the building but there is a ramp with a slight gradient accessible from Renfrew Street.
  • The front door opens automatically and is 1.2 m wide (can be manually extended to 3 m if necessary).
  • There will be a member of box off or front of house staff nearby to offer assistance if required.
  • There are obstacles between the front entrance door and the event space. Steps to Level 1 are mitigated by a passenger lift, Venue 1 and Venue 2 both have lobbied access with easy to open doors.

Inside the Venue

  • The lift is wheelchair accessible.
  • There are two accessible toilets on Level 1 & 2.
  • Both toilets are accessible via the passenger lift on Level 0.
  • A bar will be open for the event.
  • The bar is located on Level 0 and is wheelchair accessible. 
  • There is a cloakroom available on Level 0 and it is wheelchair accessible.
  • Guide dogs are welcome.
  • Wheelchair spaces should be booked in advance.

Where the Event is Taking Place

  • The event will be held in the Assembly Hall on the first floor.
  • Seating is available upon request.
  • The event space has smooth wooden floors.
  • The event space lighting is bright to begin with but will dim to low level during performances.
  • The room is well ventilated.

 

Centre for Contemporary Arts

350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD

Getting to and from the Venue

  • The closest accessible parking is located at Cambridge Street Car Park and Charing Cross Car ParkThere is a drop off point at the front entrance of CCA. 
  • The nearest bus stop to the venue is at 378 Sauchiehall Street. Buses servicing this stop include City Sightseeing: C1; First Bus: 3, 4, 4A, 18, 19, 19A, 747, N2, N6, N9, N18, N240, N267, X1A, M11, X81 & 4B; Glasgow City Bus: 15; McGill’s: 7; Stuarts: 240X.
  • The closest train station is Charing Cross Station. Queen Street Station and Central Station are also a short walk away. TransPennine Express offer a handy guide to visiting Glasgow by train, or visit National Rail.
  • The closest subway is Cowcaddens.

Venue Access

  • There are multiple entrances to CCA. The best entrance for wheelchair access is on Sauchiehall Street.
  • The outside pavement is flush with the entrance to the building. 
  • The entrance door does not open automatically. The door is not heavy to open.
  • The width of the entrance door is 1 m. 
  • There will be a member of box office or front of house staff nearby to offer assistance if required.

Inside the Venue

  • There are steps between the front door and event space. However, a wheelchair accessible lift operates between all floors. 
  • Four accessible toilets are available. Two accessible toilets are located on the ground floor, one is on the first floor and one is on the second floor. 
  • Two bars will be open for the event. One bar is located on the ground floor and the other on the first floor. 
  • The bars are accessible by wheelchairs.
  • The venue has induction loops and infrared. 
  • Induction loop in CCA4 and local induction loops at box office. Infrared in CCA5, headsets can be requested at reception. 
  • Guide dogs are welcome. 
  • Wheelchair spaces should be booked in advance.

Where the Event is Taking Place

  • Seating is available, CCA4 has temporary pop up seats and CCA5 has individual standard seating in rows.
  • The event space has linoleum in CCA4 and smooth wooden floors in CCA5. 
  • The event space lighting is bright to begin with but will dim to low level during screenings and performances.
  • The venue is well ventilated.

 

Glasgow Film Theatre

12 Rose Street, G3 6RB

Getting to and from the Venue

  • Nine accessible parking spaces are available in Cambridge Street. There is a drop off point at the front entrance of GFT.
  • The nearest bus stop to the venue is at 378 Sauchiehall Street. Buses servicing this stop include City Sightseeing: C1; First Bus: 3, 4, 4A, 18, 19, 19A, 747, N2, N6, N9, N18, N240, N267, X1A, M11, X81 & 4B; Glasgow City Bus: 15; McGill’s: 7; Stuarts: 240X.
  • The closest train station is Queen Street Station. TransPennine Express offer a handy guide to visiting Glasgow by train, or visit National Rail.
  • The closest subway is Cowcaddens. 

Venue Access

  • There is one entrance to GFT on Rose Street.
  • The outside pavement is flush with the left hand side entrance to the building.
  • The entrance door on the left hand side opens automatically.
  • There will be a member of box off or front of house staff nearby to offer assistance if required.
  • There is ramp access to Cinema 2 & 3 and steps or lift access to Cinema 1.

Inside the Venue 

  • Tickets can be collected from the box office on ground level. There is a low level counter. 
  • The lift is wheelchair accessible.
  • One accessible toilet is located on ground level, down the ramp towards Cinema 2 & 3. 
  • A café will be open on the ground floor.
  • Guide dogs are welcome.
  • The CEA Card is accepted at GFT.
  • Wheelchair spaces should be booked in advance.

Where the Event is Taking Place

  • Cinema style, pop up seats are available.
  • The venue has carpet flooring. 
  • The venue has low-level lighting throughout and the cinema spaces are dark during film screenings. 
  • The venue is well ventilated.
  • Infrared sound facility for the hearing-impaired to control the volume at which you listen to the film, headsets can be requested at Box Office.

 

Glasgow Science Centre

50 Pacific Quay, G51 1EA

Getting to and from the Venue

  • A route on the National Cycle Network goes past Glasgow Science Centre on Pacific Drive. The nearest Next Bike Hire is 17 minute walk away on Paisley Road West.
  • Ample parking is available for mobility-impaired visitors at the Science Centre car park. Parking costs £3 and can be paid at the Science Centre Ticket Desk.
  • The closest bus stop is a two minute walk away on Pacific Drive. The buses servicing this stop are, 23, 23A, 23B, 235, 240, 355, 765, X19. First 90 stops on Paisley Road West.
  • The Exhibition Centre station is located on the Argyle Street Line, with regular services running from Glasgow Central and Partick Stations. There is a covered walkway from the station to SECC, from where you walk past the Crowne Plaza Hotel and over the river to Glasgow Science Centre (10-15 minutes.) TransPennine Express offer a handy guide to visiting Glasgow by train, or visit National Rail.
  • The nearest subway station is Cessnock. Exit the station and turn left, then turn right onto Brand Street and then left onto Lorne Street. Turn left onto Pacific Drive and the entrance to Glasgow Science Centre is at the roundabout (20-25 minutes).

Venue Access

  • The main entrances and exit to Glasgow Science Centre are wheel chair accessible.

Inside the Venue 

  • Wheelchairs are available on a first come first served basis from the Ticket Desk. Please ask a member of Science Centre staff if you require a manual wheelchair for the duration of your visit.
  • Fully accessible toilets and baby changing areas are available within all areas. Science Mall – Ground Floor, Floor 2 and Floor 3. Imax – Ground Floor.
  • There is a first aid room on the ground floor and kits available in all areas of the Science Centre.
  • All lifts within the Science Mall can accommodate 1 wheelchair (up to Class 2) and 1 carer.
  • Induction Loops are available. Please switch Hearing Aids to the ‘T’ position to use this facility. 10 individual hearing loops are available on request for visitors to The Planetarium.
  • All paying visitors who require special assistance are offered free admission for their carer to all areas.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome.
  • All areas within the building are well equipped to deal with the evacuation of mobility impaired visitors should the need arise. Refuge areas are located in each of the Science Mall floors.

 

The Lighthouse

11 Mitchell Lane, G1 3NU

Getting to and from the Venue

  • The closest accessible parking is located at Mitchell Street NCP Car Park. There is a drop off point to the left of the entrance on Mitchell Street.
  • The nearest bus stops to the venue are on Argyle Street, St Vincent Street and Union Street. Buses servicing these stops include: First 6/6A, 7/7A, 9/9A, N9/N9A, 18, 21, 41, 75 or 263.
  • The closest train stations are Glasgow Central (3 minutes) & Queen Street (7 minutes). TransPennine Express offer a handy guide to visiting Glasgow by train, or visit National Rail.
  • The closest subways are Buchanan Street (4 minutes) & St Enoch (6 minutes).
  • There are bike racks located to right and left of the main entrance on Buchanan & Mitchell Street.

Venue Access

  • There is one entrance to The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane.
  • The outside pavement is flush with the entrance doors to the building.
  • The entrance has a revolving door and a sliding door which operates on a pad.
  • There will be a member of box office or front of house staff nearby to offer assistance if required.

Inside the Venue 

  • There is a lift providing access to levels 1 – 6 with level access on each floor.
  • There are disabled toilets on levels 2, 3 and 5, with wide doors for wheelchair access, grab rails, emergency cord, easy-turn taps, lowered sink, hand drying facilities and bin.
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.

 

Tramway

25 Albert Drive, G41 2PE

Getting to and from the Venue

  • The closest accessible parking and drop off points are located directly outside the main entrance on Albert Drive.
  • The nearest bus stops to the venue are on Albert Drive and Pollockshaws Road. Buses servicing these stops include:First 3, 4/4A, 6/6A, 29, 38/38B or 57/57A and McGill’s 103.
  • The closest train station is Pollockshields East (2 minutes). TransPennine Express offer a handy guide to visiting Glasgow by train, or visit National Rail.
  • The closest subway is West Street (17 minute walk).
  • There is limited space to pary your own bike in the venue.

Venue Access

  • Access from Albert Drive (Tramway’s main entrance) is level and through one set of automated doors.

Inside the Venue

  • There is level access to all Tramway spaces and bar, with lift access to the upper spaces.
  • Accessible toilets are available on all three public access levels and come equipped with handrails and emergency pull cords. Please contact Tramway prior to your visit if you have any additional requirements.
  • Induction Loops are available. Please switch Hearing Aids to the ‘T’ position to use this facility.
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.
  • Browse Aloud facility and an online tour are available on the Glasgow Life website.

Where the Events are Taking Place

  • The majority of Tramway’s event spaces are located on ground level.
  • Tramway 1 is fitted with an infra-red system. This can be used for audio described performances and to amplify sound. Please ask at Box Office if you would like to use this equipment.
  • Tramway 4 and the Box Office have a hard wire loop system, please set your hearing aid to ‘T’
  • Cinema style, pop up seats are available.
  • The venue has smooth concrete flooring. 
  • The venue has low-level lighting throughout and the theatre spaces are dark during performances. 
  • The venue is well ventilated.

 

The University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel

Entering at Main Gatehouse, University Avenue, G12 8QQ

Getting to and from the Venue

  • The venue does have its own car park (open to the public after 17.00), with marked Blue Badge bays available. There is a designated drop off point located outside the north entrance after entering through the Main Gatehouse. There is a dropped kerb from the drop off point but there is no tactile paving on the dropped kerb.
  • Car parking in the areas around the campus is extremely difficult. There are various pay & display parking spaces around the local Byres Road and Kelvin Way areas but spaces are limited.
  • The closest bus stops are on University Avenue. Buses servicing this stop include: Citybus 15, First 4 & 4A, Stagecoach G1, X76 & X77.
  • The closest train station is Partick (20 minutes). TransPennine Express offer a handy guide to visiting Glasgow by train, or visit National Rail.
  • The closest subway stations are Hillhead (7 minutes) & Kelvinbridge (13 minutes).
  • There is a bike rack located beside the meeting point at the Main Gatehouse on University Avenue.
  • See Glasgow University’s Active Travel Map and Guide for more info.

Venue Access

  • This event is fully accessible and there will be members of the Cryptic Team at every entrance to offer assistance if required.

Inside the Venue

  • There is a platform lift for public use. The lift is located before the steps and accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the West Quadrangle Chapel Entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 73cm x 85cm (2ft 5in x 2ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator, audible announcer, Braille markings tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • The accessible toilets are 16m (17yd 1ft) from the Chaplaincy staff entrance.
  • There is level access to the accessible toilet, this is by lift.

Where the Event is Taking Place

  • There is level access after taking the lift or stairs.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Cinema style, pop up seats and pews are available.
  • The venue has smooth concrete flooring. 
  • The venue has ample lightning throughout.
  • The venue is well ventilated.