We aim to ensure that Turner Sims is accessible to all. If you experience access difficulties, or if you have any suggestions as to how we can improve our service please contact us by email.

Wheelchair Users and Patrons who have a mobility impairment

Turner Sims has a number of wheelchair spaces in the Auditorium and has full disabled access for both performers and audience members. There is good access to the Box Office, bar and toilet facilities.

Please let us know in advance if you require a space in the auditorium. If you bring a companion along, their ticket is free.


The University is installing a new, more pedestrian-focussed surface on Salisbury Road.

The road will therefore be closed to vehicles apart from Unlink buses and essential site traffic until July 2019. It will still be possible to cross Salisbury Road on foot during this time.

We are advising motorists to approach the concert hall from the South Side of Highfield Campus for evening and weekend events.

  • From the A33 (The Avenue) take the A3035 (Highfield Avenue) then second left into Hawthorn Road.
  • From the A335 (Thomas Lewis Way) take the A3035 (St Denys Road and Highfield Lane) and turn right into Hawthorn Road.

At the end of Hawthorn Road turn left into Chamberlain Road and find the university car parks at the end of this road on the right – parking is free-of-charge evenings (after 5pm) and weekends.

The nearest Blue Badge parking spaces are alongside the University Health building to the rear of Turner Sims. 

There is a level access footpath from here to the concert hall.

If you are driving to the concert hall during weekday university office hours, please use the pay-and-display car park located off University Road.

A detailed visitor map can be found here.

Car parking on campus is restricted to permit holders from 0900 – 1700 Monday to Friday. After 1700 and at weekends, parking is free. Parking is only permissible in disabled bays with a blue badge displayed. (For Sat Nav purposes only please use SO17 1PQ)


Visitors who are Blind or Partially Sighted

We are happy to provide large-print versions of the season brochure on request.

Visitors who are hearing impaired

There is an induction loop for those with impaired hearing. We also offer headsets which can amplify the volume of concerts and talks. Please ask at the Box Office.

Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas of the building. Please let the Box Office know so that appropriate space is provided for you and your dog.


Families are always welcome at Turner Sims, however prams and buggies are not permitted in the auditorium. Please speak to a member of our front of house staff on arrival and they will be able to advise you on a safe place to leave them during the performance.


Turner Sims is working closely with other creative and cultural venues in Southampton to enable all audiences to enjoy high standards of access at the events we present.

We share best practice with other organisations, consult with users and the general public on improvements that could be made, and share accessibility news and events.

Further information about this group and the latest updates on the activities we are involved with.