Accessibility

Outhouse is committed to protecting and promoting the rights and dignity of all LGBTQ+ individuals through the provision of a safe space which facilitates and encourages the growth of services and supports to the LGBTQ+ community. We recognise that to achieve our mission, the Outhouse premises has to be accessible to all, including persons living with a disability.

Building Accessibility

Accessible Spaces in the Building:

Our premises at 105 Capel Street were built in the 1770s, making it one of the oldest Georgian buildings in Dublin City. Unfortunately, due to the building's age, importance, and protected status, minimal interventions have been allowed by Dublin City Council to enable universal access. We are especially sensitive to the needs of individuals who may need extra assistance, and we provide the following information so all individuals may avail of the services of Outhouse wherever possible.

Wheelchair Access:

A Stannah outdoor stairlift has been installed for individuals with limited mobility to facilitate access to the basement level. This stairlift is only suitable for some access needs.

To provide some access to the ground floor, two ramps measuring 4ft x 2ft 4in (1.2m x 0.71m) and 2ft x 2ft 4in (0.6m x 0.71m), respectively, are available. Our attempts to use these ramps to facilitate wheelchair access have highlighted some difficulties. We find that there needs to be more space at the entrance of our premises for wheelchairs to swivel to enable the user(s) to ascend the ramp, particularly electronic wheelchair users. 

Following consultation with Dublin City Council, engineers have advised that it is impossible to lower the footpath outside our premises due to services (gas, electricity etc.) running underneath the path being too close to the surface.  

We regret the disappointment that access issues will inevitably cause too many who wish to access the centre. Arrangements have been put in place to ensure that where a service user with limited mobility requires assistance to access the premises, staff will be on hand to assist them with the use of the ramps.

Toilet Facilities:

There is an accessible toilet in the centre's basement, which can be reached externally by the stair lift to the basement from street level. Please note there are no toilet facilities on the ground floor. The features of the accessible toilet are as follows:

  • The entryway is 81cm wide at its narrowest point.
  • There is a 1cm difference in floor height from the corridor to the accessible toilet.
  • The toilet seat is 48cm from the floor.
  • The toilet has an easily operable larger handle lever to flush the toilet.
  • There is a fixed grab rail installed on one side of the toilet. 
  • The toilet is equipped with an alarm to request assistance.
  • The hand sink in the toilet is 81cm from ground level. It uses pillar taps.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

For members of the deaf community, there is an induction loop system at reception. For meetings and events, please let us know in advance if you are attending an event and require an ISL interpreter. 

Assistance Dogs:

Assistance or guide dogs are welcome in the building. Water and food bowls can be provided on request.

Early Entry:

If you would like early entry to an event space in order to accommodate access needs, please let a member of our team know ahead of time so that we can assist you.

Sensory Space / Quiet Space:

Unfortunately, we do not have a permanent quiet space in the centre. Should you need a quiet space while accessing the centre, the Library on the first floor can be made available when not in use. Please ask at reception if you would like to use the library as a retreat and quiet space away from overstimulation.

Information for Families:

Babies, toddlers and young children are welcome in our centre. Please do not worry about noise if the little one gets fussy; our team are understanding of your needs. We have baby changing facilities in the second-floor bathroom. There are two high chairs available in our café; however, we do not have any booster seats. Please note that we do not have elevator access in the building, but you are welcome to leave your prams/buggies in our café area which is supervised by staff.

Travelling to Outhouse

Outhouse is located at 105 Capel Street, Dublin 1. The Eircode is D01 R290, and a map of the location is available here

Accessible Parking

There is one accessible parking space on Capel Street, directly outside 87 Capel Street (Obsessions hair salon). There are two accessible parking spaces on 16-22 Green Street, directly outside the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. These are free to use with a valid parking permit which is clearly displayed. For more information, see the Dublin City Council webpage.

By Bicycle

There is ample bicycle parking at the top of Capel Street. For more information, see the Dublin Bike Parking Map. The closest Dublin Bikes stands are located at Bolton Street and Wolfetone Street. Both are a short 5-minute walk from the centre.

By Bus

The closest bus stop to Outhouse is stop #7883 Ormond Quay, served by the following bus routes: 52, 60, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, G1, G2, P29, X25, X26, X27, X28, X30, X31, and X32. It is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop to the centre.

By Train

Arriving at Dublin Connolly or Dublin Hueston train stations, it is best to take the Luas red line to the Jervis Street stop and walk to the centre.

By Luas

The closest Luas stop to Outhouse is The red line Jervis Street stop, a 5-minute walk from the centre.

By DART

The closest DART station to Outhouse is Dublin Tara Street, a 20-minute walk from the centre.

Car Parking

We strongly encourage using sustainable modes of transport when visiting the centre. There is paid, on-street parking available on both Capel Street and Little Britain Street; however, limited spaces are available.

The closest electric vehicle charging station to Outhouse is on Greek Street, Dublin 1. It is a 6-minute walk from the charging point to the centre.

The closest multi-storey car park to Outhouse is Parnell Centre Park Rite Carpark on Loftus Lane (just off Parnell Street). The car park is open 24 hours a day.

For More Information or to Make Access Arrangements 

Any persons with disabilities or access needs seeking information or advice relating to accessing Outhouse or events hosted in Outhouse should contact our Venue and Events Officer via phone or email:

Phone: 01 873 4999

Email: venue@outhouse.ie

OPENING HOURS

Café
Mon:              1:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tues - Fri:      10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat:                12:00 pm -  6:00 pm

Information and Signposting
Mon - Fri:       10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Building Opening Hours
Mon - Fri:        10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat:                  12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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