Located in the gorgeous town of Leura in the Blue Mountains, Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms is a fantastic example of a small business providing good wheelchair accessibility. It’s often difficult in historic areas to find cafes and stores that offer step-free access so it’s refreshing to see the accessibility features Bygone Beautys factored into their extension and renovation.
Bygone Beautys Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms – Leura
Bygone Beautys is home to the world’s largest private collection of tea wares, including more than 5,500 teapots from all over the world and spanning five centuries. As you can imagine, because of this dazzling collection and other items for sale, this has always been a must-visit for my china-loving mum.
For the rest of the family, it’s a regular stop because of the delicious Devonshire tea served in the tearooms. The scones are divine – light, fluffy and served with a good brew of strong tea – just how I like it.
When Amelia was younger she was particularly fascinated by the range of teapots lining every inch of the custom shelving which runs through every room of Bygone Beautys. I’m still dazzled by the array of teapots which are a lovely mix of traditional, unusual and character teapots. There’s sure to be one that will appeal to everyone. And it’s certainly a good spot to play the eye spy game with kids while waiting for food.
There is an entry fee of $5.50 per person to the museum if you are not eating in the tearooms. If you are eating in the tearooms and make an equivalent purchase, you are offered free entry to the museum. As an example, our Devonshire tea purchase allowed us to enter the museum without charge.
Accessibility at Bygone Beautys
Due to Covid, it had been quite sometime since I’d visited Bygone Beautys so I was thrilled to find new (since my last visit) accessibility features.
Visitors can park in accessible parking bays in Bygone Beautys’ off-street parking.
A lift offers easy access to the tearooms and museum from the car park.
The museum houses a large collection of teaware with all the beautifully presented in glass cabinets, all arranged with plenty of circulation space in between and set at a good height for wheelchair users to see.
A stand-alone unisex wheelchair accessible bathroom is also available to visitors within the the tearooms and shop.
In the warmer months, outdoor seating is available on the verandah. Accessible exits are clearly marked on the doors inside Bygone Beautys.
We are regulars to Bygone Beautys and paid for our own meals on all visits.
Bygone Beautys is currently open five days a week (closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays). This may change, especially in school holidays, so I suggest checking the Bygone Beautys website for current information.
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