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York Hall

 York Hall, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PL

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Tel: 0208 980 2243
Email: enquiries@gll.org
Web: www.gll.org
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Information logo  What is here
York Hall is a very old leisure centre, with not very good access for wheelchair users.
In 2005 building work starts to make it more accessible for everyone.
By March 2005 the reception will be accessible for wheelchairs users. After that they will make the gym, Turkish bath and changing rooms more accessible.

There are 2 swimming pools and a Turkish bath (these don't have hoists).
There are indoor courts where you can play badminton, basketball, volleyball, cricket or netball.
There is a Fitness gym for weight training or circuit training, and a dance studio for aerobics.
There are sun-beds too.

If you or your group would like to try one of these sports then contact the centre and ask for a taster session.

About using the Fitness gym
You can use the Fitness gym for taster sessions. A personal trainer can be there to support you.
If you like it and want to use it more often you can get membership for a year.
To do this you need to book an induction with a personal trainer.
This means they help you work out what exercises are good for you to do.

You can join fitness and exercise classes here.
There are lots of different kinds like Yoga or circuit training.
Call the centre to find out what is on offer.

If you live in Tower Hamlets the staff here can support you to fill in a leisure pass form to get cheaper prices.
All you need to bring is your ID and a passport photo.

You can hire the centre for parties and family gatherings.

York Hall is non-smoking apart from the Hall & bar area when hired out for events.
Opening hours logo  Opening hours
Sunday 8.00 am - 7.30 pm
Monday 7.15 am - 9.00 pm
Tuesday 7.15 am - 9.00 pm
Wednesday 7.15 am - 9.00 pm
Thursday 7.15 am - 9.00 pm
Friday 7.15 am - 9.00 pm
Saturday 8.00 am - 8.30 pm
Swimming times for ladies only are Tuesday evenings (7.30 pm - 9.30 pm).

Turkish baths times for ladies only are Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Turkish baths times for men only are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Call to check about the times.

(On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday the latest time you can arrive for a swim is 8.00pm)
   Booking tickets
If you want to use the centre as a group its best to book a week before you go.
   Cost or concessions

If you go at a peak time (when they are very busy) it is more expensive.
 The peak times are...
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday lunchtimes (11.00 am to 2.00 pm),
and evenings (4.00 pm to 9.30 pm).
Sunday mornings (8.00 am to 2.30 pm), and evenings (6.30 pm - 8.30 pm).

Off-peak times are cheaper because they are not so busy.
  Off-peak times are...
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings (7.15 am to 11.00 am),
and afternoons (2.00 pm to 4.00 pm).
Saturday is off-peak all day.
Sunday afternoons (2.30 pm to 6.30pm).

Here is an idea of the prices:

Swimming
If you have a leisure pass, are under 16 years old or are a senior citizen...
it costs 1.15 to swim at any time.
If you don't have a leisure pass...
It costs 2.75 to swim at peak time and 2.25 at off-peak time.

Gym
If you have a leisure pass it costs 1.80 to use the Gym at any time.

If you don't have a leisure pass...
it costs 4.80 to use the Gym at peak time and 3.90 at off-peak time.

Group exercise
If you have a leisure pass it costs 1.70 at any time.
If you don't have a leisure pass it costs about 4.70 at any time.
 

 Getting there
Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood is next door to York Hall.
Click here to see a map from Streetmap.

Parking logo  Parking
No accessible parking at York Hall.
It is pay and display outside the centre.
Bus logo  Bus
8, 25 and 309 are the nearest Mobility buses.
8, 25 also run at night.
Tube logo  Tube
(Central line) - Bethnal Green underground station is about 300 metres from York Hall.
Bethnal Green underground station is not accessible for wheelchair users.
   British Rail
Cambridge Heath mainline station is about 330 metres from York Hall.
Cambridge Heath mainline station is not accessible for people using a wheelchair.
Wheelchair access logo  Access from outside
There are steps up to the main entrance. The double doors are quite heavy.
At the moment there is no wheelchair access to York Hall - there will be access in May/June 2005 to the reception and gym.
   Getting around inside
This is an old centre and has lots of different levels.
There are 3 main floors - the basement, the Ground floor and Floor 1.
(they do not have a lift)
The smallest doorway is 765mm wide (for the accessible toilet near reception).

 Basement
This is for the Turkish bath. The doorway is about 900mm wide.

 Ground floor
This is where the reception is.
There are vending machines here. A can of drink costs about 75p.
The swimming pools, changing rooms, indoor courts and sun-beds are on this floor.

 Floor 1
The Fitness gym and the dance studio are on this floor.
There are toilets on this floor - they are not accessible.

 Changing Rooms
There are Men's and Ladies changing rooms.
The doorways into the changing rooms are standard.
The floors in the changing rooms are tiled and can be quite slippery.
There are toilets in the changing rooms.
Wheelchair facilities logo  Accessible toilets
There is 1 accessible toilet in each changing room on the Ground floor - it also has a baby change.
They have some hand rails. They are not locked.

The rest of the toilets are standard.
   Support
The staff were really friendly and helpful on our visit.
There are always members of staff who have first aid training.
Registered assistance dogs are welcome.
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