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Number One Riverside

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Free public Wi-Fi is available on the ground floor at Number One Riverside and the cafe area at Touchstones Rochdale. If you’re travelling by Metrolink then you can also enjoy free Wi-Fi on all Metrolink trams.
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Free Wi-fi at Number One Riverside and Touchstones Rochdale

Free Wi-fi on all Metrolink trams 


Trail map

There is a short walk between Meet Dippy at Number One Riverside and the Dippy Exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale (approximately 0.4miles or 10-15minutes).  The route is fully accessible for wheelchair users and for families with pushchairs.


The approach to the main front entrance from Smith Street is paved. Level access is provided on Smith Street to the main accessible power assisted entrance. The entrance is signposted.
There is also another entrance to Number One Riverside which can be found at the rear of the building. This leads directly from the car park designated for use by people with Blue Badges. The entrance has rotating doors and is a fully compliant accessible entrance. The accessible entrance to the rear of the building will still be operational but will predominantly be used as an exit. The Dippy Information Point can be found at the main front entrance.

Blue Badge Parking

There are 10 accessible parking bays in the car park at the rear of the building and 6 on-street parking bays at the side of the building for use by visitors and staff with disabilities who hold a Blue Badge.
Blue Badge holders can park in the rear car park between 8am-6pm and must display a valid Blue Badge. On-street parking to the side of the building on Milton Street is restricted to a maximum of 3 hours with no return within 1 hour. 

If these are occupied there are numerous Blue Badge parking spaces in the town centre car parks.        View Blue Badge parking spaces (external link)
You can also drop off at the side or rear of the building on Milton Street.

Getting around the Exhibitions

The exhibition is spread out across the ground floor. Large print orientations maps for the exhibition are available on request at the Dippy Information Point. You can also pop-in to request a copy in advance of your visit.

Accessible Toilets

There are 2 unisex toilet blocks on the ground floor. Each contains 1 accessible toilet.
The accessible toilet in the block located towards the centre of the building facing the library is not key operated.
The toilet block located at the rear of the coffee shop includes a Changing Places toilet and is key operated. It has a height adjustable adult-sized changing table, a ceiling track hoist system, space in the changing area for the person with a disability and their carer, a centrally placed toilet with plenty of room either side, a large waste bin for disposable pads and a non-slip floor. The key is available from the Dippy Information Desk.


Chairs can be found in the reception and library areas. Cafe seating has a combination of stools, benches and sofas. There are some external benches in the gardens.

Exhibition and gallery plans

Standard and large print plans are available from the Dippy Information Point at both venues.

Assistance Dogs

We welcome assistance dogs. You can request a bowl of water from the Dippy Information Point.

Induction Loops

An induction loop is available at the reception desk.


Video which has spoken narrative is subtitled. Audio points in the galleries have text versions on the panels. All interactives are accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

Fire alarms

The fire alarms have flashing beacons in the accessible toilets. All ground floor staff are trained fire wardens. If you need assistance to exit the building in the event of a fire alarm please tell a member of staff.   Please note a short test to sound the alarm is carried out at 11am on Tuesday of each week.


Dippy Shop

You can buy Dippy on Tour souvenirs and pocket money gifts for children from both venues at Number One Riverside and Touchstones Rochdale. Both venues will have the same products on sale, subject to availability.

First Aid

If you require first aid please contact a member of staff who will call for a registered first aider.

Food & Drink

Please help us preserve our exhibition by not eating or drinking in the exhibition area and galleries.

Number One Riverside: there is a cafe at Number One Riverside offering free Wi-Fi. This is run independently to the council. It is located on the ground floor at the rear of the building. Hot and cold drinks are available as well as sandwiches, cakes and snacks. There is also an outside seating area.

Touchstones Rochdale: The Art Cafe at Touchstones Rochdale serves a wide selection of hot and cold food, drinks and snacks. With free Wi-Fi and relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to relax after looking round the Dippy Exhibition.

Rochdale Town Hall: visit the Clock Tower Dining Room at Rochdale Town Hall. Sit down and relax in chic surroundings while we take care of you. Whether it’s to drink in or to takeaway, you’ll love our freshly-ground coffees. Our fully-trained baristas make your drink to-order from the best Arabica beans, just as you like it. And with free Wi-Fi available, Clock Tower Dining Room is the perfect place for a pit stop.

More info about the Clock Tower Dining Room 

More places to eat: there is a superb choice of places to eat throughout Rochdale Town Centre, guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling and your mouth watering. You’ll find restaurants, coffee shops, tea rooms and pubs to suit every occasion, mood and budget.

Outdoor packed lunch areas: In good weather visitors are welcome to picnic at Rochdale Memorial Gardens and Broadfield Park. Both are located on your travel from Number One Riverside to Touchstones Rochdale. Unfortunately we’re not able to provide a packed lunch space on site at either Number One Riverside or Touchstones Rochdale.

More info about the Rochdale Memorial Gardens 

More info about Broadfield Park


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