Visitor Info & Accessibility

Accessibility

Hart House continues to make every effort to facilitate the inclusion of campus and community members with disabilities into all aspects of our facilities and services.

Patrons may gain access to the theatre (7 Hart House Circle, Toronto) by using the 10 steps via the main entrance, or the ramped, accessible entrances located off Tower Road (located south of Hoskin Avenue), and Queen’s Park Circle (18 Queen’s Park Crescent West).

Four photos, showing steps to main entrance of Hart House building, and the accessible Tower Road and Queen's Park Circle entrances.

If patrons are seeking a barrier-free entrance on Saturday or Sunday, please use the Tower Road Entrance. 

Map below indicating directions to barrier-free Tower Road entrance into Hart House.

A barrier-free entrance into the Arbor Room is available during their operating hours (Monday to Friday 8 am - 8 pm) off Hart House Circle. The main passenger elevator travels to the theatre lobby via the Theatre (T) button. All elevator buttons have braille.

Three images showing barrier-free entrance into The Arbor Room

Accessible seating is available as well as large-print, text-only programs. An accessible washroom is located in the lobby.

Service animals are always welcome at our venue. If you are planning on bringing a support animal with you please advise a Box Office representative when booking your tickets.

We consider a support person to be an individual chosen, or hired, to provide services or assistance for another individual. Tickets are free for support persons for admission to all performances.

To book accessible seating for patrons and support persons or inform us of a service animal at a performance, please contact Sara Filipowski at [email protected] or (416) 978-3755.

To make a specific request or inquiry, please email us.

Facilities for Assistive Listening

Our theatre has Assistive Listening Devices – solutions that overcome the challenges of noise, distance, clashing conversations, and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. These systems require use of headsets which are available, free of charge, at the lobby concessions counter on a first-come, first-served basis.

Patrons borrowing headsets will be asked to leave a piece of photo ID or credit card (as a form of security deposit) which will be given back when the undamaged headset is returned, following the performance.

Directions by TTC

By TTC

Elevators are available at the St. George subway station but not at Museum station. The St. George Elevator Service Status Line is (416) 539-5438. Press 7 for multilingual services.

From St. George subway, take the Bedford Rd. Exit:

  • Head south on Bedford Rd. toward Bloor St W. 78 metres

  • Turn right at Bloor St. W. 77 metres

  • Turn left at Devonshire Pl. 400 metres

  • Turn left at Hoskin Ave. 100 metres

  • Turn right on Tower Road. Follow the ramp entrance into Hart House on the west side of the building.

From Museum station, take the University Avenue West Exit

  • Head south on University Avenue toward Hoskin Avenue. 150 metres

  • Turn right on Hoskin Avenue. 150 metres

  • Turn left on Tower Road. Follow the ramp entrance into Hart House on the west side of the building. 73 metres

Accessible TTC Route

Before you begin your subway trip call the TTC 24-hour Information Line at (416) 393-4636 and press 5 to confirm whether or not the elevators or escalators you plan to use on your trip are operating or scheduled for maintenance.

Elevators are available at the St. George subway station. The Elevator Service Status Line is (416) 539-5438. Press 7 for multilingual services.

By Bus:

The #13 Avenue Road bus stops directly at Hart House at the pathway on Queen’s Park Crescent West and runs from Queen’s Park to Eglinton subway station daily. Bus schedules can be found on the TTC’s website.

The #94A bus from Castle Frank station stops at Tower Road and Hoskin Avenue. The #94 from Wellesley station and Ossington station also stop at Tower Road and Hoskin Avenue.

Wheeltrans

Patrons using Wheeltrans can be dropped off and picked up on Hart House Circle. If patrons are seeking a barrier-free entrance on Saturday or Sunday, please use the Tower Road Entrance.

Parking & Drop Off

Pickup/Dropoff Update - May 2024

Please note that Hart House Circle is currently closed to vehicle traffic. The recommended pickup/drop off options for Hart House Theatre are: 

  • Tower Road entrance 
  • Wellesley Street underpass
    • The Wellesley Street underpass is closed to through traffic, but there is room for vehicles to drop off and pick up passengers. From the underpass, the Theatre entrance is a one-minute walk away.
  • The Landmark Garage, accessed via the Wellesley underpass, is temporarily closed. 

For patrons seeking a barrier-free entrance and accessible ramp, please use the Tower Road Entrance which leads to the 1st floor and elevator access down to the Theatre.

Smoke-free Campus

Smoking has not been permitted on University premises since January 2019. All U of T community members who wish to smoke must do so on city property (e.g., St. George Street, Queen’s Park Crescent.). For more information, read the Smoke-Free Policy