This May, we are set to enjoy three long Bank Holiday weekends, and the school half-term break also falls in this month. If you have extra accessibility needs and are looking for a suitable place to enjoy a day out, here are some ideas.
If you have specific requirements or concerns, it’s always a good idea to contact the venue before your visit and ask them exactly what facilities they have available. If the weather has been poor, some wheelchair or mobility scooter accessible paths may not be in great condition, so it’s advisable to ask for an update.
Stourhead House and Gardens, near Warminster
The famous Stourhead estate in Wiltshire features a Palladian style house set amid beautiful parklands. The landscaped garden was designed by capability Brown, and affords stunning views of the lake, woodland and lawns from every angle. The garden is full of interesting features, including a temple containing classical statues and rare plant species.
The grand house is immaculately well preserved, and you can view exquisite Chippendale furniture and hundreds of artworks. The National Trust property is well-adapted for wheelchair users, with designated parking and drop-off areas, and flat step-free access to the entrance of the venue.
The house is fully accessible to wheelchair users, and the garden is accessible to those with all-terrain wheelchairs.
The Royal Mint Experience, Pontyclun
This unique attraction in Mid Glamorgan, south Wales, offers visitors the chance to view behind the scenes at the UK’s coin making centre. There is also an interactive exhibition which tells the story of the Royal Mint’s fascinating 1,100 year history. A very fitting way to celebrate the historic coronation of King Charles III.
The venue is fully accessible, with designated disabled parking and a level flat route to the entrance. The routes and pathways are all suitable for wheelchair users, with level access or ramps or lifts provided where necessary. The venue is well lit and clearly signed, with frequent seating areas for less mobile visitors.
There is also an autism friendly tour for children and adults, and carers have free entry.
Muncaster Castle, Cumbria
This 13th century castle is set in pleasant surroundings, with landscaped gardens and woodlands. There are disabled parking and toilet facilities, and wheelchairs are available to book in advance if necessary. Most of the ground floor of the castle is accessible for wheelchairs, and a virtual tour of the upper floors is available to view in the library.
In the gardens, tarmac or gravel pathways offer wheelchair access to most areas, including the Hawk and Owl centre and maze.
Cragside House and Gardens, Northumberland
This fascinating Arts and Crafts house was designed with modern living in mind back in the 19th century. It was created by the visionary engineer William Armstrong, who specialised in hydraulic mechanisms. The house was powered by hydroelectricity and has its own powerhouse and pumping station.
A circular six-mile carriage route around the gardens allows you to drive around the grounds, and pull into the car parks along the way.
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