Disabled Access in Wiltshire
Wiltshire’s countryside, towns and villages are there for all to enjoy, including disabled visitors and those with specific access needs. Our website provides detailed information on things to do, places to stay and ways to plan how to get to Wiltshire.
Places to visit
Nearly all of Arundells is on the level ground floor and there is a ramp available to put up to the front door for wheelchair users. One room upstairs (the only room) is unavailable for wheelchair users but there are pictures in albums downstairs illustrating the upstairs and other interesting points about the house. The Exhibition Room is available at ground level, as is the garden with a hardened wheelchair path through the gravel driveway.
- Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere, including the Manor House and the catering facilities
- Two manual wheelchairs are available for loan on request: please ring 01672 538016 to book one to meet you on arrival
- Accessible toilets are located behind the Barn Gallery and next to the Circles Café
- Further details can be found on Avebury’s Access Statement.
Bowood House and Gardens
Disabled toilets are available in Bowood House. All of the lower floor of the house and the restaurant within the house are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
Calne Heritage Centre
Disabled access and toilet facilities are available.
Iford Manor – the Peto Garden
Iford Manor provide information on accessibility here: http://www.ifordmanor.co.uk/accessibility.html
Kennet & Avon Canal – Barbara McLellan Boat
The MV Barbara McLellan operating out of Bradford on Avon is fitted with a lift so can accommodate visitors with disabilities. The boat can take up to two standard wheelchairs per trip. A third wheelchair may be taken on-board at the Skipper’s discretion depending on the number of passengers and prevailing weather conditions.
- Designated mobility parking, 100 yards in Red Lion car park
- Mobility toilets in the abbey courtyard and Red Lion car park
- Mobility drop-off point situated by visitor reception
- Powered mobility vehicle and wheelchairs available for loan at visitor reception
- Grounds largely accessible on gravel paths
- Ramped access for wheelchairs to the abbey cloisters (some steps within cloisters), sorry, no mobility scooters
- Abbey rooms only accessible via stairs. A photo album with pictures of the abbey rooms and a chair are available in the cloisters
- The stables tea-room and National Trust shops are fully accessible
- Hearing loop at visitor reception
- Large print and Braille guides available
- Guide dogs welcome
Visitors with disabilities can be dropped directly at the entrance and most of the garden, with the exception of the Dell, is accessible to disabled visitors using the gravel paths. There is a disabled located in the Coffee Grove Café garden and a wheelchair available to use.
Disabled visitors can enjoy Longleat’s leading attraction, the drive-through safari, offering visitors the chance to get unbelievably close to some of the stars of the animal kingdom. Longleat also welcome wheelchair users on board our Jungle Express Train and Jungle Cruise Boat.
Longleat House is widely considered one of the finest examples of high Elizabethan architecture in Britain. Access for disabled visitors is via the rear entrance and request use of the lift from a member of staff.
Longleat endeavour to ensure that disabled visitors enjoy the easiest and most relaxing day possible. With this in mind, there are accessible toilets throughout Longleat, designated car parking spaces for badge holders and the option to pre-book a limited number of wheelchairs on site. Longleat also offer concessionary rates for disabled badge holders and their careers. For full details when planning your visit to Longleat please refer to Longleat’s website for the most up to date information.
- Parking bays for blue badge holders at both entrances
- One manual wheelchair for use in Lydiard House
- Motorised scooter for accessing the grounds
- Automatic opening on main entrance to Lydiard House
- Level access throughout Lydiard House and to Walled Garden
- Accessible (disabled) toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
Stair lift from ground floor of the Merchant’s House to the first floor.
An access statement for Mompesson House can be downloaded from the National Trust website.
The museum galleries are all wheelchair accessible. Disabled toilets are available at the library opposite.
English Heritage have detailed information available for visitors with disabilities to Old Sarum here: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/old-sarum/access
Old Wardour Castle
English Heritage have detailed information available for visitors with disabilities on the following link: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/old-wardour-castle/access
REME Museum is wheelchair accessable throughout the museum. Hearing loop and audio visual displays with subtitles arebeing placed in the exhibits. Disabled parking, ramped access to the building and disabled toilets also available.
Disabled parking bays in the carpark or unloading at the main Reception barn.
Wheelchair access on most tractor rides, animal barns/ feeding/ handling and craft tables.
Disabled toilets and hand washing facilities.
Can accommodate groups of visitors with disabilities and arrange activities to suit with pre-arranged group visits.
- Ramp access throughout the Cathedral floor, Cathedral shop and Refectory Restaurant
- Automatic doors
- 2 x disabled washrooms within the Cathedral + 1 x disabled public washroom (Bell tower tea room when it opens)
- Allocated disabled parking (charged at £6/day)
- Model of Cathedral and audio recording for the visually impaired
- Hearing/induction loop for services/concerts/lectures
More detailed information and our accessibility statement are available here
Salisbury Museum has a bookable disabled parking space, disabled toilet and the whole of the ground floor is accessible to those in a wheelchair. No admission charge for carers. Wheelchair onsite available.
St Peter’s Church, Marlborough
Full disabled access to all parts of the ground floor of the church and a disabled toilet.
English Heritage have detailed information available for visitors with disabilities on the following links:
The Stonehenge Tour
The Stonehenge Tour bus has a low floor and is wheelchair accessible. There is space for one wheelchair per bus.
Studley Grange Butterfly World and Craft Village
All areas within the Butterfly World and the Craft Village are accessible by wheelchair. Disabled toilet within the craft village.
Swindon and Cricklade Railway
Swindon & Cricklade Railway is generally disabled accessible. Facilities include:
- New disabled toilets at Blunsdon
- An ‘all access’ carriage, specifically modified for disabled access and travel (please check before visiting that this carriage is in use)
Wilton House welcomes disabled visitors and those with special needs. The following summary gives general details of what is available to help you enjoy the House and Grounds.
We recommend that you telephone in advance of your visit to discuss any particular requirements – 01722 764714 or email: email@example.com
- Dropping off point close to Admissions
- Dedicated parking area in Visitor Car Park
- Wheelchairs available on loan from Admissions
- Large print guide available from Admissions
- Red Towel Scheme for visually impaired visitors
- Certain items in the Collection may be handled by visitors with visual impairment
- Assistance dogs allowed into the House and Grounds
- Free admission for companions accompanying disabled visitors
- Sensory experience in the gardens with scented plants, fountains, birdsong and the Whispering Seat
- We welcome visitors with mental impairment, either individually or as a pre-booked group with appropriate adult companions. Our Education co-ordinator is happy to advise on how best such groups can enjoy their visit to Wilton House
- All of our Restaurant staff are fully trained in providing for the more common dietary requirements. Gluten-free alternatives to bread and cakes are available. Staff are happy to advise on suitable dishes for those with gluten intolerance or diabetes
Want to know more?
For more ideas contact Tourism for All on 0303 303 0146.