Suffolk Day Trips with Good Disabled Access


Now that the summer will soon be upon us, more and more people are looking to get out and about. Here Ransome Mobility, who supply Motability cars to customers throughout East Anglia, look at a variety of tourist attractions across Suffolk that also offer excellent disabled access.

 

Africa Alive!, Kessingland

If you want to look north, try the former Suffolk Wildlife Park, off the A12 at Kessingland, two miles from Lowestoft. As you might expect, the animal collection has a strong African theme with birds, primates and other mammals (including rhinos, giraffes, lions), invertebrates and reptiles all hailing from the African continent.

For disabled visitors, most of the pathways are wheelchair-friendly tarmac, and viewing areas have been designed with wheelchairs in mind too. They also have a free wheelchair loan scheme should you need.

However, assistance dogs have to be left in a secure office environment on site, and some parts are less accessible. For example, some of the site is in marshland, and the Safari Roadtrain hasn’t been adapted for wheelchairs (but staff will be on hand to help people on and off) should you wish to ride.

Africa Alive! is a great day out for the whole family, and parking is free for Blue Badge holders. It’s open from 9.30am every day, although closing times vary depending on the time of year.

 

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe

Going east, if you do like to be beside the seaside and are also a history buff, Landguard Fort is a good place to visit. The current fort was built in the 18th century, but its position overlooking the Stour and Orwell rivers meant it was an important military post before that – it was also manned during the First and Second World Wars, too – the whole story being told on an excellent audio tour.

Disabled visitors and their carers get free admission, and there are two disabled parking spaces close to the entrance for easy access. Assistance dogs are also welcome.  More than three-quarters of the places of interest are situated on the ground floor for added convenience. However, there is no wheelchair or scooter hire available should you need one.

In April to October, Landguard Fort is open Thursday to Sunday during term time and every day during the school holidays – from 10:00 to 17:00 with last admission at 15:00.

 

The Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

Those fancying a trip inland to the west of the county should visit Bury, and particularly the award-winning Abbey Gardens in the heart of the town – just off the A14, about 28 miles north-west of Ipswich.

Going through the Abbey Gate, you will see a riot of colour in the expertly maintained floral displays (but you must keep off the grass and away from the flowers). There’s also the remains of an 11th-century Benedictine monastery on the grounds, as well as a small aviary, a café and a dedicated children’s play area.

There’s lots of flat, paved paths, so it’s good for wheelchairs, prams, buggies and scooters. There are disabled access toilets as well should you need one. Bicycles are not allowed in the grounds adding to the feeling of safety.

Entrance to The Abbey Gardens is free of charge.

 

Flatford

Heading towards the south of Suffolk is Constable Country, where one of England’s finest painters drew much of his inspiration from. Flatford (just of the A12 south of East Bergholt) is the ideal place from which to start exploring the area – parts of it being owned by the National Trust.

There’s a tea room and lots of different walking routes – so you can see Flatford Mill, Willy Lott’s Cottage (above) and Bridge Cottage, all of which have been immortalised by the artist. However opening times vary so check out the National Trust website.

All the points of interest are within easy reach of the central car park, which has dedicated disabled spaces and an accessible toilet nearby. There’s also an accessible countryside trail, suitable for off-road mobility vehicles.

 

Motability Cars in East Anglia from Ransome Mobility

At Ransome Mobility, we supply Motability cars and wheelchair access vehicles to customers across East Anglia. For further details about the current situation with the Motability scheme, follow this link. Our selection of vehicles are also available if you do not quality for assistance under the scheme.

To see our current range of vehicles click here. If you can’t find what you are looking for, give us a call on 01473 727263, and we will source the right vehicle for you.  We also supply a range of other mobility aids, including straight and curved stair lifts, wheelchair lifts and vehicle access lifts. For more details contact the number above.

Images Credit: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/CHRISTINE MATTHEWS

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