Wheelchair Accessible Attractions in Cambridge

Cambridge is one of the most historic cities in the UK, and it attracts tourists from all over the world. But how well does it cater for people with disabilities?

At Ransome Mobility, as an expert in vehicle adaptations, we serve many customers in the Cambridge area and take an interest in all issues affecting disability motoring. Here is our guide to how accessible a few of the city’s major attractions are to people using wheelchairs.

King’s College Chapel

This college chapel, close to the banks of the River Cam, is considered one of the finest examples of late Gothic architecture in the country. The fan-vaulted ceiling, stunning stained-glass windows and striking rood screen are among the architectural highlights. The chapel is the venue for the world-famous Nine Lessons and Carols service, held every Christmas Eve. The choristers are drawn from the nearby King’s College School. You may be able to catch the choir at other times, as they are scheduled to sing on most days during the university term.

Buying an admission ticket to the chapel, either online or at the college’s visitor centre, also includes the publicly areas of the college and grounds. The chapel’s south porch has a ramp, and the grounds have level paths of either shingle or flagstones. If you need any help, ask a member of staff. There is no parking outside the college – the nearest public car park is at the Grand Arcade in Corn Exchange Street. This has 35 bays set aside for Blue Badge-holders.

The Centre for Computing Science

Visiting this museum shows just how far technology has evolved, even in the last few years. Based at Rene Court in Coldhams Road, it first opened in 2013 and is run by an educational charity. Exhibits include a wide selection of vintage computers, games consoles and calculators and other memorabilia and artefacts linked to the IT industry. In total there are more than 24, 000 items at the centre. Children will enjoy it as there are plenty of hands-on exhibits and special workshops, including retro game nights.

Access to the centre is via a shallow inclined ramp. Once you are inside, all the exhibits are on one level and the centre has a large open-floor plan. Parking spaces are available immediately outside, but you will need to contact the centre in advance of your visit if you want to use one. There is an accessible toilet in the front foyer, and there are concessions for Blue Badge holders, guide dog owners, or anyone who is a member of a registered disability scheme.

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Part of the university’s Department of Earth Sciences, in Downing Street, this is the oldest of the city’s museums.  It has a collection of around 2million rocks, minerals and fossils. Among its more famous items are rocks and minerals brought back by Charles Darwin after his voyage around the world from 1831-36.

Admission to the museum is free, and on-site parking can be arranged for disabled motorists provided you tell the staff in advance when you are coming. The main entrance is via a stone staircase, but the university department’s ground floor has a lift and an accessible toilet, both of which are available on request.

Arts and the Theatre

Both the Cambridge Corn Exchange and the Arts Theatre, which are both in the city centre, put on shows and plays featuring leading actors, as well as concerts.

Although the front entrance to the Corn Exchange is slightly elevated, it does have a drop curb and a ramp. Alternatively, Door B, at the end of a passage next to the venue, offers level access. Inside, there are accessible seats in two rows on the level ground floor, and two of the boxes (the Hirsch and the Salisbury). There are accessible toilets at both the front and the back of the building. People who have a long-term disability and their carers are entitled to half-price admission for all shows, but you will need to book in advance.

Both entrances to Cambridge Arts Theatre have level access and the doors have push buttons which can be operated by wheelchair users.  Mobility scooters are not permitted inside the theatre, but the venue does have five in-house wheelchairs. If you have a visual impairment, the theatre offers audio-described performances through a headset.

For theatre-goers with a hearing impairment, the venue offers shows which are interpreted by a British Sign Language-qualified expert, or captioned performances, where the spoken words are put on a screen. Eight spaces are reserved for wheelchair-users in the stalls. As with the Corn Exchange, concessions are available for customers with disabilities (but not on the lowest-priced seats) and the nearest car park is at the Grand Arcade.

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