Wheelchair Accessible Attractions in Peterborough and Northampton
A wheelchair access vehicle can open the door to enjoying a whole range of activities, not just during day-to-day life but also on special occasions such as days out.
Ransome Mobility is extremely experienced in the field of vehicle adaptions, with customers across East Anglia, including Northampton and Peterborough, and we take a keen interest in all disability motoring issues. Here is our guide to a few of the attractions in and around both destinations, and the level of disabled access they offer.
Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre
This 550-acre site is around eight miles to the west of Peterborough, just off the A1. The 550-acre site is run as a charity by the William Scott Abbott Trust and is a good family day out. Youngsters can get up close to the animals, which include traditional livestock, smaller creatures including rabbits, guinea pigs and chicken born in the farm hatchery. The farm also has several rarer breeds, including Boer goats and alpacas.
The venue has designated disabled car parking spaces, wheelchair accessible toilets, and step-free access to the main venue, café and shop. Wheelchair users can have one essential carer admitted free, and the venue warns that some of the ground can be tricky to manage on your own.
In 2017 a new accessible path was opened, allowing visitors the chance to explore the area the area around the historic mill and its pond. Users coming in groups should tell the farm in advance.
Nene Valley Railway
If you enjoy the golden age of steam, then this could be the tourist attraction for you. The organisation’s main headquarters is at Wansford Station, nine miles to the west of Peterborough, but the route does stop in the city. It also calls at the stations in Overton and Orton Mere.
There is disabled access at all the stations on the line, but the best facilities are at Wansford, where there are accessible toilets, and staff should be on hand to help. Most of the trains should have a specially adapted carriage, but it is advisable to check with the line in advance. There are also special themed trips, where youngsters may be able to meet characters such as Postie Pete and Peter Rabbit.
If you enjoy your history, then a trip to the city’s cathedral is worthwhile. Its proper name is the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew, but it is also known as St Peter’s Cathedral.
The building is Anglo-Saxon in origin, but the bulk of the architecture is dates from Norman times, and the cathedral is one of the UK’s most well-preserved examples of the period. Notable features include its striking ceilings and the West Front façade, with its three imposing archways. Another permanent attraction is the tomb of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII. If you time your visit well, you could catch one of the visiting choirs who sing at the cathedral on special occasions.
There is disabled access to both the main entrance and the south transept door, which has a more level approach. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets in the visitor centre, while all the tours take place on level floors. P parking spaces for two Blue Badge holders are located within the cathedral precincts.
Abington Park Museum, Northampton
Abington Park was originally a manor house in the village of Abington and is now part of the town of Northampton. The museum includes displays which tell the history of the village and the town, including a costume collection and many striking items of military memorabilia drawn from the Northamptonshire Regiment. The timeline of the exhibits runs from the Domesday Book to the present day.
The museum has two free disabled parking spaces. The ground floor is fully accessible to wheelchair users, there are also disabled toilets, and assistance dogs are welcome.
Vehicle Adaptions from Ransome Mobility
At Ransome Mobility we can offer a full range of vehicle adaptions to customers in Northampton, Peterborough, and also in Norfolk, Suffolk and other destinations across East Anglia. These include items such as easy release handbrakes, scooter hoists, steering wheel balls and twin flip accelerators.
Follow the link above to find out what nearly new and used WAVs we currently have for sale. We also have a wide range of wheelchair access vehicles available for hire. If you cannot find what you are looking for there, contact us and we should be able to find your ideal vehicle.