Wheelchair Accessible Tourist Attractions in Hertfordshire
Owning 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 Hertfordshire, and we take a keen interest in all disability motoring issues. Here is our guide to some popular attractions in and around the county, and the level of disabled access they offer.
Warner Bros Studio Tour, Leavesden
These studios are where the world-famous Harry Potter films were made. Fans of the books and the films can visit iconic sets such as the Great Hall, the Forbidden Forest – and even Platform 9¾, complete with train and tracks, has been re-created here (as well as being filmed at King’s Cross station). You can see many of the props and costumes used in the films, and discover how many of the special effects were created.
The bulk of the tour is suitable for wheelchair users, although some areas may be tricky to navigate, including the slate floor of the Great Hall and Diagon’s Alley’s cobbled surface. Each paying disabled visitor is entitled to one free ticket for a registered carer. Blue badge parking bays are available close to the main entrance and fully accessible toilets are located throughout the tour.
The Natural History Museum, Tring
This museum has one of the finest collections of stuffed mammals, birds, insects and reptiles throughout the UK. Originally the private museum of the 2nd Baron Rothschild, the family gave it to the nation in 1937. The museum’s “Investigate” section is ideal for families with children – it has more than 300 specimens which can be held, touched or examined under a microscope.
The museum has lift access to the ground, first and second-floor galleries, and to its Zebra Café. There us one unisex accessible toilet on the ground floor, and Blue Badge holders can park in either the Akeman Street (one space) or Dawes Park (three spaces) car parks.
St Albans Cathedral
This is believed to be the oldest site of Christian worship in Britain and is where St Alban, the country’s first saint, is buried. Pilgrims have been coming to his shrine to reflect and meditate for more than 1,7000 years. The cathedral also has a striking collection of medieval wall paintings, the longest nave in England (85 metres) and a colourful stained-glass rose window, which was officially unveiled in 1989 by Diana, Princess of Wales.
The cathedral’s main attractions are all at ground level, although in some areas lifts or ramps may be required. Volunteers should be on hand to help and advise anyone with specific access requirements.
Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence
This house, in a village which is around five miles from the town of Harpenden, was the home of the famous Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw for more than 40 years. Shaw wrote many of his major works in a hut at the bottom of the garden. The whole property has now been turned into a writer’s house museum by the National Trust.
There is designated mobility parking in the main car park. Entrance to the main house is via two steps, although a ramp – and wheelchairs – are available on request. Wheelchair users need to be aware that, because the house has been left largely untouched, some areas are quite cramped and have narrow turning circles.
Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne
Previously known as Broxbourne Zoo, this family-run park is home to more than 500 animals, including several different species of tiger, cheetahs, snow leopards, ocelots and jaguars. Many of the smaller creatures, including the farmyard animals, can be hand-fed by visitors.
The site has level tarmac pathways and glass panels, so whatever height you are at, you should get a good view of all the animals. Most of the animal experience packages are suitable for disabled visitors, and the lemur and meerkat enclosures both have wheelchair access. There are disabled access toilets in both the Animal Park and the main car park.
Vehicle Adaptions in Hertfordshire from Ransome Mobility
At Ransome Mobility we can offer a full range of vehicle adaptions to customers in Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and 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.