Last updated on October 18th, 2019 at 11:28 am
As the UK’s favourite ramp supplier we understand the high demand for wheelchair access, especially when it comes to tourism. Freedom is of paramount importance for our customers and although we offer a wide range of threshold and folding ramps; accessibility has now been integrated into the major cities and its attractions and one of our favourites, is London. From the beautiful Buckingham Palace to the historic British Museum, we have created a list of the top 10 tourist attractions in our capital and what they can offer you for wheelchair access.
1. Wembley Stadium
This iconic venue has brought us the best in music and sport events for many years. Its access includes several large parking areas including a multi story and there are many blue badge spaces available. For further requirements, they offer a parking reservation service but this must be 72 hours in advance. Throughout the stadium there are well lit customer areas and carefully spaced disabled loos, with level access into the stadium and in reception. The building is also fixed with hearing loops which the staffed are well trained on.
Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, the British Museum showcases the finest in arts and cultures with highlights including the Rosetta Stone and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. The museum is situated within the centre of the city on London’s Russel Square tube line, but does have its own car park and there are 4 designated parking bays for blue badge holders. The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible for wheelchairs but with assistance because there are changing slopes and ramps. Within the building there is a hearing system on a fixed loop which the staff are trained to use and motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
3.Tower Bridge Exhibition
The Tower Bridge is a must-see London attraction and its tour invites you to step inside and experience the structure, spectacular views and glass floor, modern exhibitions and magnificent Victorian Engine Rooms. Unfortunately, there is no allocated parking or drop off point for this attraction but there is a moderate, permanent slope leading upto the North Tower and there is a lift available for public use located between the bridge and Engine Rooms. Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue and there is a hearing assistance system that staff are trained on.
4.The Tate Modern
Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world is housed in the former Bank-side Power Station on the banks of the Thames. There is parking available, but Blue Badge holders do need to be book in advance to ensure space. The main access remains level with automatic doors and opens out onto a slope, albeit steep, down to the main lobby. The reception desk is at medium height but does have a lowered section and there are lifts available with wheelchair maneuverability in the restaurant.
Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today and is open to the public for exhibitions. Wheelchair users are requested to pre-book their visit by contacting the Specialist Sales team as there are six steps at the main entrance to the Palace. A platform lift provides step-free access into the building from the Quadrangle and there are disabled toilets for public use throughout the site.
6.ZSL London Zoo
Experience the Rain Forest, penguins and endangered gorillas for a day at this historic London Zoo. The site is over 170 years old and contains many old buildings, 12 of which are grade listed. There is parking available on site, however dogs are not permitted inside so you will need to speak to the Zoo in advance to make arrangements. There is not a hearing assistance system motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue. There are ramps and slopes throughout the buildings and out-door areas, with disabled loos placed along the way.
7.Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall was built and still stands to this day to represent the arts and sciences of the British people. Situated in South Kensington, it is surrounded by museums and places of learning and culture. The venue does have parking on site but there are only 10 spaces available so we would advise calling ahead. On entrance to the building there are slopes for all doors, the reception desk is low and there is a fixed loop hearing assistance system that staff are trained on and within the theater, assistance dogs are allowed along with designated spaces for wheelchair users.
8.St Paul’s Cathedral
Any Londoner or tourist would recognise the world-famous dome as it is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Tours allow you to step inside the building and you can explore the Cathedral’s stunning interior, and fascinating history. There is no parking for this venue and there are 15+ steps, although they are all with hand rails and clearly marked. Exhibits can be audio described but tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
9.Natural History Museum
This museum is over 130 years old, delving into the history of the natural world with large dinosaur skeletons and in-depth analysis to our own evolution and biology. Despite its age, the Natural History Museum has a whole range of access facilities; there is car parking available and it is free for Blue Badge holders booked in advance via the Museum’s Security Control Room. There is not level access into the venue, but once you enter the building with the push doors you will find lifts and ramps throughout most exhibits and motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
Westminster Abbey is a world famous church. It has become a designated World Heritage Site and ‘Royal Peculiar’ which means the Dean is directly answerable to the monarch. The coronation of Kings and Queens has taken place there since 1066, and many of the nation’s Kings and Queens are buried within its grounds. There is no parking available on site, but there are public facilities near by. The doors to the abbey are always open but do have some steps so be sure to ask for the threshold ramp to be added. There is a hearing system available but only on request although exhibits can be audio described and tactile signage is available.