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Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays

Hampshire

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Most attractions in South East England have accessibility facilities to accommodate wheelchair users and people who struggle with sight, sound and those with learning difficulties.

Check with each attraction on their specific facilities, but see below for a selection across the region to get you started.

Hampshire

Marwell Zoo near Winchester has a range of services and facilities to make visits as enjoyable as possible for everyone. One carer per guest with disability is admitted free of charge, the land trains have designated wheelchair space and there are specially designed exhibits with alternative viewpoints.

Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth has gone to great lengths to accommodate disabled visitors so anybody can shop with ease at more than 90 premium retail outlets plus 30 restaurants and entertainment venues. An audit with disabled Go confirms disabled car parking spaces, shop mobility, level access and automatic doors, disabled toilets, ample seating, accessible changing rooms, large print and Braille, sound enhancement system and staff trained with Disability Awareness and Equality.

Also in Portsmouth, the Mary Rose Museum has been specially designed with access in mind. The site is fully accessible by wheelchair and mobility scooters are available to hire. There are facilities to ensure visually impaired, hearing impaired and visitors with learning difficulties can get the most from their visit.

The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line is the largest attraction in Hampshire taking part in the Dementia Action Alliance with staff and volunteers receiving Dementia friendly training.

Sussex & Kent

Drusillas Park in East Sussex is completely wheelchair accessible with flat surfaces and ramps, and wheelchairs are also available to hire on request. Animal enclosures have low level viewing suitable for all and we also offer an access pass for those who should need it.

A comprehensive review of a Powerchair user's experience at Sheffield Park Garden in East Sussex can be found on the Euan's Guide website. Also in the county, the great outdoors can be experienced by everyone at Bedgebury Pinetum and be sure to read their accessibility guide before travel.

Visit England has produced a PDF guide to accessible coastal breaks in Thanet and Brighton with hints and tips from attractions and specialist accommodation providers.

If narrow aisles restrict your shopping experience as a wheelchair or pushchair user, Macknade Fine Foods in Kent has wide aisles suitable for easier mobility.

Surrey

Attractions near Guildford with excellent accessibility facilities include Painshill Park and Watts Gallery.

All areas of the Living Planet Centre in Woking - including the WWF Experience visitor centre - are accessible by level access or by lift. The four zones in the WWF Experience are accessible in a wheelchair.

North of the region

Granny Beesley's sweet shop in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, offers one-to-one support free of charge for people with learning difficulties and will also allow people to shop out of hours for people affected by crowds or lots of noise.

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre near Aylesbury has wheelchair access across the whole site, easy access to trains and admits free entry for a carer.

If you require extra assistance to make sure your children can experience a farm fully then look no further than Fairytale Farm, Oxfordshire, which is the only visitor attraction in the UK to put disabled children first in the design and layout.

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