There are so many outstanding Cultural Delights for the Elderly in Cambridgeshire, so it is extremely hard to pick just 5 exceptional and accessible days out throughout the county. On this page you can find all the information you need to indulge an interest in history, explore expansive city gardens, dive into early East-Anglian settlements or enjoy a accessible walk in the rolling Cambridgeshire countryside.
- Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge
- Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge
- Flag Fen, Peterborough
- Houghton Mill, St Ives
- Accessible Cambridgeshire Countryside
The Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge
This World War Base turned War Museum tells its visitors the stories of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain (among others), which were orchestrated out from this very site. Stories are often told by actual veterans and ‘windows to the past’ help put the observer into the action by lining up photographs with the actual scenery. There is also an interactive exhibition of over 30 aircraft (AirSpace), some of which are still functionable and can be seen in the famous annual airshow at the museum – which has its own guide to accessibility.
Accessible toilets are available throughout the site and in all circumstances staff will do their utmost to make the site and its features accessible to all.
There are 19 designated parking bays for Blue Badge Holders and there is a free site transport vehicle available to help transport visitors, including those in wheelchairs, around the site.
Guide dogs and registered assistance dogs are welcomed, water bowls are also provided at the Visitor’s Centre
Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Hire
Available for loan, free of charge. Telephone 01223 497 240 to reserve wheelchair or mobility scooter (subject to availability).
Visual and Hearing Aids
The IWM Duxford knows that many of its visitors might include the elderly, hard of hearing and of eyesight, and therefore has really made an effort to help include them in the museum experience. This includes:
- Audio Guides
- Audio Descriptions
- BSL film interpretations and Subtitles
- Induction Loop Systems throughout
- Adult Tickets = £18.90 ( donation)
- Senior Tickets (65+) = £15.12 (+donation)
- Summer (mid-March to end October) 10am – 6pm, last admission is at 5pm.
- Winter (end October to mid-March) 10am – 4pm, last admission is at 3pm
- Address: IWM Duxford, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR
- Telephone: 02074 165 000
- Contact Form
- IWM Duxford Website
Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge
Hidden in the centre of Cambridge, the University Botanic Garden boasts grand lawns, heritage trees, lake and stream garden, woodland and rock gardens and even a living demonstration of plant classification. Once you’ve finished exploring the many wonders this garden has to offer, take a rest in the onsite café. Volunteer led tours are also available to pre-book.
Throughout the gardens there are accessible pathways, mostly gravel, large stretches of lawn and accessible toilets. It should be noted that the Tropics House has some bark paths that are not suitable for wheelchairs.
There is no public parking available for the garden due the central location however, you can find limited pay & display parking on Trumpington Road and Bateman Street. Visitor drop-off is also possible at the Brookside Gate entrance.
Registered Guide and Assistance dogs are welcomed.
Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Hire
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available to borrow for free at Brookside Gate and Station Road Gate. Pre-booking is recommended by calling (01223 336 265) during Mon-Fri office hours (9am-1pm, 2pm-4:40pm) or email stating which gate you wish to collect from and how long you anticipate needing it.
£6 for adult (incl. donation) and £5.50 for Over 65s (incl. donation)
Subject to seasonal change, but open all year round. Find out about opening times on the website.
- Telephone: 01223 336 265
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cambridge Botanic Garden
Flag Fen, Peterborough
Flag Fen, found just outside Peterborough, is famous for being the site of an ancient Bronze Age causeway that once led people to their place of worship. Learn what life was like for our prehistoric ancestors in the reconstructed village and through ancient objects; these include one of the earliest known examples of a man-made wheel, swords, jewellery and more. If all that isn’t enough to incite some excitement there’s also a great café!
Free parking and disabled spaces are available in the onsite car park.
Guide dogs only are welcomed but are to be kept on short leads
Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters
Mobility scooters are able to be borrowed from the Visitors Centre when you call ahead (01733 864 468). There are wheelchair accessible pathways throughout the site with level access to museum buildings.
Adults tickets = £6 and Concession tickets = £4
Flag Fen is open seasonally from early April to the end of September from 10am – 5pm (last entry at 4pm)
- Address: The Droveway, Peterborough, PE6 7QJ
- Telephone: 01733 864468
- Email: email@example.com
- Flag Fen Website
Houghton Mill, St Ives
Houghton Mill is owned and operated by the National Trust. Built in the 18th century, the mill was almost completely lost in a fire before being saved and lovingly restored to working order in recent years, to be enjoyed by the public today. For over 1000 years milling has been carried out on this site by the Great Ouse River.
Only the upper floors to the mill are inaccessible to wheelchairs, however, there is a virtual tour on the ground floor. The rest of the site and the neighbouring Waterclose Meadows Campsite are all accessible.
There are 2 designated accessible parking spaces that are on a firm surface at the entrance to main car park, the shortest distance to the visitor centre. A drop-off space is also available if the spaces are full.
Assistance Dogs are welcomed throughout the site and there is a water bowl for them outside the tea-room.
Wheelchair and Mobility Scooters
There is one manual wheelchair available to loan in the Mill.
Visual and Hearing Aids
There is a Braille guide to the Mill that is available on request. There are also a wealth of textures to experience throughout. An induction loop is available in the tea room
Entrance to the mill is free, although car parking is £3
The opening times for the Mill are season-dependent – check the Houghton Mill Website to find out more
- Telephone: 01480301494
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Houghton Mill Website
Okay, so this may be cheating a bit, as it’s not one explicit ‘accessible day out’, but is in fact many. The Accessible Countryside website has information on accessible walks, country parks, nature reserves and more. This includes information on the type of terrain to expect and the wheelchair-friendly routes available.
One such option is Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, open all year round with guided, accessible trails and even an all-terrain mobility scooter thats available to borrow from the visitor centre, open most days 10am – 4:30pm, depending on volunteer availability.