Cultural Gems for the Elderly in Cambridgeshire

Cultural Gems for the Elderly in Cambridgeshire

There is plenty to do in Cambridgeshire with your elderly relatives. Whether it be exploring the wealth of National Trust properties, absorbing the history and art at museums or enjoying a show at an elderly or disability friendly theatre or cinema. For each venue with have included all the accessibility information you will need to help plan your visit. Find the best cultural gems in Cambridgeshire here.

Age Space has also curated a list of our Top 5 Accessible Days out in Cambridgeshire – take a look!

The 5 Best National Trust Properties in Cambridgeshire to Visit with Elderly Relatives

National Trust Properties in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire is fortunate to have many great National Trust properties, estates and grasslands. You can find out more about the opening times for these properties on their respective pages on the National Trust website, linked under each venue. Where possible the National Trust has tried its best to accommodate its elderly and less mobile guests, given the nature of its historic properties.

Wimpole Hall, Cambridge

Wimpole Estate, gardens and parkland are an impressive testament to Georgian architectures. There is much to see and do inside and out, with impressive restored interior rooms, a wondrous walled garden and functioning farmland.

Wimpole Estate has free designated Blue Badge holder parking, a 100yrds from the Visitors Welcome Building. Additionally a buggy shuttle can transport guests from the car park to the Stable Block and beyond. The property also has mobility vehicles and wheelchairs which are able to be borrowed, when booked ahead of time by ringing the number below. Finally there is an accessible route mapped out around the grounds, however, the only way to access the upper floors within the building is via the stairs.

Pricing

Access to the entire property and grounds is priced at £15.50 per adult

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Wicken Fen, Ely

Wicken Fen nature reserve supports over 9000 species of wildlife and has been part of the National Trust Family for over 120 years. It is a truly important conservation resource in itself and allows the public to explore its expanse of wetland and lush grasslands along raised boardwalks and cycle paths.

There is mobility parking (£3), accessible adapted toilets and a level route from the car park along the cycle route to Burwell Lode. Entrance is priced at £8.10 for adults.

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Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge

Anglesey Abbey, National Trust, cultural gems

This Elizabethan build was begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to honour his Catholic faith, however, it has remained unfinished and practically unaltered since his death in 1605. The lodge remains, tea garden, orchard and moated garden are now open to the public to enjoy.

There is free accessible parking, an audio tour, and loanable wheelchair. There are steps to access the building and given the natural setting, much of the surrounding parkland is on uneven terrain.

Pricing

Tickets for full access of Anglesey Abbey are priced at £10.90

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Peckover House and Garden, Wisbech

In the heart of Wisbech is this quietly impressive Georgian House and walled garden. Once home to the Peckover household, the owners of a successful private bank, but who lived a simple ‘Quakers’ life, you can explore the house or take a wander through the 0.8 acres of garden that includes an orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose garden. Once finished enjoy some refreshment in the in-house tea room.

There is free disabled parking on Chapel Road and one personal mobility vehicle (PMV) available for booking by calling the number below, ahead of your visit. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the property however, only the tea room, garden, plant sales and bookshop are fully wheelchair accessible; there are stairs throughout the house. There is however, a virtual tour available.

Pricing

Adults tickets cost £9.50 for access to the whole property

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Houghton Mill, St Neots

We have written a full accessibility guide to visiting Houghton Mill on our Top 5 Accessible Days Out in Cambridgeshire page – check it out here.

Accessible Museums to Visit with the Elderly in Cambridgeshire

The many museums and art galleries in Cambridgeshire offer excellent days out for you to take with your family, including your elderly relatives.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The Fitzwilliam Museum, located in the centre of Cambridge, was commissioned by Richard Fitzwilliam in 1816. This museum compromises of one of the best collections of antiquities and modern art in Western Europe.

The museum has done its best to be accessible to all. There is an accessible entrance (Courtyard Entrance) to the side of the main entrance where wheelchairs, hearing assistance and touch tours can be accessed. Lifts can be used to access all floors and there are audio described exhibits throughout. Assistance dogs are welcomed. There is Blue Badge holder parking available on Trumpington Street.

The Museum is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays (10am – 5pm), and on Sundays (12 noon – 5pm). The museum is free to all, however donations are welcomed.

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Burwell Museum & Windmill, Ely/Newmarket

Burwell Museum and Windmill, things to do to enjoy life in Cambridgeshire

If you are interested in learning and experiencing how farmers of Cambridgeshire lived in days gone by, the Burwell Museum and Windmill is a great place to start. The property has been recently refurbished and is now open to the public showing the old barn, vintage vehicles, some world war history, an audio-visual gallery and tea rooms. The centerpiece is the old mill that has stood there since 1820, the ground floor of which is wheelchair accessible.

The museum buildings are all wheelchair accessible and there is a stair-climber chair for access to upper levels. Assistance dogs are welcomed.

The property is open from Easter til October on Thursdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays from 11am – 5pm (last entry of 4pm). Entry costs £5.

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Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery

Just 2 minutes walk from Queensgate Shopping Centre, and car park, you can find the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery. Run by VivaCity on behalf of the city council, this museum houses contemporary galleries, interactive displays, an in-house coffee house and over 200,000 historical objects and artifacts.

The museum is fully accessible via a lift, with accessible toilets and welcomes guide and assistance dogs. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

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The Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridge

This impressive war museum is a worthy monument to the Battle of Britain, Dunkirk and life during wartime – find a full guide on our Top 5 Accessible Days out in Cambridgeshire page.

Theatre for the Elderly in Cambridgeshire

Cultural Gems in Cambridgeshire - the theatre. Things to do in Cambridgeshire

If you are looking for the slightly more sedentary of things to do in Cambridgeshire, an accessible theatre showing is definitely something to consider. When booking make sure to advise the theatres of any accessibility needs your family might have.

Key Theatre, Peterborough

Comedy shows, musical performances, classic productions, community shows, ballet and film screenings can all be found at the Key Theatre on Embankment Road in Peterborough (PE1 1EF). You can even make it a full evening of entertainment by making the most of the inhouse restaurant and bar!

The theatre has done its utmost to be accessible to all of their guests with disability parking, lift access throughout the theatre, accessible toilets, wheelchair seats and infra-red induction loop hearing aids. The theatre also welcomes registered guide dogs.

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Cambridge Arts Theatre

As you would expect, Cambridge Arts Theatre is proud to show some great productions week in week out. Additionally, the theatre also has assisted performances on selected days with include BSL interpreted showings, captioned and/or audio-described performances and relaxed performances.

To add to these elderly and disabled-friendly performances, the theatre is fully accessible, with 8 accessible seating options, a lift, accessible toilets on all levels, hearing enhancement system and is welcoming to guide dogs, who can be accommodated with the Front of House staff is the show is unsuitable for them.

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Cinema for the Elderly in Cambridgeshire

The cinema is a great alternative to the theatre, with lower prices and more varied show times, while also remaining suitable accessible. Find out about some of the main cinemas in Cambridgeshire below.

Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

Cultural gems and things to do in Cambridgeshire - Cinema

Arts Picturehouse has accessible seating throughout, fully accessible toilets and easy mobility throughout the cinema. Additionally, they offer specific accessible showings covering: Audio-described showings, subtitled screening, hearing loop enhanced options and even Dementia-friendly showings of the third Friday of every month. Regular showings are also offered to senior guests (65+) for a reduced price of £12.10.

Arts Picturehouse also has Silver Screenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays before 5pm. These showings are offered at a reduced price and free tea and coffee is available for members. The films shown might be recent releases or ‘blasts from the past’ from the earlier years of cinema.

Call 02072 947 908 or visit the Arts Picturehouse Website to find out more and to book tickets

Vue Cinema, Cambridge

This national cinema has worked hard to make its Cambridge branch accessible and welcoming to all. There is wheelchair access throughout the cinema with wheelchair spaces available in all the screens. Hearing loops are available at the counters and like the other cinemas on this list, there are occasional accessible viewings including subtitled films every week and audio-descriptions on selected film.

Discounted senior (60+) tickets are available and vary in price depending on viewing time, however, generally the concession tickets are £1 less than the adult ticket. Find out more on the Vue Cinema Website.

Cineworld Cinema, St Neots and Ely

The Cineworlds at St Neots and Ely are fully wheelchair accessible, with access booths in select screens, guide dogs welcome and some subtitled and audio-described viewing available.

Discounted senior pricing is offered at £9.40 (St Neots) and £9.10 (Ely). Find your closest Cineworld Cinema.

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