Cultural Trips Out for the Elderly in Hampshire

Cultural Trips Out for the Elderly in Hampshire

Looking for accessible culture to enjoy in Hampshire? The county has loads to offer for those who appreciate the arts and nature. From beautiful National Trust properties to cinemas with Silver Screenings, there are plenty of attractions across Hampshire, many of which have special measures in place, to allow for everyone to enjoy.

You may also be interested in Top 5 Accessible Days Out in Hampshire for the Elderly.

The Best National Trust Properties to Visit in Hampshire

Accessible National Trust Hampshire

National Trust-owned venues in Hampshire offer a wealth of exhibitions, stunning seasonal gardens and unusual buildings to be explored. Age Space have put together our favourite estates that have great accessibility.

Please note that there is no elderly discount available for the National Trust. However, it may be worth considering investing in a National Trust membership for free entry and free parking at all National Trust grounds all year round.

Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey

Mottisfont is a romantic 18th-century house with a medieval priory at its heart. The house is set in beautiful riverside gardens with ancient trees and well kept rolling lawns. The site also has a permanent 20th-century art collection, popular with art enthusiast visitors.

Cultural delight Mottisfont, National Trust

Assistance and guide dogs are welcome everywhere, including the house, shop, cafes and gardens. Induction loops for the hard of hearing are available at till points in the Welcome Centre, shop and cafes across the site.

Electric mobility buggies are available within the grounds, driven by trained volunteers and staff. One of these buggies is adapted to accommodate wheelchair users. Wheelchairs and motor-powered buggies are welcome inside the house. Please ring ahead if you require buggy assistance on your trip.

Prices: Mottisfont Prices vary seasonally.

Opening Hours: Opening Times also vary seasonally.

Parking: Car park is free for all visitors and there is a designated access car park with 20 spaces located close to the accessible ramp into the Welcome Centre.

Mottisfont Website
: 01722 340757

The Vyne, Basingstoke

A former Tudor stronghold turned 17th-century family home. The Vyne is set in impressive gardens, woodlands and wetlands. You can take in historic gems including a pre-Reformation chapel, Tudor oak gallery with 16th-century wood carvings, and a neoclassical staircase hall. 

Furthermore, there is a stunning Summerhouse Garden and 600 year old oak tree which has overseen the comings and goings of many famous people including Henry VIII and Jane Austen!

Hearing loops and manual wheelchairs are available in the Visitor Reception. Assistance dogs are welcome all over the site, as long as they are well-trained.

Prices: The Vyne Prices vary seasonally.

Opening Hours: Opening Times also vary seasonally.

Parking: There are six parking spaces for Blue Badge Holders.

The Vyne Website
: 01256 883858

The Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Isle of Wight

The iconic Needle Rocks and coloured sounds are often considered the landmark attraction on the Isle of Wight. The National Trust site offers spectacular views of the Needles, and a bird’s-eye views of the Solent – as far as Dorset on a clear day!

The Needles Isle of Wight  - Accessible Days out in Suffolk

The Old Battery is a Victorian fort built in 1862 to defend the Isle of Wight in the event of enemy ships attacking. It was called into action for both World Wars and the Battery museum exhibits what it was like to work in war from many perspectives, from a Victorian gunner through to a Second World War officer.

Further up the headland stands the New Battery. There is a small exhibition revealing the astonishing and little-known story of Britain’s Cold War ‘race for space’. British-made rockets were tested here, extremely covertly.

On the cliff-top, there is a 1940s themed tea-room offering freshly cooked, seasonal menu with soups, sandwiches, lunches, cakes, hot and cold drinks. The tea-room stops serving everyday throughout the year at 4.30pm.

Due to the nature of the coastal countryside and age of the buildings, accessibility in some areas of the site is limited. However, the Trust have a comprehensive Access Plan, outlining how many areas have been made wheelchair friendly. Assistance dogs are welcome everywhere on site. Your elderly relative can safely enjoy the view and team-room, if they are unable to access some parts of the battery.

Prices: Standard entry to whole site is £7.45 for adults. Entry to the Old Battery for National Trust members is free and entry to the New Battery is free for all. You can look on the National Trust website for a full price overview.

Opening Hours: Opening Times vary seasonally.

Parking: There is a limited amount of disabled parking that can be arranged by calling the number below.

The Needles Website
: 01983 754772

The Best English Heritage Sites to Visit in Hampshire

Osborne, Isle of Wight

Osborne House, Cultural attraction on Isle of Wight

Osborne was home to Queen Victoria’s family holiday retreat. It has been beautifully preserved since the Victorian era allowing an incredible insight into royal family life. You can see inside Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach and children’s play areas. The garden terraces with views across the Solent, are said to have reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.

Osborne has extended accessibility measures in place to ensure it can be enjoyed by all. For older visitors, including those in wheelchairs, there are lifts, ramps and handrails to help get around the house. Assistance dogs are welcome across the site. Induction loops are available at the admission centre for the hard of hearing.

Prices: Standard entry is £20.90 for an adult with a small donation. Entry is free for English Heritage members and concessions are available for seniors and children. Full Price Overview.

Opening Hours: Opening Times vary seasonally.

Parking: Free parking is available 50m from reception centre. In busier times, there is additional parking a further 230m from the house entrance. Disabled visitors may be dropped off at house entrance, if you ring in advance on 01983 20002

Telephone: 0370 333 1181

The Grange at Northington

Set in a landscape park, the Grange is the most prominent example of Greek revival architecture in England. Although you can not access inside the house, you can marvel what seems like an ancient Greek temple from the beautiful countryside surroundings. The site also hosts operas and The Grange Festival.

In terms of access, the floors are mostly even, suitable for aided wheelchairs. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Prices: Free!

Opening Hours: Opening Times vary seasonally.

Parking: Car park with free parking.

Telephone: 0370 333 1181

Silver Screenings at Local Cinemas in Hampshire

ODEON Silver Cinema

Tea and biscuits at Odeon silver screenings

ODEON offer the Silver Cinema service at 4 cinemas in Hampshire – a series of film screenings are available for guests over 55. Tickets are available from £3 each and include tea/coffee and biscuits before the film! All genres of film are shown including the latest talk-of-the-town releases and critically acclaimed classics. Silver Cinema screenings are available in the following Hampshire ODEON cinemas:

  • Andover
  • Basingstoke
  • Port Solent, Portsmouth
  • Southampton

For current show times and to book tickets, find your nearest Silver Cinema.

Harbour Lights Picture House, Southampton

Harbour Lights have accessibility measures in place to make sure the cinema is available for all to enjoy. Disabled facilities and lifts are available to help wheelchair users navigate the building.

Advance booking is recommended so that staff can readily provide assistance if required. Wheelchair spaces or any seats you feel would be better for your elderly relative can be reserved by contacting them and well-behaved assistance dogs are welcome in all areas.

Popcorn at elderly friendly cinema

There are three blue-badge parking spaces at the front of the cinema and another space at the rear parking area. There is also a ramp to give easy access to the entrance.

Accompanying carers are eligible for a free ticket. The cinema accepts the CEA card – a national initiative that offers a free ticket to carers/companions that take disabled guests to the cinema. To find out more about this scheme and apply for a card, click here. If you do not have a CEA card, it is not a problem – you can arrange your free ticket by calling the Accessibility Helpline.

Harbour Lights Website
Accessibility Helpline: 02072 947908

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