Accessible days out can be hard to come by, but Hertfordshire is lucky enough to have some fantastic venues and activities that are suitable for the whole family and accessible to older people or people with limited mobility.
In this guide you can find out more about some of Hertfordshire’s most interesting and exciting days out, alongside comprehensive information about their accessibility. You may also be interested in taking a look at Age Space’s guide to the Top Cultural Activites in Hertfordshire.
Cathedral & Abbey Church of St. Albans
The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Albans is one of Hertfordshire’s most impressive buildings and certainly one of its most historical. The site’s history dates back to the grave of Saint Alban himself and it is thought that a monastery was founded on the site in 793 AD. Your relative can discover the story of the Cathedral and its growth over the centuries on a tour.
In terms of accessibility, The Cathedral is predominantly based on one level although in some areas wheelchair access requires the use of lifts or ramps, which the cathedral’s Welcome Team can help to provide when needed. There is a hearing loop system for services and concerts.
You can see the Cathedral’s full access statement here.
There is no general visitor parking, but there are three dedicated, disabled parking spaces in Sumpter Yard (opposite the Chapel of Transfiguration) for visitors with blue badges. These spaces can be pre booked through the Cathedral office on 01727 890210.
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome.
Wheelchair & Scooter Hire
There are a limited number of wheelchairs available to borrow for a visit. These are usually offered on a first come, first served basis so they recommend calling ahead if you’ll require one.
Entry is free, but visitors are invited to make a donation.
The Cathedral is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am – 5.30pm and on Sundays from Sunday 12:00am – 4:00pm.
Paradise Wildlife Park
Paradise Wildlife Park is great day out in Hertfordshire for all the family. The Park prides itself on its great variety of Animal Experiences, including Feeding a Big Cat, Shadowing a Zoo-Keeper and the annual Wolf Weekend. Paradise Wildlife Park has a pool, adventure golf, a cafe and a restaurant – plenty of entertainment to keep the grandchildren amused!
The site is accessible for most people, with level pathways across the majority of the site. There is ramp access to viewing areas at the Wolf Enclosure, Gibbon Enclosure, Reptile House, Rainforest Exhibition and Land of the Tigers. The park’s enclosures have glass viewing panels, meaning wheelchair-users can still get a good view.
Unfortunately, guide dogs are not permitted anywhere on the site due to the nature of the premises. However, members of Paradise Wildlife Park’s staff have taken Sighted Guide training with Guide Dogs UK to ensure that they can safely and effectively offer any assistance to visitors who would like or require it. To request or find out more about the assistance they can offer, get in touch with them through the details provided below.
Wheelchair & Scooter Hire
They have a range of mobility equipment available to hire from the Welcome Centre:
- Mobility Scooters: £25 per day to hire (3 scooters available)
- Wheelchairs: £10 per day to hire
- Adult: £25.00
- Child: £23.00
- Over 60s: £22.00
- Disabled People & Carer: £22.00
- Under 2: Free
Paradise Wildlife Park is open every day of the year other than Christmas Day. Opening and closing times are seasonal.
- April - September: 9:30am - 5:30pm
- October - March: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Knebworth House is a gorgeous Tudor stately home sat in Hertfordshire’s Knebworth parish. The grounds boast stunning gardens, an adventure playground and a dinosaur trail, as well as the house which can be toured for a fascinating exploration of centuries of British cultural history. With its mixture of outdoor fun and history, it’s a fantastic day out for all the family.
Due to the house’s listed status, there is no lift to the first floor. However, the majority of Knebworth’s history is presented to to visitors on the ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. They do ask, however, that electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters are not used inside the house.
Accessible car parking spaces are available to anyone who requires them at the playground and the barns car park.
Guide dogs and hearing dogs permitted throughout the house, gardens and park.
Wheelchair & Scooter Hire
There is one wheelchair that is available for use from the Gift Shop.
|On the Gate
|Park & Gardens Single (Age 3 & Over)
|Park & Gardens Family (4 People)
|Season Ticket (Park & Gardens, Age 3 & Over)
|House, Park & Gardens Adult
|House, Park & Gardens Child (Age 3 – 16)
|House, Park & Gardens Senior (Age 65+)
|House, Park & Gardens Family (4 People)
Knebworth House has opening times that vary throughout the year, as well as across the different parts of the site. It is worth taking a look at their Opening Times page, when planning your trip.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour: Harry Potter
One of Hertfordshire’s most famous days out is the incredible Warner Bros. Studio: Harry Potter Tour in Watford. The Warner Bros. team spent over a decade putting together the magic of Harry Potter here in Hertfordshire and they thankfully preserved lots of the iconic sets, props and costumes. This is a great day out for Harry Potter fans, young and old alike.
The majority of the Studio Tour is suitable for wheelchairs but some areas can be difficult to navigate due to soft or cobbled floor surfaces. Visitors with hidden disabilities can collect a Hidden Disability Sunflower Lanyard to discreetly make their staff aware that they may need support during their visit.
There are a number of blue disability badge parking bays available close to the main entrance.
Assistance dogs are welcome in the Studio Tour.
- Adult: £51.50 (16+)
- Child: £40.00 (5-15)
- Carers: Free
- Under 4s: Free
Opening and Tour Times vary throughout the year. You can take a look at the date you are interested in through their calendar.
Ashridge Estate is an enormous and beautiful area of Chiltern Hills, packed with woodlands, downlands and fields of bluebells. It is an idyllic place for a walk with all the family and they have mobility scooters available at the Visitor Centre for anyone who wants to use them. There are a number of all-ability trails, which are fully-accessible, that include smooth and flat routes starting near the visitor centre. There are also food and drinks available from the Brownlow Cafe.
There are 5 Blue Badge parking spaces a short distance from the visitor centre.
All dogs are welcome.
Admittance to the Visitor Centre and Estate is free.