It can be hard to find accessible days out in Hertfordshire that work for all the family. Luckily, Hertfordshire does have some fantastic venues, activities and countryside that are all accessible for older people and people with limited mobility.
In this guide you can find out more about some of Hertfordshire’s most interesting and exciting days out, as well as comprehensive information about the accessibility of these sites. You may also be interested in reading about our guide to the Top Cultural Attractions in Hertfordshire.
- Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans
- Paradise Wildlife Park
- Knebworth House
- Warner Bros Studio Harry Potter Tour
- Ashridge Estate
Cathedral and 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 Abbey”‘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. The Cathedral’s Welcome Team can help to provide access ramps when needed. There is a hearing loop system for services and concerts.
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 890202.
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome.
Wheelchair and Scooter Hire
There are a limited number of wheelchairs available near the West End entrances to borrow for a visit.
Entry is free, but people are invited to make a donation.
The Cathedral is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am – 5.30pm, and on Sundays from Sunday 12 noon – 4pm.
Telephone: 01727 890210
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 the Big Cats, 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 and Rainforest Exhibition.The park’s enclosures have glass viewing panels meaning wheelchair-users can still get a good view.
There are lots of parking spaces.
Unfortunately, guide dogs are not permitted anywhere on the site.
Wheelchair and Scooter Hire
There are a limited number of wheelchairs available for guests, free of charge.
£22 a day for adults, £20 for children, £18 for over-60s, and £18 for disabled people and a carer.
Paradise Wildlife Park is open every day of the year other than Christmas Day. Opening and closing times are seasonal.
Spring and Summer: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Autumn and Winter: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Telephone: 01992 470 490
Knebworth House is a gorgeous Tudor stately home sat in Hertfordshire’s Knebworth parish. The grounds boasts a stunning gardens, adventure playground and 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.
Parking can be arranged outside the front of the house by prior arrangement. There are also accessible parking spaces at the playground and the barns car park.
Guide dogs and hearing dogs permitted throughout the house, gardens and park.
Wheelchair and Scooter Hire
A wheelchair is available for use from the Gift Shop.
Adults tickets are £10, or £14 including access to the house.
Children and senior citizens’ tickets are £10, or £13.50 including access to the house. There is free admission for full time carers on a 1:1 basis.
Knebworth House and grounds are open daily from 27th May – 6th September.
The house itself is open from 12:00 noon – 5:00pm.
The Gardens & Dinosaur Trail, and Park and Adventure Playground is open from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Telephone: 01438 812661
Warner Bros Studio Harry Potter Tour
One of Hertfordshire’s newest 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 tickets, including over 60s, cost £47. Children’s tickets cost £38. One free carer ticket can be provided for each paying disabled visitor.
Opening times are from 10:00am – 8:00pm. The last tour of the day takes place at 4:30pm.
Telephone: 0800 640 4550
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 smooth and flat routes starting near the visitor centre. There is also food and drinks available from the Brownlow Cafe.
There are 12 accessible parking spaces a short distance from the visitor centre.
All dogs are welcome.
Admittance to the Visitor Centre and Estate is free.
The Estate’s opening times are seasonal, from dawn to dusk. The cafe is open from 09:00am to 4:00pm.