5 Accessible Days Out in Kent for the Elderly

5 Accessible Days Out in Kent for the Elderly

Kent boasts both unrivalled beauty spots and fantastic historically-and-culturally significant sites. There is always something to do in Kent, but some of its best attractions are more accessible than others. Here, we will guide you through some of Kent’s best accessible days out.

If you’re looking for more days out in Kent, look at Age Space’s guide to Cultural Delights for the Elderly in Kent.

Turner Contemporary Gallery

Turner contemporary gallery in Kent

The Turner Contemporary Gallery opened in Margate in 2011, named after JMW Turner who regularly visited this part of the Kentish coast throughout his life. The gallery showcases world class contemporary art exhibitions, and is widely seen as one of the best galleries in the UK.

Entrance to the gallery is completely free, and it has been purpose-built with accessibility in mind, making it a fantastic day out for people with limited mobility. There is also has a lovely cafe which overlooks the Margate Harbour and sources all of its food locally. Another nice touch is that they offer some ‘quiet tours’. You can find out more about accessibility and exhibitions from the Turner Contemporary Website.

Parking

There is no parking available at the gallery, however there are seven disabled parking bays available for people with permits. Pay and Display parking is available opposite the gallery on the harbour arm.

Guide Dogs

All registered guide dogs are permitted.

Wheelchair and Scooter Hire

Wheelchairs are available to be borrowed. The Turner Contemporary Gallery is fully wheelchair accessible, with step free access and a lift serving both floors.

Visual and Hearing Aids

Large print versions of all the wall texts are available. Sign Language Tours are also available to book on to, as well as Audio-Described tours and quiet tours.

Prices

Free!

Opening Times

Open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10am – 5pm.

Contact

Visit Website
Telephone: 01843 233000
Email: info@turnercontemporary.org
Address: Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, CT9 1HG


Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in Kent, a great accessible day out.

Leeds Castle is one of the most stunning castles in the UK, and has a rich and varied history. It has served as a Norman stronghold, as the property of six Medieval queens, and as a palace used by Henry VIII.

Visitors to Leeds Castle have access to its fantastic historic exhibitions, as well as the Dog Collar Museum, the world’s largest public display of canine neckwear! The castle is accessible for the majority of visitors via the main front door where there is a ramp. There is a wheelchair lift within the castle to reach the upper floors.

As well as the castle there are the glorious gardens and grounds to look upon and explore, most of which are fully wheelchair accessible. A map outlining the accessible routes is available upon arrival. You can find out more from the Leeds Castle website.

Parking

A free and fully accessible mobility bus is available near the ticket office, running regularly throughout the day.

The car park has space reserved for visitors with disabilities. The maximum distance from the car park to the fully accessible mobility service is approximately 100 metres.

Guide Dogs

Registered Assistance Dogs are permitted in the Castle and grounds.

Wheelchair and Scooter Hire

Wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge, subject to availability.

Visual and Hearing Aids

An audio tour can be collected from the Castle Shop at a reduced rate for visitors with disabilities.

Prices

£25 for senior citizens.

Opening times

10:00 – 18:00 in Summer Season (April to September)
10:00 – 17:00 in Winter Season (October to March)

Contact

Visit Website
Telephone: 01622 765400
Email: enquiries@leeds-castle.co.uk
Address: Leeds Castle, Broomfield, Maidstone ME17 1PL


Kent Life Heritage Farm Park

Kent Life Heritage Farm Park

Kent Life Heritage Farm Park is an active farm, with a great deal of entertainment for people of all ages. It makes for a great day out with grandchildren, who can get involved feeding the animals and take part in all manner of events that Kent Life put on daily.

Kent Life also has a gorgeous Vintage Village, giving you a look into how people from Kent lived over the last couple of hundred years – showcasing home design from the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s. The 1950s inspired tea room is also a popular spot at Kent Life.

Almost all of the grounds and buildings have wheelchair access, with the exception of the first floors of the historic buildings. You can find out more from the Kent Life website.

Parking

All parking at Kent Life is free, and There is an allocated disabled car park near to the entrance.

Guide Dogs

Dogs are welcome.

Wheelchair and Scooter Hire

Wheelchairs are available to borrow completely free of charge. They can be reserved in advance by calling 01622 763936.

Prices

Concessions (over 60) pay £8.85, or £8 if you pay online. Visitors that are registered as disabled are entitled to bring a carer free of charge.

Opening times

10:00 – 17:00

Contact

Visit Website
Telephone:
01622 763936
Email: enquiries@kentlife.org.uk
Address: Lock Lane, Maidstone, ME14 3AU


White Cliffs of Dover

the white cliffs of dover in Kent

The iconic white cliffs of Dover look out over the English Channel, towards the French coast. The cliffs have some of the best views that Kent has to offer, including the wheelchair-accessible viewpoint which overlooks the docks and harbour – and the coast of France on a clear day.

As well as the views onto the water, there is beauty to be seen in the wildlife atop the cliffs. Along the accessible path to the cliffs you will spot birds, butterflies and wildflowers, all of which enjoy the conditions of the rare cliff-top grass chalklands. You can also learn more about the cliffs’ history in the fully-accessible Visitor Centre. Find out more about accessibility and what’s on from the White Cliffs of Dover website,

Parking

There is a large car park with 300 spaces.

Guide Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome, including in the Visitor Centre.

Wheelchair and Scooter Hire

Wheelchair loan is available for free on request from the Visitor Centre.

Prices

 £5 car park charge.

Opening Times

Car Park: 09:00-19:00
Visitor centre: 10:00-17:00

Contact

Visit Website
Telephone: 01304202756
Email: whitecliffs@nationaltrust.org.uk
Address: Langdon Cliffs, Upper Road, Dover, CT16 1HJ


Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

With its roots dating back to 597AD, Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian buildings in the world. There is so much rich history to explore in the Cathedral that you could easily spend days inside it.

Canterbury Cathedral has taken big steps in recent years to ensure that people with all mobility needs can enjoy what this historic Cathedral has to offer.

Special arrangements can be made in advance through the Visits Office (telephone: 01227 762862; visits@canterburycathedral.org) for specialised tours for all visitors with disabilities, from BSL tours to tours for people with a visual impairment. There is a map available of an accessible route around the Cathedral for people with limited mobility, and a wheelchair-lift to help people to access the Quire. Find out more about accessibility from the Canterbury Cathedral website.

Parking

Disabled parking spaces can be made available if you contact the Cathedral before your visit on 01227 762862.

Guide dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome.

Wheelchair and Scooter Hire

The Cathedral Welcome Centre has a small number of wheelchairs available for loan.

Visual and Hearing Aids

A Touch and Hearing Centre is available for people with a visual impairment. Large print material is also available.

Prices

£12.50 for all adults.

Opening times

09:00 – 17:30 Monday to Friday (Summer)
09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday in (Winter)

09:00 –-16.30 Sundays (Summer)
10:00 – 16:30 Sunday (Winter)

Contact

Visit Website
Telephone: 01227 762862
Email: enquiries@canterbury-cathedral.org
Address: Cathedral House, The Precincts, Canterbury, CT1 2EH,

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