As our relatives get older, it can become increasingly difficult for them to continue engaging actives they used to enjoy – like days out. Older people might feel like their mobility or health problems mean they need to stay at home but that isn’t necessarily the case.
Fortunately, there are many local attractions in Sussex that are accessible for older people who are no longer completely able-bodied. Such destinations mean your relative doesn’t have to miss out on the excitement of a day out. Here are a few suggestions of accessible local attractions in the Sussex area.
The Royal Pavilion & Museum
This royal palace in the centre of Brighton is a must see attraction if you are visiting the city. The decor is beautifully extravagant and is quite a sight to behold. The Indian and Chinese themed interiors will blow the minds of all who visit, whether old or young.
The ground floor of the Pavilion is completely accessible to wheelchair users and has an audio-visual room. They also offer bookable sign language, audio or tactile tours so your relative can make the most of the attraction.
Just next door to the palace is the Brighton & Hove Museum, holding free exhibitions, so you may want to pop in after visiting the Pavilion.
Find out more: https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/
This historic castle – complete with gardens, stately home and gardens – is in West Sussex and is a very picturesque location for a day out. You can enjoy beautiful views across the South Downs and explore the 11th century castle.
The entirety of the castle and gardens are, unfortunately, not accessible to wheelchair users, due to narrow historic corridors. However, the majority of the attraction is accessible, with ramped entrances, lifts and disabled toilets – machining it the perfect day out for history fans who enjoy a picturesque landscape.
Find out more: https://arundelcastle.org/
If you’re looking for a family day out that can be enjoyable to small children and older relatives alike then Drusillas Park might be just what you are looking for. Based outside Eastbourne, this small zoo is great family fun with something for everyone: a host of exciting animals (like monkeys, meerkats, penguins and pandas) and adventure play areas for the kids.
Drusillas Park is wheelchair accessible – with flat surfaces and ramps – so is very convenient for older people with mobility issues. They also have a hearing loop for people who are hard of hearing. Meaning grandparents don’t have to miss out on spending days out with their grandchildren!
The route is roughly one mile long and there is no shortage of places to rest along the way. And if your relative is finding the walk to much, wheelchairs are available to hire, if needed. However, some of the rides are a little physically demanding so may not be suitable for older people, but there are still plenty of animals to see and a cafe to kick back in.
Find out more: https://www.drusillas.co.uk/
If your relative is more of a nature lover, Sheffield Park and Garden may be more up their street. The park displays acres of beautiful gardens and parkland and is located in Uckfield, East Sussex.
The park has four lakes at its heart, with picturesque glades and wooded areas and is a haven for wildlife. Exploring the gardens would certainly make a lovely – and relaxing – day out, especially as the park is simple to access for those with mobility issues.
There is mobility parking in Sheffield Park and Garden car park and the majority of the gardens are accessible, with paths and slopes made of non-gravel surfaces. Mobility scooters and wheel chairs are also available to borrow in exchange for a small donation.
There is an induction loop in the gardens’ reception and shop, and the tea rooms and restaurant are also accessible to wheelchair users.
Find out more: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden