Top 10 Accessible London Attractions

It’s not just the buses and taxis that have ramps, even attractions are disabled-friendly in London. From royal parks and local zoo to galleries and museums, a minefield of London attractions is accessible. Here is a compiled list of all the disabled-friendly attractions and useful information about their accessibility.

 Giant ferris wheel in London

1. London Eye
London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel in London is one of the most easily accessible attractions in London. On a clear day, you can enjoy 360° view of the city encapsulating all its major landmarks from the capsules of the Eye. The capsules have step-free access making it easy to drive wheelchair into them. London Eye offers a special discount for disabled guests as well. And along with that, there are disabled toilets to ensure a hassle-free experience. Those who’re blind or partially blind can bring their guide dogs with them. And the staff gives out guidebook regarding what to look for on London Eye to those with hearing impairment.
Address: Riverside Bldg, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 871 781 3000

Royal Palace of London

2. Buckingham Palace
The magnificent palace serves as the working headquarter of the Queen and is a must-visit royal emblem. If the Standard flag is flying high above, it means the Queen is in there. Wheelchair access is available from a special entrance but must be pre-booked at +44 (0)20 7766 7324. Manual wheelchairs are also available free of charge. A hydraulic lift allows you step-free access into the State Rooms. Registered assistance dogs are welcomed in the premises. Besides, there are accessible toilets as well inside the palace equipped with emergency alarms.
Address: London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7930 4832

3. Natural History Museum
This one-of-its-kind museum houses a collection of 70 million-science specimen unravelling the history and origin of life. The museum is accessible through two entrances one of which is step-free. Enter the museum from Exhibition Road Entrance and beyond that, there are 18 steps, which can be avoided through lift. Wheelchairs are available for hire from the cloakroom. When getting around the museum, you can take two helpers along if needed free of charge. And disabled visitors are given a concessionary ticket*. For Blue Badge holders, there is a limited car park which can be pre-booked via the control room at +44 (0)20 7942 6230.

Address: Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7942 5000

Iconic Art Gallery in London

4. Tate Modern
Admission to this iconic contemporary art gallery is free, however, the exhibitions that happen all year round are paid. But disabled guests pay a concessionary price and the carer goes free of charge. Right on, the zero level, accessible toilets are installed complete with no-slip floor and height adjustable wash hand basin and bench. On each floor, there are 4 lifts by the main stairs for east access. For visually impaired visitors, the gallery allows guide dogs and provides large print captions and audio guide talks. For deaf and hearing-impaired visitors, the auditorium, information desk, and most of the gallery tours are fitted with hearing loops. The main entrance on Holland Street offers a ramp that runs alongside the stairs to access level 0 from where you can reach all the floors with lift. Ten wheelchairs and 2 mobility scooters are also available.

Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7887 8888

Kew Gardens

5. Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens are spread across almost 121 hectares adorned with flowerbeds, glasshouses, and green landscape. From the Waterlily House to the rainforest like Palm House, there is a lot to enjoy. And to makes rue that everyone has an enjoyable day-out here, there are eight massive parking bays for disabled guests which are free for Blue Badge holders. Besides, wheelchairs and mobility scooters (for outdoor use only) are available too. But keep a note of the areas that do not offer wheelchair access – Marine Display at Palm House, Upper level of Princes of Wales Conservatory, Palm House, and Temperate House. Rest of the places offer level or ramp access.
Address: Brentford Gate, Kew, Richmond, London, Surrey TW9 3AB, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 8332 5655

British Museum

6. British Museum
British Museum houses a unique assortment of historic artefacts, painting, and objects like Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. The Montague Place entrance to the museum offer level access while The Great Russell Street entrance has 12 steps with handrail and self-operable lifts. Most of the exhibitions and galleries are easily accessible. Limited car parking for visitors with disabilities is also on offer but you need to pre-book. Accessible toilets are located in the Great Court, the Clore Education Centre, the Ford Centre, and near Room 66. BSL talks are organised once a month so you’ll need organise the trip accordingly. A sound enhancement system with induction loops is also provided with most gallery talks and tours. Large print guides, multimedia guides, and magnifying glasses are also provided on request. Plus, disabled visitors also enjoy a concessionary rate for on-going exhibitions.
Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7887 8888

Madame Tussauds

7. Madame Tussauds
Love celebs? This is your chance to pose with Tom Cruise or shake hands with the Queen! Most of the facilities are designed to suit disabled guests. However, one ride, the Spirit of London is not accessible due to safety considerations. Limited number of wheelchairs is also available without any extra charge or deposit but you need to deposit £30 for hearing loops if required. All the levels of the building are accessible through the means of a lift. If you want a FREE carer pass, book the Merlin Annual Pass online and you’ll be issued the carer pass when you arrive.

Address: Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5LR, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 871 894 3000

London Dungeon

8. London Dungeon
London Dungeon is all set to offer a spine-chilling experience to guests! But two of the rides - Henry’s Wrath – Boat Ride and Drop Dead - Drop Ride to Doom are not accessible for wheelchair users due to complexity in emergency evacuation. You can avoid the 8-step stairs at the entrance through a stair climber. Most of the dungeon has level floor and pathways. But due to the creepy design, some surfaces are uneven and pathways narrow. Therefore, for easy access you wheelchair must not be over 27 inches wide to easily navigate and should not weigh over 300kg (including the user). The scary journey starts with Descent, the lift that goes down. The lift floor shakes from side to side, so those with motion sickness should inform the staff beforehand. The area uses dark lighting and strobe lighting as well which may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy. So inform the staff beforehand to ensure an alternative route to bypass those areas.
Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, City of London, Greater London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 871 423 2240

9. St Paul’s Cathedral
The south entrance to this cathedral is step-free, therefore, recommended for disabled guests. From the south entrance, visitors can easily get in the lift and reach the Cathedral and the crypt. Disabled toilets can be found in the crypt opposite the shop. Access to the galleries is only through the stairs so not recommended for those with mobility difficulties and medical conditions. Audio description guides and multimedia BSL signed tours with subtitles ensure that everyone can peep into the history of the cathedral. All the levels are equipped with hearing loop systems. Guide and assistance dogs are welcomed all through the cathedral and water is also provided.
Address: St. Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7246 8350

Science Museum

10. Science Museum
This science and technology museum is home to over 15000 objects like Stephenson’s Rocket and Apollo 10 Command Capsule. You don’t want to miss visiting this museum and you don’t have to since it’s fully wheelchair accessible. Limited number of wheelchairs for both kids and adults can be borrowed and booked in advance. All lifts have level access and audio announcements and most of them also have Braille labelling on the buttons. Accessible rest rooms are located on the Ground level and basement. Braille books and large print information books are available for print before your visit. And for those with hearing impairment, induction loops are installed at Ticket desk, Energy Hall, the Theatre, and IMAX 3D Cinema which is also equipped with infrared system.
Address: Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 870 870 4868

London is one of the most accessible cities across Europe. So when you’re an art enthusiast, a hedonist, or a business visitor, London has lots of attractions with access to all. Keep visiting our blog for more information on accessible London.
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