Days out

Beamish Museum, Making History More Accessible

Beamish Museum Accessible Bathroom

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North has made history more accessible to those who cannot use standard accessible toilets through the introduction of Changing Places facilities. 

Beamish is the North East’s most popular museum, bringing history to life, with the sights, sounds and tastes of the past at 1820s Pockerley, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village, 1940s Farm and 1950s welfare hall.

Prior Park Landscape Garden introduces new online Visual Guide

Prior Park Landscape Garden

Prior Park Landscape Garden introduces new online Visual Guide to welcome people with Autism

Visiting a local heritage attraction can be an exciting experience for many people. However, for autistic people the idea of going somewhere new can be quite a challenge. 

To try and tackle this problem, Heritage Ability has produced an online Visual Guide for Prior Park, a National Trust property in Bath, which could help reduce anxiety for autistic people. The guide can also be beneficial to plan group visits, especially groups that have complex needs.

Cornish heritage attractions embrace British Sign Language

Women with heritage ability bags

Cornish heritage attractions embrace British Sign Language In celebration of Deaf Awareness week, three local Cornish heritage attractions have introduced brand new guided tours aimed at attracting more visitors from the Deaf Community. The new British Sign Language (BSL) guides aim to help Deaf BSL users gain a better understanding of the history of each of the sites and get more from their visit.

Disabled Access Day at St Paul’s Cathedral: You and Somewhere New

Disabled Access Day at St Paul’s Cathedral

Join us on Saturday 16 March 2019 as we take part in the National Disabled Access Day and discover more about St Paul’s Cathedral. Whilst we aim to improve accessibility every day of the year, Disabled Access Day puts disabled people at the heart of Cathedral life and showcases inclusive ways to explore St Paul’s.

When Christopher Wren was designing St Paul’s, the concept of accessibility was still centuries away. But in recent times we have worked incredibly hard to be inclusive of all people and Disabled Access Day gives us the chance to show people they should not be nervous about visiting us, whether as a sightseer or worshipper.

National Trust at Croome

People walking their dog at the National Trust at Croome

The National Trust at Croome, a beautiful ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, historic house and wartime museum, is striving to make Croome as accessible as possible to its visitors.

On arrival, the Visitor Centre team offer orientation to routes around the estate.   Croome’s accessibility map also shows the gradients of garden paths within the parkland and where seating is available.  

Visitors can pre-book one of the free electric outdoor mobility vehicles before heading off to discover the parkland with statues, temples, follies and lake.

Wheelchair friendly shuttle buses also run between the Visitor Centre and the house throughout the day.