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The Best Wheelchair Accessible Attractions in London

In May I wrote a Holiday Checklist Post for those with limited Mobility. This seemed to have resonated with a number of readers some of whom have limited mobility themselves or have relatives or friends that do.  When you struggle to get around everything is much harder, the simple things many of us take for granted can be monumental tasks to be tackled daily. This doesn’t mean however that you should be limited to staying at home. Far from it. There are so many places to go to, things to do and see, even if your mobility level is limited.

When my gran lost the ability to walk under her own steam we considered various options, my favourite of which was a Pro Rider Mobility Electric Wheelchair. Honestly they sound like a dream. In fact I’m sure the kids would have wanted to hitch a lift on it too!

This would have meant my gran wasn’t limited with getting out and about and it would open up the number of locations she and anyone else in the same position could go.

There are so many places that you can visit especially in London even if your mobility is not the best.  An electric wheelchair will make life so much easier.

I’m here today to give you some ideas for days out in London for any other time of year.

The Best Wheelchair Accessible Attractions in London

London Eye

The London Eye gives visitors an eagle eye view of the top attractions in London. The capsules are wheelchair accessible, although always check in advance as the number of wheelchair users per ride in total within the numerous capsules is capped at 8, and a maximum of two in a capsule.

Kew Gardens

This world famous botanical garden is one of the cities top tourist attractions and also a World Heritage Site. The various gardens are flat and most buildings are wheelchair accessible, even the treetop walkway which has some beautiful views.

London Zoo

My children love it here. It’s not everyday you get to see so many amazing animals all in one place. Paths are wide and flat, there are ramps for access to most buildings suitable for those with wheelchairs to manoeuvre their way from one section to the next.  The majority of the Zoo is wheelchair friendly with a lift available for use in the Land of the Lions to the viewing platform. There are a couple of slopes that are steep, though information can be found on their website.  Those driving to the Zoo can also make use of disabled parking spaces.

Madame Tussauds

The ever popular spot in London where you can see amazingly lifelike wax works of world leaders, royalty, singers, actors etc. All of the galleries are easily accessible and there are lifts available for use. The only section that isn’t wheelchair friendly is the Spirit of London ride. Madame Tussauds is the ideal location for a fun day out.

St Paul’s Cathedral

This is stunning bathed in natural daylight and also lit up at night. The south churchyard entrance is step-free and lifts can take you to the Cathedral floor and the crypts. Make sure you take a look at the St Paul’s Cathedral website for more details.

The Spectator Bar and Restaurant located nearby is perfect for those visiting to not only enjoy the views but also a yummy meal too.

Kensington Palace

A stunning place to visit and see Royal-themed exhibitions some of which are permanent and others temporary. All floors can be accessed by lift and once you have finished, why not pop over to The Orangery for high tea? Again it is easy to access and they make some gorgeous cakes. I wish they would bring back the orange cake I enjoyed on one of my visits there a while back, it was amazing!

The British Museum

Enter on the South side and use the wheelchair lift at the main entrance. Inside you will look in wonder at world famous artefacts that attract visitors from all around the world to visit.  Dedicated to human history, art and culture, here you will see Greek Sculptures from the Parthenon, Egyptian mummies and much more. There are plenty of easy access routes, so the majority of the areas open to the public can be easily accessed.

Winter Wonderland

Now as Christmas is coming up, I have to mention this magical Christmassy hotspot. We went last year and I have to say I was impressed at the measures they had taken to ensure this was wheelchair accessible. There are plenty of rides, food outlets, fairground games, shows and gift stalls to keep the whole family happy.

Natural History Museum

My daughters loved their last visit here, especially seeing the full scale dinosaurs. They loved that section so much, they wanted to start from the beginning of the museum and go round again when we’d finished. There were sections that were interactive so it really is one of those places that adults and children can enjoy.

Sealife London

It’s a great place to visit for young and old and another that is easily accessible for wheelchair users. Who doesn’t love animals? And there are so many to see, which we loved on our last visit. You’ll be grateful to have an electric wheelchair if you go visit the spider enclosure (it’s scary in there, you’ll want to whizz around fast!).

There are numerous places to visit even if your mobility isn’t the best.  As well as those locations mentioned here, you have art galleries such as The Tate, Tower Bridge and more, that can all be visited easily.

Where in London do you love to visit or if you have yet to go, where would you love to visit?

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This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Thanks for your review of accessible attractions. Very informative. I have two disabled friends in London and its nice to know where we can all visit together.

    1. I’m so happy you found my post helpful. There are so many great places you could visit, why not make the most of it and have a great day out x

  2. I spent a short time in a wheelchair a few years ago, and you really don’t realise how difficult it is until you’re put in that position. I even found a local shop that put things in front of the shop blocked the pavement for me, something they thought people made a fuss about, until I challenged them to get me past the shop without going on the road………

    1. It’s really hard. My daughter couldn’t get about earlier this year and we had to use one in hospital as I wasn’t able to take her anywhere else unless I carried her. We didn’t have our own wheelchair. We used one in a supermarket once and it was a nightmare as there was no basket attached. The ones you buy are far better equipped and motorised are even better.

  3. Such a helpful and concise list. It frustrates me that there are still many places who aren’t as accessible as they could be, it is great to know these are all great for accessibility.

    1. It is a shame as it affects the whole family when places are not accessible to all.

  4. It’s great to see so many of the major London attractions on this list, as everywhere should be accessible for all!

  5. This is a really nice post, and great for sharing attractions with wheelchair access! Makes great awareness for this 🙂 Sea Life is always a great day out, some attractions only last about 45 mins to an hour, so you really need to savour time there! x

    1. It’s good to spread the word so that people that have limited mobility know they can have great family days out without worrying about access.

  6. I think it’s good that quite a few places are accessible to wheelchairs so people don’t miss out too much x

    1. It’s great these places are easily accessible so that people are not excluded and can enjoy family days out.

  7. We visited London Zoo for the first time this year, such a beautiful place to visit.

    1. It is a lovely place for young and old. Mine loved seeing animals they might never otherwise get to see.

  8. This is such a useful post but it is disappointing when I think about all the attractions that aren’t as accessible 🙁

  9. This is such a good post to bookmark. I’ve been in a wheelchair before when I’ve injured my leg and it’s been so tough to deal with bad accessibility. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I think that places are becoming much more accessible, thanks to people raising awareness, but they still have a way to go

    1. The are gradually but some places do make it difficult still which is a shame.

  11. It’s so good to see that so many top attractions in London are wheelchair accessible x

  12. Thank you so much for this extremely valuable post! I, myself, have mobility issues and have to do extensive research when planning any outings. When I finally make my dream of visiting London a reality, having this bookmarked post to refer to is going to save me so much time!

    1. Thanks for your comment Cynthia. I hope you get to visit London soon and that my tips prove to be useful.

  13. I use a wheelchair due to my ME/CFS and think this guide is fantastic as I always worry a lot about accessibility, especially in somewhere as busy as London! Thank you for putting this together 🥰

    1. No problem Anneka. I’m glad it was useful 🙂

  14. i love london this is a great article on how to access thank you

  15. When you are able bodied you don’t think about wheelchairs

    1. That’s very true. It’s a shame companies don’t think about this more though as paying customers are not all able bodied.

  16. Great article. I just spent 3 weeks in a wheelchair and it’s great to know places that are truly disabled access friendly

    1. It can be a struggle to get around. Thanks for your comment Andrew.

  17. Good article it’s also helpful for people with pushchairs also

    1. It sure is, they’re hard to get around places too sometimes having had 3 children it is gradually improving over time.

  18. Great article on accessible places … I thankfully don’t need a chair that often but being ambulant disabled also presents its own challenges as the adaptations to allow access often means that a simple few steps have been replaced with a long sweeping path
    It really is difficult to cater for all needs

    1. It is hard to cater for all but something some businesses do need to look into more.

  19. Thank you for a helpful post. I am disabled though mobile. I also use a mobility scooter so it is useful to know who is more accommodating to people like me. It is not before time that the companies and services are starting to recognise that we too, have needs and money to spend also

    1. Hi Carol I’m so pleased you found this useful. It’s still shocking to see that there are many places that are not easily accessible to those in wheelchairs.

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