Countryside tours for people with reduced mobility

Stonehenge is one of England’s most accessible sites!

 

The English countryside conjures images of fresh green hills, quaint cobbled streets, historical castles and thatched buildings. While these things do not sound all too accessible to those with limited mobility, heritage sites in the UK have undergone many changes, meaning that most sites in the UK are accessible to a much wider range of peoples. Over the years, British Tours has kept up to date with accessibility on sites, and we can help our clients in letting them know about Countryside tours for people with reduced mobility

A popular tour for our clients is our Windsor Castle, Eton and Hampton Court Palace tour. Access to the State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms at Windsor can be had through use of the lifts or the ramps. There are a few steps to enter St George’s Chapel, or for wheelchair users, a ramp can be accessed upon request. Inside the chapel, all the steps have accompanying ramps. There are a few rooms that are not accessible for wheelchairs, like the Dolls’ House room in the Castle, but generally the site has good accessibility. The duration of the tour spent in Eton is a panoramic tour of the village so you will be able to see this from the comfort of your car, while your private driver-guide talks you through the history of the college and village. Hampton Court Palace is nearly fully accessible, with only the renaissance gallery inaccessible for wheelchair users. The rest of the Palace and the Gardens are fully accessible. These improvements at each site mean that you will be able to see the highlights of each site with your private tour guide, including the grave of Henry VIII of England at Windsor, and the famous maze at Hampton Court Palace, without feeling that you are missing out.

Our Stonehenge, Salisbury and Winchester tour is another great option for our clients, not only as it introduces parties to two of England’s beautiful cathedrals, but visits Stonehenge, the iconic landmark known throughout the world for its mystery and varied theories for its construction. Since 2012 the site has benefited from a refurbished visitor centre, which has made the site fully accessible for those with mobility problems. The journey between the visitor centre and the site is through step free and wheelchair friendly shuttle buses, and the path around the stones is through a tarmac path, which means that there are no bumps in the earth, or muddy fields for wheelchair users. Similarly Salisbury good access, and with the exception of the above ground areas of the Cathedral, such as some of the smaller chapels, the rest of the Cathedral is wheelchair friendly. Winchester is very much the same in terms of its access. Apart from its tower and crypt, the rest of the Cathedral is fully accessible, with ramps and lifts to enter the nave and upper ground floor. Winchester is also the final resting place of the famous English Novelist Jane Austen, who is buried in the nave!

In addition to the example tours on our website, we create custom tours for clients on a regular basis. If you have a particular site that you’d like to visit, please do get in touch so we help you plan your vacation time in the UK.

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Step Back In Time With Hampton Court Tours

Steeped in Royal history dating back to the 11th Century, we invite you to join us a journey back in time on our Hampton Court Palace Tours where you’ll get an up close and personal experience of life in a Royal Palace.

Hampton Court Palace offers visitors a wonderful experience of British history that includes spans across 500 year. Built in 1515, Hampton Court Palace is marking its 500th anniversary this year, which makes it even more desirable to visit, as there will be a whole host of activities surrounding the celebrations throughout the year, which include Luna Cinema in the grounds and Hampton Court Palace: The Opera and many more.

Located in Richmond upon Thames, Hampton Court Palace is no longer used as a royal residence, and hasn’t been since the reign of George III back in the 18th Century. However, it was still used by guests of the Royal Family and as grace-and-favour apartments

Originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who at the time was a favourite of King Henry VIII, it eventually became home to Henry VIII, who decided to take the palace as his own residence in 1529 when Wolsey fell out of favour. He lived there with several of his six wives and it was said to be haunted by his fifth wife Catherine Howard, who was beheaded over accusations of adultery.

The expansive history of Hampton Court also includes residents such as Queen Mary I and her successor Elizabeth I, King James I and King Charles I, who have all made their own mark on the Palace throughout their time with additions.

On your journey through Hampton Court Palace you’ll be privy to all of its rich history, including ghost stories and myths that surround it and the significant historical events that have taken place here, including General Eisenhower’s planning of the Normandy Landings in 1944.

With the palace and the magnificent grounds to explore you will be transported to a different time, where you will be able to visualise the history and see what life was like at Hampton Court.