Famed for its many areas of outstanding natural beauty and historic landmarks, the southern county of Surrey holds many opportunities for memorable days out. And with great options for those exploring using a wheelchair, its day trips can be enjoyed by all. Read on to discover LITH-TECH’s favourite wheelchair accessible day trips in Surrey.
Wheelchair Accessible Days Out in Surrey
1. Alice Holt Forest
Based in Farnham, just a short drive from here at LITH-TECH, Alice Holt Forest is the perfect place to enjoy the peace and quiet that nature has to offer. With over 610 acres of woodland, this royal forest, once used to supply timber for the Royal Navy, has a rich history and its beauty has been well-preserved over the years.
There is something for everyone at Alice Holt. It’s free to visit and boasts great accessibility. So, whether it’s to watch wildlife, enjoy the fresh air or to spot the popular Gruffalo sculptures for the little ones, you’ll find something for everyone.
Perfect for wheelchair users, there is an Easy Access Discovery Trail. You’ll find wooden posts with symbols, along with a leaflet, to guide you through the accessible trail. This trail even has an optional shortcut if you want to spend a little less time, so you can really make this trip work for your individual needs.
- Easy Access Trail
- Changing Places toilet for those who require accessible facilities
- Twelve disabled parking spaces only 50 metres from the main entrance
- Level access and low desk in the visitor centre
You can find more information in the Accessibility Guide for Alice Holt Forest.
2. Polesden Lacey
An Edwardian country house located in the Surrey hills, Polesden Lacey boasts a rich history, beautiful walled gardens, and acres of land overlooking the Surrey hills.
Only four miles from Dorking with easy access from the M25, this National Trust property is family-friendly and wonderful to visit all year round – whether it’s to enjoy the garden in the summer or the beautiful Christmas light displays in the winter.
Whilst access is only given to the ground floor of the house, there is plenty to see, from the grand Central Hall to the Dining Room, and the upstairs is often closed for preservation.
There is some gravel to traverse in the grounds, but you can request a wheelchair accessible map upon entry to get the very most out of the beautiful grounds safely.
National trust members enter for free with a standard adult ticket costing £14. However, there are a variety of ticket combinations available if you’re visiting with family.
- Accessible facilities
- Mobility parking 150 yards from visitor facilities, with Blue Badge and disabled parking available
- Ground floor access to the house
- Wheelchair accessible map available
Read more on Polesden Lacey’s Facilities and Access.
3. RHS Wisley Garden
Discover the beautiful gardens of Wisley from the Royal Horticultural Society. Located just off of the A3 in Woking with easy transport links, Wisley Garden provides outstanding beauty and a great accessible experience for all.
With a recommended wheelchair route throughout the gardens, visitors can feel comfortable whilst taking in the beautiful sights of the mixed borders, The Glasshouse, and the iconic Jellicoe Canal to name a few.
Please note that some gardens, such as the Rock Garden, are not fully accessible via wheelchair due to the nature of the garden. But with 240 acres to explore, the wheelchair access route offers plenty of beautiful sights to see.
- Wheelchair access through most areas of the garden
- Access to The Glasshouse, The Alpine Houses, Grounds and Gardens
- Access to facilities such as Wisley Café, Food Hall, Terrace Restaurant, Glasshouse Café, Stone Pine Café, the Garden Centre, and Wisley Library
- Accessible parking
- Wheelchair and mobility scooter hire available if required
- Free to RHS members only, but one carer is admitted free if required
Read more about accessibility at RHS Garden Wisley.
4. Hampton Court Palace
Home to Henry VIII, his six wives and children, Hampton Court Palace has a rich history on offer. This iconic palace located in Kingston is a great day out for all the family, from history fanatics to garden seekers, and offers many accessible features.
Despite the age of this iconic Tudor palace (over 500 years old!), Hampton Court is wheelchair-friendly. Whilst there are some small doors and uneven surfaces to be aware of, there is level access to Henry VIII’s Apartments, Henry VIII’s Kitchens, William III’s Apartments, and the Formal Gardens to name a few.
- We-go wheelchair tours available for assisted guidance
- Lift access to all floors
- Nine parking spots onsite for those with accessibility needs, free for Blue Badge holders
- Whilst there is a fee for entry, complimentary carer tickets are available
Download the accessibility guide before your visit.
5. Bocketts Farm
Located in Leatherhead, Bocketts Farm is the perfect family day trip in the stunning Surrey countryside. This working family farm holds host to many activities, from getting close to sheep in The Animal Discovery Barn to watching the famous Pig Race.
Bocketts Farm is wheelchair-accessible for all, with wide, flat access areas to the main barns and animal barns. The tractor and trailer ride is also accessible for wheelchair users, so you can really make the most out of your visit!
- Free entry to carers
- Disabled parking
- Disabled toilet facilities
- Wheelchair reservation if required
- There is an entry fee, but concession tickets are available.
Read more about Bocketts Farm’s accessibility.
6. Painshill Park
Discover the beauty of Painshill Park, located in Cobham. With beautiful follies, incredible views across the Serpentine Lake and garden heritage around every corner, this 18th century garden offers so much to explore.
Painshill Park has great accessibility options, with a large print map available, free admission for carers and an accessible route around the landscape garden.
Whilst there may not be full access to every element of the garden due to tricky terrain, there is still so much to see. With access to the Crystal Grotto and the awe-inspiring manmade cave, this day out is sure to be a memorable one.
- Disabled Parking Bays close to visitor centre
- Access to visitor centre, tearoom and garden shop
- Accessible toilet facilities
- Wheelchair hire available if required
You can read more on the accessibility to Painshill Park.
7. Denbies Wine Estate
Surrey is home to the largest vineyard in England and one of the largest wine producers in the UK, Denbies Wine Estate, located in the heart of Dorking. From tours of the great vineyards to wine tasting and your pick of three restaurants, Denbies makes for a great day out for adults.
There is a fee for the different experiences on offer, but Denbies Wine Estate offers exceptional accessibility for wheelchair users. If you want to experience the outdoor vineyard, all you have to do is call in advance and everything will be in place!
- Disabled parking available
- Wheelchair hire if required
You can read Denbies’ full accessibility statement.