Bronze Age Boat

Accessible Attractions

Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery » »

  • The district's largest and most varied museum, including the award winning Bronze Age Boat Gallery
  • Dover Museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users
  • Disabled Toilet

Pines Garden & St Margaret's Museum »

  • Organic garden offering open space, trees, lake and beautiful views of the cliffs
  • Disability access to both attractions
  • Concessionary prices available to disabled visitors
  • Disabled Toilets in the Garden and at the Museum/Tearoom

The Roman Painted House »

  • Exceptionally well-preserved Roman Official Hotel with extensive wall painting and under floor heating
  • Limited access only (top gallery which has a glass viewing panel)
  • No Disabled Toilet

Samphire Hoe »

Much of Samphire Hoe is accessible for wheelchair users. The recommended route from the front car park is the path signposted “West Shore via the Hoe”. The full circuit is 2km, the section through the Hoe is tarmac with fine gravel, and the sea wall is smooth concrete. The average gradient is 1:5 with some steeper sections. Occasional cross slopes max 1:25.

  • Disabled Toilet

Crabble Corn Mill »

Built in 1812, Crabble Mill is the only working water mill in Kent and classed as Europe's finest

  • Due to the nature of the building, access for the disabled is limited (first 2 levels only), although every effort will be made to accommodate visitors where possible
  • No Disabled Toilet

Little Farthingloe Farm & The Women’s Land Army Museum »
Tel: 01304 212040

  • Disabled access to all areas apart from some woodland nature trails.
  • Disabled Toilets located at the Tearooms.

Sandwich Guildhall Museum »

  • Built in the reign of Elizabeth l. Tours include the ancient Court Room, Council Chamber and Mayor's Parlour.
  • Access for the disabled; suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Parking and refreshments nearby.
  • Disabled Toilets located on The Quay.

Kearsney Abbey »

  • Picturesque parkland located on the outskirts of Dover. Concrete paths run throughout the park making it suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Parking and Disabled Toilets available on site.

White Mill Rural Heritage Centre »

  • Restored Smock Mill built in 1760. Original working machinery and displays.
  • Due to the nature of the buildings limited access in all areas particularly for wheelchair users.
  • Disabled Toilet on site.

Goodnestone Park Gardens »

  • Considered to be one the best gardens in the South East. Connections with Jane Austen.
  • Wheelchair access to the majority of the gardens.
  • 2 Wheelchairs available for use.
  • Accessible toilets. 
  • Concession for the disabled only.

English Heritage

English Heritage publish a free accessibility guide. To request a copy or ask any other questions regarding accessibility to sites, telephone 0870 3331181 or use minicom numbers 01793 414878 or 0800 0150516.

There is no charge for assisting companions and assistance and companion dogs are welcome, with water bowls available on request. English Heritage suggest that whenever possible, visitors with disabilities contact the property they wish to visit a few days in advance for details about particular aspects of their visit.

The following information regarding specific properties was taken from their website www.english-heritage.org.uk (which is accessible for e-text users).

Deal Castle »

  • Wheelchair access.
  • Wheelchair and mobility scooter loan unavailable.
  • Assistance Dogs welcome.
  • Free audio tours available.
  • Hearing Impaired Visitors Audio Tour with hearing loop included in admission price. Script available.
  • Castle: Accessible via flagstone path and wooden drawbridge. Gatehouse, courtyard and ground floor accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Wide spiral staircase to upper floors (one handrail). Access to interactive exhibition in basement via a flight of stone steps.  No lift access.
  • Parking: Parking for disabled visitors opposite castle in grounds of custodian’s cottage.  
  • Toilets: No wheelchair access.
  • Shop: Two steps and narrow doorway; assistance required. Large gate can be opened for easier access to courtyard.

Dover Castle »

  • Castle and grounds: Extensive grounds mainly accessible on tarmac paths but there are some very steep slopes.  Land train available.
  • Secret Wartime Tunnels: Good access for wheelchair users but entry is down a steep slope.
  • Four mobility scooters and two manual wheelchairs are available and wheelchair routes and guides are also available.
  • Parking within castle; 100m from keep. Disabled visitors may use Palace Green car park next to keep to avoid steep path from Constable’s Tower and cobbled drawbridge.
  • Wheelchairs: Two motorised wheelchairs available.
  • Visually Impaired Visitors Braille Guide and Disabled Orientation Map available.
  • Hearing Impaired Visitors Hearing Dogs welcome. Some hearing loops available.
  • Toilets : Adapted WCs available; ramped access beside keep and Secret Wartime Tunnels.
  • Shop: Level access.
  • Restaurant and cafe: Level access.

Richborough Fort and Amphitheatre »

  • Fort and grounds: All parts accessed via uneven ground, steps and banks.
  • Parking: 100m from entrance; loose gravel surface. Disabled drivers can drive to museum building; gates will be opened.
  • Hearing Impaired Visitors: Audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price.
  • Visitors with Learning Difficulties - Basic language audio tour included in admission price.
  • Toilets: Accessible WC; closed in winter.
  • Assistance Dogs welcome.
  • No wheelchair or mobility scooter loan available.

Walmer Castle »

  • Castle: Via cobbled and flagstone walkway and wooden drawbridge. Gatehouse and ground floor rooms accessible via ramps. Easy flight of stairs to upper floor with handrail. Upper floor not wheelchair accessible.
  • Gardens: Main route from house is not practical but there is an alternative route via a side gate. Smooth grass and gravel paths within grounds.
  • Parking: Disabled passengers can be dropped off at castle entrance; please telephone in advance to make arrangements for parking on site.
  • Visually Impaired Visitors: Audio tour included in admission price. Scented plants. Cannon to touch. Note: Changes in floor levels and dim lighting in the house.
  • Hearing Impaired Visitors: Audio tour with hearing loop included in admission price. Script also available.
  • Toilets: Accessible toilets
  • Shop: Level access.
  • Admission: disabled persons entrance fee is charged at the full rate but entrance for the carer is free.
  • Wheelchair and mobility scooter loan unavailable.

National Trust

South Foreland Lighthouse »

  • Telephone for parking instructions.
  • Ground floor accessible with assistance. Ground floor is only reception, shop and public WC.
  • No access to other floors.
  • Please telephone for instructions on how to get to property.
  • Steps to shop entrance.
  • Braille and large-print guides.
  • Sympathetic Hearing Scheme

White Cliffs of Dover »

  • General access: The Gateway to the White Cliffs building on Langdon Cliffs, sponsored by SAGA Group Ltd has wheelchair access throughout and an adapted WC.
  • Designated parking by building. Coffee shop, displays and introductory exhibition.
  • A wheelchair-accessible viewpoint overlooks docks and harbour; extensive views along coast to east and west – and to coast of France on a clear day.