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Accessible Attractions

Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery »  

  • Dover Museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users 
  • Disabled Toilet 

The Pines Calyx Garden & St Margaret's Museum » 

  • 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 » 

  • 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 » 

  • 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 » 

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

Sandwich Guildhall Museum »

  • Access for the disabled; suitable for wheelchair users. 
  • Parking and refreshments nearby. 
  • Disabled Toilets located on The Quay.  

Kearsney Abbey » 

  • Concrete paths run throughout the park making it suitable for wheelchair users. 
  • Parking and Disabled Toilets available on site. 

White Mill Rural Heritage Centre » 

  • Due to the nature of the buildings limited access in all areas particularly for wheelchair users. 
  • Disabled Toilet on site. 

Goodnestone Park Gardens » 

  • 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. 

Activities

Walmer Paddling Pool

Saxon Shore Way

Primal Roots Wellbeing Retreats

Dover's Bluebird Market

Sandwich Town Tours

Sea Swimming

Shopping in Dover

Sandwich Wildlife Park

Cornilo Riding

Mike's Bikes Deal

England Plus Tours

North Downs Way

Cathedral to Coast Regional Cycle Network 16 and 17

Royal Geographical Society Walks

Shopping in Sandwich

St James Retail and Leisure Park

Frontline Britain Trail

Western Heights Nature Reserve

De Bradelei Wharf Shopping Outlet, Dover

Royal St George’s Golf Club

Samphire Hoe

Cross channel swimming

Chequers Kitchen

Shopping in Deal

The Sandwich Way (Route 15)

Coker Fishing Trips

England Coast Path Walking Route

Cycle Friendly Deal

Owl House Riding Centre

Gamebase & Playbase

Cycle Shops and Cycle Hire

Cliffs and Castles route (National Route 1) Deal to Sandwich

Chalk and Channel Way

Sandwich Market

Solley's Ice Cream Parlour

Braeside Equestrian Centre

Fishing

Cottington Lakes

The Lane – Cocktail Making

White Cliffs Countryside Partnership

Dover Sea Safari

Tours of the Realm

Betteshanger Park, Deal

CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture Trail

Dover District Leisure Centre

Dover Sea Sports Centre

Monks Wall Nature Reserve

National Cycle Network Route 1

Jewellery making at Rees and Rees

Deal Wednesday Market

Channel Gliding Club

Farmers Markets

Martin Gorse Wood Clay Pigeon Club

Shopping in Villages

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

Sandwich River Bus

Via Francigena

Cliffs and Castles route (National Route 1) Dover to Deal

Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich

East Kent Railway

Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club

Felderland Pick Your Own Farm

Tides Leisure Centre

Deal Pier

Stour Valley Way

Deal Saturday Market

Dover Marina

Dover Bluebird Heritage Trail

Sandwich Leisure Centre

South Foreland Walk

The Wild Kitchen

VRVE

Lydden Hill Race Circuit

Miners' Way Trail

Get Lost Escape Rooms

Western Heights walks