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Sophie Hewitt
24th June 2024

With a variety of fantastic accessible days out across the county, we’re sharing some of the top spots in Hertfordshire that have tours and visits created for those with access needs, from historic houses to zoos and magical film tours!

Hatfield Park

One of Hertfordshire’s most iconic spots for a top tier family day out, Hatfield Park has it all, from the historic house and intriguing history to the glorious gardens and acres of parkland. Disabled parking and access to the shops, restaurant and disabled toilets is wheelchair friendly, while the gardens also have a great route for wheelchair users. In the house itself, there is even an original Victorian lift to take visitors to the upper floors.

Knebworth House

Another Hertfordshire favourite, Knebworth House is famed for its rock ‘n’ roll history, filming links and incredible history. Their full accessible guide can be found on the website, but you can be assured of accessible parking, accessible toilets, plus guide dogs permitted in the House, Gardens and Park. All ground floor rooms in the main house are accessible to those with wheelchairs, with plenty of history to be discovered in these main rooms which have hosted politicians, musicians and novelists over the years.

Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

The magical world of Harry Potter is one of Hertfordshire’s top spots for those with access needs. Of course, there is accessible parking, toilet facilities, plus wheelchair access across much of the site, not to mention access for assistance dogs, but on top of that you’ll find digital audio guides for those with visual impairments, personal induction loops for those with hearing aids, and ear defenders. The magic of the tour continues in the Sensory Room, which provides a calming environment for those with autism and other additional needs, while Sensory Support Bags are packed with fidget toys, ear defenders and a Sunflower Lanyard, which can be collected from the Information Desk.

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

The studios where artist Henry Moore created and crafted his famous sculptures, set within the landscape that inspired him, Henry Moore Studios & Gardens are another Hertfordshire must-visit. Accessible parking and toilets can be found here, while gravel pathways will lead to some of the sculptures and studios and galleries, plus mobility scooters can be borrowed free of charge to help visitors see the 70 acre estate. For those with audio and visual impairments, hearing loops are available, while studio guides are able to offer an oral interpretation of the many spaces and works of art. What makes this cultural gem even more special is that visitors are actively encouraged to touch the sculptures out in the grounds for a chance to explore their textured surfaces and details.

Hertfordshire Zoo

Hertfordshire Zoo strives to be a fun day out for the whole family, making sure all guests feel welcome and relaxed. Their accessibility guide will tell you all you need to know, from where the accessible toilets are, to contact details to ask about your specific needs. The entire site is accessible for most, with level pathways throughout, while the Learn & Play Area has equipment specially made for wheelchair users. Partnering with KultureCity, the team receive annual training to support those with sensory needs, with Quiet Areas on site, plus KultureCity Sensory bags available.

Stevenage Golf and Conference Centre

With an 18-hole course, par 3 pitch and putt, club house, driving range and pro shop, you could spend a whole afternoon at Stevenage Golf & Conference Centre, and what’s more it’s the perfect place for pros and beginners alike, with lessons and plenty of challenges for the golfing greats. With accessible showers, toilets and golf buggies available, be sure to check out their full AccessAble guide.

Stevenage Swimming Centre

Just down the road, Stevenage Swimming Centre is another fab local spot with a full AccessAble Guide. Here you will find accessible changing and toilets, wet side chair and hoist for wheelchair users to access the water, making it a perfect spot for the whole family to take a dip.